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Information for New Students

Welcome to the Western Chemistry Graduate Program!  Here you will find some important information to help get you started. 

The Chemistry graduate programs consist of three terms with start dates:

Fall – September 1, Winter – January 1, and Summer – May 1

To determine the beginning of undergraduate classes (as it may pertain to your Teaching Assistantship duties), please refer to the Office of the Registrar’s Academic Calendar.

Tuition and fees are payable for all three terms. Information on tuition fees, due dates, and payment options are available at Tuition and fees information will be updated on the above-listed website several weeks before the beginning of the term and will also appear in the Student Centre shortly after (mid-August, December or April).

Western Graduate Research Funds (WGRS) for international M.Sc. students, if applicable/eligible, are applied directly to your tuition account just before the beginning of the term. The WGRS funds offset your tuition balance to be paid. These funds will initially appear as anticipated aid. You need only pay the balance of the tuition and fees less the WGRS appearing as financial aid.

International students will need to present their study permit in person to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) located in room 1N07 International and Graduate Affairs Building in order to be term-activated. Tuition owing will be processed after you are term-activated and you are required to arrange for payment of your tuition balance within five business days. Tuition fees not paid by the due date may incur late fees. After you report to SGPS, please provide the Chemistry Graduate Coordinator with a copy of your study permit. We will then be able to assign your WGRS (International Graduate Tuition Scholarship) funds to offset your tuition.

In order to be employed in Canada, you MUST have and maintain an eligible Social Insurance Number (SIN).  For information on how to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and the London Service Canada Centre, please view the following links:

If you have not already done so, you will be required to set up a local bank account.  The following link will provide you with the details to update the Human Resources system with your banking information for direct deposit information. Please remember to set up your direct deposit.

You must obtain your photo student ID card (if you do not already have one) from the Registrar's Office (Western Student Services Building room 1120).  The Registrar's Office will be able to answer any health insurance inquiries that you may have.

Housing information can be found at

Bus passes will be available for pick up through the Society of Graduate Students in the Middlesex College, room 8, before the beginning of the term. You will be notified of the dates and times by email and please take your Western ID with you. 

Please ensure that you activate and use your UWO grad student email account as it will be added to our departmental email lists and all future correspondence will be sent to you via that address. Please do not forward your UWO email to an outside service provider as this causes many problems with email and may violate confidentiality rules.  If you are having problems activating this account, please contact Information Technology Services Help Desk

Your name and official Western email will be provided to our Teaching Assistantship Coordinator, who will ensure that you are contacted for future Teaching Assistantship duties.

We offer graduate courses during the September and January terms. These courses are generally posted under our graduate course page several weeks before the beginning of the term.

Please review important health and safety information on the Chemistry Health and Safety Webpage. Discuss necessary safety training with your supervisor and then sign up for the appropriate training as soon as possible. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Chemistry Handbook.

Health and Wellness

Students seeking help regarding mental health concerns are advised to speak to someone they feel comfortable confiding in, such as their faculty supervisor, their program director (graduate chair), or other relevant administrators in their unit.  Campus mental health resources may be found at Departmental health and safety resources can be found here.

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