International & Exchange  Student CentreWestern International

Peer Guide Program

The International Peer Connection (IPC) program matches new international students with friendly upper-year Western students called Peer Guides. Peer Guides connect new students to the Western community, answer questions and provide support throughout the program.

How It Works

Peer Guides are upper-year students who have already experienced the transition to University life. Peer Guides help international students get settled and adjusted by:

Peer Guides are:


The International Peer Connection is most active during the fall Term (September-December) but is also available in the Winter (January - April) and Summer (May - August) terms.

Register Today!

Please select the option that applies to you:

I would like to register and be connected with a Peer Guide

Please note that priority will be given to new international students who are wishing to participate in the program for the first time and have been in Canada for six months or less.

After you register, we will connect you to a Peer Guide. You may receive an email from one of our program coordinators or you may receive an email directly from your Peer Guide. Please make sure that you check your UWO email on a regular basis.

Given the large number of applications being received, this may take several days. If you have not heard from our office after 1-2 weeks, please email us at DO NOT submit another form.


I am an upper-year student interested in becoming a Peer Guide (volunteer)



Comments from Past Participants

We asked students how the the IPC program helped them.


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