Help Before and After You Arrive

At the International and Exchange Student Centre, we are here to help you transition to your new life in Canada and at Western. Many of you will be living away from your families and friends and experiencing a new culture for the first time. Cultural adjustment is an on-going process and we are here for you at every step of your journey.

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Apply to be Matched with a Peer Guide

The International Peer Guide Program connects new international students with current Western students who act as Peer Guides when you first begin your studies at Western. Peer Guides offer you support during your transition to university and Canadian life.

The Peer Guide Program will help you feel more comfortable in your new environment and help you make the most of your time at Western by:

  • Providing you with friendly support, useful information, meaningful contact with other students
  • Connecting you with services at Western

Participate in virtual International Student Orientation

Access Winter 2022 International Student Orientation online to learn more about Western and Canadian culture, unwritten rules of the Canadian classroom, key academic values in Canada, important immigration information, wellness and safety tips, getting and staying connected remotely, and so much more!