December 2018 - 5 Steps to Prepare

Staff and volunteers at the International and Exchange Student Centre (IESC) are excited to welcome you to Western in January! Here are the Top 5 Steps to help you prepare. Please contact us with any questions. We are here to help!


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Sign Up for International Student Orientation


International Student Orientation offers a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about life at Western. All new international and exchange students are encouraged to attend. Registration required.

Friday, January 4, 1:00-4:30 pm
Register online by January 1.

Students pose with Western mascot, JW


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Apply for Your Peer Guide


The International Peer Connection program matches new international students with friendly Western students who have already experienced the transition to University life. Peer Guides are dedicated volunteers who help connect new students to the Western community, answer questions and provide support.

Apply for your Peer Guide now


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Prepare to Come


Ensure you have the following items with you when travelling to Canada:


*You must have a valid Study Permit for Postsecondary Studies in Canada before beginning classes at Western. If you are transferring between institutions in Canada, you must notify IRCC via your MyCIC Account (GCKey) online.

View more Pre-Arrival Information


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Visit IESC When You Arrive


IESC staff and volunteers will be available in our Welcome Centre from January 3-4, and January 7-11, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will answer questions and provide an Orientation Package including details about our services, Western, London, social events, immigration, food, health care and much more!

Location: Second Floor, International & Graduate Affairs Building

Please note: University Offices, including IESC and Western International, will be closed December 21 at 2:00 pm and will re-open January 3 at 9:00 am. Many businesses and stores in Canada will be closed December 25 and January 1. Campus Police will remain open during this time.


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Explore Programs & Services


IESC helps you transition to life at Western and supports you during your academic career with a number of programs and services designed to meet your needs. Click on the images below to learn more.

International Student Advising English Conversation Program Transitions Programming
IESC Events Immigration Information and Assistance Link to More IESC Programs & Services
International Student Network International Students Wellness Website Link to More IESC Programs and Services

Important Dates


January 3-4, 7-11
IESC Welcome Centre
January 3 or 4
Residences open for International Students
January 4
International Student Orientation
January 7
Classes Begin
January 9 and 11
Social Insurance Number Clinics
January 11
Welcome Potluck Dinner for International Students
January 12, 19 & 25
Teaching Assistant Training Program for Graduate Students