Western to welcome more than a thousand students for International Student Orientation

From August 31 to September 3, more than 1,000 new undergraduate, graduate and exchange students will participate in an expanded International Student Orientation program, hosted by Western International.

“We want to offer a warm welcome to our new students, their families and their supporters,” said Lise Laporte, senior director, Western International.

“Many of them have travelled a long way, are far from home, and have had to navigate the process of going abroad to university. We want them to feel supported by the Western community from day one, and a great way to do this is to provide opportunities for them to connect with each other, other Western students, campus partners and the broader London community,” she said.

More than 100 upper-year student volunteers are working with Western International staff to support four days of programming and an International Welcome Centre where new students will check in when they arrive to campus and collect a welcome bag containing their name badge, meal tickets, information and Western-branded items.

In addition to a number of information sessions from various student support teams, International Student Orientation will include campus tours, library and sustainability tours, a shopping trip to local stores, a parent/family session, a community fair, networking breakfasts and a lunch.

An official Welcome Ceremony will be held on September 2 at Alumni Hall and includes welcome remarks from London’s Mayor, Ed Holder, as well as Florentine Strzelczyk, Western’s Provost & Vice-President (Academic), representatives from the University Students Council and Society of Graduate Students, and members of the International Student Orientation planning team.

For more information and to see the schedule, visit iesc.uwo.ca/orientation.