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Welcome Newsletter April 2017

Important Information for Incoming International Students

Greetings from Western's
International and Exchange Student Centre!

Our faculty, staff and volunteers are excited to meet and welcome you. The International and Exchange Student Centre (IESC) will help you prepare and transition to life in Canada and at Western.

We are committed to making your experience as enriching, rewarding and successful as possible, starting with supporting you as you prepare to arrive. Please review the information below regarding orientation, our programs and services, and much more.

Should you have any questions, please contact us. We are here to help!

International Student Orientation Day
- May 5, 2017, 4-8 p.m.

Students pose with Western mascot, JW

Orientation Day is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn more about life at Western and in London. Topics include: programs and services, settling in and student life, Canadian classroom basics, immigration information. Refreshments provided. All new international and exchange students are encouraged to attend. Registration is required. More details

Reminder: Study Permits

You must have a valid Canadian Study Permit for postsecondary studies in Canada. If you are transferring from another Designated Learning Institution in Canada, you must notify Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) via your MyCIC account. See the IRCC website for details. More Information on Study Permits and Visas

Preparing to Come

Carry the following with you when you travel to Canada and be prepared to show some of the documents to immigration officials. Do not pack documents in your checked luggage.

  • Valid Passport and Canadian Temporary Resident Visa (if applicable)
  • Letter of Introduction issued by the Canadian Visa Office that approved your Study Permit* application. Submit this letter to a Canadian Immigration Officer when you arrive at the border to obtain your actual Study Permit.
  • Supporting documents (e.g., copy of acceptance letter, transcript, proof of funds, marriage certificate, etc.)
  • Medical and immunization (vaccination) records, medical prescriptions and medications
  • Money and a credit card
  • List of important phone numbers

To prepare for your arrival and for a complete list of things to bring with you, visit

Visit the IESC When you Arrive

Visit the International and Exchange Centre (IESC) on the 2nd floor, International & Graduate Affairs Building to pick up your orientation package. Our staff and volunteers are here to welcome you and help you settle into Western and London. To view a full list of important things to do when you arrive visit the IESC website.

map of campus and IESC location

IESC Programs and Services

Click on the images below to learn more about IESC programs and services.

International Peer Connection Program
English Conversation Program
Transitions Programming
IESC Events
Immigration Information and Assistance
International Student Advising
International Student Network
International Students Wellness Website
Link to Tea Program for Spouses


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International and Exchange Student Centre
Western University
Tel: 519-661-2111
ext. 89309