International Student, doing my full degree at Guelph
Welcome to the University of Guelph! We’re glad you’re joining us. There is a lot to do and learn before you arrive in the fall, and we are here to connect you to all the wonderful resources and campus partners available to help you prepare for this exciting experience!
We believe the key to a successful first year is developing a strong sense of community and accessing the resources available to you to help you achieve your goals both inside and outside the classroom. Or maybe you’re not even sure what your goals are yet – there are resources for that, too!
The STARTonline.ca website is a great place to begin learning about what campus has to offer. If you have any questions about how to prepare for the coming year, please connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some specific resources you should know about as an international student:
The Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA)
Provides a number of exciting opportunities to all University of Guelph students. International students specifically are encouraged to connect with them for information about pre-arrival, international student orientation, and mentorship and engagement programs. You can find out more about what they offer by visiting the Office of Intercultural Affairs' website, or by adding the Office of Intercultural Affairs' Facebook or following them on Twitter @UofG_OIA.
International Student Connections
As a new international student, you will have an upper year, student Peer Helper within the Office of Intercultural Affairs who will serve as a first line of support to you. This is someone to get in touch with whenever you have any questions and are not sure who to ask for help. This peer will keep you updated with events and opportunities within the international student community and beyond. You will receive an introductory email from your Peer Helper when you arrive.
International Student Advisor
In addition to your Peer Helper, you also can meet with the International Student Advisor. She is here to help you with academic and personal transitions, cultural adjustment, understanding the on campus job search, finances, health insurance, and any other issues or concerns you may face throughout your time in Canada and Guelph!
English Language Help
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll want to know about The English-as-an-Additional-Language Specialist in the Library Learning Commons. She offers individual appointments and workshops to assist in developing the English-language competencies of students, including writing, reading, grammar, pronunciation and speech clarity, listening, and communication in North American academic contexts. Visit the english as a second language website.
We encourage you to continuing learning more about the amazing campus resources designed to make your first year here a successful one. Let us know what you are looking for and how we can help!