International Orientation is August 29-31, 2019.
During International Orientation you will:
- Learn about what to expect from a Canadian classroom experience.
- Obtain effective job search strategies and tips about professional etiquette to help you prepare for your first co-op term or part-time job in Canada.
- Discover campus services and resources available to international students, including services provided by our immigration consultants.
- Make new friends by meeting other international and Canadian students and hearing about their experiences.
- Familiarize yourself with Waterloo and adjust to life in Canada with guided trips to local shops, including grocery stores and banks.
Need help? Follow the registration instructions.
- International Orientation is for incoming undergraduate students who have a study permit, or attended high school internationally, or are new to Canadian culture, or are developing their English language skills.
- Graduate students are welcome to join programming on Thursday, August 29, and Saturday, August 31, if they are in Waterloo. Volunteers will help all students open a bank account, buy groceries and a phone plan, as well as obtain other basic needs. However, to get more information about being an international graduate student in Canada, be sure to sign up for Graduate Orientation on September 7.
- International Orientation is for any Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) or iBASE and English Language for Academic Studies (ELAS) or iELAS students.
- Your parents and family members can also take part in International Orientation at Parent and Family Sessions.
- If you're moving into Waterloo Residences, early move-in options are available. Please note this when you register for Orientation.
- If you're moving into one of the affiliated University College Residences, you can move in early.
- If you're arriving before the early move-in options, you will need to coordinate your own accommodations and cover any costs. There is a list of short-term accommodation options from Waterloo Residences.
- If you're living off-campus, you will need to confirm move-in plans with your landlord and roommates.
Where will my parents and family live?
- Your parents and family will not be able to stay on campus. They must coordinate and cover the cost of off-campus accommodation.
There is no fee to participate in International Orientation, but there are costs to consider:
- Transportation to campus. There are a variety of transportation options available from the airport to Waterloo, including our Aiport Pick-up program!
- Activities during the program and spending money. There are no required fees, but if you wish to purchase anything you will need to cover the cost. If your parents and family join the optional bus trip into Waterloo, they will need to pay for public transportation (exact change required). You can ride for free with your WatCard.
While many places offer credit or debit payment options, we recommend that you have Canadian cash on hand.
If you are planning to attend International Orientation, you can arrive as early as Thursday, August 29. The airport pick-up service runs from August 29 - 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sign up as part of your orientation registration, or review the International Student Guide for more ways to arrange transportation to campus.