Have a student coming to Waterloo?
Parent and Family Orientation
Orientation programming for parents and families is offered at International Orientation and on first-year move-in days, review the Orientation schedule for dates and times. If you're unable to attend one of our sessions, visit our family resources page.
International Orientation - Parent and Family - Friday, August 30
Learn about what your student will be experiencing in their first-year as an international student in Canada and how you can best support them at International Orientation - Parent and Family. You'll hear from staff members from several departments in the panel discussion. In the evening, you and your student are invited to a warm welcome from the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, Feridun Hamdullahpur. There will be food and non-alcoholic drinks served at this informal, standing-room-only event.
First-Year Parent and Family Orientation - Saturday, August 31 or Sunday, September 1
Attend Parent and Family Orientation on your student's move-in day to learn about what to expect as a parent of a first-year student and the resources available.
First-Year Orientation Family Send-off - Saturday, August 31
Meet other parents and students, as well as university administrators, at this celebratory Family Send-off event.
If you’re looking for useful tips and strategies for supporting your student’s transition into university life, join one of our Parent Orientation sessions. No registration is required.
Subscribe to the Parent and Family Newsletter
We'll send you a monthly email, curated by the Student Success Office, with up-to-date information that can help you support your student before they arrive, as well as throughout their first year at Waterloo.
Visit the Student Success Office for more resources.