A group of students walking around Uptown Waterloo on a sunny summer day

We know many first-year international students missed out on International Orientation due to student visa delays, flight cancellations, and more. So we're extending your official welcome to campus all September long!

Late Arrival Welcome is your opportunity to meet new people, learn about the local and campus community and provide a redo of other key International Orientation activities you might have missed.  

Upcoming events

Breakfast seminar: Adapting to the Canadian Classroom

Get caught up by learning strategies to support you in adapting to the Canadian Classroom and tips for academic success 

Date: Saturday, September 17

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Location: CMH Great Hall

Campus and community tours

Take a walking tour of the campus where you will learn about the University of Waterloo Campus. We will even walk through a few of the underground tunnels! A campus tour will be followed by a City of Waterloo tour where you will learn to take the ION to Conestoga Mall.

Date: Wednesday, September 21

Time: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Departing from South Campus Hall, first floor

SIN information session

Join a representative from Service Canada to learn more about your Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN). Learn what a SIN is, why it is needed and how to protect yourself from fraud.

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Time: 10:00am – 10:45 a.m.

Location: Virtual event on Microsoft Teams. You will receive a  meeting link via email approximately 15 to 30 minutes before the session begins.

International Peer Community (IPC) Bonfire

Meet new people, build community and participate in a favourite Canadian fall past time. This event is open to all international students, even if you aren't an official member of IPC.

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Time: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Location: Laurel Creek fire pit


More resources

Virtual goodie bag

Packed with resources for new students, this virtual swag bag can help you show your Warrior pride with MS Teams and Zoom backgrounds, custom Spotify playlists, and more.

International Student Guide

Your go-to resource for information about life as an international student at Waterloo. With articles about transit, co-op work permits, health insurance and more, you'll revisit the International Student Guide again and again.

International Peer Community

The International Peer Community is a peer-support program aimed at helping international students settle in and feel at home at the University of Waterloo. Through community based activities, the program helps students to build a support network, develop a sense of community and intercultural competencies, enhance interactional skills, and learn about Canada and other cultures.