You’re ready. You’re about to join a community of current exchange, study abroad students, alumni, professors, and staff and we have four days of activities and events planned to help you feel right at home.
You'll have the opportunity to:
Connect with other exchange and study abroad students
Learn about Canadian culture
Get to know the services, resources and opportunities Waterloo offers you
Settle into your new home at Waterloo
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The introduction days were a very welcome start to the exchange experience and made it possible to meet new people straight ahead.
Day 1: Basic Needs
Get set up for success with a variety of events that will help you:
Learn how to use public transit
Set up a Canadian bank account
Find a phone plan that's right for you
Get connected with services on campus
Make new friends through a variety of fun activities across campus
Day 2: Information Sessions
Attend a variety of sessions on topics such as:
Canadian classroom experience
Fees and Health Insurance
Day 3: Getting Settled
Connect with new students at the Warriors Picnic or Activities with Athletics. Students who missed the first day of Exchange + Study Abroad Orientation will also be able to set up a Canadian bank account and purchase necessities.
Day 4: Exchange and Study Abroad Social Event
Join a scavenger hunt to learn more about campus and meet other exchange and study abroad students.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
DO I NEED TO REGISTER/ SIGN UP FOR EXCHANGE + STUDY ABROAD ORIENTATION?
Yes, you will need to register for Exchange + Study Abroad Orientation. Keep an eye on your UWaterloo email for more information on how to register.
DO I HAVE TO GO TO EXCHANGE + STUDY ABROAD ORIENTATION?
We strongly encourage you to attend Exchange + Study Abroad Orientation as it will get you set up for life in Canada with activities and sessions planned specifically for your needs.
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR EXCHANGE + STUDY ABROAD ORIENTATION?
No, there is no additional fee associated with Exchange + Study Abroad Orientation.
IF I REGISTER FOR EXCHANGE + STUDY ABROAD ORIENTATION, DO I HAVE TO ATTEND EVERY EVENT?
You don't have to attend every event, but we strongly encourage that you attend as many as you can! These events are carefully planned with the needs of Exchange + Study Abroad students in mind to make sure that you have a seamless transition and set yourself up for success at Waterloo!
I WON'T BE ABLE TO ATTEND EXCHANGE + STUDY ABROAD ORIENTATION DUE TO VISA/STUDY PERMIT DELAYS. IS THERE A WAY THAT I CAN STILL GET THIS INFORMATION?
We will be hosting a Late Arrival Welcome in mid January for students who are unable to attend Exchange + Study Abroad Orientation. Keep an eye on your UWaterloo email for details once you arrive or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for details in January.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE IN CANADA FOR EXCHANGE + STUDY ABROAD ORIENTATION?
We recommend arriving on or before January 4. Before you plan your flight, make sure that you can move into your accommodation when you arrive. Most leases begin on January 1, so you may need to book a short-term accommodation if you arrive before this. If you are living on-campus, connect with Campus Housing to secure your move-in time slot.