In June and July, we hosted a series of three live chats for new international undergraduates.

Upper-year students, Rania, Nathaneal and Claudia, shared what it's like to be an international student at the University of Waterloo. Watch the recordings to learn about how to get #UWready with tips for connecting to campus, adjusting to a new culture, and thriving in your first year. Guests from across campus answered questions about topics like housing, getting involved, and things that might surprise you about classes and work terms. 

Rania.
Rania is a 2A Arts and Business student from Pakistan. Read her first-year experience. 

Nathaneal.
Nathaneal is a 3A Geomatics student from Nigeria. Read his first-year experience.

Claudia.
Claudia is a 4A Arts and Business student from Hondorus. Read her first-year experience.



Watch the series

Thanks to everyone who tuned in! We had a great time getting to know the incoming class. If you missed the series, watch it now. If you have trouble viewing the series, we're working on making an alternative link available. It will be posted here soon. 

Live Chat #1 was all about connecting to campus. Topics included:

  • Travelling to Waterloo (4:32)
  • Transition resources like the International Student Guide, Waterloo Ready, International Orientation, and First-Year Orientation (7:50)
  • What you need to know about residence (26:48)

Please note: The recording has flaws due to technical difficulties with the Webex platform. You'll notice duplication in some sections.

If you have difficulty viewing the recording, try this alternative link.


Live Chat #2 was all about adjusting to a new culture. Topics included:

  • Opportunities for getting involved 15:49
  • Tips for adjusting to a new culture 54:07
  • Programs to help ease your transition 1:03:25

If you have difficulty viewing the recording, try this alternative link.

Kealan

Meet Kealan!

Due to personal reasons, Nathanael was not able to host the remaining International Live Chats. In his place, Kealan joined the team to help you get #UWready. Kealan is a recent International Development Studies graduate from Trinidad who’ll be starting his Master's degree at Waterloo in the fall. Read his first-year experience.

 

Live Chat #3 was all about thriving in first year. Topics included:

  • Classroom culture at UWaterloo 9:41
  • Tips for working in Canada 43:38
  • Applying for your co-op work permit 58:56
  • What you need to know before you start at Waterloo 1:07:30

Please note: The recording has flaws due to technical difficulties with the Webex platform. You'll notice the audio and video don't sync up after 1:07:30

If you have difficulty viewing the recording, try this alternative link.