Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

International Students

As a Western student, you are part of a diverse community here on campus. The University is committed to providing culturally sensitive and inclusive services to all students, faculty and staff, while embracing the multiculturalism which defines our campus body. There are many opportunities to get involved with international activities on campus, including joining clubs and campus projects, to volunteering with Western's international community and attending seasonal events.

Studying in Canada is an experience like no other. One of the most beautiful and multicultural nations on earth, the people of Canada are extremely friendly and embrace new cultures. We have excellent social services, health care and education systems, and enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world.

Residency Reclassification

For information on obtaining permanent residency, please refer to the following chart:

Community Legal Services (CLS)

Western's Community Legal Services (CLS) offers legal services to assist you with:

Applications for Permanent Residency

  • Federal Skilled Worker Application (for temporary residents with work experience)
  • Canadian Experience Class (for foreign workers with 1 year of Canadian work experience)
  • Sponsorship of Member of Family Class (by a permanent resident)
  • Sponsorship of Spouse or Partner in Canada Class (by a permanent resident)
  • Study and Work Permit matters
  • Complications with obtaining or extending a Study Permit or a Work Permit.

Immigration Group Information (IGI) sessions are scheduled monthly, and students can register via CLS Scheduler. Individual appointments with the lawyer or CLS caseworker can be arranged subsequent to attendance at an information session. CLS Immigration services may also include assistance in drafting and swearing affidavits and preparing notarized copies of your documents in preparation for the above services.

For further information, please visit Western's Community Legal Services (CLS) or call 519-661-3352.

Application Reimbursement

In addition to these services, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Research Development Services provides a fund to help cover the costs of applying for permanent residency. Once you have paid the application fee, please bring documentation/receipt with your file number on it, to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office and we will reimburse you the $550 application fee.

Residency Update

Students who wish to update their residency status with the University must provide proof of this status change to The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Upon confirming your changed residency status (via Record of Landing, Permanent Resident Card, or an email that Citizenship and Immigration Canada has sent you which states that your application in the Federal Skilled Worker class has received a positive determination of eligibility to be processed), your tuition charges will be reduced to the domestic rate (plus UHIP until OHIP is obtained). Please note the deadlines each term to present landing documentation in order to have the current term's tuition rates reduced.

International Student Services

International students are encouraged to visit the International and Exchange Student Centre for assistance with immigration questions (study/work permits, temporary resident visas, spousal permits, U.S. visas, etc.) and other government regulations (social insurance number, income taxes, etc.).

International Student Awards

The following are featured funding opportunities that support international students applying to graduate research degrees at Western.

International Sponsorship and Partnership Programs

Our scholars go where the research takes them and Western has partnered with international institutions and agencies to support that experience via international exchange agreements and programs.

International Support Services

There are numerous international student services on campus to make your graduate experience at Western both memorable and engaging.

International and Exchange Student Centre

Western University, Graduate Studies - Support Services BuildingInternational students at Western can take advantage of the International and Exchange Student Centre's (IESC) offerings - a full range of services and programs specifically tailored to meet the needs of international students and enhance their academic, social, and cultural experience at the university, including:

  • International Student Pre-Arrival Guide - an online guide to assist students beginning their "Western" journey
  • Reception and orientation service to assist and support newly arrived international students with questions about settling in
  • Peer Guide Program, providing friendly support and assistance with cultural and transition issues
  • Year-round social, cultural and informative events
  • Individual assistance with Canadian immigration and employment regulations, financial, cultural, social and personal concerns
  • English Conversation Program for students (and spouses) who want to enhance spoken English skills
  • International Student Work Opportunities Program (ISWOP) - On-campus work study opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities to gain valuable experience in a cross-cultural setting

For more information, please visit International and Exchange Student Centre (IESC).

Western English Language Centre

Western's English Language Centre allows academically eligible students interested in pursuing a graduate degree at Western the opportunity to receive a conditional offer of admission to graduate studies without successful completion of an English language proficiency test. The condition is that the student must, in lieu of such a test, successfully complete Western English Language Centre's program. For more information, please visit http://englishlanguage.uwo.ca/.

CultureWorks

Western University, Graduate Studies - Culture WorksThe School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has a partnership with CultureWorks, an English Language training program on campus. This partnership allows academically eligible students interested in pursuing a graduate degree at Western the opportunity to receive a conditional offer of admission to graduate studies without successful completion of an English language proficiency test. The condition is that the student must, in lieu of such a test, successfully complete the CultureWorks English language training program.

The Teaching Support Centre - International Programs

The Teaching Support Centre offers communication and orientation programs for International Graduate Students at Western. These programs are designed to help international students make the transition to living in Canada, and they also allow students to develop English language skills for the classroom.

International Teaching Assistant Day is a half-day conference held in early September, while the other courses are offered at various times throughout the year.

The TSC also oversees Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students: Surviving and Thriving in Canadian Academia (CSIGS), an e-book primarily for international and newcomer Canadian graduate students to familiarize them with the norms of communication in Canada.

Community Legal Services

Western University, Graduate Studies - Community Legal ServicesWestern's Community Legal Services (CLS) offers legal services to assist you with:

Applications for Permanent Residency

  • Federal Skilled Worker Application (for temporary residents with work experience)
  • Canadian Experience Class Application (for Graduates with a Canadian degree)
  • Sponsorship of Member of Family Class (by a permanent resident)
  • Sponsorship of Spouse or Partner in Canada Class (by a permanent resident)
  • Study and Work Permit matters
  • Complications with obtaining or extending a Study Permit or a Work Permit.

Immigration Group Information (IGI) sessions are scheduled monthly, and students can register via CLS Scheduler. Individual appointments with the lawyer or CLS caseworker can be arranged subsequent to attendance at an information session. CLS Immigration services may also include assistance in drafting and swearing affidavits and preparing notarized copies of your documents in preparation for the above services.

For further information, please visit Community Legal Services (CLS) or call 519-661-3352.

Equity and Human Rights Services

Equity and Human Rights Services (EHRS) provides information on the University’s discrimination and harassment policies, employment equity and diversity and other human rights related issues. EHRS are here to help you, whether you are a student, staff or faculty member. EHRS are dedicated to making Western an equitable, safe and supportive environment for all members of the University community. Their service is confidential except in specific circumstances.

Equity and Human Rights Services also oversees Western's Multicultural Calendar.