Summer Orientation and Course Registration

Brescia’s Summer Orientation program will prepare you for the transition to university. We want to help you and your family get a better sense of the changes, challenges, and bold new experiences that await you in September.

Brescia has made the decision to adjust Summer Orientation services due to COVID-19. Service adjustments include a shift from in-person orientation sessions and course advising appointments, to a wide range of virtual resources, live information sessions and online advising appointments.

As an incoming student, you will have the chance to learn about financial aid, orientation and transition, and academic planning. Brescia staff will provide you with the tools, resources and support that you need for a successful and stress-free orientation – Simply follow the steps outlined below to complete your Summer Orientation. Questions? Visit the FAQ section at the bottom of this web page.

STEP 1: Register for Summer Orientation
STEP 2: Review Orientation Videos and Online Resources
STEP 3: Attend your Live Academic Program Session
STEP 4: Draft Your Timetable
STEP 5: Attend your Online Course Advising Appointment
STEP 6: Register in Courses
STEP 7: Connect with Current Brescia Students

STEP 1: Register for Summer Orientation

You will have the flexibility to select:

  • Your Live Academic Program Sessions (multiple dates to choose from)
  • Your one-on-one Online Course Advising Appointment with a Brescia course advisor

Live Academic Program Sessions
Course selection and registration can be a confusing step in your preparation for university. Between required courses, electives, labs and tutorials, there are a lot of options to consider when creating your first university class schedule. Our Live Academic Program Sessions will guide you through the process of reviewing your program requirements, evaluating your elective options and developing a class schedule that works for you.

Each Live Academic Program Session includes:

  • An overview of program-specific information (required courses, labs and tutorials, electives)
  • An introduction to the Brescia Welcome Guide
  • An overview of activating your Western identity
  • An overview of Student Center, OWL and you Western email
  • A demonstration of how to use the Draft My Timetable tool
  • A demonstration of how to complete your registration on Student Center.
  • An overview of common questions and errors
  • A chance to ask questions during the live Q&A

You must register in advance to access your Live Academic Program Session. You will be sent a confirmation email with the link to attend the live session on your scheduled date.

Academic ProgramDateRegistration
Health Sciences and KinesiologyTuesday, June 2 from 2:00PM - 3:00PMRegister Now!
Foods and NutritionTuesday, June 2 from 3:00PM - 4:00PMRegister Now!
Family Studies and Human DevelopmentWednesday, June 3 from 3:00PM - 4:00PMRegister Now!
Management and Organizational StudiesThursday, June 4 from 9:00AM - 10:00AMRegister Now!
Social SciencesThursday, June 4 from 3:00PM - 4:00PMRegister Now!
Arts and HumanitiesFriday, June 5 from 1:00PM - 2:00PMRegister Now!
Preliminary Year ProgramTuesday, June 9 from 10:00AM - 11:00AMRegister Now!

Online Course Advising Appointment
Due to volume, appointments are 30 minutes in length (maximum). We urge students to prepare in advance by completing all necessary steps (steps 1-4) before their scheduled appointment. Appointments are available between Monday, June 8 and Friday, July 31. Book early, as appointments are expected to fill quickly.

STEP 2: Review Orientation Videos and Online Resources

Learn from Brescia experts in the areas of Financial Aid, Student Life and Academic Advising. These online video resources are the start to a successful university transition.

Welcome to Summer OrientationBrescia's Recruitment and Admissions Team10 minutesAvailable June 1
Financing Your FutureRachel Bruijns, Financial Aid Officer30 minutesAvailable week of June 1
The University TransitionBrescia's Student Life Centre Team30 minutesAvailable week of June 1
Planning for your AcademicsBrescia's Academic Advisors45 minutesAvailable week of June 1

STEP 3: Attend Your Live Academic Program Session

Join fellow #BresciaBound students for a live information session that is specific to your academic area of choice. Learn about required courses, module options, electives, and more. You must register (above) in advance to access your LIVE ACADEMIC PROGRAM SESSION. You will be sent a confirmation email with the link to attend the live session on your scheduled date.

STEP 4: Draft Your Timetable

Now that you have the tools, resources, and knowledge – It is time to draft your academic timetable. Log in to Student Center ( and open the Draft My Timetable tool. Be sure to complete this step before meeting with your course advisor.

STEP 5: Attend Your Online Course Advising Appointment

Your course advisor will review your draft timetable, discuss future education/career goals, and support you with making any necessary adjustments before you officially enroll in your classes. Due to volume, appointments are 30 minutes in length (maximum). We urge students to prepare in advance by reviewing course options and drafting your schedule. Online registration available above.

STEP 6: Register in Courses

You’re ready! Log in to Student Center ( to officially enroll in your courses for September. Year one students will select courses from the 0100–1999 range. Once you add or drop courses on the web, your record will be updated in real time. Course registration is available between June and September. First year course registration begins on June 6, 2020.

Remember, you can access these online resources to support the course registration process:

  • Brescia Welcome Guide
  • Student Center Tutorial
  • Course Registration Tutorial

If you require assistance, contact the Hive by email at

STEP 7: Connect with current Brescia Students

Do you have additional questions about what it is like to be a Brescia student? Connect with Brescia Student Ambassadors, Brescia Soph Peer Mentors, and Brescia’s Residence Life Team to learn more!

More information available June 1st.

Frequently Asked Questions

I previously registered for an on-campus Summer Orientation Day (SOD). Do I need to complete a new registration for online sessions and appointments?

Yes. Unfortunately your previous registration for your on-campus Summer Orientation Day (SOD) will not carry over to our new online delivery. Please take a moment to register for a Live Academic Program Session, and an Online Course Advising Appointment.

I cannot attend the Live Academic Program Session for my respective area of study? What should I do?

We encourage all incoming students to participate in the Live Academic Program Session for your area of study. The online session will support you in course selection and registration, and help you to become more familiar with important websites and online resources that you will access as a Brescia student.

Multiple sessions for each academic area will be available throughout June and July. If you cannot attend one of the live sessions, please review the recording (available 24 hours after the live session), or sign up for the next available session.

If you have immediate concerns, please contact Jazmyn Jansen at

What is the deadline for course registration?

The last day for online web registration is September 17*.

*Dates may change, visit for official sessional dates.

Can parents or other guests participate? (E.g. virtual events or online sessions?)

Yes! Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to participate! We recognize that parents are a key resource and support for their student. Parent participation in virtual events or advising appointments may vary, but at minimum we recommend that parents review the following resource with their student:

  • Financial Planning Video
  • Orientation and Transition Video
  • Residence Handbook and other supporting information related to residence.

I had an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in high school. Who can I contact about accommodation while attending university?

Accessible Education at Western can help organize next steps for any necessary accommodations that you may need while attending university. To book an appointment with Accessible Education, please email

Academic accommodation must be requested during the summer, as soon as possible after students register for courses. Later requests will be considered however, accommodation may not be arranged in time for first term examinations. Please note that academic accommodation and related assistance provided at Western may differ from that provided by an individual’s previous educational institution. More information about is available at the Accessible Education website

Who can I contact if I have additional questions about summer orientation and course registration?

If you have additional questions, please email or call The Hive at 519-858-5151.