Brescia welcomes students from around the world
Welcome to Brescia’s International Student Services web page. These pages will provide you information about: programming, activities, events, a comprehensive checklist, and other valuable resources for international students and other interested individuals.
Brescia is an extremely multicultural school, and welcomes every new addition to the family with open arms.
A message from the International Program Coordinator:
My name is Christina Lord, and I am the International Program Coordinator. My main responsibility is to ensure that we provide you and your families with quality, student-centered services. In collaboration with the faculty and staff, I facilitate opportunities for intercultural and diversity dialogue and development. You are always welcome to drop by, or to make an appointment to meet with me at any time.
I am available to answer questions regarding: cultural adjustment; general Study Permits and/or Work Visa inquiries; UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan), events and activities, personal issues, and any concerns related to daily living in Canada, or just to chat.
I am here to serve you, so please let me know how to do so!
To schedule an appointment, please call (519)432-8353 ext 28012 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Christina’s office is in Room 157 in the Mother St. James Building, which is across from Student Services, near the west elevator.
News & Announcements:
Scam Targeting International Students – Recent media reports, as well as Toronto and Hamilton Police Services, have issued warnings to Chinese students about a kidnapping scam. (A scam is a fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit.) As far as we know, international students at Western and in London have not been targeted. However, we encourage students to be aware and to notify authorities if you or your friends are contacted.
Additional information on financial and other scams is available below:
- Western Statement on Scam Targeting International Students
- Safety precautions
- Report a scam or fraud
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Traveling to the U.S. – For information on US travel restrictions and to read Dr. Susan Mumm’s official statement on the U.S. Executive order, click here
View what current International Students say about Brescia
International Student Profile: Esther
Esther is currently in her fourth year at Brescia, and is in the Food and Nutrition program. She moved from Nigeria to Canada in 2010, and has quickly adapted to life in a new country. “Canada has a different culture but it’s not hard to adjust to. You can learn from Canadians, and they can learn from you,” she explains.
Bridging week helped her become comfortable with London and Brescia, and also introduced her to friends she still remainds in contact with. In addition to Bridging Week, Esther also found that living in residence and joining the Brescia Multicultural Club were helpful in becoming part of the Brescia community.
London Ontario is known as the “Forest City.” It is Canada’s 11th largest city, and is less than 2 hours away from Canada’s largest city, Toronto. There are always friendly faces and plenty to do in London, but you’ll have to come see that for yourself.
Programming is focused on but not limited to international students. All Brescia students are welcome to participate, as participating together will enhance programs, break down barriers, and provide opportunities for personal and Brescia community development.
International Bridging Program
The International Bridging Program offers a sneak preview into life at Brescia and in London, and an opportunity to enter this path of your life journey with increased knowledge, awareness, and the ability to embrace it to its fullest.