Bridging Program

As you boldly embark on this path of your life journeyBridging 2011 066 you will find that the International Bridging Program offers you a sneak preview and an opportunity to proceed with increased knowledge, awareness, and the ability to embrace life to its fullest.

We welcome you to join us for an exploration of Brescia University, the University of Western Ontario, and London, Ontario.

About the Bridging Program

As someone arriving from outside of Canada, this  program is designed just for you. In addition to International students, out of province students are also welcome. This orientation gives you the unique opportunity to adjust to campus before the regular orientation week. Participants will receive a full orientation to university life, which will help smooth your overall transition greatly.

Bridging Week is highly recommended, as it is a great way to meet some of your peers, Brescia staff and faculty, and find out more about your new home.

Important Dates

  • July 31st, 2020: Registration form due
  • September 1st 2020: Bridging Program begins
  • September 5th 2020: Bridging Program ends
  • September 8th, 2020: Classes begin

Students may wish to arrive August 28th – 31st to settle into your accommodations in Clare Hall Residence after their 14 day isolation. It is recommended students arrive to Canada no later than August 13th to begin their 14 day self isolation which is mandatory for all individuals entering the country. Lissette will be in connection with you over the summer to explain these steps.

Cost: The Bridging Program costs $200 this year which covers residence accommodation, on-campus meals, and activity fees. This will be included in your tuition payment. Due to Covid-19, we will have blended online activities as well as in person activities throughout the Bridging week.

Registration for the Bridging program is now open

What happens during this orientation?

  • Lissette Ochoa; International Program Coordinator will contact you regarding your “Bridging at a glance Schedule” thank you.
  • You will attend workshops designed to assist with your adjustment –for example Academic Advising and
    Library orientation
  • Sessions on cultural adjustment, student services, university classroom expectations
  • You will be oriented to various practical aspects of university life –
    • Exploring the Brescia and Western campus,
    • Setting up bank accounts,
    • Activating your e-mail account, getting your student ID card & London Transit bus pass
  • An opportunity to purchase books and supplies
  • Attend mock lectures, learn about plagiarism and critical thinking with our professors.


City tours and large trips are unfortunately cancelled this year due to Covid-19. Students will receive information and orientation on the London area including:

  • Shopping malls and grocery stores
  •  Famous London restaurants and popular hangouts

Making new friends with other International and Canadian Brescia students is a priority, and Bridging week provides a great opportunity to do so.

Separate workshops are available for your parents or adult family members accompanying you to the program. These workshops are designed to provide some awareness about what life will be like for your daughter/son and to address the transition process. The workshops are complimentary. Costs for accommodation, meals, and outings are extra.

Parents and family members must make their own accommodation arrangements as residence space is reserved for incoming students.

This program is highly recommended and is available to both students and parents.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Lissette Ochoa, International Program Coordinator,
1285 Western Road, London Ontario, Canada N6G 1H2
Phone: (519) 432-8353 ext. 28012
Fax: (519) 858-5137

We look forward to welcoming you to Brescia!