Orientation & Transition

Orientation Week
Soph Peer Mentor Program
Summer Orientation Days

Brescia Ursaline HallStarting university is an adjustment for students on many levels. By getting involved in our orientation and transition programs, you will be better equipped for Brescia’s academic structure and requirements – and you’ll be introduced to the wide array of social activities offered on campus.

To help you get acquainted to the campus community, there are a number of orientation and transition initiatives for new-to-Brescia students throughout the year:

Orientation Week

We are so excited to welcome all incoming students to Brescia this year! For more information about Brescia’s Orientation Program, and how it will introduce you to your new academic, physical, social, and cultural environment, and the Orientation Week Programming Schedule, please visit our Students’ Council Website

  • For information about Residence, please contact the Residence Manager at brescia-res@uwo.ca.

Bridging Program

‘Bridging’ is Brescia’s international student orientation program designed to support all international and out-of-province students with their adjustment to campus and their new city. Bridging takes place the week before Brescia’s regular Orientation Week for all incoming students. Bridging students receive guidance about academics, accommodations, shopping, eating, entertainment, classrooms and other facilities, transportation, and thriving in the Canadian culture.

Soph Peer Mentor Team

When you arrive on Brescia’s campus this fall for Orientation Week, you will be greeted by enthusiastic, friendly, and helpful student peer mentors called ‘Sophs’.

What is a Soph?soph team

Sophs are upper-year peer mentors who have dedicated themselves to welcoming incoming students to Western and the Affiliate University Colleges (Brescia, Huron and King’s). Between the Affiliate University Colleges and Western, there are approximately 800 ‘Soph’ student leaders divided into Residence, Affiliate, Faculty, Off-Campus, Charity, and Info teams.

Sophs are carefully selected and trained to ensure the positive orientation and transition of each incoming student. Your Brescia Soph Peer Mentors are your leaders, resources, supports, and friends throughout Orientation Week and the rest of the year.

Soph Peer Mentor Program

As a new-to-Brescia student, you will be assigned to a small group of other new-to-Brescia students whom you will share at least one class with first semester. Your group will be led by a Soph Peer Mentor whom you will meet and get to know during Orientation Week.

After Orientation Week, your Soph Peer Mentor will maintain regular contact with you and your small group over the year in order to help you transition successfully to life at Brescia. Your Soph Peer Mentor Team will provide a support network for you in areas related to your academic, social, and personal development. They will provide programming specific to your needs and will connect you to the resources and services every student should know at Brescia and Western.

Soph Peer Mentor Office Hours

As a new student to Brescia, you can stay connected with your Soph Peer Mentors and join them weekly for Soph Peer Mentor Office Hours in the Brescia Student Life Centre.This is a great opportunity to relax, participate in a fun activity,  visit with your Soph Peer Mentors and ask any questions you may have related to your academic, social and personal development! Like the Brescia Soph Peer Mentor Team Facebook page to keep track of what’s happening during Sophice Hours!

Term 2 Sophice Hours Begin Tuesday January 12th, 2016 and run every Tuesday-Thursday from 11:30am-2:30pm on a weekly basis in the Brescia Student Life Centre until Thursday March 31st 2016. Check out the schedule below to find out when your Soph Peer Mentor will be hosting ‘Sophice Hours’:

January 12th-14th
January 26th-28th
February 9th-11th
March 1st-3rd
March 15th-17th
March 29th-31st
11:30am-12:30pmMaddy S & CarlyRachelVictoria & Ellen
12:30pm-1:30pmJess & KathleenCindy & JuliaMichelle
1:30pm-2:30pmAlyson & LeahanneAlessia & ChristinePaige
January 19th-21st
February 2nd-4th
February 23rd-25th
March 8th-10th
March 22nd-24th
11:30am-12:30pmAneesa & BrittanyMadyCourtney & Angela
12:30pm-1:30pmBrittani & Ana KAmanda & NhiEmily
1:30pm-2:30pmMeghan & MackenzieCarissa & Anna CTyne


If you have any questions about the Soph Peer Mentor Program, contact the Student Life Centre at: bucstudent.life@uwo.ca or the Head Soph at odirector@bucsc.ca.

Soph Peer Mentor Log Sheets

Soph Peer Mentors can access their monthly log-sheet here.

Soph Peer Mentor Interaction Website

Soph Peer Mentors can access the Interaction Website here

Soph Peer Mentor Pillar Programming

Soph Peer Mentors can access the Pillar Programming Form here

Soph Peer Mentors can access the Pillar Programming Debrief Form here


Frost Week

The winter version of O-Week happening the first week of class in January each year. There are lots of programs happening all week to welcome you back to campus and help you reconnect with your Soph Peer Mentors and campus resources. Connect with your Soph Peer Mentors and  Brescia University College Students’ Council to learn more.

 Summer Orientation Days

From June to August, Summer Orientation Days (SODs) prepare you for the transition to life at Brescia.

At your SOD you will have the chance to learn about academic planning, experiences you may encounter during your transition, hear from financial aid, and map out your timetable. You will also register for some of your courses, have the option of taking a campus tour, and meet some current Brescia students!