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, visit our Student Council’s website.

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

soph teamWhen 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?

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.

*Brescia Soph Peer Mentors: Click HERE to access the Soph Log Sheet

Soph Peer Mentor Program

As a new-to-Brescia student, you will be assigned to a small group of other new-to-Brescia students. 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 Clare Hall Residence Mercato Lounge Area. Contact your Soph Peer Mentor to find out when she is holding her Office Hours! This is a great opportunity to relax and visit with your Soph Peer Mentors and ask any questions you may have related to your academic, social and personal development!

Check out the 2015 ‘Sophice’ Hour Schedule to find out when your Soph Peer Mentor is holding office hours this term.

January-April 2015 Sophice Hour Schedule

11:30am-12:30pmDannielle & MarissaEmily, Mona & KathleenSara Michelle & AlessiaLeigh, Aneesa & Leahanne
12:30pm-1:30pmCeleste & JessicaBrittani & AnnaDeanna & VanessaAngela & Christine
1:30pm-2:30pmLeah & PaytonRawan & EllenJulia, Meghan & MackenzieNicole & Tyne
Sophice Hours take place in the Clare Hall Mercato Lounge


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

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.

Visit the Brescia Frost Week Facebook page to check-out all of the exciting events that are planned for Frost Week 2015!

View the 2015 Frost Week Schedule (.pdf)

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!