Orientation & Transition


Orientation Week
Soph Peer Mentors
Summer Orientation Days

Orientation Week

We are so excited to welcome all incoming students to Brescia!

We are currently working hard to organize an amazing experience for all New-to-Brescia students. Please check back throughout the summer for more information, as we will be updating this page on an ongoing basis.

If you have any immediate questions or concerns, or want a general overview of our Orientation Program and how it will contribute to your transition to university, please go to the Western Orientation page or contact the Student Life Centre at bucstudent.life@uwo.ca.

Stay tuned for more details!


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?

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. 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 connect you to the resources and services every student should know at Brescia and Western.

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 applications will be available January 2018 on http://www.oweek.ca/. For more information join us at one of our information session’s during open recruitment.

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!