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Summer Orientation and Course Registration

Brescia’s Summer Orientation Days (SOD) prepare you for your transition into university life at Brescia. This programming is designed for students who have accepted their Offer of Admission and are looking to complete course registration and take care of their “next steps” before classes begin. Family and friends of the Brescia Bound are welcome to join.

This year, we will be hosting a hybrid approach for our Summer Orientation Days. This includes:

  • Tutorials and program specific information via OWL to help you prepare for your SOD and enroll in your courses for September.
  • Faculty Specific Sessions (In Person and Virtual)
    • Meet students in your program, hear about your program requirements, and get enrolled in your courses.
  • International Sessions (Virtual)
    • These sessions are designed for our International or Out of Province students with a time change/difference in mind.

The goal of these sessions is to help you enroll in the courses you need to achieve your academic goals and complete your desired modules.

As an incoming student, you will have the chance to learn about program requirements, financial aid, orientation and transition, and academic planning. Brescia staff will provide you with the tools, resources and support you need for a successful, stress-free orientation. Make sure you follow these steps before your SOD Session to be prepared to enroll in your courses!

Questions? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page as your first step!

STEP 1: Activate Your Western Identity

To access course enrolment and your student accounts you need to activate your Student Identity. This is an important step for you to complete to access all the tools needed for September. To activate your Western Identity you need to:

  1. Activate Your Identity
    1. Steps on how to activate your identity can be found here.
    2. You can view a breakdown of the process here.
  2. Setup your Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) System
    1. Western has an MFA system in place to strengthen user security and confidentiality.
    2. MFA Step-by-Step Instructions for after you install Duo Mobile App on your device.
  3. Log in to your Student Accounts
    1. Student Center
    2. OWL
    3. UWO Email & Office365

STEP 2: Register for Your 2023 SOD Faculty Session

Your course advisor will discuss your future education/career goals to support you with course selection and course enrolment. You will have the flexibility to attend a Faculty Specific Session to hear about your general requirements for first-year and to start making your course selection.

Course selection and registration can be a confusing step in your preparation for university. Between required courses, electives, labs and tutorials, there are a lot of options to consider when creating your first university class schedule. We have prepared academic program information that is specific to your chosen area of study. Our team will guide you through the process of reviewing your program requirements, evaluating your elective options and developing a class schedule that works for you.

In-Person VS Virtual SODs

Regardless of the format you plan on attending, our In Person and Virtual SOD sessions will include your program specific information and enrolment support. Our Team will review your program, specific courses you need for your desired module, and support drafting your schedule and course enrolment.

International Student Sessions

These virtual sessions are designed to be mindful of time zone differences and provide programming that will be accessible to students. During these sessions, we will connect with you about your course registration, direct you to the important resources for you, and provide specific information relevant to you (travel information, health care information, living on or off campus, etc).

International Students also have access to our Bridging Program to help you set up in Canada and be prepared to start your studies in September. You can view details about the Bridging Program here.

All the dates are listed in the table below. Once you find a session that works for you, register for your session below the table. Please note, there is a capacity of 28 students per in-person session. We will open more in-person sessions as needed.

Date Session Time
Tuesday June 20, 2023

Virtual Health Science & Kinesiology*

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Wednesday June 21, 2023

In Person Foods & Nutrition

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday June 22, 2023

Virtual Arts & Humanities

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday June 23, 2023

Virtual International Student Session

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 
Saturday June 24, 2023

Virtual Management & Organizational Studies

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunday June 25, 2023

In Person Family Studies & Human Development

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday June 27, 2023

Virtual Foods & Nutrition

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday July 4, 2023

Virtual Social Sciences

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday July 5, 2023

In Person Health Science & Kinesiology

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday July 6, 2023

In Person Family Studies & Human Development

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday July 7, 2023

Virtual International Student Session

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday July 8, 2023

In Person Management & Organizational Studies

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday July 10, 2023

In Person Social Sciences

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday July 12, 2023

In Person Arts & Humanities

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday July 13, 2023

In Person Social Sciences

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday July 14, 2023

Virtual Family Studies & Human Development

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Monday July 17, 2023

In Person Social Science

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday July 18, 2023

Virtual International Student Session

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday July 20, 2023

In Person General SOD Session

1:30 PM  3:30 PM
Thursday July 27, 2023

Virtual Drop-In Session

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

STEP 3: Review Orientation Videos and Online Resources

The 2023 Summer Orientation OWL Site has been published! You can log in to OWL with your Western credentials here. If you're not sure about how to find the Summer Orientation Site, you can view this How to Navigate OWL document for some giudance.

This OWL Site contains:

  • Faculty-Specific Presentations
  • Course Enrolment checklists
  • "How-To" Resources
  • Financial Aid Information
  • Opportunities to Connect with Other Incoming Students

You can access these resources by Activating your Western Identity and logging in to OWL with your uwo credentials.

Here are some resources for anyone who may not be able to access OWL:

STEP 4: Attend your SOD Session and Register in Courses

Each Academic Program Session includes:

  • An overview of program-specific information (required courses, labs and tutorials, electives).
  • An overview of the Draft My Timetable tool.
  • An overview of how to complete your registration on your Student Center.
  • Giving you the tools you need to explore elective courses and register in courses

Note: Preparation is key! We urge students to prepare in advance by completing all necessary steps before their scheduled appointment SOD Session. This means doing what you can on your own using your resources on OWL and preparing any questions for us during your SOD.

Visit the OWL Site or connect with the Hive (