Western University’s class of 2018 its largest ever

In addition to students from across Canada, Western will welcome 554 full-time, first-year international students from 42 countries to engage academically on campus as well as culturally with the London community. The number of international students choosing Western continues to rise, with the highest number of students coming from China, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

“O-Week helps our incoming students bond with each other, their campus and get to know the City of London,” said Susan Grindrod, Associate Vice President, Housing & Ancillary Services at Western. “These students are entering a new phase in their lives, moving away from home, and it’s our responsibility to provide an orientation experience that is welcoming, informative and brings them comfort and confidence as they embark on their university education.”

Residence Move In Days
Students will be moving into Western’s nine residences on Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1 from 8am-4pm. Media are welcome to attend Move In Days, but are not permitted inside the residences.

O-Week Opening Ceremonies
O-Week officially begins on Monday, September 1 from 8pm-10pm at the main stage located outdoors in Talbot Bowl at the base of University College Hill where the class of 2018 will come together in a show of school spirit and to celebrate their new home at Western.

Faculty Day
Faculty Day takes place on September 3 from 9am-5pm allowing new students to get to know more about their academic futures at Western by meeting students in their program, getting to know their faculty resources, taking in lectures from future professors and viewing demonstrations in their future labs.

Western’s annual Shinerama campaign kicks off on Saturday, September 6 at 10am with the Shine Rally at the Talbot Bowl before students fan out across London to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.

In addition to ongoing spirit-focused activities throughout the week, students also have the opportunity to attend events, seminars and sessions geared toward helping them adjust to life away from home and to make the most of their time at Western and in London.

MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Marnoch, Director Media & Community Relations, 519-661-2111, ext. 85468, kmarnoch@uwo.ca

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