Support for International Students

The Office of Intercultural Affairs

The Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA) in Student Life offers 1-to-1 advising, free skill-building and intercultural competency workshops, volunteer opportunities, cultural excursions, and community-building events throughout the year. We also have mentorship and social programs for new international students that last a semester or longer to help with cultural, academic, and language transition and make meaningful connections along the way.

There are four areas within OIA that support the grown, development, and learning needs of students from racialized background, undergraduate and graduate international and aboriginal students, and students from various faith perspectives:

  • International Programming and Advising (UC 3rd Floor South)
  • Diversity and Cultural Programming and Advising (UC 3rd Floor South)
  • The Multi-Faith Resource Team (Raithby House)
  • The Aboriginal Resource Centre (Federal Building, 620 Gordon Street)

Staff Resources

You have a strong team from the Office of Intercultural Affairs and our associates in other departments that work hard to ensure your success at Guelph.

Pugaleni IynKaran - Coordinator, International Programs, Student Life.

Pugaleni plans programs and events for international graduate students focusing on transition success, personal and professional growth, and intercultural skillsets, including: START International Welcome events, Graduate Student Mixers and orientations, International Career Day, and more.

You can find Pugaleni's office on the 3rd Floor of the University Centre (Student Life) or reach her by telephone (519-824-4120 ext. 53636) or by email (

Lenore Latta - EAL/ESL Specialist, Learning & Curriculum Support

Lenore works for the library and in collaboration with OIA to provide academic support programs to international students and students with English as an additional language. She develops programs that are unique to the cross-cultural experience of international students in the classroom, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. View these programs on the Library website.

You can find Lenore’s office on the 1st Floor of McLaughlin Library (Learning Commons) or reach her by telephone (519-824-4120 x 56209) or by email (