International Programming and Events

Chroma Project 

If you are a first year undergraduate student and would like to be connected with a faculty or graduate student mentor who can provide academic and/or cultural support during your first year of university, become a part of the Chroma Project!

Join the Chroma Project and receive:

  • Guidance throughout your first year
  • Valuable academic advice
  • Skills and tools to navigate new environments

The time commitment is a minimum of 1 hour per month to meet with your mentor/mentee.

This project is supported by the Ministry of Advanced Educated and Skills Development.

We would be delighted to have your involvement in the Chroma Project. To apply for this program during recruitment cycles, please visit the International Student Connections page on Gryphlife.

Conversation Partners

A program for English as an Additional Language undergraduate and graduate students who wish to be paired with a student volunteer to practice and improve their spoken English.

International Graduate Student Orientation

This event provides the opportunity for all new graduate students to learn more about what it means to be a graduate student, receive tips on how to succeed in graduate school, become aware of services available on campus and meet other students. Orientation is typically held in the first week of the semester in which you begin your studies, or the Tuesday before classes commence.

Make sure you stay tuned to your email, the Graduate Studies website and the Graduate Studies Facebook page for more details. Look out for information about this from your graduate secretary. Contact Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studiesfor more information.

International Graduate Day

This event is specifically for international graduate students to learn more about navigating campus, community, and cultural resources. Orientation is typically held on the Thursday during the first week of classes.

Look for more informaiton about this from your graduate secretary. Contact Graduate & Post-Doctoral Studies for more information.

LINK Program

The LINK program connects new international students with current Guelph students to help ease the transition into Canadian culture and life at the University of Guelph. The program is open to all exchange students and new full degree international students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Learn more here.

To apply for this program during recruitment cycles, please visit the International Student Connections page on Gryphlife. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

START International

START International is a free orientation program for new international students, new permanent residents to Canada, new exchange students and out-of-country Canadians. The program will introduce you to the campus environment, the resources available to aid in your social and academic transition, and what you can expect from your University of Guelph experience. Attendance is highly recommended as the sessions will cover useful information on topics such as cultural adjustment, the Canadian university academic system, dressing for the seasons, health insurance and other support services that can help students make successful transitions.