START International

As an international student, you are not only coming to a new learning institution, but an entirely new country. This means there is more to think about in terms of your transition to life in University. The University of Guelph provides orientation specifically for international students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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.

Fall Semesters: The program is held in late August (before classes begin for the fall semester). 

Winter Semesters: The program is held on the day before classes commence in January.