International Student Programs and Services

Advising and Support

The International Student Advisors (ISAs) are available to meet one-on-one with full degree undergraduate and graduate international students, new immigrants, and refugees. Common topics of conversation include housing, academic concerns, immigration (study permit, visa, post-graduate work permit, etc.) financial difficulties, and culture shock. Our ISAs can also help you get involved on campus, connect with other students, and talk through any personal concerns.

Regardless of the nature of your visit, our ISAs are always happy to see you and to provide guidance and support as needed! For contact information, visit our Advising and Support page.


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i-Chat

Each week we will have casual discussions on topics that are relevant to your experience as an international student. Come enjoy lunch and the company of your peers. More details can be found on GryphLife - International Student Connections.

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. 


Conversation Partners & Cafés

The Conversation Partners Program is for English as an Additional Language undergraduate and graduate students who wish to be paired with a student volunteer in order to practice and improve their spoken English.

Conversation Cafés provide a welcoming and information space for peer-led discussions and activities to practice your spoken English. It is open to both Conversation Partners and the campus community.


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International Student Connections

International Student Connections are events and programs specificially for international students, including free skill-building workshops, volunteer opportunities, cultural excursions, and social activities throughout the year to help you meet new friends, learn new skills, and explore Canadian culture. We also have mentorship and social programs for new international students to help with cultural, academic, and language transition. Follow us on GryphLife to stay up-to-date with our events throughout the academic year!

International Student Organization

The International Student Organization (ISO) is a club on campus for international students. It aims to act as the crossroads for international students to learn about university life on campus and of the various resources available to them. The ISO strives to provide the social and transitional support that all international students need during their time here at the University of Guelph.

The ISO Lounge is located on the 5th floor of the University Centre (UC Romm 535) and can be used for both studying and relaxing. You are welcome to drop by and say hi to everyone there!

The ISO also hosts many different events throughout the year, please check GryphLife - International Student Organization for up-to-date information about upcoming events.


WUSC Student Refugee Program

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) improves education, employment, and empowerment opportunities for you. WUSC works with a diverse network of students, volunteers, institutions, governments, and businesses. Together, we foster youth-centered solutions to overcome inequality and exclusion.

WUSC at the University of Guelph has the Student Refugee Program (SRP). This is a peer to peer mentorship initiative whereby students' levies for the club cover the cost of refugee students' tuition and other expenses. WUSC's Local Committee supports the SRP to raise awareness about ongoing refugee crises and run other events on campus. Learn more about the WUSC Local Committee at the University of Guelph and about how you can get involved.