University Community Centre 210
519- 661-3031
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

You will have to make many decisions and develop new skills to prepare for the new and demanding challenges of the University experience. The Student Development Centre is available to assist you in these areas.

Professionally-trained counsellors and other specialists will work with you on career, personal, learning and social concerns. The Student Development Centre offers workshops, individual counselling and self-help materials. Services are available to all registered students. Some services are available to prospective students in the summer before first year studies begin.

Services are available in the following areas:

International Student Office

University Community Centre 210
519- 661-3031

International students who are recent arrivals to Canada and/or Western are encouraged to visit the International Student Office. The following services are offered:

USA Visitor Visa Application

Interested students should come to SDC's International Student Office to take advantage of this service, which operates year-round.

International Student Reception Service

This service is provided during registration week for newly arrived international students. Call SDC's International Student Office on arrival in London. You will be met at Western, and every effort will be made to provide temporary accommodation if it is required.


To obtain a visitor's visa and accompanying "student authorization" granting permission to study in Canada, all non-Canadians must submit the following documents to a Canadian Consulate or Embassy outside Canada:

A visitor's visa or student authorization will not be issued at the Canadian border or inside Canada.

On arrival in Canada, both the visitor's visa and the "student authorization" must be presented to the border officials to gain entry.

SDC's First Nations Services

Services are offered in the following areas: recruitment and admission referrals, Native community liaison, Visiting Elders Program, Native socials and gatherings, Peer Helper Program, and Native Speakers/Cultural Workshops. The First Nations Learning Resource Centre & Computer Lab is located in Room 204 UCC; 661-4095

SDC's Effective Writing Program

This program is designed to help both undergraduate and graduate students as well as those who have acquired English in addition to their first language. The service offers free individual and group workshops. The Effective Writing Centre (room 217 UCC) offers drop-in assistance. Evening drop-in hours are available at Weldon Library. Alos offered: On-line writing help at: and courses in writing through the Western Centre for Continuing Studies. Effective Writing provides assistance not only to "remedial" students but also to more accomplished students who need to improve their techniques for essay, report, or thesis writing.

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