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International Students Welcome Week

Huron Welcome Week

First and foremost, we’re so excited to have you at Huron and can’t wait to provide you with everything you need to become a part of Canada’s most vibrant undergraduate experience.
My name is Valeeta, and I am the Coordinator of International Student Engagement. 
My role is to connect you to events and activities on campus, as well within the broader community of London, Ontario, so you can make the most of your time at Huron.  I am also here to provide you with the support you need to be as successful as possible in your academic and personal lives.  We are so looking forward to welcoming you to your new home in a few short months.  Before you begin your travel to Canada, I wanted to send through a few tips and tricks for navigating your first few days and weeks with us.  Welcome Week will take place the week of August 26.  On Tuesday August 25, your new Huron friends will come to the Toronto airport to pick you up, bring you to London and help you get settled on campus. I strongly encourage you to book your ticket so your flight arrives at Toronto Pearson Airport on August 25. That way, you can be a part of the official welcome party.  

Welcome Week Schedule 

                          Whether your flight arrives in the morning or in the afternoon, don’t worry, we will be there! Please send us the details of your flight so we can ensure someone is at the airport on the date you arrive to bring you back to London.  We know you (and your parents) have many questions:  We are here to help!  If you have concerns before your arrival, you are welcome to send me an email or reach out to me on WhatsApp, Facebook, or WeChat.  We promise these upcoming experiences will create memories you will cherish for a lifetime! 

    Valeeta Blancher-Bennett, WeChat: ValeetaB, Facebook: Valeeta Blancher-Bennett,  WhatsApp: +1-519-777-2556


Benefits of Global Experience

Curriculum enhancement: Going on exchange, studying abroad, or participating in Huron in Honduras is an extension of in-class learning. For example, a student studying the Japanese language can increase their mastery of the language by being immersed into it in Japan. 

Cost-effective: Exchange programs are an affordable way to have a global experience because exchange students pay tuition to Huron (and therefore do not have to pay high international fees). Huron does offer some scholarships and bursaries to help pay for the cost of studying abroad. 

Personal growth: Students move outside of their "comfort zone" to adapt to different environments and situations. This can result in advances in intellectual and social maturity as well as increased self-confidence. For example, students who participate in Huron in Honduras experience life in rural Honduras where running water and other taken-for-granted conveniences are not readily available thus exposing our students to an experience that is difficult to replicate in a classroom setting or through reading a book.

Development of the soft-skills sought by employers: Students acquire many skills abroad that can be developed in their resumes and used in job interviews. Some of these skills include leadership, communication, adaptability, functional ability in another language, empathy and a deeper appreciation for differences and cultural diversity. It also adds an international dimension to the resume and academic record for graduate school.

Networking: Grows the student's professional and personal network through the experience.

International Application Requirements

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Important Information for Parents

Huron at Western University's small campus gives us the opportunity to get to know your student in order to help them achieve their academic and post-graduation plans. Not only do we welcome students from over 29 countries, but we also encourage students to consider international experiences to enhance their education.

Huron students can go abroad to study, volunteer, or work both through our programs or initiatives they seek out on their own. Parental support is an important part of a students' decision to go abroad and we hope to address any questions and concerns you may have as the parent of an international student or a student considering going abroad. 

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Key Contacts

Catrina Ren

International Recruitment Specialist, China
Apps International House

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday

Valeeta Blancher-Bennett

Coordinator, International Student Engagement
519.438.7224 ext. 291
Apps International House

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday