Orientation & Transition

Orientation Week
Soph Peer Mentor Program
Summer Orientation Days

Brescia Ursaline HallStarting university is an adjustment for students on many levels. By getting involved in our orientation and transition programs, you will be better equipped for Brescia’s academic structure and requirements – and you’ll be introduced to the wide array of social activities offered on campus.

To help you get acquainted to the campus community, there are a number of orientation and transition initiatives for new-to-Brescia students throughout the year:

Orientation Week

We are so excited to welcome all incoming students to Brescia this year! For more information about Brescia’s Orientation Program, and how it will introduce you to your new academic, physical, social, and cultural environment, and the Orientation Week Programming Schedule, please visit our Students’ Council Website

  • For information about Residence, please contact the Residence Manager at brescia-res@uwo.ca.

Bridging Program

‘Bridging’ is Brescia’s international student orientation program designed to support all international and out-of-province students with their adjustment to campus and their new city. Bridging takes place the week before Brescia’s regular Orientation Week for all incoming students. Bridging students receive guidance about academics, accommodations, shopping, eating, entertainment, classrooms and other facilities, transportation, and thriving in the Canadian culture.

Soph Peer Mentor Team

When you arrive on Brescia’s campus this fall for Orientation Week, you will be greeted by enthusiastic, friendly, and helpful student peer mentors called ‘Sophs’.

What is a Soph?

Sophs are upper-year peer mentors who have dedicated themselves to welcoming incoming students to Western and the Affiliate University Colleges (Brescia, Huron and King’s). Between the Affiliate University Colleges and Western, there are approximately 800 ‘Soph’ student leaders divided into Residence, Affiliate, Faculty, Off-Campus, Charity, and Info teams.

Sophs are carefully selected and trained to ensure the positive orientation and transition of each incoming student. Your Brescia Soph Peer Mentors are your leaders, resources, supports, and friends throughout Orientation Week and the rest of the year.

Soph Peer Mentor Program

As a new-to-Brescia student, you will be assigned to a small group of other new-to-Brescia students whom you will share at least one class with first semester. Your group will be led by a Soph Peer Mentor whom you will meet and get to know during Orientation Week.

After Orientation Week, your Soph Peer Mentor will maintain regular contact with you and your small group over the year in order to help you transition successfully to life at Brescia. Your Soph Peer Mentor Team will provide a support network for you in areas related to your academic, social, and personal development. They will provide programming specific to your needs and will connect you to the resources and services every student should know at Brescia and Western.

If you have any questions about the Soph Peer Mentor Program, contact the Student Life Centre at: bucstudent.life@uwo.ca or the Head Soph at odirector@bucsc.ca.

Sophice Hours

This year Sophice Hours will happen in the St. James Living Room (beside the Hive). Sophice Hours are a chance to connect with Sophs, ask questions, participate in any activities they will be running or just to pop by and say hi! Keep an eye out for the Brescia Hillgoer Banner which will identify which table our Sophs are located at each day. The hours for Fall semester are as follows:

Mondays 10AM-2PM

Tuesdays 12PM-4PM

Wednesdays 10AM-2PM

Soph Peer Mentor Log Sheets

Soph Peer Mentors can access their monthly log-sheet here.

Soph Peer Mentor Interaction Website

Soph Peer Mentors can access the Interaction Website here

Soph Peer Mentor Pillar Programming

Soph Peer Mentors can access the Pillar Programming Form here

Soph Peer Mentors can access the Pillar Programming Debrief Form here


Frost Week

The winter version of O-Week happening the first week of class in January each year. There are lots of programs happening all week to welcome you back to campus and help you reconnect with your Soph Peer Mentors and campus resources. Connect with your Soph Peer Mentors and  Brescia University College Students’ Council to learn more.

 Summer Orientation Days

From June to August, Summer Orientation Days (SODs) prepare you for the transition to life at Brescia.

At your SOD you will have the chance to learn about academic planning, experiences you may encounter during your transition, hear from financial aid, and map out your timetable. You will also register for some of your courses, have the option of taking a campus tour, and meet some current Brescia students!