International students enjoy a welcome from Windsor

More than 350 new students coming to UWindsor this fall from overseas—including almost 90 exchange students—help to define the campus as an international destination, says Enrique Chacon.

The international student advisor helped to organize orientation sessions especially for this group, with sessions Sunday and Monday on topics ranging from adjusting to Canada’s culture and climate, understanding expectations for academic integrity, and dealing with visa and immigration issues.

Paschal Dim said that he already made some new friends during a welcoming barbecue on Sunday.

“I’m looking forward to learning more,” said the Nigerian native, who will begin studies Thursday in environmental sciences.

Windsor Welcome Week continues today with Tough Lancer, an Amazing Race-style competition that will put teams through a variety of mental and physical challenges, ending at the river’s edge. Other activities include a mini-golf tournament, a free lunch just for transfer students, a barbecue in support of the Shinerama charity and stand-up comedy by Gilson Lubin.

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This week’s events include:

  • Wednesday, September 5. Program orientation for all faculties and programs—compulsory for first-year students, the Welcoming Celebration in the St. Denis Centre, and the Coming Home Music Festival featuring Avicii.
  • Thursday, September 6. First day of classes and the Adrenaline Rush inflatable carnival.
  • Friday, September 7. See the city with the Taste of Sandwich food tour and an evening cruise along the Windsor-Detroit riverfront.
  • Saturday, September 8. Shinerama Shine Day will put UWindsor students on the street, working their shoe-shining skills to benefit cystic fibrosis charities.