There are many resources available to help you succeed:
Check out these resources on Academic Support for International Students for help succeeding as a student at the University of Windsor.
See our Money and Financial Information page for information on paying your tuition, banking, scholarships and financial estimation letters.
HOW CAN I TELL IF I’M BEING SCAMMED?
- Take some time to think about calls or emails you receive or the people that come to your door. If it sounds too good to be true, consider that it could be a scam
- If you are asked to respond with urgency, remember, nothing is urgent
- Fraudsters are able to make an incoming call appear legitimate by making the call display appear with a number that in fact belongs to the company/agency they say they are from. However, they are not actually phoning from that number. This is also the case with emails, as fraudsters can make e-mails appear very legitimate
- Some scam emails may say things such as “Email Money Transfer Alert: Please verify this payment information below…”, “Dear Online Account Holder, Access To Your Account Is Currently Unavailable…”, “We regret to inform you that we had to lock your bank account access. Call (telephone number) to restore your bank account.” Sometimes these emails contain obvious grammatical errors or misspellings
- Banks will never ask you for your password via email
- No government agency or legitimate business will ask for payments through Bitcoin, gift cards, MoneyGrams or other untraceable payment methods. The fraudsters will also encourage victims not to talk to anyone else and will try to keep them on the phone until the money is sent
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?
- Check facts through Snopes.com, Google or call a friend for a second opinion
- Keep safe from job scams and never accept payment for a job proposition
- Do not give out your personal information including: SIN, passport, credit card, passwords, or banking information
- Always confirm who you are speaking with if it involves giving out personal information or money. Ask for the phone number so that you can call them back, or for their name/employee number or ID so you can call the company to verify their identity
- Protect your Green Shield health insurance card: never share your card, even if your friend is going to the doctor. Always carry one copy of your card and keep your extra card in a safe place when not in use
- Do not participate in online surveys unless you are 100% sure of where they are coming from
- Update your computer protection with anti-virus, spyware filters, email filters
- When creating a password, create the longest possible password that contains a combination of upper and lowercase letters and symbols
- Regularly check your bank, credit and debit card statements
- Use PayPal to make online purchases whenever possible
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M UNSURE IF IT’S A SCAM?
- If you receive a call or e-mail from someone asking for personal information or money, slow the conversation down, take your time, take the emotion out of the situation, and verify the information. If you are unable to verify the information yourself, please contact your local police service who can assist you BEFORE you become a victim.
- Please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website for more information on current scams, how to protect yourself, and how to report an incident
- Read here about protecting your Social Insurance Number.
LINKS TO SOME COMMON SCAMS:
Learn about finding on/off-campus housing and getting a cell phone plan on our Housing and Telephone info page.
Insurance protects you from the unexpected and from being held liable. It is typically very low cost.
As an international student, you cannot be in Canada without insurance. Health Insurance is included as part of your tuition and is mandatory for all UWindsor students. All it takes is one unexpected health incident for you to understand why it is so critical to have.
All students should have home/tenant insurance. Even if you don’t own your home, as a renter, if something unexpected happens to your belongings (flood, fire, theft), you will be very glad that you purchased contents insurance. Worst of all, if your actions are responsible for causing damage in your landlord’s house and you are found to be liable, without insurance, your landlord, or his/her insurance company can hold you liable for all costs. You should shop for a reputable insurance company. There are many in Windsor to choose from. Most content insurance policy rates are extremely reasonably priced and would protect you and your belongings.
Whether you have your own car or plan to travel with another driver, it is critical that the registered owner of the vehicle has comprehensive auto insurance coverage.
Not having any of these insurances can be devastating to your health and your finances. Unexpected circumstances occur more often than you think.
Log in to Blackboard to keep up with announcements, events and important information plus gain access to additional resources and information.
The ISC hosts fourth-year nursing students every semester to provide you with health-related support. Their mandate is to increase awareness of health matters among the international student population.
The Candian Government's website has an application and information for temporary (or permanent) residents who need to obtain a replacement copy of a document issued to them by Canadian Immigration authorities and that has been lost, stolen or destroyed.
A non-refundable fee of $30.00 applies and payment must be included with the application. You can pay online and print the receipt.
Send or take your application to:
Verification of Status (VOS) or Replacement of an Immigration Document
Operations Support Centre (OSC)
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1
If your passport is lost as well you must arrange for this as the process varies from country to country. You will have to contact the Embassies, High Commissions or consulate of your nation in order to find out requisites, processing time, costs, etc. Once you have renewed your passport, you must then renew your study permit, and, if you are planning to travel, your entry visa.
When you transfer from one post secondary educational institution from within Canada to another, you must let Canada Immigration & Citizenship know. Follow these steps:
2. Scroll down until you find the option Transfer from DLI# to notify CIC that you are attending another designated learning institution.
3. Enter your application number. You will find this in the upper right corner of your study permit, usually beginning with S300.
4. Complete the remaining questions and submit:
- You will need you NEW institution DLI (not UWindsor's),
- your NEW student ID # and
- the exact date when you will start classes there.
The University of Windsor is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and our number is (DLI#) O19358946722 (the first character is the capital letter O).
The Multi-Faith Space is provided to support the diversity of the University community. It is to be used for prayer/meditation and religious observances and is open to students, faculty and staff.
Student Counselling Centre
Room 293 CAW Centre
University of Windsor
Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
519-253-3000 ext 4616
- My Student Support Program (MySSP) makes professional counselling available to all University of Windsor students, day or night, 24/7/365. It is free and confidential. Download the ‘MySSP’ app from your device’s app store (available on Apple and Android devices), or call 1.844.451.9700 (within North America) or 001-416-380-6578 (outside North America). The app is downloadable in simplified Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Spanish, English, and French, and at any given time, students have access to 35+ languages/cultures.
- The MySSP is tailored to provide advice on:
- adapting to new cultures;
- success in studies;
- relationships with family and friends;
- everyday issues while studying abroad;
- stress, anxiety, loneliness, and more.
- The MySSP is tailored to provide advice on:
- Good2Talk: 24 Hour Student Helpline: 1-866-925-5454
- Community Crisis Centre at Windsor Regional Hospital Ouelette campus. This includes:
- A 24-hour crisis telephone line - 519-973-4435
- 24 hour walk-in service at Ouellette Campus emergency department
Safer Sex, Dating, & Relationships
At UWindsor, we provide education & resources on safer sex, sexual wellness, consent, healthy dating & relationships through the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention, Resistance, & Support.
Take our Dating & Relationships workshop with ISC, or visit our website to learn more about our other programs, like Bystander® or Flip the Script™.
Ignite: Work Study Program
Ignite is the University of Windsor’s Work Study program and funds approximately 400 part-time jobs on campus for students demonstrating financial need related to basic living expenses and direct educational costs. Positions offer an opportunity for both financial benefits and skills development. The program is a partnership between Student Awards & Financial Aid and Career Development & Experiential Learning.
mySuccess is our innovative web-based system that has been designed to allow UWindsor students access to job opportunities, employment-related resources.
The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is the essential discount card designed for full-time students. Each year, more than 4.5 million students worldwide get the ISIC for access to over 40,000 student discounts and benefits in 120 countries. Save at home and abroad on travel, accommodation, food and drink, entertainment, admissions to museums and cultural attractions, retail purchases and more.
To get your ISIC card visit the office of UWSA (2nd-floor CAW) and bring your validated student card and a passport size photo.
Where in the world are the international students from?
The University of Windsor welcomes students from throughout the world. The countries with the most students currently studying at the University of Windsor include China, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, United States, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.