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Important 2017-2018 term dates

Here are all the relevant dates to help you navigate your first year in Grad school: list of important dates over the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Need help navigating your way around Western Campus? This map has been tailor-made just for you!

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Click on image to open PDF version

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Thriving in Graduate School: Taking Care of Yourself

SOGS and SGPS (School of Graduate and Postdoctural Studies) have worked together to amalgamate all the relevant resources for graduate students in a single place: the SGPS Wellness hub, Thriving in Graduate School.

Graduate School is often described as a balancing act. With all your responsibilities in graduate school, it often feels as though there is no time left to look after yourself. It is therefore important to remember that no graduate student is an island, and no graduate degree is achieved without the advice of your colleagues, supervisor, and support services. The following resources will help you thrive in graduate school:


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 Orientation schedule

International Graduate Student Meet & Greet – FOR NEW STUDENTS ONLY

Incoming international graduate students are welcome to register for this FREE event (registration link to come). At the event, you will be paired up with current international graduate students from your home country. There will be refreshments, appetizers, and ice breaker games!

Welcome to YOUR Grad Club

Want to ensure your Graduate Association/Department is attending this event? Be sure to contact your representation and encourage them to sign up. Please see the Grad Association list for contact information.

Amazing Race: SOGS Edition

Interested in competing for a $200 Grad Club certificate? Sign up as a team of four or as a free agent for our Amazing Race: SOGS Edition. All winners receive free admission to our Bonfire Night (September 16). All participants receive a $5 Grad Club certificate.

 Purchasing Tickets 

Tickets for the New Student Party ($10 – new students only) and the Bonfire Night ($5 – open to all students) can be purchased during the SGPS September 7 Orientation in Alumni Hall or at the SOGS Office (UCC 260) beginning from August 5.

More information regarding the orientation schedule and event descriptions is available online.


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Department Graduate Student Associations/Councils

SOGS is currently developing a complete list of all Graduate Student Associations/Councils. Details regarding these groups, including contact information, will be made available soon. If you are aware of your Graduate Association/Council, please contact your Graduate Administrative Assistant. In the meantime, please contact sogs@uwo.ca.

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Important services for new students

Our Graduate Student Orientation Handbook is available in print at the Orientation on September 7, 2017 and from our Office (UCC 260). It is also available online.

For a detailed account of supports and services on campus and in the London area, please consult the Equity Resource List.

Are you an international student? The International Graduate Students: Guide to Western University created by our International and Graduate Student Issues Committee can help you settle in at Western.



Over the next few years, Western and London Transit are phasing out the old paper bus pass and are implementing a tap pass system that will use new student cards as the bus pass.

For the fall 2016 semester: All full-time graduate students (new and returning) will continue to pick up their paper bus pass from the SOGS Office (UCC 260). You must bring your student ID with you to collect your bus pass.

New graduate students who obtain a new student card will be able to use their student card as a tap bus pass throughout the fall semester. However, new students should still pick up their paper bus pass from the SOGS Office to ensure they are able to ride the bus immediately, as their student card may not be active for up to 48 hours.


A text version of the following information is available online.

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