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Resources & FAQs

Looking for some more information about your Summer Orientation Day Session (SODs) or about course enrolment? We've got great resources to help you navigate the enrolment process.

Getting Started:

Selecting your Courses:

Drafting a Timetable:

Important Websites:

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when will my SOD Session take place?
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Select a virtual or in-person SOD session depending on your availability. In Person sessions have been scheduled for 2 hours on Brescia's campus and virtual sessions have been scheduled for 1.5 hours on Zoom.
What can I expect from my SOD Session?
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Our team is here to help! We will discuss future education/career goals and help you with your course selection before you officially enroll in your classes. At the end of your appointment you will:

  • know how to structure your degree
  • know how to schedule your classes
  • be enrolled in your required courses
  • have the confidence to select your electives
How can I prepare for my appointment?
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We urge all incoming students to activate their Western Identity and review the OWL Site before their scheduled Session. Students are encouraged to review course options in advance of their SOD Session with the faculty-specific information and First-Year course list available on the OWL Site. Additional resources can be found on the OWL Site and Summer Orientation and Course Registration page.
Who will I be meeting with?
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All of our team members are highly knowledgeable about the course selection and registration process. Members from the Registrar's Office will be facilitating the SOD Sessions including our Registrar, Academic Advisors, the Academic Advising Programming Coordinator, and current students will be available for enrolment support.

NOTE: If you are an incoming student, entering into YEAR TWO OR ABOVE please let us know and we can make sure to connect you with the Senior Academic Advisor at your session.

What is the deadline for course registration?
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Course registration will be available to first-year students between early June and is open to all students until mid-September. The last day to add/enroll in courses is September 15*, 2023.

*Dates may change, visit  Western's Academic Calendar for official sessional dates.
Should I take the Brescia French Placement Test and how do I access it?
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The Brescia French Placement Test determines your level of French to help you and us evaluate which course is the most appropriate for your level.

You DO NOT need to take the placement test if: 
- You never studied French, you do not need a placement test. You should register directly in French 1002.
-If you completed Grade 11 French or French 1002, you go to French 1010.

In all the other cases, the placement is recommended, including if:
-You completed Grade 12 (core, extended or immersion) French with "normal grades", (70-85%) you go to French 1910.
-If you completed Grade 12 (core, extended or immersion) with high grades (above 85%), and have a good mastery of written grammar, you may want to take the Placement Test. You may be placed to French 2900.

-If you studied in a Francophone school, and/or spent time in a Francophone environment, you need to take the placement test.

-If you studied French abroad, in a community college, or in a language school, you need to take the Placement Test.

-If you are a native speaker of French, you NEED to take the Placement Test.

The French Placement Test can be accessed through OWL . Login to OWL (owl.uwo.ca) with your @uwo credentials and search Brescia French Placement Test and then you can join the site to complete the test.

Can parents or other guests participate in my SOD Session?
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Yes! Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to participate! We recognize that parents are a key resource and support for our students. Parents will be invited to attend a Parent-specific session during our In-Person sessions and the same information will be posted to our SOD website and OWL Site for parents who can't make an-in person session. We recommend that parents review the following resources available on the OWL Site or on our website:

  • Financial Planning Video
  • Orientation and Transition Video
  • Residence Handbook and other supporting information related to residence.
I had an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in high school/need an ongoing support plan for my academics. Who can I contact about accommodation while attending university?
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Accessible Education at Western can help organize next steps for any necessary accommodations that you may need while attending university. To connect Accessible Education, please visit the Accessible Education website and 'Register for the First Time.'

Academic accommodation must be requested during the summer, as soon as possible after students register for courses. Later requests will be considered however, accommodation may not be arranged in time for first term examinations. Please note that academic accommodation and related assistance provided at Western may differ from that provided by an individual’s previous educational institution. More information about is available at the Accessible Education website.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions about summer orientation and course registration?
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If you have additional questions, please email brescia@uwo.ca or call The Hive at 519.432.8353.