International Student Services

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Get the one-on-one support you need this year

Types of appointments and support Browse all the appointment types to find out how you can access support. Then, book...

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Canadian workplace rules for international students

Are you an international student or a newcomer to Canada? Are you getting acquainted with the Canadian workplace culture? There...

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Canadian workplace culture for international students

Are you an international student or a newcomer to Canada? Are you getting acquainted with the Canadian workplace culture? There...

Student Success Centre mural

Volunteer requirements and opportunities for international students

Are there requirements for volunteering in Canada? Check with the organization you are interested in volunteering with to find out...

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The value of volunteering for international students

Why should you volunteer in Canada? Volunteering as an international student in Canada is a great way to gain Canadian...

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Supporting international undergraduate students coming to Canada

McMaster’s COVID-19 readiness plan for undergraduate students Information on this page is intended for undergraduate students. If you’re a graduate...

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Applying for the International Student Work Opportunity (ISWO) program

Are you an international student seeking ways to earn money and gain experience? The ISWO program offers paid positions for...

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Did you get vaccinated outside Ontario? Submit proof to the province’s vaccine system

Submitting your proof of vaccination will provide you with your QR code so you can access public areas that require...

Welcoming international students to McMaster for Winter 2022

Welcome! As we return to in-person learning, everyone in the International Student Services team is excited to meet and connect...

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Government announcement of travel ban due to the Omicron variant

Update (December 17, 2021): With the evolving situation and overwhelming evidence of community transmission of Omicron in most countries around...

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New government vaccination and travel updates

If you are outside Canada, or if you are in Canada and planning to travel for the winter break, please...

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MacCheck and vaccine updates for international undergraduate students

The Province of Ontario has recently released updated guidance on the definition of a “fully vaccinated individual” Previously, individuals who...

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Recommendation for international student arrival dates

McMaster University recommends that international students should not arrive in Canada more than four weeks before the Fall 2021 semester...

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Wellness supports for international students

We know that you and your fellow international students may be experiencing extra challenges right now. Your mental health and...

Yambakam, author of "Motherland, Fatherland and New World."

Stories for a global community: “Motherland, Fatherland and New World”

My first home is Nigeria, a juxtaposed hub of wealth and poverty yet amassed with ingenuous citizens and colourful cultures....

Student, Vidhya, author of "The Journey."

Stories for a global community: “The Journey”

It was my university graduation day. The last two years I spent 1,000 miles away from home studying in Bhopal,...

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Stories for a global community: “We Are Not So Different You & I”

At the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME), I worked as a casework intern helping migrant workers win salary, abuse,...

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“It’s always good to know someone from your hometown in an unfamiliar country.”

Online resources have been an essential part of international student support at Mac for the past few years – but...

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Getting to know Mac as a first-year international student

The webinars were thoroughly entertaining and knowledgeable. They helped me meet strangers who are now my closest friends from India...

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Be Smart, Stay Safe: Workshops help protect international students from scams

Our students are here for a good experience and to learn. It’s so important to protect them, and to help...