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International Student Events

We encourage international students to attend Welcome Week events. Welcome Week is an opportunity to make friends, and also learn about McMaster and the Hamilton area.

In addition to our scheduled events, here are some additional Welcome Week events we recommend for international students:

We will share more as event details get confirmed. Come back to this page for updates throughout the summer.

Student Services Carnival

Signature Event; Strategic Theme Event

Big news – we’re bringing a McMaster favourite to Welcome Week! Students who attended last year rated this event 4.7/5! The Student Services Carnival will give you a chance to connect with on-campus partners before the school year begins. The event includes a BBQ and carnival treats!

Student services across campus will participate in this event, including the following:

  • Athletics & Recreation
  • Campus Store
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3906
  • Chaplaincy Centre
  • Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Hamilton Fire Department
  • Indigenous Student Services
  • International Student Services
  • Libraries
  • Maccess/WGEN/SHEC
  • Mac’s Money Centre
  • McMaster Exchange Program
  • McMaster Hospitality
  • McMaster Student Union
  • McMaster Office for the Development of English Language Learners
  • MSU Spark
  • Office of Academic Integrity

  • Office of the Registrar
  • Pride Community Centre
  • Res Life
  • Security Services
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • Student Accounts
  • Student Navigator Program
  • Student Open Circles
  • Student Success Centre
  • Student Wellness Centre
  • University Technology Services
  • WAWG

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Off-Campus Students, Edwards, Hedden, Mary Keyes, Matthews, McKay, Moulton, Wallingford, Whidden

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Bates, Brandon, Les Prince, Peter George, Woodstock

Burke Science Building (BSB) Field. You will be brought to the carnival by Welcome Week reps, based on your allotted time.

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Two students playing a carnival game

Partnered with the Student Services Carnival is McMaster Welcome, a not-to-be-missed McMaster tradition. You will experience what it means to be a Marauder – shake hands with the University President and travel through the world’s longest rep tunnel! More information to come.

Monday, August 26, 2019

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Bates, Brandon, Les Prince, Peter George, Woodstock

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Off-Campus Students, Edwards, Hedden, Mary Keyes, Matthews, McKay, Moulton, Wallingford, Whidden

Sport Hall in David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC). You will be brought to the carnival by Welcome Week reps, based on your allotted time.

Welcome Week Rep holding a sign that says welcome to mcmaster

International Students Orientation

Learn about how to transition into life as an international student in Canada and get to know the programs and services that will be useful to you during your time at McMaster. The Orientation will also give you an opportunity to meet members of the McMaster community, International Student Services staff, as well as fellow first-year international students and upper-year student buddies.

This event is mandatory for first-year international students. Confirm your attendance on OSCARplus.

Monday, August 26, 2019

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

LR Wilson (LRW) Hall B1007

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McMaster Student 101 Workshop

What’s a MUSC? Where is Avenue to Learn – I can’t seem to find it on Google Maps?

You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! Come hang out with us and our upper-year student Buddies to learn all the tips and tricks of being a Mac student to help you in your personal and academic student life!

Register for your spot on OSCARplus.

Friday, August 30, 2019

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Council Chambers (Gilmour Hall 111)

Home Away from Home Workshop

Is it your first time in Hamilton, or even Canada? Join us for some snacks and chat with our student Buddies about everything you need to know about living in Hamilton. We will talk about everything from cultural differences, to common slang/words used, to how to set up a phone.

Register for your spot on OSCARplus.

Friday, August 30, 2019

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Council Chambers (Gilmour Hall 111)