International Students Orientation

The International Student Orientation program is specially designed for international students and anyone previously living overseas. Starting on the first day of classes, this two-part program ensures that students receive extensive coverage on issues unique to them as they adjust to life in a different country. The program also addresses student concerns and acts as a pillar of support for international students during their first few weeks in Canada.

International Student Orientation
Part I

Thursday, August 31 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Connect with other new international students and meet returning international students. Get to know the International Student Assistant you've been paired up with! Don't miss out on this orientation where you will learn about:

  • Canadian fun facts, culture, and practices
  • The International Students' program and getting involved
  • Health care
  • Transportation
  • Banking and the Canadian currency
  • Working in Canada
  • Personal goal setting and expectations in Canada
  • Cultural adaptation and dealing with homesickness

Arriving later than August 31? Don’t worry! We got you covered! There will be another mini-orientation on September 5 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at 601, 6 floor of the Tower Residence.

International Student Orientation Part II: Welcome (back) dinner

Tuesday, September 5 at 5 p.m. | Meet at 601
Get to know other new international students and meet returning students. Any dietary restrictions? Email Regina, Coordinator of Intercultural Student Programs at 

International Student Orientation Part III: Field trip

Monday, September 11 at 2 p.m. | Meet at A129 (Coordinator of International Student Program's office)
We'll be going on an off-campus field trip to apply for your Alberta Health Care card. Then we will get SIM cards and/or cellphones at Capilano Mall. Explore what's available close to campus!

International Student Orientation Part IV: CISP chat

By appointment l A129
Lastly, the Coordinator of CISP will sit down with you for a one-on-one chat to understand the academic culture that you came from and provide personalized advice on adjusting to the Canadian academic environment. This relaxed setting lets you ask whatever questions you need to and lessens the culture shock of studying at a Canadian university. Here are a few possible topics. 

  • Academic adjustments
  • Classroom etiquette
  • Group work
  • Time management

Welcome to Edmonton!

Join us at the City Wide Welcome event to find out about all your new home has to offer! Meet new friends, and make plans to see and do all the fun things Edmonton has to offer over the next year. There will be Canadian food to try too!

  • Sunday, September 24, 2017
  • 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Shaw Conference Centre
  • It is free to attend!
  • Register here