Current Students


It may have been a long journey to get here, but we're glad you've joined the U of A, and welcome you to your new community! You likely have questions, are feeling nervous or even hesitant of what is to come — that's all part of the excitement! U of A Orientation programs will answer those questions, calm those fears, and help prepare you for life as a U of A student. 

Register for Orientation

You can sign up for the 2018 University of Alberta Orientation Experience in one place. Our single registration form will guide you through the process and place you in the appropriate programs to best get to know the University of Alberta Campus. We recognize that all students are coming to the university with different experiences, and we want to create a custom experience just for you.


Orientation Programs

  • 1. Undergraduate students

    Undergraduate orientation is a great opportunity to learn about university from academic, administrative and social perspectives. New students learn about university procedures, how to integrate into campus life, where classes are, and more through presentations, tours, and activities!

    All undergraduate students are encouraged to attend. Registration is free. 


  • 2. Graduate students

    The Graduate Student Association (GSA) Orientation program provides an introduction to the GSA and its services for all graduate students, including an information fair of both on and off campus service providers. Orientation is held each Fall and Winter term.


  • 3. International students

    Transitions is an orientation program specifically for international students. Through a series of workshops and tours, international students learn about the U of A's academic environment and receive tips on adjusting to life in Canada. Advisors are on-hand to answer all questions and there are several social activities for students to meet people from other countries, make friends, and have fun!

    Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend. Registration is free.


  • 4. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students

    Bridges Orientation is an introduction to campus and respective Faculties based on a student perspective, specifically for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) students.

    Through a series of workshops and tours, students learn about the U of A's academic environment and get tips on adjusting to campus life. Bridges also includes social activities and is a great way to meet students from other communities, make lifelong friends, and have fun!

    Bridges Orientation is held each Fall term.


  • 5. First-year Lister and RSJ residents

    BaseCamp is a residence based orientation program specifically designed for first year students living in residence to help ease the transition into residence and university life. Residents will have the opportunity to get to know their floormates, familiarize themselves with residence and campus, and be introduced to academic strategies and resources, all before their classes begin.

    Residents are automatically enrolled in BaseCamp when they confirm to live in Lister or RSJ.


  • 6. Family orientation

    Family Orientation is a program designed for parents, families, and students to learn about the transition into life at the University of Alberta.


  • 7. Faculty orientations

    North Campus and Campus Saint-Jean

    Register for your faculty orientation through the central Orientation link here.


    Augustana's New Student Conference is intended for all new full-time undergraduate students. If you require additional information, please email



  • Eastern Ascent
    Eastern Ascent is the Residence Services upper-year student Orientation program specifically designed for students living in our East Campus residences. Eastern Ascent was implemented to enable residents to become comfortable in their new living environment, develop peer connections and become better oriented to the Edmonton community and UAlberta campus upon move-in. Eastern Ascent focuses on providing residents with the chance to explore and develop a sense of citizenship within the Edmonton community and establish a strong support system in residence prior to the start of Fall Term Classes.

    Residents are automatically enrolled in Eastern Ascent when they confirm to live in residence. 

    Learn More Here.