Orientation

It may have been a long journey to get here, but we're glad you've joined the U of A, and welcome to your new community! You likely have questions, are feeling nervous or even hesitant of the unknown to come — that's all part of the excitement. Orientation will answer those questions, calm those fears, and help you figure out the ins and outs of being a university student.

Every Orientation program is designed for different types of students — undergraduate, international, or Aboriginal students, to name a few — and have something different to offer. Explore our great Orientation programs and find the one that is right for you. 

Orientation Programs

  • 1. Undergraduate Student Orientation

    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 in a day of presentations, tours and activities!

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

    For students beginning their studies in Fall term 2016, Orientation will occur on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. 

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  • 2. Transitions: International Student Orientation

    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 includes 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.

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  • 3. BaseCamp: New 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.

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  • 4. Bridges: Aboriginal Student Orientation

    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, FNMI 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.

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  • 5. Graduate Student Orientation

    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.

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  • 6. Faculties
    Augustana

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

    Dentistry
    Dentistry contacts students directly with all Orientation information. Should you require additional information, feel free to contact the admissions office at admissions@dentistry.ualberta.ca.

    Law
    The Faculty of Law Orientation provides a week long program to new students entering a program within the faculty. Students are typically emailed info about the Orientation, but should students require more information, they can email Shannon Gullberg at shannon.gullberg@ualberta.ca.

    Medicine
    The Faculty of Medicine Orientation consists of faculty wide events, with each program coordinating their own separate schedule of events. Students should contact their program if they have any questions or visit www.msa.ualberta.ca for more information.

    Pharmacy
    The Faculty of Pharmacy Orientation is a program largely organized by students on the 1st day, with a more department heavy focus during the second day, intended to share more faculty specific information and expectations.

    For more information, students can email phstud@ualberta.ca.

    Rehabilitation Medicine
    If you have been admitted into the Occupational Therapy, you can expect an e-mail from the department with information regarding the Orientation. It is a week long department run program intended for incoming OT students. For more information, please email mscot@ualberta.ca.

    If you have been admitted into the Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, the department should be emailing you with information regarding your Orientation. Should you still require additional information, please email Gillian Lu at gillian.lu@ualberta.ca.

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