U of A Orientation Programs

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Welcome to the University of Alberta and your new community!

Orientation prepares you for life as a U of A student. The U of A community offers virtual and in-person Orientation experiences from January 4-13, 2023.

Complete Online Orientation

Your first step to learning about the U of A is with online orientation. Use your CCID to access.

When you applied to the U of A, you were assigned a CCID to access campus resources such as Bear Tracks, eClass, email and apps. With your CCID, you can start working through your virtual orientation programs on eClass.

What’s eClass? eClass is the U of A's learning management system and your key resource for accessing online courses. It's where you'll go to class to connect with instructors and classmates and do orientation! Learn eClass basics.

Are you a returning student? You can restart the module if you are familiar with eClass but forgot how to navigate it. Navigate to the bottom of the screen and click “Reset user tour on this page.”

What to Expect at Orientation?

The U of A offers a variety of orientation programs to meet your unique needs. Check out the programs based on who you are and what you study.

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New Undergraduate Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is your welcome to the U of A! Ease the transition to student life by attending presentations, panels, and campus tours. Start with the New Student Online Orientation, connect with student clubs and groups at the Winter Clubs Fair and check out other welcome events.

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Graduate Students Orientation

Take the Graduate Student Orientation eClass to learn about the Graduate Students' Association (GSA) and other essential services. Attend the InfoMart Winter Edition on January 6, 2023 to learn about campus services and the GSA Winter Welcome open house at Triffo Hall to mingle with elected leaders to understand what the GSA can do for you. Learn more about GSA's Graduate Student Orientation.

Cartoon illustration of GUBA and Patches, the U of A mascots leading cheering of many athletics fans in green and gold

International Students Orientation

Get ready for your U of A experiences with this self-paced online orientation course that covers important topics to prepare you for life in Canada. International students can also enjoy in-person events, including InfoMart Winter Edition, Bear Necessities and Campus Check-in.

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Campus Saint-Jean

CSJ's La Centrale CSJ 2022 and Orientation videos introduce you to student services and resources available to you on Campus.

Students Living in Residence

Winter Orientation

Winter Orientation is a residence-based orientation program specifically designed for residents arriving in the winter term to help ease the transition into residence and university life. Residents will have the opportunity to get to know other students in the residence community, familiarize themselves with residence and campus with a residence tour, and be introduced to academic strategies and resources before their classes begin.

Residents are automatically enrolled in Winter Orientation when they confirm their space in residence.

Learn more about Winter Orientation

Faculty Orientations

Your faculty will contact you through your @uAlberta email regarding faculty-specific orientation programming.

Faculty of Engineering Orientation

Winter Orientation for students
January 4, 2023
10 a.m. - 12.pm.
DICE Room 8-207
RSVP for Faculty of Engineering Winter Orientation 

Questions? Email enggadvising@ualberta.ca 

Faculty of Science Orientation

Look out for an email about Science Orientation from the Faculty of Science.

Questions? Email scilife@ualberta.ca



Varsity Events

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Be the Roar!

The U of A spirit is alive at athletic events. Cheer on your fellow U of A athletes and soak in the school spirit at these varsity games. All current students get access to a free ticket to each of our conference home games!

Follow varsity teams on Instagram: @bearsandpandas and @uab_varsitylife  

Upcoming Games

Golden Bears Hockey vs. Ukrainian Men's National Team

Tuesday, January 3
7 p.m.
Clare Drake Arena

The University of Alberta will be one of four Canada West schools to host the Ukrainian National team later this winter, in games that will serve both as preparation for the FISU Winter Games and as a fundraiser for Ukrainian communities torn apart by the war. All ticket sale profits will be sent to the Canada/Ukraine Foundation, which assists humanitarian groups in Ukraine and Canada. The Foundation will disperse the majority of funds to Save Ukrainian Hockey Dream, a charitable foundation operated by the Ukrainian Ice Hockey Federation with the assistance of the IIHF.


Golden Bears and Pandas Basketball vs. UBC Okanagan

Saturday, January 7
Bears at 5 p.m. and Pandas at 7 p.m.
Saville Community Sports Centre

Legacy Night! The first 200 students to attend the games will receive a free food item upon arrival and take part in contests to win swag! Join our A-Team and mascots in the student section to cheer on the Golden Bears and Pandas!