U of A Orientation Programs

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We want to hear your opinions on your orientation experience. Your feedback assists us with improving orientation to fit new students’ needs. Take the survey and opt-in for a chance to win one of three $150 gift cards for the U of A Bookstore.

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WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA AND YOUR NEW COMMUNITY!

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Your orientation includes in-person and online components to fit your university experience that relates to who you are and what you are studying and introduces you to your campus culture and student life.

Step 1: Start online orientation

Start learning about your U of A community with online orientation. Each module introduces you to a different aspect of studying at the U of A.

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 for course materials and interactive learning activities 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."

Start your online orientation

Step 2: Attend in-person orientation events

Get the complete orientation experience; attend in-person events to connect with campus resources and new friends! See below if your faculty offers a winter orientation event or if there is an event that matches your interests.

Step 3: Download the MyUAlberta app

MyUAlberta is the official mobile application for the University of Alberta. The app is a great way to connect with the U of A community, and it offers quick access to orientation information, online orientation modules and events.

Make sure to allow notifications so you don't miss anything important.

MyUAlberta app

Accessibility and orientation

If you have accessibility or inclusion needs that may impact your ability to participate in orientation activities, please complete the Orientation Accessibility & Inclusion Supports for Students form to help us best assess your situation and facilitate your participation. PLEASE NOTE: This form addresses your orientation needs only and is not the application form for accommodations for your academic studies.

ORIENTATION EVENTS

The U of A offers a variety of orientation in-person events to meet your unique needs. Attend a combination of orientation activities to make up your orientation experience based on who you are and what you are studying. Please note some events may have limited space and require advanced registration.

University-wide orientation events

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Undergraduate Students

Ease the transition to student life by attending presentations, panels, and campus tours. Connect with student clubs and groups at the clubs fair and check out other University of Alberta Students' Union (UASU) welcome events.

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Graduate Students

Graduate students connect with your Graduate Students’ Association (GSA). You automatically become a member of the GSA with the right to vote in elections, serve on committees and access GSA benefits. The GSA introduces you to the association and campus services in their online orientation module.

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International Students

International Student & Visitor Services (ISVS) provides programs, services, and events for U of A international students. They are ready to help you throughout your U of A journey and can’t wait to connect with you at their welcome events. Start your U of A experience with the International Student Orientation self-paced online course; it covers everything to prepare you for life in Canada. International students enjoy in-person events such as InfoMart and Campus Check-in. You must register to attend.

Orientation events for students living in residence

No matter where you are in your university journey, designed to introduce you to your peers and your new living environment, residence orientation offers the tools you need to succeed during the upcoming academic year. If you enter residence for the first time this winter, you automatically receive communication about winter orientation activities leading to your move-in.

Undergraduate faculty-specific orientation events

Your U of A faculty welcomes you with an orientation program tailored to your academic needs.

Engineering Winter Start

Wednesday, Jan. 10 | 10 a.m. – noon | ICE 8-207, North Campus

Welcome to the Faculty of Engineering!

Ease your transition into university, join us for a speaker series about university basics, student life and specifics about your engineering program. Our program also includes a tour of all the engineering buildings. Connect with your peers and get acquainted with the Faculty of Engineering!

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Is your department not listed? Your department may send you an email about their orientation program.

Additional orientation events

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Clubs fair

January 8, 2024

Get involved this winter — join a student group! Check out what's available at the Student Group Showcase and the Clubs Fair.

Learn more

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Winter Warm-up

January 16, 2024

Meet with campus support services while enjoying a free cup of hot chocolate.

Learn more


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  


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