Online Orientation

Your U of A experience starts with online orientation


Embark on your U of A journey with online orientation. Explore what our campuses have to offer at your own pace, even before you arrive. Dive into topics that are relevant to your student status and any other communities you may be a part of. Each online orientation is designed to provide you with the necessary information to start your U of A experience on the right foot.

Refer back frequently

Refer frequently to online orientation eClass over the summer. The U of A releases orientation modules from May to July, and all courses will be available in early August.

After completing a module, return to this webpage to review other online orientation courses related to you!

Complete online orientation at your own pace. You can return to this web page as often as you'd like throughout the year.

Access most of your online orientation experiences on eClass.

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

You can return to these modules at any point during the year. To restart a module, navigate to the bottom of the screen and click “Reset user tour on this page.”

International, visiting or exchanging students:

Start the U of A International Online Orientation anytime! Learn vital information about securing your study/work permit, how to find housing and what life is like in Edmonton.

Start International Student Orientation

Living on campus?

Explore Residence online orientation, Expedition Connect, to learn about living on campus, including house rules, Residence Services resources and building amenities. Residence orientation opens in late June.

Undergraduate Students

Do you still need help registering for classes?

Learn how to register for courses with self-guided online modules. Learn about your academic calendar, Bear Tracks and how to register for fall 2024 classes.

Get to know your union.

The U of A Students’ Union (UASU) represents close to 36,000 undergraduate students on campus. UASU offers New Students Online Orientation to learn about:

  • UASU resources
  • Student advocacy
  • Current students’ experiences

New Students' Online Orientation includes:

  • An introduction to your U of A Students’ Union
  • Information about transit, ONECard, libraries and student services

New Students Online Orientation opens in August 2024.

Graduate Students

Graduate Student Online Orientation for all graduate students. Topics include:

  • Starting your U of A Journey
  • Being a Part of the Community
  • Academic Life, including the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS)
  • Financial Wellness
  • Your Health and Wellness
  • Student Life & Leadership, including your Graduate Students Association (GSA)
  • Next Steps Checklist

Graduate Student Online Orientation will launch in early August 2024. Incoming graduate students for Fall 2024 will be notified by e-mail.

Faculty online orientations

Explore your faculty’s orientation. Click the faculty you are currently registered with below.

Not all faculties offer online orientation. Keep an eye on your email for faculty orientation updates over the summer.


  • Faculty of Science:  Get information about the faculty, student services and how to engage with student life in the Faculty of Science. Questions? Reach out to
  • Faculty of Nursing: Nursing's online orientation provides helpful resources to orientate and support you throughout your nursing program. They offer a space for you to access and re-access information to assist you in being a successful nursing student. Topics include Program orientation, student newsletter: nursing undergraduate journal, student expectations, student support links, clinical competencies and training resources, nursing self-care and wellness. Nursing online orientation opens tentatively in late June 2024.

Go back to general orientation information