Online Orientation

Your U of A experience starts with online orientation.

Enhance your U of A experience with online orientation now to familiarize yourself with campus. Check out all topics related to your student status and any other communities you may be a part of. Each online orientation offers content and resources tailored to help you understand what you need to know before starting at the U of A.

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 come back 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? eClass is 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

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.”

International, visiting or exchanging students

Start the U of A International Online Orientation anytime! Learn vital information regarding 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

Start Residence Services mandatory Online Orientation

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 2023 classes.

Get to know your Students' Union (UASU)

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

  • The UASU and services available to you
  • Key dates for undergraduate students
  • Information about ONECard, libraries and student services
  • Tips and tricks to support your academic experience
  • Getting involved on campus

Start New Student Orientation

Graduate Students

Get to know your association

The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) represents all graduate students on campus. Access the GSA online orientation to learn about: 

  • GSA resources
  • Student advocacy
  • Being a graduate student on campus

Online orientation topics include: 

  • An introduction to your Graduate Students' Association
  • Welcome from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR)
  • Information about transit, ONECard, libraries, and student services. 

Start Graduate Students' Association online orientation

Faculty online orientations

Explore your faculty's orientation by clicking the faculty you are currently registered with below. 

If your faculty still needs to be listed, keep an eye on your email for faculty orientation updates over the summer. 


  • Campus Saint-Jean (CSJ): Online orientation videos share resources and what life is like at CSJ. 
  • Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) online orientation includes a faculty overview, an opportunity to learn about ALES Student Advisors, who they are and how they can support you, study abroad opportunities, ALES Work Integrated Learning and more. 
  • Faculty of Nursing 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, and nursing self-care and wellness. Nursing online orientation opens tentatively on August 1.
  • 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


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