Transitions Orientation

Welcome to the University of Alberta!

When you first arrive on campus, make sure to visit the International Student Campus Check-in to pick up your welcome bag, and meet with a Welcome Ambassador to help you with your next steps in getting settled.

Transitions: International Student Orientation

What is Orientation?

The University of Alberta Orientation is a collaborative effort of the Dean of Students, University of Alberta International, Residence Services, and the Students’ Union for an institution-wide central orientation program and registration. 

Orientation is imperative for students' academic success; it provides information on how to navigate campus resources and shares what are UAlberta’s academic expectations. Orientation is an opportunity to build your social networks. 

Register now!

What is Transitions? 

Transitions Orientation is a program designed to introduce you to UAlberta's dynamic academic and social life and to help you prepare for your studies. The program is open to all new incoming international students, both undergraduate and graduate. 

Transitions includes:

  • Information on study and work permits
  • Academic secrets to achieving success in Canadian classrooms
  • Tips on how to survive and thrive in Edmonton
  • Campus and downtown tours 
  • InfoMart: an exhibit to buy a cellphone and open a bank account
  • Trips to IKEA to help set up your new home

Transitions Orientation is at the end of August for the fall term and early January for the winter term. 

All Sessions are open to undergraduate, graduate, exchange and bridging students.


If you'd like to help out, we're always interested in having both Canadian and international student volunteers. Please check the volunteering page for more information on how you can help out with Transitions, as well as other programs.