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
August 28 - 30, 2018

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, Graduate Students' Association and Faculties, for an institution-wide central orientation program and registration. All programs offer different content, as well as various connections to staff and faculty.

A student’s academic success is directly linked to participating in orientation; it provides information on how to navigate campus, how to find resources, and shares information on UAlberta’s culture and academic expectations. Orientation is an opportunity to build your social and professional networks. It can be a big step towards making your campus your home away from home. 

Register now!

What is Transitions? 

University of Alberta International offers “Transitions” as a part of the campus-wide Orientation program. It is a program designed to introduce you to UAlberta's dynamic academic and social life and to help you prepare for your studies.

Transitions is open to all new incoming international students, undergraduate, graduate, exchange, and bridging (visiting) students, both short and long-term.

Transitions is the third portion of International Student Services welcome program. It works well with the Airport Welcome and Campus Check-In. Many students take advantage of all three! 

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

Schedule Highlights: 

Tuesday, August 28: Graduate Students

  • Academic faculty expectations from FGSR panel
  • Health insurance coverage 
  • Study Permit expectations and working while you study
  • Graduate Students' Association services and supports
  • Graduate students' rights and responsibilities
  • Provided breakfast 

Wednesday, August 29: All international students

  • Culture and learn how to take advantage of your new environment
  • Infomart: Connect with essential businesses and Edmonton service providers. Bank and cell phone companies will be on hand to provide information, answer questions, and sign-up to a data plan 
  • International BBQ: Provided by UAlberta student groups 
  • Campus & Community Recreation: Find What Moves You: Learn about UAlberta's state of the art fitness facilities and explore recreational programs 

Thursday, August 30: Undergraduate Students

  • Academic advice from faculty and advisors
  • Health insurance and immigration information
  • How to build your community in your residence
  • Study Permit expectations
  • UAlberta student clubs and groups
  • Provided breakfast
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.