What is Transitions Orientation?
Transitions: International Student Orientation is a chance for you to hear about supports and services from across campus. Through collaborations with the Dean of Students, Students’ Union, Graduate Students' Association, Academic Success Centre, Library Services and others, orientation is a place conversations that benefit your academic career can start.
Transitions is 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.
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.
Transitions is part of the International Student Services welcome program. You should also take advantage of Campus Check-in and the Peer Program.
Winter Transitions' Schedule
All sessions are open to undergraduate, graduate, exchange and bridging students. All sessions are located in room 150 of the Telus Centre.
Welcome and Introduction to UAI
9:00 – 9:30 am
Meet the Dean of Students and the staff from University of Alberta International. Includes trivia and prizes!
9:30 – 10:00 am
The Student Success Centre presents tips on how to be academically successful in Canada.
University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS)
10:00 – 10:15 am
UAPS highlights rules and services for safety on and around campus. They are available to answer questions on protective and security services in Canada.
10:15 – 10:30 am
Discover a full year of opportunities for exciting sports, recreation activities, and programs you can get involved with on campus!
10:30 – 10:45 am
10:45 – 11:30 am
Learn how to navigate the library for your research and studies. Discover the services available to help you with your academic work.
Welcome from the SU and the GSA
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Learn about the opportunities and services The Graduate Students Association and the Students’ Union offer. For graduate students, this session will inform you of your rights and responsibilities, including GSA/SU services, resources, collective agreements, and health services.
Lunch and Infomart
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Enjoy a hot lunch and browse campus partners' information and services, chat with advisors from UAI and Libraries, and get to know your fellow students.
Rights and Responsibilities of a U of A Student / Ombuds Services
1:00 – 1:30 pm
Get introduced to Academic Integrity, touching on potential problems and confusing pieces you may confront on how to use the appropriate resources. Learn the definition of plagiarism, the possible consequences of plagiarism and the University’s rules on cheating, and how to think critically.
Transitioning to Edmonton
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Discover tools and techniques to interact with your new environment: the people, the places, and the weather. How to stay safe, how to keep warm, how to get involved, and how to find the things you need.
Immigration and Health Care
2:30 – 3:00 pm
Meet one of our International Student Advisors and learn essential details on immigration regulations for international students, and their families. This session also highlights health insurance: the University of Alberta Health Insurance Plan and Alberta Health Care, and extended coverage.
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Explore your new campus environment. Find all of the best places to study, exercise, hang out, eat, drink, and many more. This tour does go outside between buildings, so dress appropriately. This optional tour can be signed up for in the Transitions registration form.