International Student Services

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.

Winter Transitions: International Student Orientation

January 4, 2019
150 Telus Centre

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 StudentsStudents’ 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

Register now!


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

Location: 150 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.  Take part in trivia for prizes

Academic Success: 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 will highlight rules and services for safety on and around campus. They will be available to answer questions on protective and safety services in Canada.

Recreation Services: 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!

Break: 10:30 – 10:45 am

Library Services: 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

Stay for a hot lunch and browse the information and services from several campus partners, chat with advisors from UAI and Libraries, get to know your fellow students

Rights and Responsibilities of a U of A Student / Ombuds Services: 1:00 – 1:30 pm

You will be introduced to Academic Integrity, touching on the potential problems and confusions you may confront how to use appropriate sources. 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 stay warm and 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 important details on immigration regulations for international students, and their families. This session will also highlight health insurance: the University of Alberta Health Insurance Plan and Alberta Health Care, and extended coverage

Campus Tour: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Explore your new campus environment and find all of the best places to study, find quiet space, exercise, hang out, eat and 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.

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

Please note:
If you will arrive during the University closure for the winter break, between Dec. 22, 2018 and Jan. 2, 2019, please Register above and also email with your travel plans to be added to the transportation list manually.