Transitions Orientation

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.  

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.

You'll be able to find more information about the next Transitions Orientation closer to when the program will be running, on this page.

Winter Transitions 2017: International Student Orientation: Thursday, January 5, 2017.

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Winter Transitions Program

All Sessions are open to undergraduate, graduate, exchange and bridging students.
All sessions are located in the Telus Centre, room 150.

Breakfast and Registration
8:15 – 9:15 AM

Enjoy a light breakfast and refreshments, register for the day’s event, and mingle with fellow international students and staff.

UAI Welcome and Indigenous Blessing
9:15 – 9:30 AM

Academic Success
9:30 – 10:00 AM

Dr. Wendy Doughty of the Student Success Centre presents tips on how to be academically successful in Canada. 

Recreation Services
10:00 – 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

Transitions to Edmonton
10:45 – 11:45 AM

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, how to get involved and how to find what you need.

Lunch (Peer Program meet and greet)
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Enjoy lunch with us.  Connect with senior peers who can answer your questions about life on campus and in Edmonton.  You will also get more information from the variety of campus organizations and service providers.

Library Services
12:45 – 1:15 PM

Learn how to navigate the library for your research and studies. Discover the services and resources available to help you succeed in your academic work.

Welcome from the SU and the GSA
1:15 – 1:45 PM

Learn about the opportunities and services The Graduate Students Association (GSA) and the Students’ Union offer. Graduate students, this session will inform you of your rights and responsibilities including GSA/SU services; resources; collective agreements; and health services.

Rights and Responsibilities of a U of A Student / Ombuds Services
1:45 – 2:15 PM

An introduction to Academic Integrity; addressing potential problems and confusions you may confront on how to cite and use appropriate sources. Learn the definition of plagiarism, the possible consequences of plagiarism and the University’s rules on cheating. This session will also share how to think critically.

Immigration and Health Care
2:15 – 2:40 PM

Meet one of our International Student Advisors and learn important details about immigration regulations for international students, and their families.  This session also highlights health insurance: the University of Alberta Health Insurance Plan, Alberta Health Care, and extended coverage.

Campus Tour
2:40 – 4:00 PM

Explore your new campus and find all of the best places to study, discover quiet spaces, exercise, hang out, eat and drink and much more.  This tour does go outside between buildings, so dress appropriately.


January 6th, 2017

IKEA trip
8:30 AM – 1:45 PM
Cost: FREE!

Transportation and breakfast included

Get necessary furniture household goods for your new place of residence. Join us on a chartered bus to IKEA!  IKEA sells reasonably priced furniture, and all sorts of household goods to make your stay in Edmonton much more comfortable.  Visit IKEA for ideas. 

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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.