A warm welcome to support new beginnings

As new international students make their way to UAlberta this Fall, there are a range of services and activities to support a smooth transition to campus life.

15 August 2019

The Fall academic term is about to kick off, and UAlberta is pleased to be welcoming all new and returning students!

UAlberta International offers a range of services to help new international students have a smooth arrival and warm welcome to university life in Edmonton.

1. Airport Welcome Booth

August 5- September 20, 2019
UAlberta and all Edmonton postsecondaries are collaborating once again to provide a friendly welcome from the moment students arrive. The Welcome Booth, located in the Edmonton International Airport, is next to Door 9 and across from Baggage Carousel 6, is staffed with volunteers who are ready to help new students find transportation to campus and answer any immediate questions they have upon arriving.

2. Campus Check-In

August 5- September 6, 2019
Once students have arrived at UAlberta, Campus Check-In is the next stop for more friendly advice and guidance. In Telus Centre 131, welcome ambassadors are on hand from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm and new students can join on a drop-in basis to ask about settling in, such as finding a bank, setting up health insurance, getting a Social Insurance Number, and more. Stop in to pick up your free UAlberta winter tuque - this cozy cap will be sure to keep you warm when winter comes a few months from now.

3. Transitions Orientation

August 27-29, 2019
UAlberta International offers "Transitions" as part of the UAlberta campus-wide orientation program, which is done in collaboration with the Dean of Students, Residence Services, and the Students' Union, Graduate Students' Association and Faculties. International students will learn about topics targeted to their needs, such as cultural adjustment and academic expectations, as well as partake in social activities such as campus and downtown tours, and a trip to Ikea to allow students to purchase furnishings for their new home.

4. Peer Program

A personal connection can go a long way when you are making your way in a new environment! The Peer Program matches new international students (peers) with senior, UAlberta student mentors (senior peers) for ongoing activities throughout the academic year that range from advice and social support to outings like potluck dinners and sports games.

For more information on welcome activities for new international students, contact the International Student Services Team at UAlberta International.