Welcome Services

Welcome to the University of Alberta!

We can't wait to meet you! International Student and Visitor Services is ready to help, and we look forward to speaking with you during any of our welcome events, including the following:

Online Orientation (anytime)

Prepare for the U of A and living in Edmonton through this self-paced online class.

Pre-Departure Lounge (June - August, online)

Join a  drop-in virtual session prior to departure to speak with a U of A International staff member.No registration is required to join these sessions.

Parent Information Session (August 10 - online, August 29 - in person)

Parents and guardians are invited to join the online session or an in-person session in Edmonton to learn about the various U of A services available for international students. Sessions will be conducted in English.

Airport Welcome (August 14 - September 2 - in person)

Once you know your arrival date, register for your taxi discount coupon and then stop by the Airport Welcome Booth at the Edmonton Airport between 11 am and 11 pm.

After you arrive in Edmonton, plan to come to the Campus Check-in Drop-in Orientation to get a welcome bag and useful information to start your life in Edmonton. No registration is required.

Get your Social Insurance Number (August 29, 30 and 31 - in person)

Visit the International Service Centre in Telus Centre to register on campus for your confidential nine-digit number called a Social Insurance Number (SIN) that you need to have in order to receive an income in Canada.

InfoMart (August 29 - in person) 

Come to the International Service Centre in Telus Centre and connect with campus services and local businesses.

Bear Necessities (August 30 or 31 - in person)

Join us for an outdoor adventure and meet new friends!