UCalgary Orientation

International Student Orientation

The UCalgary International Student Services team looks forward to welcoming new international students each fall and winter term.

Welcome to UCalgary

International Student Services will be hosting International student orientation sessions for international students throughout December and the start of Winter.

Meet UCalgary advisors and staff and get to know the student support available to you. We'll discuss Canadian immigration, travel restrictions, work regulations for employment, Canadian classroom culture, living in Calgary, wellness supports, and social activities for students.

International Student Orientation Series

Winter 2024 Orientation Series:

  • How to Prepare for Your Arrival: Dec 5, 2023

  • Finding Housing in Calgary: Dec 13, 2023

  • Canadian Culture and Laws : Dec 19, 2023

  • Transitioning to the Canadian Classroom - Academic Expectations and Common Experiences: Dec 21, 2023

  • Canadian Classroom and Student Conduct; TBD

  • Social Insurance Number Clinic in-person: Jan 5 and Jan 12

  • AHS Health Insurance System in Alberta: Jan. 18

  • Working in Canada as an International Student - Study Permit, Co-Op work Permit, Resume and Job Application Process : Jan 11

Register upcoming 2024 Winter Orientation Series Click here for more information.

Video recordings, presentation slides, and transcripts will be posted on our Pre-arrival D2L course one week after the events. We strongly recommend you review them before you begin your courses.

Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre is a short-run transition program for incoming students new to living in Calgary. We open every year in August and close before the fall term begins.

The W2024 Welcome Centre (MSC 275) will open from Jan. 2 to Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to learn more

UCalgary Student Orientation
Welcome Centre
UCalgary Student Orientation

Attend a Welcome Centre social event

Connecting with fellow new international students is an important part of starting your studies. You’ll have an opportunity to meet others, socialize, and start building community. You’ll also get a chance to learn more about different social events through other UCalgary offices.

Welcome Centre Social Featured events

Audience: exchange students, visiting students, and students starting a bachelor's, master's degree, or PhD


International student support and workshops