International Student Orientation

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

Students at Orientation

Winter (January) 2022

International student orientation events will take place virtually, with some optional in-person social events and tour. Please stay informed on Covid-related updates:

Important Dates:

  • Winter Break: December 25- January 2, 2022- Most university services are closed during this time (including ISS advising)
  • Residence Services Move-In: January 1, 2022 
  • Term Start: Monday, January 3, 2022
  • Block Week Classes: January 3-7, 2022- You only need to attend if you're registered in a "block week course". Check your start date and course schedule through your Student Centre (my.ucalgary.ca)
  • International Orientation Events: January 5 & 6, 2022 scroll down for specific information
  • First Day of Winter 2022 courses:  Monday, January 10, 2022. Check your start date and course schedule through your Student Centre (my.ucalgary.ca)

New International Student Orientation

International Student Services (ISS) provides orientation programming for international students to help provide a smooth transition to the start of your studies at the University of Calgary. 

Welcome Webinars help you prepare for the start of your studies at UCalgary before you arrive!

Attend upcoming webinars or review past presentation slides and recordings through the link below. You must register with your UCalgary student email to receive individual access links and any presentation slides after each session.

Review the full list of offerings through the link below. 

*We strongly recommend all students attend a session about "How to Prepare for Your Arrival in Calgary": 

  • Exchange students: November 10, 2021, 8-9:30 am MST 
  • All international students: recording and slides posted through link below

Register for upcoming sessions through the ISS Events Calendar

Welcome! ISS hosts special events for international students on January 5 and 6, 2022.

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

Undergraduate International & Exchange Student Orientation

  • Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 am- noon MST (UST-7)
  • Location: virtual 
  • Register: click here
  • Audience: exchange students, visiting students, students starting or continuing a Bachelor's Degree

Graduate International Student Orientation

Graduate students register for the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Graduate Student Orientation--which includes your registration for the International session. 

  • Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022
  • Time:
    • 9:00 am-10:00 am MST (UST-7): International Graduate Orientation
    • 10:30 am- 12:30 pm MST: Grad O
  • Location: virtual 
  • Register: click here
  • Audience: international students starting or continuing a Masters or PhD

Attend this panel discussion to hear from current and past international students. They'll share tips, what they wish they knew earlier, and answer your questions to help you start the term off smoothly. Speakers will include exchange, undergraduate, and graduate international students.

  • Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 am- noon MST (UST-7)
  • Location: virtual 
  • Register: click here
  • Audience: exchange students, visiting students, students starting or continuing a Bachelor's, Masters, or PhD 

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.

  • Optional in-person social events (no cost) will take place throughout block week (Jan 3-7). Specific events and registration information will be posted in mid- November. Please check back. 

Explore the university campus, meet new people, and find your classes. Attend a small group tour of campus guided by current UCalgary students. The tour will go indoor and outdoor, so you must dress for the weather. 

  • Optional in-person tours (no cost) will take place throughout block week (Jan 3-7). Specific events and registration information will be posted in mid-November. Please check back. 

 

Audience: exchange students, visiting students, students starting a Bachelor's, Masters, or PhD in Winter 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the ISS FAQ page for updated travel restrictions, testing, and quarantine requirements. 

Video recordings, presentation slides, and transcripts will be posted on the ISS Webinars & Workshops page 48 hours after the panel events. We strongly recommend you review them before you begin your courses.

You are also welcome to meet with an International Student Services advisor to answer any questions about adjusting to life at UCalgary. Contact our friendly team at iss@ucalgary.ca. We're here to help!

  • Note: ISS advising is not available over the Winter Break (Dec 25-January 2)