Whether you are in Open Studies, Arts Undeclared, or another undergraduate degree program, attending an exploratory workshop is a great way to learn useful information and skills, connect with Exploratory Advisors and other students, and to explore your options.
Why attend an exploratory workshop?
Fall 2019 Undergraduate Orientation Sessions
These workshops are included as part of Fall 2019 Undergraduate Orientation. Orientation is open to all incoming (new-to-UCalgary) students. To sign up to attend, please see Fall Orientation website.
What academic experiences could you add to your degree? How could you focus your Option courses around your interests? UCalgary has more opportunities than you may think! It’s never too early to start planning how to shape your degree program. Whether you have something in mind already, or have yet to consider your options, this session is a chance to explore the ways you can enhance your academic experience. We will bust myths about Options and teach you about the structure of UCalgary degree programs. Learn how you could integrate minors, embedded certificates, or a combined degree into your program, and leave the session with essential resources to help you investigate these exciting academic opportunities further!
A warm welcome to all incoming Open Studies students! Meet your Open Studies advisors and fellow students during this informative Orientation session! This 90-minute introduction builds confidence in planning and navigating the Open Studies journey. The session comprehensively reviews Open Studies regulations, course registration processes, and on-campus supports and opportunities. Students will recognize the differences between Open Studies and undergraduate degree programs. We will cover degree structure, prerequisites, transfer credit, and the drop/add/swap/withdrawal process and deadlines. A campus resource package will be provided. Students are encouraged to ask questions in a conversational setting and to connect with the Open Studies community. The session aims to empower students to consider their goals and develop their Open Studies game plan.
Designed for any non-degree holding Open Studies student, this 60-minute introductory workshop builds confidence in planning and navigating the Open Studies journey. The workshop comprehensively reviews Open Studies regulations, course registration processes, and on-campus supports and opportunities. Students will recognize the differences between Open Studies and undergraduate degree programs. Presented by Exploratory Advisors dedicated to supporting Open Studies students, this workshop will cover degree structure, prerequisites, transfer credit, and the drop/add/swap/withdrawal process and deadlines. A campus resource package will be provided. Students are encouraged to ask questions in a conversational setting and to connect with the Open Studies community. The workshop aims to empower students to consider their goals and develop their Open Studies game plan.
Transition to Undergraduate Degree is a second workshop offered for Open Studies students. Please see website for more information.
August 22, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
August 29, 2019 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
September 5, 2019 from Noon – 1 p.m.
December 10, 2019 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
December 17, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
In Open Studies and considering applying to an undergraduate degree program? This 60-minute workshop, offered throughout the Fall semester after the online application opens, is designed to guide students through the admission evaluation process and to develop a personalized plan. Since Open Studies students have unique and diverse educational backgrounds that influence their admissibility to a degree program, the workshop aims to help students prepare effective applications. Using examples, students will analyze their academic history to create a plan to transition to undergraduate programs. Through this process, students will select realistic first and second degree program choices, and ensure they adhere to important requirements, timelines, and deadlines. Led by experienced Exploratory Advisors, the workshop provides the opportunity for students ask questions and to start their Apply Alberta application.
How to Choose a Major is an additional workshop offered for Open Studies students. Please see website for more information.
October 1, 2019 from 10 – 11 a.m.
October 15, 2019 from Noon – 1 p.m.
November 5, 2019 from 2 – 3 p.m.
Need to declare a major or considering changing your current one? Many students change their major at least once during their studies - it’s more common than you may think.
Designed for any student exploring their options, this 90-minute workshop offered throughout the Fall and Winter is a great place to start! The workshop introduces students to the concept of exploration and outlines a process for choosing a major. Led by Exploratory Advisors, the workshop explains the steps to reflect, gather information, evaluate options, and make decisions with the aim of building confidence in applying these skills to the major exploration journey. Since self-reflection is a foundational component of decision-making, students have the opportunity to complete self-assessments of their personal motivators, personality traits, interests and academics. To help students prioritize and determine their options, the workshop highlights key tools for gathering information about majors, minors and specializations. Students will leave feeling engaged in the major exploration process and be ready to move forward.
Workshop registrants will receive a session workbook in advance via email. Please review the workbook content prior to attending.
September 23, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
October 31, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
November 6, 2019 from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.