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International Centre orientation and events

Since there are relatively few in-person events or classes scheduled for the Fall term, all International Orientation programs are being offered online.

Please visit the Covid-19 information for students page for the latest UM information and updates.

If you do not receive emails from the International Centre by the end of July, please contact

1. Complete your UM Essentials online training

All new students are expected to complete UM Essentials online orientation.

All new students are expected to complete UM Essentials online orientation. This is a course that will give you the information you need to be successful as well as provide you the opportunity to ask questions of upper-level students and get to know your fellow first-year students.  Some of the topics covered include:

  • Moving to Winnipeg

  • Finding your community at the U of M

  • Preparing for online learning

  • Supports for your academic success

  • Planning your study schedule

  • Building skills through volunteering

  • Career planning

  • Study strategies

  • And more!

Students who complete UM Essentials will be entered into a draw to win a $500 tuition prize or a prize from the UM Bookstore. The earlier you complete the modules, the more chances you have to win!

We suggest completing your UM Essentials online training before attending our online International Student Orientation sessions.


A lot of information covered in the UM Essentials online training will not be covered during our International Orientation sessions.

We are currently experiencing access issues for all international graduate students. We are working on a solution. You will receive an email when you have been given access to UM Essentials. We apologize for this inconvenience.

To access the course, log in to UM Learn using your UM Email. 

2. Attend International Student Orientation

We have organized three main events to help you prepare for life as an international student:

  1. About the University of Manitoba and the International Centre (Tuesday, August 18)
  2. Canadian culture, communication, and adaptation (Wednesday, August 19)
  3. Academic culture at the University of Manitoba (Thursday, August 20)

In addition, you are encouraged to attend as many of these additional events as you can, so that you can be informed, healthy and successful:

  • Taking care of your health & wellness
  • Manitoba International Student Health Insurance Plan
  • Finding off-campus housing in Winnipeg
  • Money basics for newcomers
  • Indigenous history and reconciliation in Canada
  • Writing essentials for international students

AUGUST 13 - SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 Orientation Event Recordings

Select the sessions below to access the recordings

August 18 - About the UM and the IC

Learn about how to navigate the University of Manitoba system, resources for students and supports for international students.

August 19 - Canadian culture, communication & adaptation

Learn about Canadian values, communication styles, and feel prepared and equipped to adapt to Canadian culture.

August 20 - Academic Culture at the UM

Learn about the rules and expectations at the University of Manitoba and common challenges that international students face in adapting to a new academic culture. Understanding the expectations at the U of M is crucial to your success as a student.

August 24 & 28 - Manitoba International Student Health Plan

Learn about aspects of your Primary Health coverage plan also known as the Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHP) including what it covers and how to expense claims.

August 25 - Finding off-campus housing in Winnipeg

Learn how to find safe off-campus housing in Winnipeg and what to watch out for to avoid being a victim of fraud.

August 27 - Indigenous history and reconciliation in Canada

Learn about the Indigenous history in Canada and reconciliation in the Canadian context.

September 3 - Meet your international community

Come meet the International Centre and International Students’ Organization to identify ways that they can help you find your international community, connect you with support and meet other international students.

3. Things to do

  1. Make sure that you review the important dates and deadlines page to know when you can view the course calendar, when you can find out your registration access time and when registration opens.

  2. Claim your University of Manitoba UM Net ID in signUM

  3. Activate your U of M email account

  4. Complete your UM Essentials online training (log in to UM Learn using your UMnetID). All new students are expected to complete UM Essentials before attending one of our International Student Orientation sessions.

  5. For undergraduate students: email to an Academic Advisor in your Faculty if you have questions about course selection and registering for courses

  6. Download your FREE copy of Office 365, with the newest version of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

  7. Review our Immigration information to help you understand your responsibilities as an international student before you arrive.

  8. Review information on International student health coverage.
  9. Purchasing travel insurance before leaving your home country is strongly encouraged, to cover you until you can receive your International Student health insurance card.

Additional orientation resources

Join our events

Check back often for events hosted by the International Centre!

Contact us

Crystal Stewart
International Transitions Coordinator
541 UMSU University Centre
75A Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada