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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 crystal.stewart@umanitoba.ca

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. Register for 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

All sessions will start at 9:00 AM Winnipeg Time, (Central/Daylight standard time) to accommodate the majority of time zones during the afternoon/evening.

All our Online Orientation sessions will be held on the Zoom online platform (please click the link to be prepared on how to use Zoom in advance of the session).  You will receive a unique link to the session 48 hours before the session.

Click the + below to register

Register for International Student Orientation sessions:

View our listing of events below and register for the three main sessions August 18, 19 & 20, and as many additional events as you are able.

It is strongly encouraged that international students attend at least one of the sessions for the Manitoba International Student Health Insurance Plan. (Both sessions will cover the same content, and you only need to attend one.)

To register, you need to sign up with your University of Manitoba @myumanitoba email account.

You will receive a unique link to the session 48 hours before the session.

Date & Time

Title

Description

Click to register

August 13

9:00-10:00 AM (DST)

Taking Care of Your Health & Wellness

Learn about how to take care of your health & wellness as an international student at the University of Manitoba.

Register

August 18

9:00-10:30 AM (DST)

About the University of Manitoba and the International Centre

(One of three main sessions)

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

Register

August 19

9:00-10:30 AM (DST)

Canadian Culture, Communication & Adaptation

(One of three main sessions)

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

Register

August 20

9:00-10:00 AM (DST)

Academic Culture at the U of M

(One of three main sessions)

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.

Register

August 24

or August 28

9:00-10:00 AM (DST)

Manitoba International Student Health Insurance Plan

Please attend one of the two sessions. Both content is the same.

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.

Aug 24: Register

Aug 28: Register

August 25

9:00-10:00 AM DST

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.

Register

August 26

9:00-10:30 AM (DST)

Money Basics for Newcomers

Learn about the banking & Credit system in Canada, as well as how to avoid debt and scams.

Register

August 27

9:00-10:30 AM (DST)

Indigenous History and Reconciliation in Canada

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

Register

September TBD

Writing Essentials for International Students

Learn about specific study skills, practice with some writing examples and find out where to get academic writing support.

Register

 

 

3. Things to do before Orientation

  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

204-474-8064
204-474-7562