Orientation and Welcome Programs

Studying in a new country can be both exciting and overwhelming. While you are adjusting to a new academic environment and new academic policies, you will also have to adjust to a new culture, new customs, new foods, a different climate, and to being away from your family and friends.

To help international students with their transition to Canada and the U of M, the International Centre offers orientation programs at the beginning of each term. Our programs are an effective and efficient way to get the information you need in a short amount of time.

To register for any of the orientation programs listed below, complete the Program Registration Form and return it to the International Centre office by fax (204-474-7562) or E-mail (international@umanitoba.ca). Register early to avoid disappointment.


Exchange Students coming to the U of M for 1 or 2 terms from a partner institution should contact their U of M Exchange Coordinator for information on how to register for International Centre Orientation Programs.  


Summer Orientation Programs

Summer Orientation Sessions

Starting your classes in the summer?  Our Summer Orientation Sessions are a great way to get the information you need in a format that accommodates busy summer schedules.  Participants will learn about IC programs, get information about U of M policies, become familiar with student services on campus, and more.  Each session will cover the same information, so it is only necessary to register for one.  Students are encouraged to register for the session closest to their arrival date in Winnipeg. 

Dates & Times: 

  • Friday, May 5, 2017   2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, June 16, 2017   2:00 - 4:00 pm

Cost:   FREE

Registration:  Arrival Program Registration Form -Summer 2017 (pdf)

Summer Buddy Program

The Summer Buddy Program helps international students adjust to their new environment by matching them with experienced U of M students who can provide friendly support and an orientation to the campus.

       Cost:  FREE 
       Registration:  Registration for the 2017 Summer Buddy Program starts in Spring 2017
                                Deadline is June 16th 2017

Fall Orientation for New International Students

Attending Winter Orientation will help you get your term off to a great start.  The orientation has been designed specifically for international students and will help to ensure you have a successful transition to life in Winnipeg and to your studies at the U of M.  All new international students are strongly encouraged to attend this important orientation event.   

At Orientation you can expect to:

  • Meet other new students from Canada and around the world.
  • Get information to help you get settled in Winnipeg.
  • Learn about cultural differences in educational settings.
  • Get to know more about your faculty/program of study.
  • Get to know your academic rights and responsibilities.
  • Learn about the services available to you on campus.

Fall 2017:
Date & Time: Fall 2017 (Dates TBA)
Cost:   FREE
Registration:   Registration dates to be announced during Summer 2017

Taking the Bus in Winnipeg Workshop

Winnipeg’s bus transit system is an affordable and convenient transportation option, but it can be confusing when you first start to use it. This half-day session will teach you everything you need to know about taking the bus in Winnipeg. Join us to learn about transit fares and payment procedures, route planning, how to get on and off the bus, signaling your stop, bus etiquette, and more. The session ends with a private transit bus tour to help you practice what you’ve learned while seeing parts of our city.

Date & Time: Fall 2017 (Dates TBA)
Cost:   FREE
Registration:  Registration dates to be announced during Summer 2017

Banking, Budgeting, and Taxes in Canada Workshop

A big part of getting settled in a new country is setting up an appropriate and realistic budget. This workshop will teach you about banking in Canada (including how to set up a bank account), using credit cards wisely, tracking your spending, establishing a personal budget, and managing your money effectively. Whether this is your first time managing money or simply your first time managing money in Canada, you’re sure to find this workshop helpful. 

Date & Time: Fall 2017 (Dates TBA)
Cost:   FREE 
Registration:  Registration dates to be announced during Summer 2017

International Student Mentorship Program (ISMP)

Through the ISMP you can request to be partnered with an experienced U of M student who will serve as a point of contact and support during your transition to the U of M and Winnipeg.  All Mentors in our program have been trained on how to provide peer-to-peer personal, academic, and intercultural support for new international students.

You and your Mentor will arrange weekly meetings and your Mentor is also expected to communicate via e-mail or text as needed.  You and your Mentor will be partnered for the entire academic term.  The time commitment for this program is 18-20 hours throughout the term.  

Cost:   FREE
Detailed Program Information: ISMP Information Sheet
Registration:  Contact Sibeso.Maswenyeho@umanitoba.ca to obtain an ISMP Application Form.
Fall Application Deadline: Registration dates to be announced during Summer 2017
Winter Application Deadline:  Registration dates to be announced during Summer 2017

Welcome to the U of M!

Check out our Welcome Video to hear what current international students have to say about the U of M and adjusting to life in Winnipeg! 

Resources for New International Students:

If you are new to Winnipeg, the following resources can help you get settled and familiar with your new city:

Getting Settled in Winnipeg

Shopping:  The Essentials (food, clothing, household items, mobile phones, internet, etc.)

Shopping:  Specialty Food Stores in Winnipeg

Shopping: Where to Buy Winter Clothes

Banking in Winnipeg 

After You Arrive

More resources coming soon!

Past Orientation Presentations:

IC:  What We Do

Navigating the U of M

International Student Success

Academic Success:  Academic Learning Centre

Academic Success:  Academic Integrity

Your Money in Canada Workshop