Orientation & Welcome

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.

Registration is required for much of the Welcome & Transition programming. You will receive more information about how to register via email.  

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.  

Welcome Sessions for New International Students

Attending International Student Welcome Sessions will 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. Lunch will be provided for all registered participations. After lunch, you will move into program-specific sessions.

At these Welcome Sessions you can expect to:

  • Meet other new students from around the world
  • Get information to help you get settled in Winnipeg
  • Learn about cultural differences in educational settings
  • Get to know your academic rights and responsibilities
  • Learn about the services available to you on campus
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea

There are two sessions that will cover the same content. You only need to attend ONE of these sessions.

Here are the details:

    Date: Friday, May 4 
    Time: 1:30-4:00pm
    Location: 307 Tier Building
    Deadline to register: April 30


    Date: Friday, June 8
    Time: 1:30-4:00pm 
    Location: 224A-B UMSU University Centre
    Deadline to register: June 4

These events are free of charge. Registration is required for this event. Please follow the instructions in your email to register. Please note that the deadlines to register are 5 days before the event is scheduled to take place.

International 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. If you are interested in this program, please register for it at the same time as you register for one of the Welcome Sessions.

  • If you are starting courses in May/June, the deadline to register for the Summer Buddy Program is April 11, 2018.
  • If you are arriving to start courses in July, the deadline to register is May 23, 2018.


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

Getting Settled in Winnipeg (pdf)

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

Shopping:  Specialty Food Stores
in Winnipeg

Shopping: Where to Buy
Winter Clothes

Banking in Winnipeg (pdf)

After You Arrive (pdf)

Finances for International Students (pdf)