Orientation & 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 being away from your family and friends.

To help international students with their transition to Canada and the University of Manitoba, the International Centre offers orientation and welcome programming at the beginning of each term. Get the information you need and connect with other international students going through the same experience.

Registration is required for much of the orientation and welcome programming. You will receive more information about how to register via email on Aug. 5.

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International Student Orientation: Aug. 27 and 28

International Student Orientation will help you get your term off to a great start! It is 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 both days of this important orientation event. Lunch will be provided for all registered participants.

At International Student Orientation, you can expect to:

  • Meet other 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 your academic rights and responsibilities
  • Learn about the services available to you on campus

International Student Orientation

Date and Time: Aug. 27 and Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Location: 210 (Multi-Purpose Room), UMSU University Centre

Cost: FREE

Registration: Registration is very important for this event. The deadline to register is Monday, Aug. 19.  You will receive more information about how to register via email on Aug. 5. 


Undergraduate Student Programming: 

Welcome Day // Sept. 3, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Connect with other students and get familiar with campus before the first day of classes. Attend a faculty session to find out tips and strategies to be successful in your program of study. Visit the All About U Expo to learn about services and resources the U of M has to offer and more! Check your email for details!

Science Meet & Greet for International Students // Sept. 3, 2-3 p.m., 250 Allen Building
Are you joining the Faculty of Science this fall? Come to their meet-and-greet and get acquainted with their academic advisors, faculty, international student representatives and other new students. Ask questions and find out about courses, programs and services available to you in the Faculty of Science!

Information about other faculty sessions coming soon!


Graduate Student Programming:

In addition to new International Student Orientation, graduate students are also expected to attend:

Faculty of Graduate Studies Orientation: Aug. 30 (Fort Garry campus)
Faculty of Graduate Studies Orientation: Sept. 6 (Bannatyne campus)


Events Open to All International Students:

Drop-in Event: Meet the IC for Coffee and Tea
Join us for a meet-and-greet with International Centre staff, volunteers and student groups.

Date and Time: Aug. 29, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Campo (1st floor, UMSU University Centre, by the Food Court)

International Student Health Insurance Information Session
Attend an information session to learn more about the Manitoba International Student Insurance Plan (MISIP). Students will have the opportunity to ask questions. Frequently asked questions about the health insurance plan are also available.

For NEW international students (attend ONE, all are the same content):

Aug. 29, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 260 Helen Glass  (Fort Garry)
Sept. 3, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., 260 Helen Glass (Fort Garry)
Sept. 6, 10:55-11:55 a.m., location to be announced  Bannatyne campus)

For ALL international students:

Sept. 16, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. OR 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., 306 Tier (Fort Garry)

Indigenous Context Workshop

“An international perspective on Canadian reconciliation – How does this relate to me?”

The U of M campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Engage in discussion on the Indigenous context in Canada and learn about reconciliation in the Canadian context. Facilitated by Dr. Cary Miller, head of Native studies at the U of M.

Date and Time: to be announced
Location: to be announced

Banking and Budgeting Workshop

Learn about budgeting and managing your money, banking, managing debt, credit cards and taxes. 

Date and Time: Aug. 30, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Location: Room 307, Tier

Get Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) On Campus

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is the nine-digit number you will need to work, be paid and file taxes in Canada. Bring your passport and your study permit that states you may work in Canada in order to apply for your SIN on campus.

Date and Time: Sept. 4 and Sept. 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Room 543-44, UMSU University Centre

Group Advising Series

These interactive group advising sessions, hosted by International Centre advisors, help new international students make sense of their new life in Winnipeg and at the U of M. Topics include:

  • Session 1 (Adjusting to Life in Canada)
  • Session 2 (Academics in Canada)
  • Session 3 (Making the Most of Winter in Winnipeg)
  • Session 4 (Lessons Learned & Future Goals)

More information coming soon.