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.

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.  

Fall Orientation for New International Students

Attending Fall 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. Lunch will be provided on both days for all registered participants.  

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

Fall 2017:
Date:  Fall 2017 Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30th 2017
Time:  9:15am – 2:05pm
Cost:   FREE
Registration:   Registration starts July 18th 2017

Coffee & Tea at the IC!

As part of orientation activities we welcome you to join us for a meet and greet at the International Centre between the hours of 10:00am and 1:00pm. Come for 5 minutes or 30 minutes, it’s a chance for you to drop by and:

  • Chat with other new international students
  • Meet the staff at the International Centre
  • Get advice on winter clothing, dressing for winter and see our winter clothing display
  • Take part in a mini tour of the student services located in University Centre
  • And enjoy a cup of coffee or tea 

We look forward to seeing you at the IC!

Date: Thursday August 31, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: IC Lounge – 541 University Centre 

For other events and activities for International Students, visit umanitoba.ca/international/events 

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: Registration starts July 18th 2017
Winter Application Deadline:  Fall 2017

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: 

  • Dates and times TBA

Cost:   FREE

Registration:  Arrival Program Registration Form - Fall 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 2018 Summer Buddy Program starts in Spring 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 

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