Orientation & Welcome Programming

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 November 25.

Important links:

International Student Orientation:
Thursday, January 2, 2020

International Student Orientation will help you get your term off to a great start! Our program 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. 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

Date and Time: Thursday, January 2, 8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: 210 (MPR), UMSU University Centre Building

Cost: FREE

Registration: Registration is very important for this event. The deadline to register is Wednesday, December 11.  You will begin receive pre-arrival information, including Orientation, starting on November 11.  If you do not get the automatic emails, please contact crystal.stewart@umanitoba.ca.


Undergraduate Student Programming:

Winter Orientation • Jan. 3, 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Winter Orientation will take place on Friday, January 3, 2020 for all newly admitted University of Manitoba undergraduate students. Winter Orientation introduces new students starting in the Winter Term to the U of M Fort Garry campus. The day will help prepare you for university life and provides a fun opportunity to meet fellow students!

Register by December 16  http://bit.ly/W20register 


Graduate Student Programming:

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

January 3 (Fort Garry 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. Learn more.

Date and Time: January 10, 2020 // 11:30-1:30 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):

Date and Time: January 10 // 10:30-11:30 a.m. OR 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
For NEW international students (attend ONE, all are the same content)
Location: 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 Anishinaabeg, 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: January 15, 2019 // 2:30-4:00 pm

Location: 215 Tier building


Banking and Budgeting Workshop

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

Date and Time: January 8 // 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Location: 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. Learn more.

Date and Time: January 6 & 7, 2020

Location: 543-44 UMSU University Centre


Culture & Connection: A Series for New International Students

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:

Time: 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. (graduate students) OR 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (undergraduate students)

For more information, click on the session names above.