Frequently Asked Questions

UNIVERSITY 1

REGISTRATION AND CLASSES

Course Selection

Timetabling

Registration

FINANCES AND FINANCIAL AID

START OF TERM

STUDYING

FINAL EXAMS


University 1

What is University 1? Why do I have to be in U1?

  • University 1 is one of the entrance options at the University of Manitoba for incoming students who have never attended post-secondary studies (direct entry from high school or as a mature student) or for those with less than 24 credit hours of post-secondary study (students who have attended another university or college but have not completed a full year of study elsewhere).
  • Other entrance options include direct entry from high school based on certain high school courses and grades being achieved.
  • Regardless of whether you are admitted to University 1 or directly to another faculty, Year 1 students will take the same Year 1 courses for their intended degree program. University 1 is not an extra year nor is it a general or remedial year; it’s a starting point in the U of M and is considered the first year of your degree.
  • For more information on University 1, please see our website or contact us directly. Registration assistants and academic advisors are available by phone, email and in-person.
  • For more information on applying to University 1, please refer to Undergraduate Admissions.

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Registration and Classes

How do I know what courses to select?

  • The courses that you should register for will depend on your intended degree program. For example, students targeting Engineering will require completely different courses than students targeting Kinesiology.
  • If you are in University 1, you have the freedom to build a course selection plan that allows you to focus on first year requirements for just one or multiple degree programs. In the First Year Planning Guide you are provided with a list of required courses using the Focused, Balanced or Sampling approaches. The Focused and Balanced approaches identify the total list of courses needed to meet the admission requirements to your intended degree program.
  • If you have been admitted directly to a target faculty, then you are advised to follow the Focused or the Balanced approach to course selection in the First Year Planning Guide to complete as many first year courses in your program as possible.
  • Additionally, the Recommended Introductory Course list provides you with a list of all first year courses that are available to you; use this list to select your electives, W and M requirements when you are given the choice.

How many courses do I have to take?

  • In university, we normally refer to number of credit hours vs. number of courses when discussing requirements for a degree. When reading the First Year Planning Guide, you will see that each course listed is given a specific credit hour value, and in the degree pages we list the minimum admission requirements in terms of credit hours (i.e. 24 credit hours).
  • The number of courses (credit hours) needed to apply to a degree program will vary, some faculties will allow students to apply with a minimum of 24 credit hours of electives, and others may require 24 credit hours of specific courses while others may require a minimum of 30 credit hours to apply.
  • It is important to check your intended faculty’s pages in the First Year Planning Guide for the minimum credit hours needed to apply.
  • Also note that some faculties will allow the admission requirements to be completed on a full time or part time basis but others will require a certain number of credit hours to be completed in a specific amount of time.
  • There are also credit hour requirements you may need to meet for reasons of funding (student loans, scholarships or bursaries), if you are on a student visa/study permit or if you are going to be living in student residence. It is important for you to be aware of the credit hour requirements to maintain these funding, permit or residency requirements.

Can I just take courses I’m interested in or are specific to my intended degree program?

  • In University 1, you can take courses using the Sampling approach which indicates the courses that are a good introduction to the field of study in that specific discipline.
  • However, to be eligible after one year to apply to a degree program, you must take courses that meet the admission requirements as laid out in the First Year Planning Guide for each degree program and normally these requirements will require a number of courses from other faculties as well.

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Timetabling

Can an advisor plan my timetable?

  • As part of registration, you need to build a timetable that meets your needs as a student. You will need to select the times of day when you will take your required courses, as well as time for study, work and other leisure activities and personal commitments.
  • You are encouraged to attend a First Year Timetabling and Planning Session and review the Timetabling section of the First Year Planning Guide for information on planning a timetable.
  • For additional assistance in developing your timetable you may make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor in University 1 or in your direct entry faculty.  

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Registration

I can’t log into Aurora, what do I do?

  • If you are not able to log into Aurora, please contact the Registrar’s Office in 400 University Centre or call 204 474 9420.

When can I register?

  • Course registration for the Regular Session begins mid-July, with exact dates made available early-July. Registration for the Summer Session begins in mid-March.
  • As a newly admitted student to University 1 or another direct entry faculty, your initial registration date and time is predetermined by using your high school grades.
  • Once your registration time has begun, you are able to register for both the Fall Term and the Winter Term.
  • Aurora is available 24 hours/day 7 days/week.
  • See Your Registration Time for further details and instructions.

Why do other students register before me?

  • The students’ registration date is predetermined by their high school grades. Students with a higher grade average will register first.
  • Returning students begin their registration the week after newly admitted students.
  • See Your Registration Time for further details and instructions.

How do I register?

  • Course registration is completed using Aurora, the online registration system. There is no in-person registration.
  • Registration assistants and academic advisors can assist you with planning, timetabling and registration concerns. However as a student, it is your responsibility to plan a schedule and register for your courses on your own.
  • Instructions on how to schedule and register for courses using Aurora are available from the online registration tutorials.
  • For other registration information, please see:

What happens if I don’t register on my registration date?

  • Whenever possible it is best to register for courses on your registration date for your best access to class space.
  • Space in courses is not guaranteed so classes will fill up as more students register. Waiting too long to register may result in not being able to register in your preferred courses/times.
  • Instructions on how to schedule and register for courses using Aurora are available from the online registration tutorials.
  • For other registration information, please see:

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Can I register when I arrive in Winnipeg?

  • Whenever possible students should register for their courses on their assigned registration date as space in courses is not guaranteed and will fill up as more students register.
  • Waiting until you arrive in Winnipeg to register will mean that you may not be able to find space in the courses that you want or need.
  • If you are an international student you will have requirements pertaining to your student visa/study permit that require you to enroll in a specified amount of courses or credit hours. Waiting to register for courses until you arrive in Winnipeg may also put you at risk for not being able to fulfil your student visa/study permit requirements if you cannot find space in courses.
  • Instructions on how to schedule and register for courses using Aurora are available from the online registration tutorials.
  • For other registration information, please see:

I’ll be away on my registration date and my parent/sibling/friend/guardian will be registering for me. Can they contact University 1 if they need help registering for me?

  • Course registration is done using Aurora, the online registration system and can be done from anywhere with internet access.
  • It is recommended that you register for yourself but if you are unable to do so, you can allow a trusted person to assist you with your registration.
  • It is recommended that the designated person review the online registration tutorials prior to registration to be aware of how to use Aurora.
  • Staff at the university can only speak about a student or their registration in general terms unless the student has filled out a FIPPA (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act) consent form with University 1 to allow staff in University 1 to access a student’s information with a designated person.
  • To obtain a consent form, please contact University 1 or your direct entry faculty.

Can an advisor register for me?

  • No, all registration is expected to be completed by you online using Aurora.
  • Our registration assistants are happy to help with any registration questions/problems that you may have. For assistance with any registration problems, please be sure to have your student number along with the error message that you received when you contact our office.

What if I can’t get into the classes I want? Can I get space in a course?

  • Space in courses is not guaranteed and there is a maximum capacity set for all classrooms in accordance to fire code regulations.
  • If you are not able to find space in your desired section, you can check to see if there is any space in a different section of the course.
  • If not, you can keep checking Aurora prior to the end of the Revision Period and perhaps space in the section will become available if someone drops the course.
  • Also check your target faculty’s requirements to determine if the course is actually required for the first year and if there is an alternate course option to select in its place.  

I need permission to register for a course. How do I do that?

  • Depending on the type of permission required, there may be several different approvals you require.
  • It is best to inquire with an academic advisor in University 1 or another direct entry faculty office to determine if permission can be received.
  • If so, permission is normally sought by you, the student, from the appropriate office. A written permission form will be given to you if your permission is approved. You are to deliver this permission form to your faculty advising office.
  • Once the permission is loaded to your student account, you will be able to register in the course, space permitting.
  • Permission forms must be submitted prior to the end of the Revision Period to be valid and ensure registration can take place for that term.  

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Finances and Financial Aid

How much is my tuition? When do I know how much I owe?

  • Tuition fees vary by student as the fees are determined based on the discipline and the number of credit hours or course load for which you register in each term.
  • Please see the Registrar’s Office website for fee information.
  • If you have registered, your tuition fees will be posted on Aurora account. For Fall and Winter Term registrations, information will be available in mid-August.

Does the university offer a tuition refund if I withdraw from (drop) a course?

  • If you decide to withdraw from a course within the Revision Period, you will receive a refund on tuition fees.
  • However, if a course is withdrawn (dropped) after the Revision Period (and by the VW deadline), you will not receive a refund.
  • Further information about withdrawing from courses and fees deadline dates and refunds can be found on the Registrar’s Office website.

How do I get my money back if I withdraw from (drop) a class during the Revision Period?

  • If you withdraw from (drop) a course during the Fall Term Revision Period, your money will be credited to your Winter Term fee balance.
  • If you withdraw from (drop) a course during the Winter Term Revision Period, you will be issued a refund cheque. Please note that if you are funded by a provincial or federal loan funding body, any refunded tuition will be paid back to the funding agency.
  • Further information about withdrawing from courses and fees deadline dates and refunds can be found on the Registrar’s Office website.

Will I be withdrawn (dropped) from my courses if I don’t go to class or if I don’t pay the fees?

  • No, non-payment or non-attendance will not result in the withdrawal of the course from your registration or from owing the associated fees.
  • You will owe the money and receive a grade in the course if you don’t withdraw from (drop) it using Aurora, even if you did not attend classes or pay the fees. As a student you are responsible for your registration and must ensure that your registration is up to date.
  • If you decide not to remain registered for a course, you must withdraw from it using Aurora.
  • Further information about withdrawing from courses and fee deadline dates and refunds can be found on the Registrar’s Office website.

How many courses do I need for my student loan/scholarship/bursary?

  • If you have received financial aid from a funding agency you should have received a letter or some form of documentation that outlines your course load or credit hour requirements to meet your funding requirements.
  • For information or assistance with understanding your financial aid requirement, please contact the Financial Aid and Awards office.

I need a letter confirming my registration, how do I get that?

  • Proof of Registration and Certificate of Enrolment letters are available from the Registrar’s Office in 400 University Centre. Please visit their website for information.

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Start of Term

When is Orientation?

  • The University of Manitoba’s New Student Orientation is held on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the Labour Day long weekend in September for Fall Term and on a select evening in January for Winter Term.
  • Information about Orientation schedules are emailed to newly admitted students.
  • For detailed information please see the Orientation website.

Do I have to attend Orientation?

  • Orientation is considered to be the start of your academic year at the University of Manitoba.
  • It is imperative that you attend your Orientation as scheduled to ensure you receive the information that pertains to your studies.
  • A large part of the information necessary to learn about the university system, academic culture, the rules and regulations of being a student and completing your degree are given at this event and you will be expected to have attended these sessions to learn about them.
  • For detailed information please see the Orientation website.

I won’t be in Winnipeg until after classes start, is that ok?

  • You should plan to arrive in Winnipeg prior to classes starting. It is not recommended to arrive late and miss classes as you will be at a disadvantage when you start the course.
  • If arriving late and missing classes cannot be avoided, then please be advised that it is your responsibility to speak with your instructors about missed work and determine how you can best catch up on the class materials. Accommodations are not given for beginning a class late.
  • Additionally, beginning a class late will mean that you will not have the full Revision Period to make a fully informed decision about staying in the course.

Can I take a course at another university?

  • In order to take a course at another university, students must apply for a Letter of Permission from the Registrar’s Office.
  • It is always advisable that you speak with an academic advisor about the decision to study at other institutions and determine the appropriate transfer credit courses and options to satisfy your degree requirements at the University of Manitoba.

I have decided not to attend university after all, what should I do?

  • Non-payment or non-attendance will not result in the withdrawal of the course from your registration or from owing the associated fees.
  • If you have registered in courses, you must withdraw from (drop) the courses you no longer wish to take using Aurora. As a student you are responsible for your registration and must ensure that your registration is up to date, and that includes removing yourself from courses if you no longer to attend them or the university.
  • Further information about withdrawing from courses and fees deadline dates and refunds can be found on the Registrar’s Office website.  

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Studying

Where can I go for help with studying, preparing for exams or finding a tutor?

  • The Academic Learning Centre (ALC) is a good resource to use throughout the year. They offer assistance with time management, study skills, reading/writing skills and preparing for exams.
  • You can meet one-to-one with a learning skills instructor or attend workshops in order to further develop academic strengths and skills in writing, learning and research.
  • Also available is the Writing Tutor Program, Online Writing Tutor, Supplemental Instruction and a variety of handouts and online workshops.

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Final Exams

When are final exams?

  • The final exam period is at the end of each term.
    • Fall Term - Exam Period is in December
      • Schedule including exact dates and times for each course and section will be available by early October. 
      • Schedule including exam locations will be available by the end of October.
    • Winter Term – Exam Period is in April 
      • Schedule including exact dates and times for each course and section will be available by early February. 
      • Schedule including exam locations will be available by the end of February.
    • Summer Term - Specific exam dates are found in the Aurora Class Schedule, except for Distance & Online Education courses.
    • Distance & Online Education exam schedules for Summer Term are normally made available in June, for the July exam series, and in July, for the August exam series.
  • All students must remain available until all exam and test obligations have been fulfilled. Travel plans are not an acceptable reason to miss examinations.

How do I find out when my final exams are scheduled?

  • A personal exam schedule is available using MyExams in Aurora, or by viewing the exam schedules provided on the Registrar’s Office website.
  • Once the exam schedule has been made available, students should consult the exam schedule and notify the Registrar’s Office immediately of any conflicts.
  • It is important that you check your exam schedule once it’s posted and again prior to the exam period to make note of the exam location and any changes of date/time.

What happens if I miss a final exam?

  • If you miss a final exam for medical or compassionate reasons, or for religious observances, you must contact an advisor within 48 hours of the missed exam to apply for a deferred exam.
  • You must submit supporting documentation, such as a doctor’s note, when applying for the deferred exam. Requests for deferred examinations are made to the student’s faculty, school, or academic advising office.
  • See the Registrar’s Office website for further information.

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May 13, 2015

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