Students walking outside and chatting in winter

Winter Orientation

To help you get ready for the start of Winter term

For information on International Centre orientation and events, visit their Orientation web page.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity. Accessibility accommodations and/or disability related supports are available for all events. Contact or call 204-474-7423.

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Dec. 7 | 9 a.m. Get Ready to Register

Get Ready to Register for Winter is intended to help students make good decisions about choosing courses, creating a timetable and registering for courses. In this session, we’ll cover some key differences to starting university in the Winter term, instead of in Fall. We’ll guide you through the process, so you’ll feel confident making choices that work for you.

December 12 | Enrolment and course start UM Essentials

UM Essentials, along with other orientation activities, is intended to help you prepare for your studies at the University of Manitoba.

You’ve accepted your offer, registered for your classes, claimed your UM Net ID and now it’s time to complete UM Essentials! UM Essentials introduces you to the supports and resources available to UM students and through completing UM Essentials, you will:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the campus layout and important locations;
  • Gain experience with UMLearn, the course management system at UM;
  • Learn about the ‘university learning environment’ and know what your professors will expect from you in your courses;
  • Learn about key support services available to students and how to access them;
  • Find out how to get involved in the UM campus community;
  • Understand the rights and responsibilities that you have a student.
  • All new students are expected to complete UM Essentials.

You will receive an email to your email when you have been enrolled in the course. We do enrollments once a week.

All first year students must complete UM Essentials.

After completing UM Essentials you will be able to

  • Explain your rights and responsibilities as a new student joining the University of Manitoba community.
  • Locate resources for navigating all areas of life as a new student.
  • Identify and implement strategies for effective online learning.
  • Summarize expectations for academic work.
  • Recognize opportunities for personal skill development and community engagement.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using UM Learn.

January 5, 2024 | Room 210 UMSU University Centre Welcome Day

Roam with us on Welcome Day!

Find out who to know and where to go for answers to the most common questions new UM students have. We know you’re new to this, so we’ve got your back! You’ll hear from students, advisors and support staff and more. We all are dedicated to helping you succeed at UM, so don’t miss out on January 5.

Time Friday, January 5, 2024 | UM Winter Orientation
9 - 10 a.m. Registration, Refreshments, table games. Sponsor tables in alcoves outside room
10 - 10:10 a.m. Welcome (10 min)
10:10 - 10:50 a.m. International Centre Programs & Understanding the UM
10:50  - 11 a.m. Icebreaker - Winnipeg/Canadian Trivia on Menti (10 min)
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Indigenous Land Teaching (1 hour)
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch (UMSU & UMGSA welcome) (1 hr)
1 - 1:15 p.m. Find Someone Who - Icebreaker (15 min)
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Cross-Cultural Awareness & UM Culture (1 hour)
2:15 - 2:25 p.m. Break (coffee refresh, 10 min)
2:25 - 3:05 p.m. Academic Integrity (40 min)
3:05 - 3:20 p.m. Student Panel (15 min)
3:20 - 3:30 p.m. Closing, Evaluations & Prize draws!

Register here

Claim your QR Code and let us know if you’ll be joining us on Winter Welcome Day!    

Save or screenshot your QR code to use at check in on Welcome Day, where one of our volunteers will scan your code to confirm attendance and provide you with your lunch ticket, and you’ll be entered to win prizes in the 'Winter Welcome Day Check-In' contest! 

Complete rules and regulations for 'Winter Welcome Day Check-In' contest

The Winter Welcome Day Check-In contest (the “Contest”) is open to first year University of Manitoba students who are residents of mainland North America (excluding Quebec), and who check-in and attend the Winter Welcome Day 2024. The Contest shall be construed and evaluated according to applicable Canadian law. Void in whole or part where prohibited by law. Entry in this Contest constitutes acceptance of these Contest rules (the “Contest Rules”).

    The Contest is open only individuals who are students of the University of Manitoba and are located on mainland North America, excluding residents of the Province of Quebec, and 18 years or older at the time of entry, or if a student is under the age of 18, who enters with the consent of a parent or guardian (“Eligible Participants”). This Contest is not open to employees of the University of Manitoba’s Student Engagement and Success Unit.

    The University of Manitoba shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity and/or eligibility to participate in the Contest. Failure to provide such proof may result in disqualification. All personal and other information requested by and supplied to the University of Manitoba for the purpose of the Contest must be truthful, complete, accurate and in no way misleading. The University of Manitoba reserves the right, in its sole discretion; to disqualify any entrant should such an entrant at any stage supply untruthful, incomplete, inaccurate or misleading personal details and/or information.
    By participating in this Contest, the Contestant (“You”) (or, if entrant is a Minor, such Minor’s parent or legal guardian) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of the University of Manitoba as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Contest.
    Contest Entries will be accepted on January 5, 2024 at 09:00 a.m. Central Standard Time (“CST”). The Contest closes on January 5, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. CST. 
    There is no purchase necessary to enter the Contest. Enter using the method of entry outlined below. No entries will be accepted by any other means.

    Welcome Day
    Attend Welcome Day on January 5, 2024 (indicated by a scanned QR entry code) and you’ll be entered into a draw for one of two UM Bookstore prize packs.
    By submitting the Entry, You understand, acknowledge and confirm that if you win, the University of Manitoba may choose to announce your name or publish your likeness on the University of Manitoba website as a Winner without further obligation or compensation of any kind to You. 
    Winners will be selected through a random draw under the supervision of the University of Manitoba Student Engagement and Success Office. The Winner(s) will be notified by email following their selection as a Winner(s). The University of Manitoba Student Engagement and Success Office shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information.

    If a Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 30 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Contest is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, provincial, and local laws and regulations.

    Each Tentative Prize Winner (or, if such Tentative Prize Winner is a Minor, such Minor’s parent or legal guardian) affirms they have read, understood and agreed to be bound by these Rules, grant all consents required and as contemplated by these Rules, and, in the event You win the Contest, authorize the University of Manitoba to broadcast, publish and disseminate Your name, likeness, voice, city of residence and biographical information in connection with any promotion, publicity, or news, entertainment and/or information purposes, without further consent and without compensation, and releasing the University of Manitoba, its affiliates, representatives, employees and agents from any and all liability of any kind whatsoever arising out of the Winner’s participation in the Contest and/or receipt and execution of any prize awarded.
  7. PRIZES 
    The prizes are hereafter referred to as the “Prize(s)”. A Prize winner is hereafter referred to as a “Winner”. There are four (2) UM Bookstore prize packs to be won.

    The specifics of the Prize shall be solely determined by the University of Manitoba Student Engagement and Success. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at University of Manitoba Student Engagement and Success’ discretion. Prizes are non-transferable. 

    All expenses related to mailing or shipping to Winner will be the sole responsibility of the University of Manitoba Student Engagement and Success’ Office. Any and all other Prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, provincial, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner.

    No substitution of Prize or transfer/assignment of Prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of Prize constitutes permission for the University of Manitoba Student Engagement and Success Office to use the Winner’s Entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
  8. ODDS
    The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
    The University of Manitoba, its affiliates, representatives, employees, agents, insurers and assigns shall not be in any manner whatsoever be liable or responsible for theft, loss, technical malfunctions, computer and/or telephone network malfunctions, software problems, online traffic congestion, any human or computer generated error, which may in any manner affect the receipt of Contest entries, the notification of winners, the awarding or distribution of any prize under the Contest.
    By entering the Contest, entrant releases and holds the University of Manitoba, its affiliates, representatives, employees, agents, insurers, and assigns, harmless from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to the entrant or any other person, including personal injury, death, or property damage, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any Prize, participation in the Contest, any breach of the Contest Rules, or in any Prize-related activity. The entrant agrees to fully indemnify Releasees from any and all claims by third parties relating to the Contest, including without limitation any claims of infringement of rights to copyright, privacy and/or personality.
    The University of Manitoba will not be collecting any personal information of any kind during the Contest, other than to notify prizewinners and showcase winning images. This information will not be kept past the Contest finish.
    If for any reason the online portion of this Contest is not capable of being completed as planned including, but not limited to computer virus, bugs, tampering, technical failures or other causes beyond the control of the University of Manitoba, the University of Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify the Contest.

    The University of Manitoba, its affiliates, representatives, employees and agents assume no liability whatsoever for damage to any person, or to their computer or other property, arising from their actual or attempted participation in the Contest in any manner whatsoever, or in the awarding of any prize.

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