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Fall 2021 Orientation

Fall 2021 International Student Orientation will be offered virtually between August 18 - 27, 2021. The schedule and registration details will be available soon.

International Centre orientation and events

All Spring 2021 Welcoming programs were offered online, please access the recordings below.

Please visit the Covid-19 information for students page for the latest UM information and updates.

1. Complete your UM Essentials online training

All new undergraduate students are expected to complete UM Essentials online orientation.

All new undergraduate students are expected to complete UM Essentials online orientation. This is a course that will give you the information you need to be successful as well as provide you the opportunity to ask questions of upper-level students and get to know your fellow first-year students.  Some of the topics covered include:

  • Moving to Winnipeg

  • Finding your community at the U of M

  • Preparing for online learning

  • Supports for your academic success

  • Planning your study schedule

  • Building skills through volunteering

  • Career planning

  • Study strategies

  • And more!

Undergraduate students are automatically registered for UM Essentials. You will receive an email when have been enrolled.

Graduate students are not able to access the UM Essentials course. Instead, plan your success with #UMGradGoals.

To access the course, log in to UM Learn using your UM Email. 


2. Review International Student Orientation Sessions

3. Things to do

  1. Make sure that you review the important dates and deadlines page to know when you can view the course calendar, when you can find out your registration access time and when registration opens
  2. Claim your University of Manitoba UM Net ID in signUM
  3. Activate your U of M email account
  4. Review our Immigration information to help you understand your responsibilities as an international student before you arrive
  5. Familiarize yourself with UMLearn
    • Self-enroll in Sexual Violence Awareness course in UMLearn (found under Self-Registration tab on the UMLearn home page)
  6. Review various supports for students learning remotely, as all classes are currently held online for the 2020-21 academic year
    • Self-enroll in Learning Online, UM Essentials course (LEARN_ONLINE_CENTRE_CO)
  7. Undergraduate students: Complete your UM Essentials online training (log in to UM Learn using your UMnetID) before attending one of our International Student Orientation sessions.
  8. Graduate students are not able to access the UM Essentials course. Instead, plan your success with #UMGradGoals
  9. Undergraduate students: email to an Academic Advisor in your Faculty if you have questions about course selection and registering for courses
  10. Graduate students: contact your department/unit for information on how to register for your courses
  11. Request your Photo Identification (ID) card if you are in Canada
  12. For current access to library materials or research support from one of our library staff, visit the Libraries page for updates
  13. Order your textbooks from the UMBookstore
  14. Review information on International student health coverage and attend one of our virtual sessions on International Student Health Insurance 
  15. Purchasing travel health insurance before leaving your home country is strongly encouraged, to cover you until you can receive your International Student health insurance card
  16. Download your FREE copy of Office 365, with the newest version of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote

Additional orientation resources

Join our events

Check back often for events hosted by the International Centre!

Contact us

Mercy Oluwafemi
International Transitions Coordinator
541 UMSU University Centre
75A Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada