Pre-arrival Online Orientation

Start with pre-arrival information to learn what you need to know before you arrive in Canada.

International Student Pre-arrival Orientation

Our International Student Pre-Arrival Online Orientation along with other International Orientation events, are intended to help you prepare for your arrival in Canada.

In the Pre-Arrival Orientation, you will learn very important information about:   

  • Services and supports from the International Centre, including before and after you arrive checklists
  • Winnipeg – get familiar with transportation, weather, and safety in your new city
  • Housing options, and your renting rights and responsibilities
  • Healthcare, including the Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHP)

Work through each of the modules at your own pace with the ability to stop and return to your last spot to complete later. You can expect the course to take anywhere from 2-3 hours to complete, depending on your speed.

How to get access?

The course opens July 5!

Enrolment: After you have accepted your offer, you will automatically be enrolled in the course. Enrolments occur weekly, on Tuesdays. You will receive an email to your email once you are enrolled in the course. 

To access the course, you need to sign into log in to UM Learn using your UM Email account (UMNetID). 

Don't have your email account yet? Claim it here.

**You can claim your ID 48 hours after you’ve accepted your offer.

If you want to learn more about how to navigate courses in UMLearn, you can watch this video:

UM Learn Navigation Tutorial - Learner

If you still don't see the course in your UMLearn course offerings, you can contact for support.

Review International Student Resource Page

Review the information on our Student Resource page, for additional helpful information including: how to set up a bank account, budget your money, how to pay your fees, avoiding scams, where to shop and more!

UM Essentials Online Orientation (undergraduate students)

All first year undergraduate students must complete UM Essentials.  The course opens July 18, 2023

It is expected to complete UMEssentials before attending Orientation programming.

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

Learn more about UM Essentials

#UMGradGoals (for graduate students)

Graduate students can plan your success with #UMGradGoals

International Student Orientation

To help you prepare to start your studies, we have designed International Student Orientation and Welcome sessions specifically for international students. We offer sessions at the beginning of every term.

To register, you need to sign up with your University of Manitoba email account


Late Orientation - September 15

Friday September 15, 2023, 204 UMSU University Centre

Did you miss International Student Orientation on August 28? Register for our Late Orientation session!

Sign in 1:30-2:00 pm. Session starts at 2:00-4:30 pm. 

 What to Expect:

  • Meet other students from around the world
  • Attend engaging sessions including:
    • International Student Support
    • Canadian Culture & Communication
    • UM Academic Culture & Integrity 
  • Food and prize draws
  • Have fun!

Registration closed.

Welcome Events

These workshops and events will help you be informed, healthy, and successful as you transition to the University of Manitoba.

Sept 27 - Meet the IC

Wednesday, September 27, 12:00-2:00 pm, 544 UMSU University Centre

Come visit the International Centre staff and on-campus partners: Career Services, Spiritual Care and Student Care! Have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about programs for international students. Take a look at our winter clothing display (never too early to prepare!) so you can learn what type of clothing to shop for, what to look for, where to buy, and look out for sales.

Come and drop in anytime between 12-2 pm, coffee and snacks provided!

Registration not required.

Past Session Recordings

Please select the topics below to access recordings of past virtual workshops.

Indigenous History and Reconciliation in Canada

How does reconciliation relate to me? Learn about the Indigenous history in Canada and reconciliation in the Canadian context.

View the recording

Volunteer with the International Centre Orientation & Welcome Events! Volunteer Opportunity

Help new international students get familiarized with their new country and university!

Thank you to our Sponsors

Contact us

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