International student orientation and welcome
Studying in a new country can be both exciting and overwhelming. 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.
Apply for a Welcome Mentor!
The Welcome Mentors program pairs new international students with experienced UM students, allowing both to develop skills and meaningful relationships.
Register as a Mentee by December 16, 2022.
Start with pre-arrival information to learn what you need to know before you arrive in Canada.
Review International Student Resource Page
Review the information on our Student Resource page, for everything you need to know to get set up and settled in Winnipeg, including housing, setting up a bank account, budgeting, avoiding scams, transportation, where to buy winter clothes, where to shop and more!
UM Essentials Online Orientation (undergraduate students)
All first year undergraduate students must complete UM Essentials. The course opens December 1
It is expected to complete UMEssentials before attending Orientation programming.
You will receive an email to your @myumanitoba.ca account with instructions on how to access UM Essentials, once you have been enrolled in the course.
To access the course, log in to UM Learn using your UM Email.
#UMGradGoals (for graduate students)
Graduate students can plan your success with #UMGradGoals.
UMEssentials is not available for Graduate students
January 5, 2023 International Student Orientation
We want to help you prepare to start your studies, which is why we’ve designed International Student Orientation and Welcome sessions specifically for international students.
Join us for a full day of interactive sessions!
Registration is required. The deadline is December 21.
To register, you need to sign up with your University of Manitoba @myumanitoba.ca email account.
International Student Orientation Welcome
January 5, 2023
9:15 am – Registration and Refreshments
10 am – Session starts
Learn about important topics such as: Living in Winnipeg, Tips for Success, Healthcare in Manitoba, Canadian Culture, Academic Culture & Academic Integrity, Understanding the UM and Resources.
3:30 pm –Campus tours
Lunch will be provided and prizes draws!
January 9-13, 2023 Welcome Sessions
These sessions will help you be informed, healthy, and successful as you transition to the University of Manitoba.
Writing Essentials for International Students - January 9
Monday, January 9, 2023. 12:00-1:00 pm - Virtual Session
Learn about specific study skills, practice with some writing examples and find out where to get academic writing support.
Renting Housing in Manitoba - January 10
Tuesday, January 10, 2023; 12:00-1:00 pm - Virtual Session
Learn how to search for safe off-campus housing in Manitoba and what to watch out for to avoid being a victim of rental advertisement fraud.
Manitoba International Student Health Plan - January 11
Wednesday, January 11, 2023. 3:00-4:00 pm - Virtual session
Learn about aspects of the Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHIP) including what it covers and how to expense claims.
Meet the IC for Coffee and Tea (& Winter clothing display!) - January 12
Thursday, January 12, 2023. 11:00-1:00 pm.
Come meet the International Centre (IC) staff to ask questions, get information on our upcoming programs and events, grab a coffee and snack and come visit our winter clothing display. We will help you learn how to buy a proper jacket for the winter, what to look for and where to buy!
This session will be held in-person. Room to be announced.
No registration required, drop in!
Indigenous History & Reconciliation - January 13
Friday, January 13, 2023. 11:30-1:00 pm - Virtual Session
How does reconciliation relate to me? Learn about the Indigenous history in Canada and reconciliation in the Canadian context.
Get your SIN on Campus - January 13
January 13, 2023 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; Location: in-person, to be announced
Service Canada will be coming to the U of M’s Fort Garry campus to issue Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) to qualifying U of M international students. Saves you a trip to their office! Students will be seen on a drop-in basis (first come, first served). We anticipate that waiting times could be long and we cannot guarantee that all students will be able to receive their Social Insurance Numbers on January 13.
Students coming to the SIN card sessions must bring particular documents: full description & required documents
Past Session Recordings
Please select the topics below to access recordings of past virtual workshops.
Renting Housing in Manitoba
Learn about how and where to search for safe housing in the city and tips to avoid rental advertisement fraud.
Click here for recording. (August 26, 2022)
Taking Care of Your Health and Wellness
Learn about how to take care of your health & wellness as an international student at the University of Manitoba.
Click here for the recordings (January 14, 2022)
Select the plus sign (+) to expand the checklists below.
Before you arrive in Canada
Here is a list of some important things to consider before you arrive in Canada:
- As an international student at the University of Manitoba, you will be a part of our mandatory health coverage plan with our local provider, Blue Cross and Student Care. Newly enrolled international students have emergency-only coverage for one month before their first term at the University of Manitoba.
- Review the Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHP) coverage and effective dates.
- For this reason, it is always smart to purchase travel insurance before leaving your home country, to ensure that you have medical coverage from the date you leave your home country until after you have arrived in Manitoba.
- Confirm with the insurance provider if your coverage will include any medical costs related to COVID-19. Not all insurance providers cover these costs.
- It is important to know that your student health coverage will not be effective elsewhere in Canada, and cannot be used until you first arrive in Manitoba.
- Review Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for important information to consider before making a final decision to leave your home country.
- Make a photocopy of or scan your airline tickets and important documents in case the originals are lost or stolen. Keep the photocopies in a safe place, but not in the same place that you keep the originals (for example, save photos in your email account).
- Keep emergency phone numbers with you at all times. The following phone numbers are recommended:
- your country's embassy, consulate or high commission located in each country through which you travel
- Security Services at the UM (204-474-9341, collect)
- Confirm the baggage restrictions for each airline you will use.
- Confirm the time that you should arrive at the airport and ensure to arrive in plenty of time to check in. Many international flights require passengers to arrive two to three hours before the scheduled departure time.
- Pack your own baggage and never leave your bags unattended.
- Label all luggage clearly. Try to use luggage tags with flaps to hide your name and deter theft.
- Keep a small amount of local currency so you can pay departure taxes and purchase snacks during stop-overs. Contact the airline(s) or your travel agency in advance to find out how much the airport tax will be and how you can pay it at each airport you will use.
- Carry a credit card or small amount of Canadian dollars so you can pay for a taxi, if necessary, upon your arrival in Winnipeg.
- Make sure you have all of your important documents in your carry-on bag (NOT your checked luggage, in case it gets lost or you require them after you have checked your luggage). Examples include:
- airline tickets
- credit cards and money
- documentation required at the port of entry
- record of immunization
- list of medications you require
- driver’s licence, if you have one
- If you will arrive in Canada between October and April, bring an appropriate jacket to wear upon arrival. Learn more about preparing for winter on our resource page.
Undergraduate Student Checklist
- 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
- Claim your University of Manitoba UM Net ID in signUM
- Activate your U of M email account
- Review our Immigration information to help you understand your responsibilities as an international student before you arrive
- Familiarize yourself with UMLearn
- Self-enroll in Sexual Violence Awareness course in UMLearn (found under Self-Registration tab on the UMLearn home page)
- Complete your UM Essentials online training (log in to UM Learn using your UMnetID) before attending one of our Welcome Sessions (you are automatically enrolled).
- To start preparing for university, check out the First Year Planning Guide. This online document has essential information on how to select and register for your courses, and it’s your best resource for planning your first year.
- Email to an Academic Advisor in your Faculty if you have questions about course selection and registering for courses
- Request your Photo Identification (ID) card if you are in Canada
- For current access to library materials or research support from one of our library staff, visit the Libraries page for updates
- Order your textbooks from the UM BookStore
- Review information on International student health coverage
- Download your FREE copy of Office 365, with the newest version of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote
Graduate Student Checklist
Prepare for Graduate Studies as an international student with this checklist.
Download the UM mobile app to take advantage of the checklist for new international students.
Additional orientation resources
Volunteer with the International Centre Orientation & Welcome Events! Volunteer Opportunity
Help new international students get familiarized with their new country and university!
International Transitions Coordinator
541 UMSU University Centre
75A Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada