Orientation & Welcome

Studying in a new country can be both exciting and overwhelming. While you are adjusting to a new academic environment and new academic policies, you will also have to adjust to a new culture, new customs, new foods, a different climate, and to being away from your family and friends.

To help international students with their transition to Canada and the U of M, the International Centre offers orientation programs at the beginning of each term. Our programs are an effective and efficient way to get the information you need in a short amount of time.

Registration is required for much of the Orientation programming. You will receive more information about how to register via email.

Exchange Students coming to the U of M for 1 or 2 terms from a partner institution should contact their U of M Exchange Coordinator for information on how to register for International Centre Orientation Programs.  

Winter Orientation for New International Students

Attending International Student Orientation will help you get your term off to a great start! The orientation has been designed specifically for international students and will help to ensure you have a successful transition to life in Winnipeg and to your studies at the U of M. All new international students are strongly encouraged to attend this important orientation event. Lunch will be provided for all registered participations. After lunch, you will move into program-specific sessions.

At Orientation you can expect to:

  • Meet other new students from Canada and around the world.
  • Get information to help you get settled in Winnipeg.
  • Learn about cultural differences in educational settings. 
  • Get to know your academic rights and responsibilities.
  • Learn about the services available to you on campus.

Winter 2017:
Date:  Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Time:  8:30am-TBD (International Student Orientation + New Student Orientation/Faculty of Graduate Studies Orientation)
Cost:   FREE
Registration:   Registration is very important for this event. You will receive more information about how to register soon.

Coffee & Tea at the IC!

As part of our Orientation activities, we welcome you to join us for a meet-and-greet at the International Centre between the hours of 1:30-4:00pm on Wednesday, January 3. Come for 5 minutes or 30 minutes. It’s a chance for you to drop by and:

  • Chat with other new international students
  • Meet the staff at the International Centre
  • Get advice on winter clothing, dressing for winter, and see our winter clothing display
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea

We look forward to seeing you at the IC!

Date: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Time: 1:30-4:00pm
Location: IC Lounge – 541 UMSU University Centre 

Other Events

We also have other events and activities for international students planned for the first few weeks of winter term. Please check back here for updated information, or visit our events page at umanitoba.ca/international/events

Get Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) On Campus
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 9am-3:30pm)

Taking the Bus in Winnipeg Workshop
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 1-3pm

Housing Workshop (Tenant Rights and Responsibilities) 
 January 5, 2018 - 10am-12pm

Banking, Budgeting, and Taxes in Canada Workshop
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10am-12pm

International Student Mentorship Program (ISMP)

Through the ISMP you can request to be partnered with an experienced U of M student who will serve as a point of contact and support during your transition to the U of M and Winnipeg.  All Mentors in our program have been trained on how to provide peer-to-peer personal, academic, and intercultural support for new international students.

You and your Mentor will arrange weekly meetings and your Mentor is also expected to communicate via e-mail or text as needed.  You and your Mentor will be partnered for the entire academic term.  The time commitment for this program is 18-20 hours throughout the term.  

Cost:   FREE
Detailed Program Information: ISMP Information Sheet
Registration: You will receive more information about how to register for this program in the email invitation to register for Orientation.

Winter Application: Registration starts November 28, 2017
Winter Application Deadline:  December 8, 2017


If you are new to Winnipeg, the following resources can help you get settled and familiar with your new city:

Getting Settled in Winnipeg 

Shopping:  The Essentials 
(food, clothing, household items, mobile phones, internet, etc.)

Shopping:  Specialty Food Stores in Winnipeg 

Shopping: Where to Buy Winter Clothes 

Banking in Winnipeg 

After You Arrive 

Finances for International Students