Student Life office

Student Life offers a variety of programs that will enhance your student experience. Our focus is to:

  • Welcome new undergraduate and graduate students through various transition programs
  • Connect student to other students, to supports and services and to the institution
  • Engage students in high quality service-learning, student leadership, peer mentoring and volunteer experiences on campus, in the community and abroad.
  • Celebrate students for their achievements through the Co-Curricular Record and the Emerging Leader Award.


Orientation is the coordinated efforts on behalf of the University of Manitoba to help you make a seamless and meaningful transition.


The University of Manitoba Student Leadership Development Programs provide U of M students with the opportunity to develop comprehensive leadership skills by exploring a multitude of leadership techniques, theories and models through interactive workshops and activities.

Mentoring & Volunteering

  • The New Student Peer Mentoring Program is designed for new students to be matched with an upper-year student to learn more about the University of Manitoba, their faculty, and help navigate their first year as a new university student.
  • The University of Manitoba Volunteer Program provides a wide variety of opportunities for you to build skills, gain experience and make connections in the university community.

Student Life office, 225 UMSU University Centre, Phone: 204-474-9093

Community Service-Learning

Community Service-Learning programs bring students and communities together through volunteer work, social justice education, and critical reflection. By fostering strong reciprocal relations with local and international partners, CSL creates ethical opportunities for students to learn and travel while contributing to the wellbeing of communities.

Check out our programs if you are interested in:

  • Working with, and learning from, communities in ethical and meaningful ways
  • Learning how to work with diverse cultures locally and internationally
  • Developing a critical and first-hand understanding of current social and environmental issues
  • Building self-awareness and capacity to engage in social action

Get involved with communities in Manitoba:

Work and learn with communities abroad:

  • Alternative Reading Week Belize: Volunteer and learn about Mayan culture, land rights, and food systems as you work with Q'eqchi' communities in rural Belize
  • Alternative Reading Week Amazon: Deepen your understanding of environmental challenges facing Indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest
  • Chile Service-Learning Experience: Learn about land-based indigenous education as you work with Williche communities to increase climate change resilience on the Island of Chiloé

Deepen your social justice knowledge and skills:

Community Service-Learning, 203 FitzGerald Building, Phone: 204-474-6992

Co-Curricular Record (CCR)

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official record of university-approved and facilitated activities that support student development in venues that are not for academic credit. Existing as a document that is separate from the Academic Transcript, the CCR is a clear statement of involvement in activities that support holistic student development.

The International Centre

The International Centre (IC) is your one-stop shop for everything international. Here, you can learn about international opportunities like exchanges, take part in intercultural programs, and join in fun events. We also provide support to international students--from orientation to graduation--offering advising sessions, workshops, and fun programming.

At the International Centre you can:

  • Take part in an international exchange or internship – open to all UofM students! IC offers exchange opportunities with partner universities in over 20 countries. With a team to support you, you can study abroad while paying U of M tuition fees and earning credit towards your degree.
  • Join a cultural or language exchange program right here in Winnipeg. We offer a variery of programs that focus on leadership, mentoring, and language exchange. Make new friends, develop your intercultural skills and have fun!
  • Come socialize! Join us at recreational and cultural events throughout the year, including sporting events, the ballet, the opera, snowshoeing, skating, kayaking and more! All U of M students are welcome.

If you are an international student, we're here to help you:

  • Get support during your arrival and adjustment to Canada through our Orientation and Transition programs. Learn about academic regulations and how Canadian classrooms work, where to look for housing, and what to expect in winter!
  • Join the Buddy program to be paired with an experienced student who can guide you through registration, show you around campus, teach you the bus system and more!
  • Get information about permit and visa regulations and procedures through one-on-one advising and information sessions
  • Participate in cultural and language exchange programs to meet Canadian students, and join in recreational and cultural events throughout the year

Be the first to know

Check out our events page to learn about deadlines, upcoming events, and more.

The International Centre, 541 UMSU University Centre, Phone: 204-474-8501

What is UMSU?

The University of Manitoba Students' Union (UMSU) is the largest students' association in the province. UMSU represents the needs of more than 26,000 undergraduate students and advocates on your behalf to university administration and all levels of government. UMSU enhances student life and builds a stronger campus community through social events, student groups, campaigns, five businesses and over thirty-five services. Help shape your time at university and sign up to Volunteer with UMSU.

UMSU, 101 UMSU University Centre, Phone: 204-474-6822

What is UMGSA?

The University of Manitoba Graduate Students' Association (UMGSA) is the student governed association representing graduate students at the U of M and functions on all of its affiliate campuses. With more than 3,500 members completing graduate work in over 90 different disciplines, the UMGSA is the official voice of graduate students at the U of M.

The UMGSA is guided by its vision, goals and governing documents, all of which focus on promoting and providing graduate student advocacy, offering services and support to students, as well as developing and encouraging involvement in the graduate student community. There are many services available to you such as conference grants, department grants, advocacy services, social events, printing services and awards, amongst others. Or, to find out how to become involved as a committee member, councillor for your department, or volunteer for events, or for any other information, please feel free to contact us or drop in to our office in UMSU University Centre.

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