Welcome to Grad Studies!

Getting Started: A Guide for New Grad Students

Learn the ropes and settle into your new life by following the steps and advice outlined in these pages.

Begin with the Pre-arrival page detailing how to accept and confirm your admission and more. Then head to the Arrival page for must do’s once you are on campus. As you get started, see the First Term Guide to learn more about who you should connect with while you are here.


  • Register for your program
  • Learn about living in Calgary 
  • Find housing
  • Learn about funding

Get started


  • Get your UniCard
  • Pay your tuition
  • Grad student responsibilities
  • Library Services

Plan your arrival

First term

  • A who's who mini guide
  • Academic services
  • Professional developement services
  • Health services

Resource guide

Keep an eye on the Graduate Calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Graduate Orientation (GradO)

Discover the resources and meet the people that will help you succeed as a graduate student at the University of Calgary.

GradO is held twice per year:

  • First week of September
  • Within the first two weeks of January

International Student Services (ISS) offers an orientation earlier in the day for international students. Registration for both events opens one month prior to its scheduled date. 


GradO Schedule: September 3, 2019

3:30 p.m. Welcome for all students in the Jack Simpson Gymnasium

4:00 p.m. Session 1 
Thesis-based students - Presentation, Jack Simpson Gymnasium
Course-based students - Picnic outdoors

5:10 p.m. Session 2  
Course-based students - Presentation, Red Gym
Thesis-based students - Picnic outdoors

6:20 p.m. Session 3
Thesis-based students - Presentation, Jack Simpson Gymnasium

GradO online

While you are waiting for your first term to start, check out our Virtual Orientation. This video series, narrated by UCalgary grad students, provides a primer on what you can expect in grad school. Download the GradO Starter Kit to use as a reference throughout your program. The GRADgreet, our newsletter for new grad students, is also saved here along with presentation slide decks from GradO.

87% of students feel better prepared for graduate school after attending GradO

96% of survey respondents said the content was helpful 


GradO 2017 Survey