International Student Orientation

The UCalgary International Student Services team looks forward to welcoming new international students each fall and winter term.

Students at Orientation

Fall (September) 2022

International student orientation events will take place in person. Please stay informed on Covid-related updates:

Important Dates:

  • Welcome Centre: August 18 - September 2, 2022, at UCalgary International Student Services Office (MSC 275)
  • Residence Services Move-In: August 28, 2022
  • Term Start: Monday, August 29
  • Block Week Classes: August 29 - September 2, 2022 - You only need to attend if you're registered in a "block week course". Check your start date and course schedule through your Student Centre (
  • International Orientation Events: August 30 & 31, 2022 scroll down for specific information
  • First Day of Fall 2022 courses:  Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Check your start date and course schedule through your Student Centre (

New International Student Orientation

International Student Services (ISS) provides orientation programming for international students to help provide a smooth transition to the start of your studies at the University of Calgary. 

Welcome Webinars help you prepare for the start of your studies at UCalgary before you arrive!

Attend upcoming webinars or review past presentation slides and recordings through the link below. You must register with your UCalgary student email to receive individual access links and any presentation slides after each session.

Review the full list of offerings through the link below. 

*We strongly recommend all students attend "How to Prepare for Your Arrival in Calgary" session. 

  • Friday, July 22, 2022 at 10 am MDT
  • Monday, August 8, 2022 at 2 pm MDT

Register for upcoming sessions through the ISS Events Calendar

Welcome! ISS hosts orientation events for international students on August 30 and 31, 2022.

Meet UCalgary advisors and staff and get to know the student support available to you. We'll discuss Canadian immigration, travel restrictions, work regulations for employment, Canadian classroom culture, living in Calgary, wellness supports, and social activities for students.

Undergraduate International & Exchange Student Orientation

  • Presentation Slides: here (Aug30, 2022)
    Recording: here

Graduate International Student Orientation

Graduate students register for the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Graduate Student Orientation--which includes your registration for the International session. 

  • Presentation Slides: here (Aug31, 2022)
    Recording: here

Connecting with fellow new international students is an important part of starting your studies. You’ll have an opportunity to meet others, socialize, and start building community. You’ll also get a chance to learn more about different social events through other UCalgary offices.

  • Optional social events (no cost): TBD

Audience: exchange students, visiting students, students starting a Bachelor's, Masters, or PhD in Winter 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the ISS FAQ page for updated travel restrictions, testing, and quarantine requirements. 

Video recordings, presentation slides, and transcripts will be posted on the ISS Webinars & Workshops page 48 hours after the events. We strongly recommend you review them before you begin your courses.

You are also welcome to meet with an International Student Services advisor to answer any questions about adjusting to life at UCalgary. Contact our friendly team at We're here to help!