UCalgary Orientation

International Student Orientation

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

Welcome to UCalgary

International Student Services will be hosting International student orientation sessions for international students throughout December and the start of Winter.

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.

International Student Orientation Series

Fall 2024 Orientation Series:


  • Finding Housing in Calgary: Friday, Jun 7, 2024 (9-10:30 am MDT)
  • General Q&A for Incoming International Students: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 (10 am MT) 
  • International Student Mentorship Program Information Session 
    • (Mentee Info. Session) Monday, Jun 17, 2024 (9-10 am MDT)
    • (Mentor Info. Session) Thursday, Jun 20, 2024 (10-11 am MDT)
  • How to Prepare for Your Arrival: Thursday, Jun 27, 2024 (9-11 am MDT) 


  • Minor Students: Travelling & Studying in Canada: Wednesday, July 3, 2024 (10 am- 12 pm MT)
  • Navigating Financial Change and Growth for Students Under 18: Thursday, July 4, 2024 (7-8 am MDT)
  • International Finance 101: Tuesday, July 9, 2024 (7-8 am MDT) 
  • Finances and Planning for the year ahead: Pre-Arrival: Friday, July 12, 2024 (7-9 am MDT) Zoom
  • Health Insurance System in Alberta: Wednesday, July 17, 2024 (11 am MDT) 
  • Finding Housing in Calgary: Thursday, July 18, 2024 (9-10:30 am MDT)
  • How to Prepare for Your Arrival: Friday, July 19, 2024 (7-9 am MDT)
  • Student Panel: Monday, July 22, 2024 (10 am MT)
  • Adjusting to Life in Calgary: Navigating a New Culture: Monday, July 29, 2024 (10 am MDT)  


  • Health Insurance System in Alberta: Monday, Aug 12, 2024 (10 am MDT) 
  • Transitioning to the Canadian Classroom: Academic Expectations and Common Experiences: Tuesday, Aug 13, 2024 ( 9 am MDT)
  • You and the Law: Wednesday, Aug 14, 2024 (11 am MDT)


  • Healthcare Options for International Students in Calgary: Tuesday, Sept 10, 2024 (1 - 2 pm MDT)
  • Working in Canada as an International Student - Study Permit, Co-Op work Permit, Resume and Job Application Process: Thursday, Sept 12, 2024 (2 pm MDT) This is in-person session and registration open in August
  • Finances and Planning for the Year: Post-Arrival - 2: Thursday, Sept 26, 2024 (12 pm MDT) This is in-person session and registration open in August

Register 2024 Fall Orientation Series Click here for more information.

Video recordings, presentation slides, and transcripts will be posted on our Pre-arrival D2L course one week after the events. We strongly recommend you review them before you begin your courses.

Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre is a short-run transition program for incoming students new to living in Calgary. We open every year in August and close before the fall term begins.

The Welcome Centre (MSC 275) returns on August 15 to 30! 

New-to-Calgary students can visit the Welcome Centre for resources on campus and city life. The Welcome Centre also hosts drop-in social events that are open to all students! Visit the Welcome Centre website for more information on upcoming events. Lean more

UCalgary Student Orientation
Welcome Centre
UCalgary Student Orientation

Attend a Welcome Centre social event

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.

Welcome Centre Social Featured events

Audience: exchange students, visiting students, and students starting a bachelor's, master's degree, or PhD


International student support and workshops