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) 2021

All international student orientation programming will take place remotely. Please stay informed on Covid-related updates:

Important Dates:

  • Term Start: Monday, Aug. 30, 2021
  • Block Week Classes: Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, 2021 - 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 (my.ucalgary.ca)
  • Virtual Orientation Events: Sept. 1 – 3, 2021 scroll down for specific information
  • Labour Day: Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 (university and ISS closed/no classes)
  • First Day of Fall 2021 courses: Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Check your start date and course schedule through your Student Centre (my.ucalgary.ca)

New International Student Orientation Events & Resources

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. All fall 2021 international orientation events will take place virtually.

Attend information sessions (webinars) to help you prepare for the start of your studies at UCalgary. You must register with your UCalgary student email to receive individual access links and any presentation slides after each session.

Topics include:

  • Calgary Weather
  • Choosing Accommodation in Calgary
  • Exploring Calgary
  • Finances and Planning for the Year Ahead
  • Finding Off-Campus Accommodation
  • Healthcare & Insurance in Alberta
  • How to Prepare for Your Arrival in Calgary during the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Introduction to ISS
  • Mentorship Programs for New International Students
  • Navigating Culture Shock
  • Resources for Students with Families
  • Top Tips: Preparing to Start Your Career in Canada

To review descriptions, upcoming sessions, and past presentation slides, visit the ISS Webinars & Workshops page. Registration for upcoming sessions is available directly through the ISS Events Calendar

*Content for fall 2021 will be updated by Aug. 1, 2021 –  Please check back!

International Student Services (ISS) has compiled orientation resources specifically for new international students starting in 2021. Watch the short videos, review important reminders, and download helpful documents related to:

  • Canadian Immigration & Working in Canada
  • Staying Healthy & Safe
  • Navigating a New Culture
  • Meeting Other Students & Finding Community
  • Getting Settled in Calgary
  • And more!

Review these materials before attending virtual orientation events in September!

Welcome! ISS hosts special events for international students on September 1. We also encourage you to attend UCalgary undergraduate orientation (on Sept 2 and 3). 

You will register for the UCalgary undergraduate orientation and indicate you are an international or exchange student. This will automatically register for you the ISS events below AND undergraduate orientation events on Sept 2 and 3. 

Register here: as part of UCalgary campus-wide orientation events 

Questions? contact iss@ucalgary.ca 

Undergraduate International & Exchange Student Orientation

  • Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 am MDT
  • Location: virtual 

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

Undergraduate International & Exchange Student Panel

  • Date: Wednesday, Sept 1, 2021 
  • Time: 12 (noon)-1 pm MDT
  • Location: virtual 

Attend this International Student panel to meet current students and get advice on things like how to make friends, ways to stay involved on and off-campus and how to navigate life as a UCalgary student.

Welcome! ISS hosts special events for international graduate students on September 1 and 3. We also encourage you to attend the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Orientation on September 1.  

You will register for the FGS Graduate Student Orientation and indicate you are an international graduate student. This will automatically register for you the ISS events below  on Sept 1 and 3 AND graduate orientation events on Sept 1. 

Register here: as part of Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate International Student Orientation:

  • Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
  • Time: 9-10 am MDT
  • Location: virtual

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

After this session, you'll continue with with the rest of the GSO session at 10:30 am. Learn more through the link above! 

Graduate International Student Panel:

  • Date: Friday, Sept 3, 2021
  • Time: 10:30 -11:30 am MDT
  • Location: virtual

Attend the Graduate International Student panel to meet current graduate students and get advice on things like how to make friends, ways to stay involved on and off-campus and how to navigate life as a UCalgary student.

International Student Services (ISS) is hosting a small-group orientation to help answer any questions that have come up since the start of term. Any new and returning international students are welcome to attend, especially if you:

  • Arrived late or were delayed and unable to attend Sept 1 international orientation,
  • Are an upper year student wanting a refresher on important resources or reminders,
  • Or simply have questions

An ISS regulated immigration advisor and transition support advisor will provide a brief presentation (20 minutes) followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

International Student Orientation: Late Arrivals & Returning Students

  • Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 
  • Time: 3 - 3:45 pm MDT
  • Location: virtual (zoom)

Other helpful services and resources to review include: 

Connecting with fellow new international students is an important part of starting your studies. ISS student leaders will host some virtual social events during block week (Aug. 30 – Sept. 3). You’ll have an opportunity to meet others, socialize, and start building community regardless of where you are located! You’ll also get a chance to learn more about different social events through other UCalgary offices.

Dates and times are available in the ISS Events Calendar. 

Frequently Asked Questions

ISS recommends that all new international students

1. Review the Welcome Webinars available throughout July and August, to determine which topics may be relevant to you. Register for each session you're interested in directly through the ISS Events Calendar (see above). 

2. Review the On-Demand Orientation content on this site, with more updates to be added By August 2021 (see above).

Are you an undergraduate student?

3. Attend International Orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 

4. Attend International Orientation Student Panel on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021

5. Attend social events

6. Attend Undergraduate Orientation on Thursday, Sept 2 and Friday, Sept 3

Are you an exchange student? 

3. Visit the Study Abroad website for more details about exchange student specific programming and resources: https://www.ucalgary.ca/international/study-abroad

4. Attend International Orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021

5. Attend International Orientation Student Panel on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021

6. Attend social events

Are you a graduate student? 

3. Attend International Graduate Orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 1

4. Attend the Graduate Student Orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for more details about graduate student events: https://grad.ucalgary.ca/current-students/newly-admitted.

5. Attend GSA events (Executive Meet & Greet and Health and Dental FAQ)

6. Attend International Graduate Orientation Student Panel on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021

7. Attend social events

8. Your program may have a specific orientation

9. If you are a TA or RA you may have additional orientation events

Video recordings, presentation slides, and transcripts will be posted on the ISS Webinars & Workshops page 48 hours after the panel 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 iss@ucalgary.ca.