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|Dear Grad Students,|
The road from orientation to convocation is a scenic journey with ups and downs, but for every question or challenge you encounter, there is someone here to help.
As your Academic and International Specialist (and a former grad student of this university), I’m here to listen and provide you with advice about program related matters - whether that means giving you some tips to help you and your supervisor work as a team, helping you work through your options in specific academic situations, or sitting down to work through academic regulation or policy questions.
I recognize that in addition to adjusting to life as a grad student, many of you are transitioning into a new country and culture and I am just one member of a team of international specialists at the university who are committed to helping make this transition as smooth as possible.
Graduate Orientation Events
I am also part of a team focused on helping to create the best possible student experience for you. Graduate Orientation (GradO) day on Friday, Sept. 8th - where you will learn everything you need to get started in your program – kicks off an entire year of special programming designed to help you thrive as a student. This Extended Orientation – which we call GradXO – is a monthly event where we share critical information for your success on topics ranging from adjusting to life in Calgary to time management and procrastination to pizza with the Dean. Every month we’ll share tips from experts and seasoned grad students, draw for great prizes, and give you a chance to network and make lasting friendships.
You will receive an email invitation to sign up for GradO in the first week of August. The signup form will also ask you if you are interested in receiving updates and event news about GradXO. In the meantime, you can find out more about both events here, or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you identify yourself as an international student in the signup form, you will automatically be registered for International Graduate Essentials. This session will also be held on Sept. 8 ahead of GradO and will cover important topics such as immigration, study permits, work permits and work regulations, visas, obtaining Social insurance numbers (SIN), and banking information among other things.
Finding a Place to Live
Many graduate students choose to live on campus in one of our dedicated graduate school residences. Crowsnest Hall is a dedicated graduate student residence on campus. Crowsnest Hall can accommodate single students and couples, and is home to the Graduate College, a residential group of exceptional scholars pursuing a vision to connect, enrich and energize our communities. Family housing is also available.
Students with Funding from Your Home Country
If you are an international student with funding from your home country (i.e. CONACyT, CAPES, CSC etc.) please email our Graduate Student Recruitment Coordinator Calvin Lac a copy of your funding confirmation.
Airport Pickup Service
International Student Services (ISS) offers an airport pickup service to new international students. Look for an email from ISS with details on how to book a ride from the Calgary International Airport.
Whether you come from down the street or across the world, we are thrilled to welcome you to our university community and to help and support you from your very first day until you walk across the stage to receive your degree. Orientation is one of many support services we offer. Check out the rest of this newsletter to learn about a few of the others services we have developed just for grad students.
I'm looking forward to seeing you in September!
Academic and International Specialist