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 Sept.
9th - 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 Student
Orientation. This session will be held on Sept.
8 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.
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
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The university is offering a new international fund transfer payment option through Western Union Business Solutions.
This new option will allow students who don't have a Canadian bank account to make a secure payment directly to the University of Calgary. Visit Office of the Registrar website for more information.
When it comes to money, it’s never too early to start thinking about the years ahead. In fact, obtaining grants, awards and scholarships is an integral part of your job as a grad student.
Our interactive Graduate Awards Database is your best resource for finding awards.
By selecting the options that match your program and status, you will find a list of awards that you may be eligible for.
Make sure to print this out when planning your applications with your supervisor.
If you are a doctoral student, you may also be eligible to apply for the Vanier scholarship, the most prestigious funding for graduate students in Canada.
To get the process started, please fill out a Preliminary Assessment Form (PAF) and submit it to us by Friday, August 24, 2016.
We recommend that you send us the PAF as early as possible to receive an invitation to our workshop.
Three things that will help you make the most of grad school
Grad school can be tough.
We’re here to help you get the skills you need to succeed in your program and get the job you want after graduation.
Here at My GradSkills, we offer professional and academic development opportunities for all graduate students.
We have resources to help you get started in your graduate career and succeed through to the end.
Find these tips and tricks for working with your supervisor, dealing with stress, getting teaching experience and more at ucalgary.ca/mygradskills/resources.
We offer workshops and events to give you hands-on help with your academic program and research, and get the transferable skills you need to reach your career goals.
All of our workshops have received academic oversight and are endorsed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
See the workshop calendar at ucalgary.ca/mygradskills/workshops.
We’ll update the Fall Schedule in August so you can plan your term.
At My GradSkills, our goal is to give you tools to succeed during and after graduate school.
Our focus is on building your academic and professional skills.
Go to our website to find resources and workshops to help you meet your goals.
If you’re not sure what you’re going to do with your graduate degree, we can help with that too.
The Versatile PhD can help you identify, prepare for and succeed in non-academic careers.
It’s free for you to use and will give you insights and real examples of PhDs working in the USA and Canada.
Read more at ucalgary.ca/mygradskills/Versatile-PhD.
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