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Welcome Centre

Are you an incoming student that's new to Calgary? Whether from another country or another province, the Welcome Centre (MSC 275) is here to help you feel at home in Calgary and on campus.

Hours of operation:

The Welcome Centre is now closed and will reopen in fall 2024. However, if you're a new to Calgary International Student, you're welcome to visit International Student Services (MSC 275) to speak with a transition Advisor to review resources and arrival checklist.

About us

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

At the Welcome Centre, student staff are available to support incoming students by directing them to campus resources and preparing them for the term. They can also assist with transition needs, like adjusting to living in a new city, accessing resources pertaining to finances, accommodations, things to do in Calgary and more.

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Let's get you settled in!

Arriving in Calgary

Get more information on arriving in Calgary.

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Your First Week

Get to know your new campus and city!

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Off-campus housing

If you haven't yet planned for your fall term accommodation, we recommend you start your search for off-campus housing now.

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Find out what UCalgary has to offer to help smooth your transition.

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Important dates

Jan. 2

Welcome Centre Opens and Block Week Begins

Jan. 3

Graduate Student Orientation (GradO)

Jan. 5

Welcome Centre closes

Jan. 8

Classes start

Jan. 18

Last day to drop a class without financial penalty*

Jan. 19

Last day to add or swap a course

Jan. 26

Tuition and Fee Payment Deadline

Feb. 18

Term Break Begins (no classes)

Feb. 24

Term Break Ends

April 1

Easter Monday (no classes)

April 9

End of Classes

April 12

Start of Exams

April 23

End of Exams