First Week of Classes (Newly Admitted International Students)

First Week of Classes (Newly Admitted International Students)

August 19, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


*Music* During the mandatory International Orientation for all new international students, you will receive important information regarding your studies, essential student services and living in the Ottawa region. Come discuss what to expect and what resources we can provide to ensure your first year of studies is a success; not only academically, but also socially and culturally. Attend your mandatory faculty information session where you will receive important academic information from administrative staff and professors. Welcome Week is organized by the University of Ottawa’s administration and includes information sessions, the President’s Welcome, socio-cultural activities and other events for students at all levels. uOttawa’s student associations also organize information sessions, activities and events during Welcome Week. The SFUO and faculty associations call this 101 Week and the GSAED calls this Welcome Week. Please make sure to attend mandatory information sessions before socio-cultural activities. Upon your arrival, take the time to explore the campus of the University of Ottawa in order to familiarize yourself with the location of services and the classrooms where your courses will be held. During your first week in Canada it’s also important to get furniture or small items for your room in residence or your apartment. On campus, the Free Store could be useful as you can get different items for free. Furthermore, it would be a pleasure for the international mentors to give you other suggestions. It’s important to open a bank account during your stay in Canada. Most of the banking institutions are located near campus which is practical especially during the cold winter months! Most banks will ask for your uOttawa student card, your passport and study permit when you open your bank account. Get a Canadian cell phone or a Canadian sim card. Phone plans are expensive in Canada. Therefore, make sure to research all the major cellular network operators that offer their services in Canada in order to find the best plan that fits your needs at the best price. Normally, you need to bring your passport, study permit and credit card (if you have one) with you. New students can order their uOttawa student card online. Complete this step at home or at the university’s library. Step 1: Check if you are eligible to apply online for a uOttawa card. Step 2: Follow the instructions to create your digital signature. Step 3: Create a digital photo. Step 4: Complete the online order form. Step 5: Follow instructions to pick up your card. Visit the uOttawa Card Service or InfoService to pick up your card. Obtaining your uOttawa card in person: Keep in mind that wait times may be longer at the beginning of each term; therefore, we encourage students to order their uOttawa cards online. Valid pieces of photo identification are required to pick up your uOttawa card like a passport or two photo ID’s. Firstly, print your UHIP card. UHIP is the University Health Insurance Plan. Consult the International Office’s website for the detailed procedure as well as more information. Make sure you have your UHIP card on you at all times in case of an emergency. Secondly, obtain your Greenshield Medical and Dental Insurance number. Use the following prefix and your student number in order to make a claim: UNV-student number-00 For more information, please contact your student association. Get your U-Pass at the student lounge of the University Centre. You will need to show your uOttawa student card for identification purposes Take advantage of your first week at the university to learn about transportation in Ottawa. Your U-Pass gives you access to the OC Transpo buses from the Ottawa side and the STO buses from the Gatineau side. When attending your first classes, the professors will give you a syllabus in which there will be, important dates for exams and assignment deadlines as well as where to buy your textbooks, course packs and accessories. As a tip, use your syllabus to make a calendar of important dates, deadlines and exams. This is a great tool to learn to manage your time. You should already be enrolled in your courses. If not, do so as soon as possible. Contact your faculty if you have any questions. During the first week of class, you should already have paid your tuition fees. If not, do so as soon as possible, as interest and late payment fees will accumulate in your student account. You can consult the methods of payment on the website of Financial Resources. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send an email to an international mentor at [email protected], to call us at 613-562-5847 or come visit us at the International Office located in Tabaret Hall, room M390. *Music*