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Winter Orientation 2019: kick-start your Concordia life

Get insider tips to help you adapt and thrive at university
November 21, 2018
By Mélissa-Anne Ménard

Winter Orientation 2019

Orientation is a chance to meet other students, get introduced to Concordia and adjust to your new life as a university student.

This year, at Concordia's 2019 orientation events, you’ll get the lowdown on the university’s services, learn tried-and-true study strategies and connect with other incoming students.

Start Right Undergraduate Orientation

When: Friday, January 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Sir George Williams Campus

Undergrads from all faculties are invited to attend this orientation event which aims to provide new students the basic information they need to start their first term off right. Before lunch, we'll cover the university system and structure, how to complete important beginning-of-term tasks and introduce helpful services and strategies for a successful university experience.

After lunch, learning specialists and Welcome Crew mentors from the Student Success Centre will offer short crash courses on key topics such as time management, note taking, using the MyConcordia portal, meeting friends and more!

"At last year’s Start Right orientation I learned how to effectively take notes and single out important information given by a professor or from a textbook,” recalls Navid Reza, undergrad Computer Engineering student and Welcome Crew mentor.  

“To this day, I still apply those skills I acquired from Start Right Orientation in my classes."

"The whole day certainly helped me prepare for my academic life all while encouraging me to bridge the gap and meet other new students just like myself,” adds Reza. 

“It's one event you definitely don't want to miss out on. Enjoy a free lunch, take campus tours and meet other new students throughout the day." 

Register for Start Right Undergraduate Orientation.

Winter Term Welcome

When: Monday, January 7 (first day of class!), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Sir George Williams Campus

On the first day of class — which is often a whirlwind of figuring out where to go and who to ask for help — the Welcome Crew will be set up all day to assist you with whatever you're trying to find or do.

"The Welcome Crew mentors were able to share exactly what I needed to know as a new student, all while creating an extremely welcoming and inviting atmosphere," says Rima Oassey, a psychology student and now a Welcome Crew mentor.

She attended orientation in fall 2017. "It sure alleviates so much unnecessary stress! That's what I aim to do for new students this year as a mentor! Hope to see you at Orientation," Oassey adds.

If getting to know an experienced student is exactly what you need to make a successful transition into your first year at Concordia, drop by the Winter Term Welcome anytime for a coffee and chat. Students can also request to be paired with a mentor for their first year at any time.

More details here.

MAP to Success

When: Several dates in early January
Where: Offered on both Loyola and Sir George Williams campuses

My Action Plan (MAP) to Success is a personalized, self-assessment-based orientation event. Discover your strengths and skills, and find out what you need to work on to succeed at university. Our First-year Support Counsellor will be on hand to help you create a personalized plan.

Register for MAP to Success.


When: Tuesday, January 8, various time blocks between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: Sir George Williams Campus

International students are invited to attend WISE YUL, organized by the International Students Office (ISO).

This open-house orientation is designed to help you integrate into life in Montreal. Students can get tips on taking care of administrative details, understanding the university structure, accessing key on-campus resources — like Health Services and the Students Accounts Office — and connecting with fellow students.

Delfine Lambert, the ISO’s Service Assistant, points out the many benefits of attending WISE YUL. “Students will be able to enter their Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) and Study Permit in the portal, apply for their permanent code and learn about their health insurance plan,” she says.

“They can also get help finding a student job, learn about free on- and off-campus resources to improve their English and French, and discover what the city and Concordia have to offer.”

At WISE YUL, you can also pick up free passes to Montreal events and learn about a range of free activities where you can meet new students, both international and local. One such activity is Explore Montreal, a free ISO- and Student Success Centre-led walking tour.

Organizations such as Montréal International and I Choose Montréal will also have representatives on hand during the event.

Register for WISE YUL.


Connect with a Welcome Crew mentor for insider tips throughout your first year. Visit the Student Success Centre for academic and career-related support.

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