Graduate Student Orientation
"Build Your Own" Orientation
Friday, September 1, 2017
Please join us at SFU Burnaby for a free orientation conference where you get to decide what is most useful to get your grad school experience off on the best foot.
Choose from interactive information sessions, campus and service tours, social events, and more. Session options that are in the works:
- First things first: What you need to know about grad school
- International graduate student orientation (Topics will include information on immigration, employment, health insurance, and academic culture in Canada)
- Navigating the student-supervisor relationship
- Staying sane in grad school: Wellness workshop
- Managing your money
- Career kickstarter
- You're not alone! Building community
- Writing in graduate school
- Campus and service tours
2016 Schedule (the 2017 schedule will be very similar)
- 9–9:30 am / Check-in / Outside BLU 10901
- 9:30–10 am / Welcome to SFU / SWH 10081
- 10:15–11:15 am / Concurrent Session 1 (choose from multiple sessions)
- 11:30 am–12:30 pm / Lunch (provided)
- 12:30–1:30 pm / Concurrent Session 2 (choose from multiple sessions)
- 1:45–2:45 pm / Concurrent Session 3 (choose from multiple sessions)
- 3–5 pm / Pub social, refreshments provided / SFU Highland Pub, Maggie Benston Centre
Program at a Glance (2016)
Note: The 2017 schedule will be very similar to what is laid out below.
Please note that most of these sessions will be available again through the fall term. The major benefit of catching them at Orientation is that you won't have any other course conflicts on this day.
Reservations will open in April 2017.
If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: This event is for graduate students only. There will be many more free public events for our graduate students' partners and spouses.)
The first 300 attendees will receive free gift bags with gifts from our event sponsors.
For questions, please contact Bhagyasri Velpula, Director of Student Life, Graduate Student Society, at email@example.com
- If you are an international student and will be taking a job as a Teaching or Research Assistant, see also:
- Benefit Info & Sign Up Sessions: Teaching Assistants & Research Assistants
- Social Insurance Numbers for International Employees
- Free International Teaching Assistant Seminar
- Our new Virtual Orientation section provides an introduction to the campus even before you arrive.
- If you have a confirmed place in the SFU Graduate Residences (Hamilton Hall, downtown Vancouver or Townhouses), visit their orientation page.
- SFU Library orientation: Library Research Basics for Grad Students (dates TBA). See also their full list of Research Commons workshops.
- There is a Facebook group for incoming graduate students to connect with each other.
- Our Facebook group for current graduate students (SFU email ID required for membership; you'll get your SFU account about 2 months before the beginning of your first term) can keep you updated and connected to your fellow students.
- SFU Recreation Services has free tours and consultations available at any time — just avoid the first couple of weeks of the term, as they're usually very busy at that time. Note: If you're not based at the Burnaby campus, you can also get city-wide recreation memberships through SFU Vancouver or SFU Surrey.
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