Fall Orientation | New Students | Saint John | UNB

Fall orientation

Orientation week eases the transition to university and promotes relationship building with fellow students and the campus community. All new UNB Saint John students (all first year: international or domestic; high-school entrant, transfer, or mature) are invited to participate in orientation events.

Our goal is to make you feel welcome, as well as prepared for the upcoming year. During the orientation events, you will have the option to participate in academic, social and recreational activities that will help you feel comfortable in your new environment.

What you can expect

During the week of August 24-28 you will be able to take in a series of ‘crash courses’ in how we will deliver our services and programs at UNB Saint John. These sessions will be promoted by our Ready, Set, UNB Saint John team. Check out the event listing on Ready, Set, UNB Saint John for more info.

During the week of August 31 - Sept. 4 you will be able to take in a session with our SRC Orientation Chair and VP Student Life who will discuss in greater detail some of the activities planned for orientation week.

During the week of Sept. 5-12 you will be able to take in a series of both face-to-face and virtual sessions that are applicable to you. Expect an emails from the campus as well as the student representative council, who will provide you with more information about session times and web links for how to register for appropriate events.

Schedule

Monday, August 31

What happens if my study permit is not approved before the beginning the start of classes? 7-8:30 a.m. | This session will address questions and concerns that you may have about your immigration status and study permit processing time and the current travel restrictions in Canada, and how these factors may impact your plans for starting your courses. Join the session.

The following scenarios will be discussed:

  • Starting your courses before you have an approval for your study permit – what factors should you consider?
  • What happens if you start your courses, and your study permit application is refused in October?
  • Which academic dates will be very important for you to know?
  • What is the process for deferral until January 2021?
  • When will you know if you can travel to Canada and start your program in January 2021?

International Online Orientation, 9-11 a.m. | Online welcome session for new international students, who are starting their UNB studies from abroad (due to travel restrictions and/or visa delays). Join the session.

International Online Orientation, 1-3 p.m. | Online welcome session for new international students, who are planning on attending classes in person on the UNB Saint John campus. Join the session.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

International Student Health Insurance Session, 10-11:30 a.m. Information about your emergency insurance plan. This session will be aimed at new international students who are located in New Brunswick (Saint John & Fredericton), but all new international students are welcome to join and learn about the plan in advance. Join the session.

Thursday, Sept. 3

International Student Panel, 10 a.m. | This virtual meeting gives an opportunity to learn about life at UNB from upper-year students. You’ll hear tips and honest advice they wish they had received when they were once in your shoes! The webinar will feature multiple Q&A opportunities for you to asked students who have been through it all! Join the session.

Friday, Sept. 4

International Student NB Medicare Application Process and UNB Saint John Health Centre | The session will be aimed at new international students who will be living in Saint John for the fall 2020, but all are welcome to join). Find out how to apply for NB Medicare and why this is important. Join the session.


Orientation Pickup, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up your t-shirt and orientation kit in the quad.

Outdoor Campus Tour, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | After you pick up your orientation kit, take a tour of the exterior of the campus and get familiarized with the different buildings on campus.

Playfair Virtual Fair, 1-2:30 p.m. | Join your fellow students for an afternoon of icebreakers games hosted by Playfair. Find the Playfair Zoom link either in your UNB email or on the SRC’s Orientation web page, follow the link, and get ready for some serious fun. Whether you already know everyone or you don’t know anyone, you’ll leave with new friends!

Virtual Trivia, 7-8:30 p.m. | How well do you know your trivia? Answer questions to win prizes! Find the link either in your UNB email or from the SRC, follow it and get ready to show off your trivia skills.


Vice-President Commencement Address, 9-9:30 a.m. | Live session | Join Dr. Petra Hauf, Vice-President of UNB Saint John, our deans and staff as we kick-off the Fall term. This session will also be streamed. Advanced registration is required.

Vice-President Commencement Address, 9-9:30 a.m. | Streamed session | Join Dr. Petra Hauf, Vice-President of UNB Saint John, our deans and staff as we kick-off the Fall term. This session will also be streamed. Join the session.

Faculty of Arts - Speed-dating with Program Majors, 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Virtual | Join the Faculty of Arts Chairs and professors as you go from room to room learning about each of the different majors and disciplines you can study at UNB Saint John. This is for anyone who was wondering what exactly is involved in philosophy, sociology, etc.

Faculty of Business, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Faculty and new students gather in the Canada Games Stadium to physically distance but socially gather. In this event we will informally introduce you to key faculty members, answer your questions about the program, hear the straight goods about your professors from upper level students...and have fun! Spaces are limited for this LIVE session, so the session will be recorded for students unable to attend. We will conduct virtual sessions with professors by subject areas/disciplines mid-September. Register now.

Campus tours, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | We will be hosting thirty minute campus tours in a ONE-on-ONE setting. Bring your classlist and find out where your F2F courses are taking place on campus. Advanced registration is required. Tours will be limited to ONLY the registered student - no tagalongs. Sign up now.

Faculty of Arts - Ready Student Panel, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Live session | Join senior students in the Faculty of Arts as they discuss their experiences in the faculty and program. This session will take place in Hazen Hall lecture theatre and will have limited capacity. Link to follow.

Faculty of Arts - Ready Student Panel 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Streamed session | Join senior students in the Faculty of Arts as they discuss their experiences in the faculty and program. This session will take place in Hazen Hall lecture theatre and will have limited capacity. Join the session.

Pinwheels and Bubbles Mental Health Event, 2-2:40 p.m. | Take a break from orientation activities, relax, and learn some mental health techniques and about on-campus mental health resources in the quad. Find out more information from the SRC.

Faculty of Science, Applied Sciences, and Engineering, 3-8 p.m. | Live and in-person | Join Frosh Leaders from Engineering, Nursing, Psychology, Biology, Statistics, Math, Health Sciences, and Computer Science as they share tips on what to expect academically, and how to succeed while loving your time at UNB. Pre-registration is required. Watch your UNB inbox, details by the end of August.

Movie Night Under The Stars, 7-11 p.m. | Meet in the quad for a doubleheader movie night featuring Lion King (94) and Captain Marvel. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and make yourself comfortable.

Parent and Family Orientation, 7-8:30 p.m. | Are you interested in hearing what our campus is doing to help your new student learn and have a quality student experience? Looking to hear more about student services on campus? This session is for you!


Campus tours, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | We will be hosting thirty minute campus tours in a ONE-on-ONE setting. Bring your classlist and find out where your F2F courses are taking place on campus. Advanced registration is required. Tours will be limited to ONLY the registered student - no tagalongs. Sign up now.

1- 2 p.m. RBC Sponsorship Event 1 Title - Future of RBC | RBC Future Launch is a 10-year $500 million commitment to help Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. We are moving beyond financial investment by engaging the public and private sectors to further understand the issue and make a significant impact on the lives of young Canadians.

Find out about all of the financial tools and resourced RBC offers University students and good money practices and tips to help make your dollars go further. Find the link in your UNB email account or from the SRC.

Health and Dental Insurance Overview, 3-4 p.m. | Find out about your UNB health and dental insurance coverage, and FAQ, at this online event. Find the link in your UNB email account or from the SRC.

James Mullinger Virtual Stand Up Comedy Show, 7-8 p.m. | UNB Alumni presents James Mullinger. James Mullinger has taken Canada’s comedy scene by storm, having been featured on CBC’s The Debaters, on Just for Laughs, and two comedy specials available on Amazon Prime. Mullinger will be performing his award-winning set and offering up insights and stories of inspiration from his own life. Find the link for this show in your UNB email or from the SRC.

James Mullinger In-Person Watch Party, 7-8 p.m. | Join the SRC and your fellow students in the Gagnon Hall Lecture Theatre and watch James Mullinger’s award-winning comedy stand up. Capacity is limited to 40 students so get your FREE ticket early. You can find the Event Bright registration link in your UNB email or from the SRC.


RBC Sponsorship Event 2 Title - Student Banking, 1-2 p.m. | Why You’ll Love Our Student Accounts

  • Free unlimited Interac e-transfers
  • Bank anytime, anywhere with the RBC Mobilelegal bug 1 app
  • Just tap to pay with your smart phone
  • Send money to friends with Siri or iMessage

Breakout Saint John Virtual Breakout Game, 2:30 - 4 p.m. | Can you solve the campus mystery? Join Breakout Saint John, UNB Saint John SRC, and fellow UNB Saint John students as you compete against other teams of students in a race against the clock to crack the Breakout mystery. Find the link in your UNB email or from the SRC.

Voices of UNB Saint John, 7-9 p.m. | Join the SRC and your fellow students for an evening of inspiration as UNB Saint John faculty and current students share their stories of resilience. This is a hybrid event where up to 40 students will be able to attend, in person, at the Gagnon Hall Lecture theatre, and can also attend remotely via Microsoft Teams. To secure your spot for the in-person event, register via Event Bright. Find both links in your UNB email or from the SRC.


Tucker Park Beach Day, 5-7 p.m. | Join the SRC and fellow UNB Saint John Students for an afternoon of outdoor fun as you are guided around the Tucker Park Beach trails before getting time to hang out at the beach, complete with giant yard games. Space is limited and you must register in advance. Find the Event Bright registration link in your UNB email or from the SRC.

Faculty of Science, Applied Sciences, and Engineering ZUMBA in the parking lot, 7 p.m. | Join us and other SASE students as we work up a sweat to kick-off the year in a socially distanced parking lot workout.


Shinerama Bottle Drive, 12-4 p.m. | Join the SRC and fellow UNB Saint John students in UNB Saint John’s annual Shinerama event, with all proceeds going to Cystic Fibrosis research in Canada. This year the event will be a community bottle drive. Space is limited and you must register in advance. Register now.


Campus welcome

Join our campus Vice-President, Dr. Petra Hauf, as we welcome the Fall 2020 class to UNB Saint John. During this session we will welcome you to our beautiful campus and learn all about student life and supports we offer our students. Kick-off the year and classes by attending this session and learning all about what UNB Saint John has been busy with as we prepare to launch your University career.

Faculty welcome

Each of our faculties are preparing a way to welcome you to campus and to your new academic family. From barbeques, student panels, and “speed dating a Major”, there is a variety of events planned to orient you to your Faculty. Our main goal here is to help you integrate both academically and socially to UNB Saint John.

Academic advising and registration sessions

Our academic advisors will be hosting virtual presentations to help students understand the course requirements of their degree, important academic information and select the courses you will take in your Fall and Winter term. We will host group sessions for students for most undergraduate programs at UNB Saint John.

These sessions are designed for students who have yet to register and to help you register for the courses. Students only need to attend this session if you do not know how to register using e-services or if you are experiencing issues.

Family orientation

We know that parents, guardians, brothers and sisters are also excited about you attending UNB Saint John. This session is designed specifically to let your support network know how we plan to support you over the academic year.

Residence orientation

Our Residence staff are developing a series of events to get you used to living on campus. These events will be coordinated by the Residence Assistants (RAs) and intended to let you meet your peers living on the same floor as you.

Student Representative Council

Your SRC Orientation Chair has spent the summer furiously planning activities to introduce you to student life here at UNB Saint John. Join us for walks in the park, movie nights under the stars, online comedy shows, car washes for Shinerama and so much more. This combination of online and face-to-face events is designed to introduce you to life as a student whether you can be on campus or are studying from afar.

Student Services sessions

Student Services will host a set of sessions including Transitioning to University, Immigration, Welcoming students to NB and Canada, financial aid (with guest presenter from the Provincial government), and many more.