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Accepted! What's Next?

Congratulations on your acceptance to Graduate Studies at The University of Winnipeg!

We’ve outlined the steps between your offer of admission and first day of class below.

Accept Your Offer

Please refer to your letter of offer and the email from our Admissions Officer for instructions and deadlines.

International students should note that a $5,000 tuition deposit is required at the time they accept their offer. This deposit is applied to their tuition fees after registration. Deposits can be paid via wire transfer.

Contact graduateadmissions@uwinnipeg.ca for additional guidance on accepting your offer and paying your tuition deposit.

Apply for a Study Permit (international students only)

Unless you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you will need a valid post-secondary study permit to attend UW for longer than six months. Obtaining a permit can take several months, so submit your application as soon as you accept your UW offer. Students are advised to apply online for their study permit/visa, as paper applications could delay the process.

As a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), the University of Winnipeg is issued the DLI number O19147986012. (Please note that the number starts with the letter “O” and not zero.)
You may be asked by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to provide UW’s DLI number when you apply for a permit or a visa.

The University of Winnipeg's International, Immigrant, and Refugee Student Services has put together a document on Visas & Study Permits. Questions about Study Permits can be directed to contact Ali Raza, Immigration Student Advisor, at a.raza@uwinnipeg.ca.

For more information about study permits, please refer to The Government of Canada's website and for up to date information, please visit: Immigration Canada. The University of Winnipeg's International, Immigrant, and Refugee Student Services has put together a document on Visas & Study Permits.

Please note: All graduate students must submit a copy of their new or updated study permit to graduateadmissions@uwinnipeg.ca so their record can be updated accordingly. Students without up-to-date study permits on their records will have holds placed on their accounts. If you have not obtained a letter of introduction or study permit by August 31, please contact your graduate program chair for the next steps. 

Activate Your UWinnipeg Email and Log In to WebAdvisor

You have been sent an official email containing a username and temporary password which allow you access to WebAdvisor. WebAdvisor is the system students use to access information on their student record. With this one system, you have access to almost everything you need to know! Some of the things you can do on WebAdvisor are:

  • Check course section offering
  • View tuition and other fees
  • Make online payments
  • View grades
  • view tax receipts

For more information, please visit: Use Webadvisor.

Review Important Student Documents

Graduate Studies Policies and Guidelines

The Faculty of Graduate Studies Policies and Guidelines outlines your rights and responsibilities as a full- or part-time graduate student.

Full-time graduate students are students who:

  1. Are pursuing their studies as a full-time occupation;
  2. identify themselves as a full-time student; and
  3. plan to complete the program within the designated number of terms permitted for full-time students and do not exceed these limits.

In a one-year Master’s program, full-time students are permitted three (3)
terms to complete all degree requirements, plus one (1) additional term if they are doing a thesis. In a two-year Master’s program, full-time students are permitted six (6) terms to complete all degree requirements, plus one (1) additional term if they are doing a thesis.

Part-time graduate students are students who:

  1. Do not meet the requirements for full-time status; and
  2. plan to complete the program within the designated number of terms permitted for part-time students and do not exceed these limits.

In a one-year Master’s program, part-time students are permitted six (6) terms to complete all degree requirements, plus one (1) additional term if they are doing a thesis. In a two-year Master’s program, part-time students are permitted twelve (12) terms to complete all degree requirements, plus one (1) additional term if they are doing a thesis.

Note: Individual programs may have their own policies which prescribe a shorter period of time (fewer number of terms) within which full-time students must
complete their program of study.

International students are not eligible for part-time study.

Graduate Studies Academic Calendar

 The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is a comprehensive document that covers degree and program requirements, course descriptions, rules and regulations, and important dates and deadlines.

You can use the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar as a reference tool to check requirements, regulations, policies and academic dates.

Plan Your Finances and Understand Your Funding
Design a Budget

To succeed as a student, you need to understand your financial requirements and plan accordingly.

Designing a budget requires a realistic understanding of your expenses and income.


Your expenses include education costs and living expenses:

Education Costs:

For the latest updates on tuition and incidental fees, as well as due dates, please refer to Graduate Studies Fees.

Living Expenses:

  • Housing and utilities
  • Food costs
  • Transportation costs
  • Miscellaneous expenses: “fun money”, surprise expenses, etc

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires at least $10,000 per year for living exenses for a single individual.(Review IRCC's IRCC's Study Permit Documents). However, your own requirements may increase depending on food costs, rent and lifestyle choices.


Your income will include any awards, scholarships, and bursaries received, as well as employment income.

Budgeting Tools

You can use the following online cost calculators to get an idea of what studying at UW will cost*:

Royal Bank: Student Budget Calculator

Government of Canada Budget Planner and Student Budget Worksheet

*Please note that The University of Winnipeg is not responsible for the accuracy of these tools

Understand Your Funding

Student funding includes awards, scholarships, and bursaries from various sources.

Payment of Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries

Graduate program tuition and fees are due at the beginning of each term (see Fee Overview). Each term, your student funding is first applied to your student financial account to cover any outstanding fees owing in that term (or previous terms, if required). If the application of this funding creates a credit on your you will be issued a cheque. Cheques are typically received in the second month of each term. Please ensure that your preferred address on WebAdvisor remains current throughout the year as this is the address to which your cheques will be mailed.  

Default Funding Distribution

Unless a particular funding source requires otherwise, student funding is administered according to the default funding distribution. On the default funding distribution, all a student's funding sources processed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies  are added together, and the total funding is distributed proportionally according to the following schemas:

  • Awards totaling less than $5,000 are applied to student accounts in their first term of enrollment in the academic year.
  • Awards totaling between $5,000 and $9,999.99 are applied to student accounts in two instalments:  60% in the first term of enrolment in the academic year, and 40% in the second term.
  • Awards totaling $10,000 and greater are applied to student accounts in three instalments: 40% in the first term of enrolment in the academic year, and 30% in each of the second and third terms.
Find Housing and Living Essentials

On-Campus Housing

UWinnipeg's Campus Living offers a variety of residence options to suit your needs, including:

  • Renovated houses
  • Single and double dorms
  • Furnished and unfurnished bachelor and one-bedroom apartment suites
  • Family Housing

All housing options include meal plan choices, and are within five minutes of campus. Apply as soon as possible, as space is limited. For more information on Housing, please refer to Campus Living.

Off-Campus Housing

We recommend all students wishing to live off-campus start by reviewing the information provided by the Manitoba Residential Tenancies Branch. Then, start researching and decide where you would like to live!

Explore Winnipeg's many neighbourhoods, review local crime and safety rates, and understand your commute using Google Maps or Winnipeg Transit's trip planner.

Off-campus rentals can be found on:

When renting a new apartment, students are advised to research the neighbourhood, landlord, and visit the site for an in-person inspection before signing a lease.

Living Essentials

Phone and Internet

BellMTS, Rogers, and Shaw are Winnipeg’s largest internet providers. Bell MTS and Rogers also offer cellphone plans. Other cellphone provideers include Telus, Fido, and Koodo. Phone and internernet plans can vary and students are encouraged to compare providers before signing a contract. Some providers have back-to-school specials for students in August and September.


Scotia, CIBC, RBC, and TD Canada Trust are popular with the international students. Research before you sign up for the plan and be sure to inquire about student banking fees to get the best service plan. All these banks will a downtown branch, which can be found on this map.


The U-Pass is a universal bus pass program where all full-time UWinnipeg students pay a fee at the beginning of each term and receive an unlimited access Winnipeg Transit bus pass for the Fall and/or Winter Term (September – December / January – April) at a subsidized rate.


A sure-fire way to reduce your living expenses is to avoid eating out whenever possible. Try to cook healthy affordable meals and this should help you cut some expenses. You may hate your own cooking in the beginning, but gradually, this may change as you master some recipes. Who knows, you may even begin to invite your new friends to dinner. Sobeys, Safeway, NoFrills, Frescho, Superstore, Dino’s East and West Indian Food are some names you can Google for your grocery needs.


There may be some student deals in August and September. Check out Staples, Best Buy or The Source for laptops, TVs, and other electronics.

Housewares and Furniture

Winnipeg has Ikea, Walmart, Jysk and other affordable stores to stock your new apartment with the essentials to make it home.

Health Insurance

Depending on your student type and the length of your studies, you will be covered by different health insurance plans. To determine your health coverage and amount, please see: Health Insurance and UWSA Health Plan.

Please note that Manitoba Blue Cross and Greenshield coverage are mandatory for all international University of Winnipeg students. Students will not be able to opt out.

If you are an international student, we encourage you to contact International, Immigrant and Refugee Student Services (IIRSS) directly to confirm coverage and/or answer any health insurance related questions.

Register for Courses and Pay Your Fees

Visit Registration Dates and Deadlines to help you start planning. We strongly recommend that students register well ahead of the deadline.

Learn how to register at Registration Information and Procedures.

The Fee Overview page contains links to fee due dates and instructions for payment.

After Registration
Receive your Student ID

Student ID cards are available after students register for their courses. For instructions, please visit Student ID Cards.

Explore Campus Resources

As a student at The University of Winnipeg, you have access to a variety of student services to support you in your studies. Please visit Student Services for more information.

Below are a few of the services offered through the University of Winnipeg.


Please visit the Campus Store website for special messages and further updates.


Please visit the University of Winnipeg Library website for up-to-date information regarding services and supports for graduate students. 

Campus Recreation

Recreation services offers recreation and fitness classes, programs, and facilities for students at The University of Winnipeg. Visit the Recreation Services website for more information.


In collaboration with students, faculty, and staff, The University of Winnipeg, Accessibility Services (AS) and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (DHoHS) facilitates and promotes the ongoing development of an accessible learning environment which provides students with disabilities or medical conditions the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of campus life.

Contact Accessibility Services at 786.9771 or accessibility@uwinnipeg.ca to discuss academic accommodation arrangements.

Awards and Financial Aid

The Faculty of Graduate Studies isn't the only source of funding for graduate students!
Financial assistance administered by the Awards & Financial Aid Office supports the access and excellence mandate of The University of Winnipeg through a comprehensive program of scholarships, awards, prizes and bursaries.

Appointments can be made by emailing awards@uwinnipeg.ca or calling 204-786-9459. They will be monitoring messages between 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Visit Awards and Financial Aid for information on open applications.

Student Wellness

The University of Winnipeg offers counselling and health services to all students for free at the Wellness Centre, on the first floor of Duckworth Centre (Room 1D25). Please visit the Student Wellness website to schedule an appointment.

International, Immigrant, and Refugee Student Services

International, Immigrant and Refugee Student Services (IIRSS) provides support for international students during your studies at UWinnipeg. Available supports include:

  • Orientation for international students
  • Information on Visa and Study Permits; immigration advising
  • Health insurance
  • Student Mentor Program
  • Social and cultural events
  • Electronic newsletter
  • Special interest workshops
  • English conversation circles
  • International Tutor Program

For more information including updates to the Airport Reception Service, please visit: the International, Immigrant, and Refugee Student Services website

Attend Orientation

Once confirmed, Graduate Student Orientation details and information will be available at University of Winnipeg Orientation.