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Graduate Student Registration and Orientation Guide

Starting a graduate program is a very exciting moment in your lives. The current pandemic presents us all with some unprecedented challenges, but, at the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Winnipeg, we're committed to working with you to move forward in the best way possible.

We've put together this Graduate Student Registration and Orientation Guide to guide you through the next steps of registration and planning and to give you links to the many resources available to support you on and off campus. If you can't find an answer to your question in these materials, please contact us at gradstudies@uwinnipeg.ca.

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 online system that students access to get information on their student record. With this one system, you have access to almost everything you need to know! Some of the functions you can access include:

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

For more information, please visit: Use Webadvisor (online registration)

Register for Courses with Student Planning

Registration for courses in all graduate programs begins on July 4, 2022.

Student Planning is a web-based, self-service tool which allows you to register for courses from an interactive timetable view. This tool helps you plan your courses in keeping with your degree and stream/major requirements and lets you create a multi-year plan of all your courses, based on pre-requisites and when courses are typically offered. For your registration, please use the Student Planning tool on the WebAdvisor .

Once the University releases the course offerings for a Term(s), you can plan the specific sections you want to take in the interactive timetable. Obtain permission from your faculty advisor online and then click “Register” either in Student Planning or on your mobile device. The interactive view of the timetable lets you see how many students have already registered for a course. This allows you to plan for alternate courses if a course is already full.

You can download the Ellucian GO mobile app, search for “The University of Winnipeg”, and register for the courses approved by your advisor.

For more information, please visit: Student Planning FAQ.

Fall 2022 Courses

The University of Winnipeg is resuming in-person instruction for the 2022-2023 academic year, with course registration opening on Monday, July 4. You should select your courses carefully and only choose in-person courses if you can plan for travel to Canada. In-person courses will not be offered online and you will need to be in Winnipeg to attend the course. For more information about the details of delivery in your program, please contact your Graduate Program Committee Chair

For more information on Fall Classes, please visit: Student FAQ.

Finances, Awards, and Scholarships
Plan Your Finances

To succeed at the University of Winnipeg, you need to understand your financial requirements, and plan accordingly. Your expenses will include these items:

  1. Tuition (Domestic; International)
  2. Incidental and One-Time fees
  3. UWSA Health Insurance coverage (Required for international students.)
  4. Textbooks and Supplies
  5. Housing and meals
  6. Miscellaneous allowance

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

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

Please be advised that you should budget at least $10,000 for living costs per year.

The University of Winnipeg has partnered with peerTransfer/(flywire) to offer an innovative and streamlined way to transfer international student payments.

Understand Your Awards and Scholarships

Graduate program tuition fees are charged to students at the beginning of each term. If you have received an award or awards, these will be applied to your outstanding balance. If an award creates a credit balance on your student account, a refund cheque will be sent to you during the term (in October, February, and May).

Awards are processed in installments as follows:

  • awards of less than $5,000 will be paid in one term;
  • awards totalling between $5,000 and $9,999 will be paid over two terms, 60% in the first term and 40% in the second term;
  • awards totalling $10,000 or more will be paid over three terms, 40% in the first term and 30% in each of terms two and three

Note: We advise that students are prepared to cover their living expenses for the first two months each term while their awards are being processed.

Housing and Living Considerations

On-Campus Housing: Living in residence at UWinnipeg is a unique opportunity and a very important part of the student experience. You will meet wonderful people, have opportunities to participate in residence events, and build lasting friendships. We offer several student residence options:

  • 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, decide where you would like to live!

Research 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

Buying a new phone – Bell MTS, Rogers, and Telus are the largest cellphone providers in Manitoba. Other cellphone providers include Fido and Koodo. Plan 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.

Banking – 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.

Groceries – 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. Safeway, Superstore, Dino’s East and West Indian Food are some names you can Google for your grocery needs.

Electronics – There may be some student deals in August, September. Check out Staples, Best Buy or The Source for laptops, TV, video games and all.

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

Frauds and Scams

Imagine this, you get a message from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) claiming you’re entitled to an extra refund and all you need to do is provide your banking details. Watch out—this wonderful-if-true situation is exactly what a tax scam looks like. The Winnipeg Police Service has provided a Fraud and Scam Brochure that will inform you of a number of frauds and scams.
The Winnipeg Police Fraud and Scam Brochure

The Competition Bureau of Canada's Little Black Book of Scams contains more information regarding common frauds in various languages, including Punjabi and Mandarin.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre also provides information on past and current scams.

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

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.

Campus Services

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 the students, faculty, and staff at The University of Winnipeg, Accessibility Services (AS) and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (DHoHS) facilitate and promote 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

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.

Online/phone 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 the Awards website for info on open applications and external awards.

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.

For more up-to-date information about the University's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, see: Health and Safety FAQ

Information for International Students
International, Immigrant and Refugee Student Services (IIRSS)

International, Immigrant and Refugee Student Services (IIRSS) provides support for you 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

For more information related to COVID-19, please visit: Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada website.

Apply for a Study Permit

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.

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

As a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), the UW 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.

Students are advised to apply online for their study permit/visa, as paper applications could delay the process.

For more information on applying for a study permit and temporary resident visa (outside of Canada), please visit: Visas & Study Permits.