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Global Beat UAlberta's Newsletter for International Students


New Definition of Fully Vaccinated at the University

The U of A recently updated the definition of what fully vaccinated means:

Fully vaccinated is a status achieved 14 days after you receive the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, which includes Sinopharm and Sinovac.

If you are vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm, make sure to update your vaccination status in your
Here@UAlberta declaration.

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Canada's Flight Ban to India Lifted

The Government of Canada announced that direct flights from India would resume for travellers who meet certain conditions after September 26, 2021. Travellers must have proof of negative COVID-19 molecular test.

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Learn How to Navigate U of A's Library Services at U of A+

It might be easy to find information, but is it the right material for your assignments?

Learn how to navigate the U of A Library at the next
U of A+ Cross-Cultural Academic Learning Series. Gain insights on how to successfully use the library and find the appropriate information for your studies. 

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Next I-Work! Workshop: An Intro to the Canadian Hiring Process

Are you struggling to find a job? Are you confused about the job application process? Canada's hiring process may be different than your home country. The next I-Work! Workshop, Starting Your Job Search: An Introduction to the Canadian Hiring Process, Tuesday, Oct 5, tackles these challenges and provides a starting point to help you navigate the Canadian job market.  

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Careers Day 2021: Put Your Degree to Work

Connect with employers to find out who is hiring and learn what it is like to work for these organizations. Careers Day is open to all students and offers an opportunity for you to explore career options and jobs, interact and learn about employers, practice your work search skills, make connections and build networks. 

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Practice Your English in Friendly, Supportive Conversation Clubs

Did you know there are two English Conversation Clubs on campus? We offer the English Conversation Club (ECC) every  Friday and the Faculty of Arts offers an Economics English Conversation Club (EECC) every Wednesday, 4 - 4:50 pm and Thursday, 5 - 5:50 pm. EECC is open to all U of A students who have taken an economics class.

Both clubs are the perfect spaces to practice your English speaking skills. Share your insights, opinions, and questions on topics not usually found in an academic interaction with fellow international students.

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Now Recruiting International Student Advisory Committee (ISAC) Members

ISAC is a student advisory working group dedicated to providing input on programs and services for international students. It is an opportunity for you to raise concerns and provide feedback on campus resources, supports and systems. If you are new to campus, this is a great opportunity to get involved with International Student Services and share your perspectives. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 6, 2021. 

Apply now

Seeking International Undergraduate or Graduate Student Parent for Student Parents On-Campus Group

Student Parents On Campus (SPOC) is now seeking nominations for one undergraduate or graduate international student who is a parent for the new Students Who Parent Strategy Group. This committee develops a long-term comprehensive plan for the SU's support for students who parent over the next year and meets virtually throughout the academic year. Self-nominations are now open.

Nominate Yourself

World Mental Health Day Workshop: Cultivating Mental Wellbeing Through Mindfulness

University of Alberta and qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and learn about mindfulness as a way of caring for your mental health. This workshop will be online.

Workshop: Cultivating Mental Wellbeing Through Mindfulness, Oct 7, 12:30 - 1:30 pm and Oct 13 12pm - 1pm.

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What's On: Community Events

Making Virtual Careers Day Work for You | Sept. 27 | 4:30 - 5:20 pm | Online | Free

U of A+: How to Navigate and Use Library Services to Support Your Academic Life | Undergraduate session Sept. 27 | 7 -8 pm | Online | Free

Precision Health in Action: Making Medicine Work for You | Sept. 28 | 7 - 8:15 pm | Register online | Free

Roots of Change: The Future of Canadian Gardens and Paltes | Sept. 28 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm | Online | Free  

Lessons on Subjectivity: The Sad Story of Bigamist Julie Russell |Sept. 28 | 7 -  8:30 pm | Online | Free

The Work of Neighbours: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations | Sept. 29 | 12 pm - 1 pm | Online | Free

Dangerous Ones: Navigating Disruption with Shawn Kanungo | Sept. 29 | 7 - 8:30 pm | Online | Free

Reconnecting with Indigenous Canada | Oct. 1 | 11 am - 12 pm | Online | Free

Trivia Answer

Orange Shirt Day on September 30 is the day Canadians recognize and raise awareness about the history and legacy of the residential school system in Canada. The story of why we wear an orange shirt originates from Phyllis Webstad from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation. In 1973, Phyllis wore a new orange shirt on her first day of school, but it was stripped from her, never to be seen again. In 2013, Phyllis shared her story and the Orange Shirt Day movement began. In 2021, the Canadian government officially recognized and designated September 30 the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Watch Phyllis Webstad's on Orange Shirt Day

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