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Global Beat UAlberta's Newsletter for International Students


Planning to Travel Home for Winter Break?

If you have an approved WHO vaccine and are thinking of travelling home for the winter break, you should consider getting an approved Health Canada vaccine. That way, you can avoid quarantine requirements when you return to Canada and meet mandatory vaccine requirements for travel within Canada. Do this as soon as you can! Because the Government of Canda does does not considered you fully vaccinated until 14 days after your second dose. Make sure you finish your vaccination series to ensure you can travel. Read the U of A vaccine information.

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Update Your Emergency Contacts

You never know when an emergency may happen, so it is best to keep your emergency contact info updated. The University can message your emergency contacts if you need help or are unable to contact them yourself. Visit Bear Tracks to confirm or update your information. 

Update Your Bear Tracks

It's Not What You Say; It's How You Say It at the Next U of A+

Have you noticed how the tone of your voice changes the interpretation of your message? At the next U of A+ Cross-Cultural Academic Learning Series session learn how to develop an awareness of your potential to communicate with passion, power and purpose. This four part series starts Oct. 18, attend them all or pick and choose!  

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Next I-Work! Workshop: Writing a Canadian Resume and Cover Letter

Learn what content is necessary, the different styles and formats of Canadian resumes and cover letters, in this two part workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and Wednesday, Oct. 13. Get help with creating your resume/cover letter to present your qualifications to potential employers effectively.

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Explore Canada's Culture at the English Reading Club

Improve your English reading comprehension skills at the English Reading Club. Every session, the reading topic may touch on Canada’s culture, a great way to get an inside look into Canada’s culture. 

Did you know reading can improve your vocabulary, grammar and your writing skills? Become a member of the English Reading Club. Spots are limited.

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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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Adjusting to Canada: New Video Series Released

Hear from your peers’ experiences in our new video series Adjusting to Canada about coming to Edmonton and studying at the U of A. Do you relate? Did you experience some of the challenges they shared? 

There are four videos in this series, First time in Canada, The Essentials, U of A Campus, and Working in Canada. Watch them all and share!

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U of A Students Making Their Mark

The latest QS Graduate Employability ranked the  U of A among the top 100 post-secondaries in the world and top five in Canada, to preparing students for the workforce.

Be insipired. Here are eight up and coming U of A students striving for their future careers successfully.

Workshop: Mental Health Check In

Sometimes a quick check in about how we are doing can go a long way to care for our mental health. This virtual 30 min workshop will give you practical tools to help you have those conversations and think about how saying how we feel can make a difference with how we are doing.

Facilitated by Wellness Supports, this workshop take place virtually on October 15, 1:30pm -2pm. Registrants receive a Zoom link invitation the week of the workshop.

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What's On: Community Events

Engineering Community Benefits: Local Engagement in Practice | Oct. 13 | 12 - 1 pm | Online | Free

Lunch & Learn - Devoured Devotion: Food and Female Spirituality in the Medieval World | Oct. 13 | 12 -1 pm | Online | Free

Interview Basics Seminar | Oct. 13 | 4:30 - 5:20 pm | Online | Free

A Coach's Approach to Decision Making - Lougheed College Lecture | Oct. 14 | 7 -8:30 pm | Online | Free  

Certificate in Sustainability Info Session | Oct. 18 | 10:30 - 11:15 am | Online | Free

ecoArt China Speaker Series: Zheng Chongbin 郑重宾 | Oct. 21 | 7 - 8 pm | Online | Free

How to Achieve in a Highly Competitive World | Oct. 21 | 12 - 1 pm | Online | Free

The Listening of a Leader - Wade Workshop | Oct. 21 | 3:45 - 5:45 pm | Online | $25

Career Centre Rapid Reviews | Oct. 21 | 11 am - 3 pm | Online or Phone | Free 

Edmonton Events Calendar | month of October | various times and costs

Trivia Answer

The Thanksgiving holiday celebrates the year's harvest. Families gather to enjoy the fruits of their labour and what better way than with a bird larger than a chicken that can feed a large family like a turkey. The history of this holiday is complex; Canadians claim to have celebrated it before the Americans, and Indigenous peoples enjoyed the harvest well before colonialists arrived. Read more.

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