Support on Campus
We know that moving to a new country is a big adjustment and it’s important to know you can find the support needed to make your stay with us successful. Here are some suggestions on where to find the support you may need.
The staff in Student Life & Learning offers support to students in their everyday lives at Concordia University of Edmonton. Student Life offers a variety of services and learning resources to all Concordia University of Edmonton students. Some of the learning services provided include the Writing Center, the Freshman Challenge, Academic Strategies and the Tutor Registry.
Counselling services are free to Concordia University of Edmonton students. Our counsellors offer short-term personal counselling and special group workshops for, study skills, exam anxiety and time management. Students with disabilities can inquire about our Learning Accommodations Services. To gather more information on our services-drop by their office located in HA114, or go to Student Life & Learning. If you’re in need of help academically, we urge you to first talk with your professors for advice and help in academic matters. Our smaller campus makes it possible for students to access instructor support.
There are two ways to seek professional tutoring in the area of writing at Concordia University of Edmonton. The first option is the on-site Writing Centre, located in room L266, main floor library. The second option is an online (eTutor Alberta) support service.
For more information, please visit Student Life and Learning.
The Residence Life Coordinator offers support, and encourages the student living on campus to foster new friendships and build a community connection while living in residence. International students in particular will appreciate these new friends after leaving the familiarity of their home to study in Canada. A great way to get involved in the community is to join the Freshman Challenge or one of the many clubs at Concordia University of Edmonton.
The International Office also offers support throughout your stay at Concordia University of Edmonton. You can come to see us whenever you want if you have questions or concerns, and we will be happy to help you.
Regularly, the International Office holds special events for international students so that they can meet new friends and enjoy their Canadian experience. These gatherings provide opportunities to connect personally with other students and administrators, to form a “community in variety”, to share the richness of backgrounds, origins and ideas, to discuss experiences, and to inform and announce news in the university life concerning international students and activities.
Watch out for these gatherings and make sure to like our Facebook page – it will be a good opportunity to meet new friends!
As a smaller university, Concordia University of Edmonton has a history of providing high quality education and a tradition of personal care for students. Planning ahead is the best way to put in place the financial resources to attend Concordia University of Edmonton. While students attending university on a study permit are not eligible for Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial financial assistance, Concordia University of Edmonton does offer some scholarships and bursaries for qualified international students after arriving. More information here or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Services provides extensive career and employment related support to students, new graduates, alumni and employers. Services are available through one-on-one appointments, workshops and clubs and target career planning, personality testing, job search strategies, international internships, resume and cover letter writing, professional portfolio development, interview preparation, labour market information, bridging the school to work transition and connecting students with professionals and industry. Career Services helps students find career-related experience and offers networking opportunities with industry professionals, in addition to career and volunteer fairs. Employment and volunteer postings are also available through Career Services.
Career Services is separate from the process of selecting and scheduling classes and registration.
For international students who are not familiar with Edmonton or the Canadian lifestyle, moving to Concordia University of Edmonton can be a daunting experience. To help you adjust to your new lifestyle, Concordia University of Edmonton offers an International Buddy Program.
The program pairs new international students with current students who can provide a friendly face, helping hand, and the first Edmonton friendship that can make a world of difference for new arrivals.
Services and Facilities
The campus cafeteria offers a varied menu of hot and cold meals, snacks, fruits, and salads at reasonable prices. During the fall and winter semesters the cafeteria will post the planned weekly food specials. And if you know what you want to eat, you can order your food ahead of time and it will be ready when you come.
The Ralph King Athletic Centre has a fully equipped fitness centre and gymnasium. Athletic equipment is available through the Athletic Department. The fitness centre is free to use to all student, staff, faculty and Alumni. You may be asked to provide identification.
The campus bookstore sells textbooks, school supplies, clothing with Concordia University of Edmonton’s logo, and small gift items. Transit passes and tickets, locker rentals, event tickets and photocopy cards are also available here.
The Concordia University of Edmonton Library is part of the NEOS Library Consortium which will give you access to a fantastic book and resource collection. You will also be able to have access to the Edmonton Public Library collection with the L-Pass.
Concordia University of Edmonton maintains two computer labs in the Arnold Guebert Memorial Library. The computer mini-lab located on the main floor opens during regular library hours. The library computer lab located in the lower level of the building operates only during the fall and winter semesters and may be booked occasionally for classes. The Reference Desk staff provides assistance for the computer labs.
There are two main study spaces available to student in the basement of the library. One is for general use (L105) with couches and chairs for comfort and the other (L107) is for quiet group study use. There are individual study carrels located on all floors of the library.
Concordia University of Edmonton wants you to feel like a part of our community. The intimate size of our campus makes it easier to meet your professors and fellow students. Your VP International regularly organizes information sessions and parties on campus to help international students feel more at home.
The Concordia University of Edmonton Students’ Association (CSA) and the Concordia University of Edmonton Graduate Students’ Association (CGSA) represent the student body and advocate for students with Concordia University of Edmonton’s policy committees. The CSA also plans educational and recreational activities both on and off campus. The executive officers of the CSA council are elected each year (March) by the student body. You can get involved by serving on the CSA council, joining a CSA club, or volunteering as a student ambassador.
Clubs and Organizations
Student clubs help to plan student events throughout the year. Student committees and clubs include the Concordia Science Society, the Concordia University of Edmonton Chinese Club, Concordia Management Council, Concordia Christian Union, the Model United Nations, the Psychology Students’ Council, the Dance Club, the Table Tennis Club, the Pre-Health Society, the Education Students’ Society, the Education Undergraduate Society, the Environmental Health Students’ Association, the Green Thespian Collective, and the Concordia University of Edmonton Visual Culture Society. For more information on clubs and associations on campus visit the CSA website.
CUE has a diverse student body and we want each student to feel comfortable on our campus regardless of religion, gender, or ethnicity.
In that spirit, the Multi-Faith Prayer and Meditation Space in S203 is provided by Concordia University of Edmonton as an inclusive space for the campus community, with sensitivity to the specific requirements of diverse faith groups on campus. This space is reserved for quiet, personal meditation.
It is a space open to all students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds to spend moments of silence, prayer, meditation, and spirituality. All users are to remove footwear before entering the space (there are appropriate shoe racks) and leave the space as found upon arrival.
Concordia University of Edmonton is a member of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC). We have teams in hockey, soccer, basketball, swimming, badminton, curling, golf, cross-country running, and volleyball. Try outs for the teams begin in the Fall Semester. If you don’t play sports, be sure to come out to the games and cheer on the Thunder from the sidelines. For more information on athletics: Gothunder.ca
The drama program and the Green Thespians Club stage at least two major drama productions each year, student-directed one-act plays, and improvisational groups. Taking part in drama will teach you about the incredible collaborative effort needed to stage a production while giving you a chance to perform for your friends and unleash your creativity.
Concordia University of Edmonton’s Concert Choir performs locally and tours throughout the year. Students studying in all disciplines may audition to become a member of this full, mixed-voice ensemble. Music students have the chance to join the Concordia University of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and anyone can take private instruction in a variety of instruments including voice. All of these activities earn you university credit, so you can develop your musical talents and make new friends and memories while working towards your degree.
Annual Activities and Events
Concordia University of Edmonton hosts a number of great events throughout the year; like Arts Week, Science Week, Education Week, Cultural Days, Thunder Pride Week, and Psychology Days. In particular, Welcome Week and the Convocation Ceremony, are highlights on Concordia University of Edmonton’s calendar and shouldn’t be missed.