Early Start Experience

Through our Early Start Experience, you can take a liberal education course for credit before the start of the fall term. The Early Start Experience is open to first-year students in all bachelor’s degree programs.

The course (LBED 1500 - The First-Year Experience: Mapping our Communities) has been developed to promote your success and ease your transition from high school to university, while giving you credit towards your degree. Liberal education teaches you how to think critically and become a global citizen. You will attend lectures, labs and tutorials each week, examining viewpoints from different perspectives: science, social science, fine arts and humanities.

You’ll gain early access to advising, workshops, social activities, experiential learning opportunities and more! You will get to know the campus, meet fellow students and your professors, and familiarize yourself with the resources we offer.

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How to apply to the Early Start Experience

To be eligible for the Early Start Experience, you must have already applied to the University of Lethbridge for the fall term. Then, complete the Open Studies Registration Form and in the section at the bottom, "I am registering in," select Early Start Experience.

Students who will not be living in Residence should apply by June 30; applications submitted after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis until the course is full. 

What you will learn and do

Early Start participants will:

  • Get a full course credit for a special enhanced version of LBED 1500, The First Year Experience: Mapping our Communities.
  • Build social networks with a diverse group of incoming students.
  • Develop the skills & resources needed to be successful in university.
  • Be able to move into residence early

Activities include:

  • Library skills workshop on resources and research databases
  • Writing skills workshops Sessions on success and study skills
  • Tours of all parts of the campus
  • Guest lectures from some of our best uLethbridge profs
  • Small group meetings with a selection of professors, to discuss courses, research and jobs opportunities
  • Cross-campus Amazing Race
  • Volunteer opportunities in the community
About the course

LIB ED 1500 | The First Year Experience: Mapping our Communities

A liberal education challenges boundaries and borders and helps establish connections between ideas and disciplines. University offers a variety of new communities —physical spaces, social relationships and academic communities. This course will introduce you to these communities and help you find your place. Using maps and the process of map-making as guiding metaphors, you will learn valuable social, cultural, and academic skills to help you succeed at uLethbridge.

This course will be based in a classroom, but you will spend a lot of time outside the classroom on tours and activities. Lecturers from diverse disciplines will introduce you to their research; you’ll engage with the academic community and develop connections to professors. Learn about the services and support available to support your success at university and beyond.


What Fall 2019 participants had to say about the Early Start Experience:

I feel much more comfortable making my way around campus, talking to the professors, and reaching out when I need help. I learned a lot about studying and writing papers.”

“I have a better understanding of the services at the uni; much more comfortable here; moving in early was great; feel more confident writing papers; met amazing friends.” 

“This program was exactly what I needed at this point in my life, and the immense knowledge and experience that was packed into these days will follow me throughout my university career – and further, I’m sure.”



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