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.

Early Start Experience (ESE) promotes student success and to eases the transition from high school to university.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted, as long as space remains, until August 19, 2022.

Dates: August 22 to September 2, 2022
             9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, ending at noon on September 3
              Residence move-in is August 19, if applicable

Cost: Standard uLethbridge tuition fees for one course (part of student’s total 40 courses)

  • Early Move-in to Residence ONLY for those staying in selected Residence Housing for 2022-23 year: Early move-in cost for two additional weeks TBD.
  • Meal plan is required for those living in Residence; optional full or partial meal plan available for those not living in Residence.


  1. Acceptance to the Early Start Experience (ESE) is conditional on being accepted to uLethbridge for the Fall 2022 term. ESE is open to students in all majors/programs.
  2. Registration | You will be registered in Summer Session III for the course LBED 1500, as an Open Studies student. Complete the Open Studies application form (PDF) and select “Early Start” in the last section. Please return it by email to the Student Enrolment and Registrar Services (SEARS) office at regoffice@uleth.ca.
  3. There is an initial $140.00 fee ($40.00 open studies fee/$100.00 tuition deposit); once you send in the form you will be contacted about payment information.
  4. The ESE will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, starting on the morning of August 22.  Don't worry, you won't be sitting in lectures all day! There will be 2 to 3 hours of lecture per day most days, interspersed with lots of activities, tours, discussion time, work time etc.


Please contact:

Dr. Shelly Wismath
Dean, School of Liberal Education
Email: wismaths@uleth.ca
Phone: 403-329-2529

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, and enter LBED 1500 under course subject and number.

Applications will be accepted, as long as space remains, until August 19, 2022.

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

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 2020 participants had to say about the Early Start Experience:

“I am much more ready to attend university now than I was before I started this course. I have learned so many skills on how to be a successful student. I would be lost if I started in the fall without the knowledge that I have now.”

"The main benefits that I got out of this course are that I have met people in my classes, learned how to write a university-style essay, as well as get many tips on how to study, edit, and simply be a better student. This course has certainly eased the transition between high school and university."

"I think I gained a lot from this course about my writing and how I try to focus and learn during class. I also gained a lot of knowledge about university and starting this new chapter of my life. Overall I gained so many useful things I'll be taking with me into university and I'm very thankful I took this course."

What our students say about ESE

Early Start Experience