If you are a new student at U of T, then orientation is for you! Orientation is a great way to meet your new classmates and discover useful information about the University.

Orientation activities take place in the week or two leading up to the start of classes in early September. If you arrive in January you will find some orientation activities taking place, but on a smaller scale.

There are several types of orientations that you should be aware of - see below for details!

What does "frosh" mean?

A frosh is someone who is new to university. The word comes from the term “freshman,” which is more common in America. If you're a first-year student, then you're a frosh. You'll hear the word a lot during the week of Orientation activities, which is often called Frosh Week.


Step Up A four-day, residential, pre-orientation program for international students (Aug 27th to Aug 31st)
Grad Step Up A full-day event designed to help you navigate U of T as a graduate student (Aug 30th)
CIE Services Expo Learn about all campus services available to you
Labour Day The University is closed on Monday, September 3.
Orientation Programming Take part in activities September 4th - 7th
CIE Orientation International Students Orientation, August/September 2018
CIE Welcome Reception Friday, September 14, 2018
Frosh Week orientations Faculty, college & residence orientations
Student union Student union orientation and clubs fair
UTM and UTSC Orientation Mississauga and Scarborough campus orientation sessions

Step Up - Aug 27-30th

Step Up is a residential, pre-orientation program for international students and students who completed their secondary-level education outside of Canada. Step Up is an optional program that is designed to offer a bridge into studies at U of T and your transition to life in Toronto. It’s a great way to make new friends and get ready for your first-year of University!  

Date: August 27-31, 2018 


Grad Step Up - Aug 30th

For all new international graduate students at U of T.

Starting graduate school in a new country and in a new university system can be a lot to navigate. Grad Step Up is a full-day event designed to help bridge this transition. At Grad Step Up you will have a chance to take part in sessions designed to help you become familiar with the expectations and resources available to you at U of T. You will also have a chance to meet other international graduate students from many different departments at U of T.

Date: August 30, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  

Location: Hart House 


CIE Services Expo - Aug 31st

Are you a new international or exchange student who has recently arrived in Toronto? Make the CIE Services Expo one of your first stops. Connect with a variety of service providers and learn about phone plans, banking, food options, Toronto attractions and more. Find all the information you need in one place! No need to register, drop on in.

Date: Friday, August 31, 2018

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Cumberland House, 33 St. George Street

Labour Day - Sept 3rd

Labour Day is an annual Canadian holiday that celebrates the achievement of workers. Most of the University is closed on Labour Day. This is the last long weekend of the summer.

Orientation Programming - Sept 4th to 7th

Please check back for details and updates for the events listed below.


CIE Welcome Café

Date: September 4 - 7th, 2018 

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. 

CIE Welcome Café is open to international students to drop in for refreshments, and to meet other new students as well as upper year students.  Come by and say “hi,” gather information you might need, and print off your UHIP card.


Campus services tours

Date: Sept. 4 - 7th, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Campus services tours will be organized to show you resources on campus. Each tour begins at CIE and will take you to various campus locations. Examples of sites and campus resources (depending on tour group/day) include: Academic Success, Career Exploration & Education, Housing, Multi-Faith Centre, Centre for Community Partnerships, First Nations House, Hart House, Athletic Centre, Health & Wellness Centre, and Accessibility Services. More details about campus services tours.


Neighbourhood walking tours

Date: Sept. 4 - 7th, 2018 

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

CIE will organize neighbourhood walking tours to introduce you to local areas near the St. George campus. Each walking tour (90 minutes to 2 hours) will be to a different neighbourhood area. Tours begin at CIE and then proceed off site to locations (each tour will end off site).  More details about neighbourhood walking tours.

Centre for International Experience Orientation

If you are a newly arrived international student or an exchange student, you should make CIE your first stop on campus. Staff and student volunteers will provide information about the University and the City of Toronto, and assist you in any way they can.

Come to CIE and learn about many topics:

  • Immigration regulations
  • Health insurance information (UHIP)
  • Intercultural adaptation
  • Resources and services available on campus and in nearby parts of the city
  • Building your community and getting involved in campus life


Transitioning to U of T Events

CIE Orientation includes various events to help you transition to U of T. Some of these events include: 

All students are welcome to attend the Centre for International Experience (CIE) orientation activities held at the Cumberland House on the St. George campus. The complete schedule of 2018 orientation events is coming soon. To see what happened last year, take a look at the 2017 CIE Orientation schedule 



CIE Welcome Reception - Sept 14th

Welcome to Canada, Toronto and U of T! If you are a new international or exchange student, this is an event that you won't want to miss.

The Centre for International Experience (CIE) invites all new international and exchange students to a free lunch! Come by and meet new friends, enjoy good music, participate in some activities, and connect with others.

Date: Friday, September 14, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Location: Cumberland House, 33 St. George Street

students sitting on lawn in front of CIE

Faculty, college and residence orientations

Your academic faculty also runs orientation activities. This is a great opportunity to connect with your college or faculty community, meet your new classmates, get the inside story on campus life and find out what resources are available to you. If you are a St. George Arts & Science student, your faculty orientation will be organized through your college of registration.

Your faculty or college will provide you with information about this orientation.

Residences also often run orientation activities. If you are living in residence at your college, then this will be a part of your college orientation.

Student union orientation and clubs fair

Your student union holds various orientation events during the Orientation period. The Clubs Fair is one of these events, and it’s a great way for you to find out about all the clubs and societies you can be a part of while you're at U of T. Don't miss it!

Information about the Clubs Fair and other Orientation events are posted on the student union websites in August:

UTSC Orientation

The International Student Centre (ISC) at UTSC runs Orientation sessions and activities geared specifically to new international and exchange students. Orientation occurs every year in September. You will have a chance to meet the staff of the International Student Centre and engage with your fellow international and domestic students. Orientation and transition programs will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Immigration regulations
  • Health insurance information
  • English language support
  • Academic success
  • Cross-cultural adaptation

Find more information at Univeristy of Toronto Scarborough - International Student Centre

UTM Orientation

The International Education Centre (IEC) at UTM runs orientation events and sessions that are open to ALL students; this includes international fee-paying students, permanent residents, and domestic students. Orientation activities occur every year throughout the month of September. At these events and sessions, you will have a chance to meet the staff of your IEC and fellow students.