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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.

Your main source of information about Orientation is hello.utoronto.ca.

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

Wondering what “frosh” means?

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.

Contents

CIE welcome reception CIE welcome reception and UTSU campus tour
CIE Orientation International Student Orientation, August/September 2016
Home base orientation Faculty, college & residence orientations
Student union Student union orientation and clubs fair
UTSC Orientation Scarborough campus orientation sessions
UTM Orientation Mississauga campus orientation sessions
Step Up A four-day, residential, pre-orientation program for international students
Grad Step Up A full-day event designed to help you navigate U of T as a graduate student

CIE welcome reception

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 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.

The event runs 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16.

Cumberland House, 33 St. George Street

students sitting on lawn in front of CIE

Centre for International Experience Orientation

If you are a newly arrived international student or an exchange student, you should make the 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.

These information sessions will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Immigration regulations
  • Health insurance information
  • Intercultural adaptation
  • Getting Involved in campus life

CIE Orientation includes many events to help you transition to U of T, including informative and engaging workshops, campus and neighbourhood tours, day trips to Niagara Falls and the CIE Welcome Reception. Pre-registration is required for the Niagara Falls trips.

If you are a Ciência sem Fronteiras student (formerly Science without Borders), you will find the CIE Orientation sessions useful. CIE will also contact you with the date and time of a specific information session designed for you.

All students are welcome to attend the Centre for International Experience (CIE) orientation sessions held at the Cumberland House on the St. George campus. UTM and UTSC also offer orientation sessions for international students.

Simply come by and participate in any of the workshops or tours relevant to you.  Have a look at the schedule of 2016 CIE Orientation events.

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 geared specifically to new international and exchange students. Orientation occurs every year in the week or two leading up to the beginning of classes in early September. At these sessions, you will have a chance to meet the staff of your international centre and your fellow international students.  Sessions will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Immigration regulations
  • Health insurance information
  • English language support
  • Academic success
  • Cross-cultural adaptation
  • …and much more! 

Specific information about UTSC International Student Centre Orientation will be posted on the ISC website in August each year.

Please Note: ISC Orientation is different from the SCSU Frosh (i.e., Scarborough Campus Students' Union Orientation). 

UTM Orientation

The International Centre (IC) at UTM runs Orientation sessions geared specifically to new international and exchange students. Orientation occurs every year in the week or two leading up to the beginning of classes in early September. At these sessions, you will have a chance to meet the staff of your international centre and your fellow international students.  Sessions will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Immigration regulations
  • Health insurance information
  • English language support
  • Academic success
  • Cross-cultural adaptation
  • …and much more! 

Specific information about UTM International Centre Orientation will be posted online in August each year.

Please Note: The International Centre Orientation is different than "Frosh Week," which is run by the University of Toronto Mississauga Students' Union (UTMSU). 

Step Up

Step Up is a four-day, residential, pre-orientation program for international students that will prepare you for your studies at U of T and your transition to life in Canada. It’s a great way to make new friends and get ready for your first-year of University!  

This year Step Up will run from Monday August 29 - Thursday September 1 inclusive, with optional volunteer led social activities on Friday September 2.  

Grad Step Up

For all new international graduate students at U of T.

Date and Time: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Friday, September 16, 2016  Registration is full.  To see the full day schedule or to volunteer.

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.

Learn about Grad Step Up, see the schedule, or volunteer.