We hope that you will join us for Step Up, a Pre-Orientation Program designed to introduce you to life at the University of Toronto and to help ease your transition into life in Canada.

From August 28th to September 1st, 2017 you will meet other international students, professors and advisors, learn key academic success strategies, and immerse yourself in U of T’s many cultures.

The 2017 schedule below is subject to change. 

Sunday, August 27
After 3:00 p.m.  Move into residence: Victoria College students and New College students will stay in those residences respectively during Step Up. All other students will stay in Chestnut Residence for the duration of Step Up. 

Monday, August 28
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Registration & Welcome @ Centre for International Experience (CIE)

Please note: Today’s schedule is designed to give you flexibility to allow you to catch up on lost sleep OR get other errands done during the day (ex. set up a bank account, purchase a cell phone plan, or pick up snacks for the week). At some point during the day, we expect you to come to CIE to get your welcome package, UHIP card, and TCard. We will also be offering optional indoor and outdoor activities throughout the day to allow you to get to know your Step Up peers. 

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch available at CIE 
11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. Parent Q & A
6:00 p.m. Drop-in evening activities

Tuesday, August 29
9:30 a.m. Program Overview
10:00 a.m. Get Connected: Small Groups 
12:30 p.m. Lunch @ Howard Ferguson Dining Hall (University College) 
1:45 p.m. Explore Campus 
5:00 p.m. End
6:00 p.m. Drop-in evening activities

Wednesday, August 30
9:30 a.m. Navigating U of T 
10:45 a.m. Understanding Your Legal Documents
12:00 p.m. Lunch @ College or Faculty 
2:00 p.m. Choose ONE:

  • Thinking to Foster Success
  • Meeting New People
  • Money & Budgeting

3:15 p.m. Meet a Prof
5:00 p.m. End
6:00 p.m. Drop-in evening activities

Thursday, August 31
9:30 a.m. Choose ONE:

  • Culture of Diversity
  • Culture of the Classroom
  • Culture of Health & Fitness

10:45 a.m. Discover Your Library
12:30 p.m. Lunch @ Hart House
1:45 p.m. International Student Panel: Things You Wish You’d Known
3:30 p.m. Stay Connected: Small Groups
4:45 p.m. Group Photo
6:00 p.m. Drop-in evening activities

Friday, September 1
Morning  Pack up and move if required (varies by residence & student)
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch available at CIE
2:00 p.m. Activities around the city:

  • Toronto Waterfront
  • Eaton Centre
  • High Park

Afternoon  Move into academic-year residence if required (varies by residence & student)

Please note: If you will be staying in a U of T residence for the academic year, you will be granted early move-in on Friday. You do not need to find additional accommodation. Check out of Chestnut Residence is 11:00 a.m. 

Move-in times are to be determined, but you will probably drop off your belongings at your new residence in the morning and be granted access to your room in late afternoon.