CIE Orientation includes many events to help you transition to U of T, including informative and engaging activities, campus and neighbourhood tours, events to meet and interact with other students, a Services Expo and the CIE Welcome Reception.

Registration is not necessary unless noted. Simply come by and participate in any of the events relevant to you.

All events will take place at the Centre of International Experience (Cumberland House) located at 33 St. George St. unless otherwise noted. 


Step Up Pre-Orientation program for first-year international students
Grad Step Up A full-day event designed to help graduate students transition to U of T
Services Expo Get all the info on Friday, August 31!
Labour Day The University is closed on Monday, September 3.
Orientation Programming Take part in activities September 4th - 7th
CIE Welcome Reception You’re invited to the Welcome Reception on Friday, September 14!

Step Up - Monday, August 27th to Friday, August 31th

The Step Up Program is a five-day overnight, pre-orientation program that helps you to get ready for your first-year of University. You will get to know your new campus, meet some professors, learn about Toronto and make new friends. We hope you can join us!

NOTE: Registration for Step Up is by invitation only. Invitations to register will be sent out in mid-June. If, at that time, you have not received an invitation but you think you should have, please contact us directly. 

Learn more about the Step Up Program.


Grad Step Up - Thursday, August 30th

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 more about the Grad Step Up Program.

Services Expo – Friday, August 31st

Drop by and visit the Services Expo for international, exchange and visiting students. Get all the info you need in one place! Connect with a variety of service providers to get information about phone plans, banking, food options, Toronto attractions and more! Be sure to bring your Tcard!

More details about the Services Expo.

Labour Day – Monday, September 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 - Tuesday, Sept 4th to Friday, Sept 7th

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

Sept. 4 - 7 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m.):  the 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.

Sept. 4 - 7 (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.

Sept. 4 - 7  (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.

CIE International Welcome Reception - Friday, Sept 14th

Welcome to Canada, Toronto and U of T!  If you are a new international or exchange/VISP student, this is an event that you won’t want to miss! Drop by for a free lunch, music, some activities and to meet new friends. Be sure to bring your Tcard!

When: Friday, September 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m (line up starts at 11:30 a.m.)

Where: Centre for International Experience (33 St. George Street, Toronto)