• Are you an international student joining the University of Toronto’s graduate student community in the fall of 2019?
  • Are you new to Toronto and hoping to make lasting connections with fellow grad peers?
  • Do you want to hear directly from current students about navigating the expectations associated with U of T’s academic cultures?

If so, Grad Step Up is for you! This is a full-day pre-orientation event designed to connect incoming international graduate students to key communities, resources and information.

You will have the chance to take part in sessions facilitated by U of T advisors, instructors and student leaders. The interactive format of the sessions will provide you opportunities to ask multiple questions and engage in discussions about the graduate student experience. For this reason, the number of participants is capped to ensure an intimate and relaxed learning environment.

Grad Students talking and smiling


Eligibility Open to graduate students enrolled in a degree program at U of T
Event Details Registering for Grad Step Up
Contact us If you’d like more information, contact us via email at gradstepup@utoronto.ca.


All incoming international graduate students enrolled in a degree program (i.e. Masters or PhD) at the University of Toronto.

Note: If you do not fall in this category but feel that you would benefit from attending as a member of the U of T graduate student community, please get in touch with the event organizers.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. to mid-afternoon

Location: St. George Campus



Please note that space for Grad Step Up is limited. Eligible students will be notified by the School of Graduate Studies in the summer of 2019 about how to register.

If the event fills to capacity, students can place their name on a wait list and will be notified if spots become available.



The activities for Grad Step Up 2019 will be finalized in the mid-summer. In 2018, the sessions covered the following topics and may give you an idea of the programming for this year:

  • Prioritizing your wellness as a graduate student
  • Enhancing your degree with professional development opportunities
  • Understanding the academic and financial services offered by School of Graduate Studies
  • Navigating academic cultures as a student in the research and professional streams
  • Dealing with difficult grad school situations early
  • Seeking academic accommodations as a student with a disability

There will also be many opportunities for you to meet new people and build your U of T networks in a relaxed, casual setting. A light breakfast, tea and coffee, and a full lunch will be included.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding Grad Step Up, contact the organizers by email at gradstepup@utoronto.ca