Grad Step Up is a full-day 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 questions and have discussions about the graduate student experience. For this reason, the number of participants is capped to ensure an intimate and relaxed learning environment.

This event has generously been sponsored by Hart House, U of T's centre for education outside the classroom. 

Grad Students talking and smiling


Eligibility Open to graduate students enrolled in a degree program at U of T
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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: August 30, 2018  

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Location: Hart House 



Space for Grad Step Up is limited. Students who are eligible will be notified by the School of Graduate Studies in the summer of 2018.



The scheduled activities for 2018 have not been finalized. In 2017, the sessions covered the following topics and may give you an idea of the programming for this year.

  • Navigating U of T: What to Expect in Grad School

  • Prioritizing Your Wellness as a Grad Student

  • Networking: Building Your Community

  • Toronto Essentials: Life Beyond the Classroom

  • Dealing with Difficult Grad Situations Early: Tips and Strategies

  • Teaching as a Transferable Skill

  • Developing Collaborative Leadership Skills

  • Graduate Communication Skills


Contact us

If you have any questions regarding Grad Step Up, contact the organizers by email at