Welcome to University of Toronto! Your experiences here, and at Innis College, will be uniquely shaped by your learning both inside and outside the classroom. You have made a significant choice to join U of T for your undergraduate studies. This choice will lead you to form meaningful connections around the world and gain an intercultural awareness that will transform the way you communicate with people.
Culture does not only mean national cultures. At Innis College, culture also means identities, which includes your field of study, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, urban or rural settings, athletic or artistic, and the many more identities that describe you. To embrace these many cultural identities, there are two important keys that help develop intercultural communication:
Now that you know you are coming to the U of T, you are probably wondering what steps to take next. The Centre for International Experience’s is an excellent place for you to begin finding your next steps. The CIE offers a checklist for you to determine your next steps. It’s time to get involved with the details of your future move. This will make your U of T experience a successful, exciting and smoother transition.
As an international student at U of T, you have many offices to support you, including:
As a new international student you might have a lot of questions about the University and Student Life here at Innis College, as well as settling into your new home in Toronto, the most multi-cultural city in the world! Our International Experience Committee, our Innis InSight Mentorship group, and the staff in the Office of Student Life can help you make the transition to the University and assist in making you feel welcome at Innis.
We will be holding a special Academic & Student Life ORIENTATION DAY to welcome all our INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th, 2014 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Innis College Residence, 111 St. George Street. Lunch will be served!
You will be able to meet your International Experience Committee members, our Centre for International Experience Advisor, and members from the Registrar’s Office. By August you will be sent a detailed agenda and registration for this event, but we encourage you to mark your calendars now to attend this special day.
The Registrar’s Office is your reliable first stop for accurate information and sound advice in an atmosphere of trust, confidentiality and comfort. In an appointment with an academic advisor, you can explore options. With our accumulated experience, we can offer objective, personalized guidance.
As you begin to prepare your adventure at U of T, the Registrar’s Office offers a variety of ways to get you academically oriented to the university. Innis College will be holding academic orientation sessions on two Saturdays in the summer which will serve to not only help prepare you for your upcoming on-line course enrolment, but will also introduce you to key people around the college and university as well as a host of upper-year students. If you won’t be in Toronto for these sessions, the Registrar’s Office would be happy to meet with you one-on-one in person, via Skype or over the phone. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with an associate registrar.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to be in touch by email or phone (416-978-2513).
The Centre for International Experience (CIE) welcomes you to visit, and make yourself at home. The CIE offers many informational programs and social events for the international students, and coordinates activities to facilitate meeting your fellow students and integrate into U of T culture.
Asim Ashraf is the International Transition Advisor who’s going to be embedded at Innis College throughout the fall and winter term and is looking forward to meeting you all!
New International Students are now invited to apply for the iConnect program. They will be matched with a peer mentor and their mentorship begins online immediately. During the year, participants attend workshops and social events, and increase their cross-cultural understanding to ease their transition to U of T.
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students who apply during the summer will have the advantage of online communication with their mentor before they arrive at U of T.
For more information and to apply to be a mentee, visit the iConnect web page.
Click here to view a useful guide, on the U of T Parents & Families website, to help you organize the details of your move.
Your international experience begins before you arrive at U of T. CIE has prepared a series of web presentations that will introduce you to the academic culture at U of T. The goal of this series is to help you know what to expect when you arrive at U of T and lectures begin.
You will receive a number of invitations to take part in the fall orientations. There may be orientations for your faculty (e.g. the Faculty of Arts and Science, or the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering) and student unions (e.g. U of T Students Union, Innis College Student Society, Innis College Residence Council). You will also be invited to take-part in the Innis College Orientation and the general Centre for International Experience Orientation (details for August and September to be posted soon).
This September 2014, in addition to our the CIE Orientation, international students may wish to sign up for Step Up – CIE’s Immersive Orientation that will take place at the end of August 2014.
CIE hosts a number of orientation sessions designed for new international and exchange students. These will assist you in the transition to your new environment. You will have a chance to meet CIE staff, as well as your fellow international students. Sessions will cover a variety of topics, including:
More information will become available in July 2014!
Register for the Centre for International Experience’s newsletter to receive important updates on immigration documents and processes, events for international students, and other pertinent information.
Depending on where you are coming from, you will have one or more Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) documents to apply for. The CIE web site provides information on this process and the correct links to the CIC web site. Look for Student Advising – we are here to help!
As an international student or exchange student, you are automatically enrolled in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). UHIP is comparable — though not equivalent — to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, in that they both provide coverage for the same services. More information on UHIP is available at http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/uhip.