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 – whether back at home or here in Toronto!
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 (CIE) is an excellent place for you to begin finding your next steps. The CIE offers Pre-Arrival Information 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 Innis International Welcome Reception to welcome all our international students and participants of the Innis Cultural Connections Program on in September 2019 at the Innis College Residence, 111 St. George Street. Please check this page for more details in the coming months!
You will be able to meet your International Experience Committee members, our Centre for International Experience Advisor, and members from the Registrar’s Office.
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 a full-day academic orientation session on a Saturday in June, which will serve to not only help prepare you for your upcoming on-line course enrollment, but will also introduce you to key people around the college and university as well as a host of upper-year students. There will also be two abbreviated sessions offered on weekdays in July. 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.
Karen Pak is the International Transition Advisor who’s going to be embedded at Innis College throughout the fall and winter term. He hosts office hours in the evenings and is located in the residence building, but all students can come chat with him. Karen is looking forward to meeting you! To learn more about CIE’s Transition Advising program, visit us at http://uoft.me/transitionadvising.
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 over the summer. In September, Mentors meet their Mentees and start the in-person cross-cultural mentorship experiences. 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 at http://uoft.me/iconnect.
Click here to view a useful list of information, to help you organize the details of your move.
Your international experience begins before you arrive at U of T. CIE has Pre-Arrival Information 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.
This September, 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.
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 on the CIE website!
Register for the Centre for International Experience’s email newsletter called 9 New Things International. This is a weekly message with nine important updates you should know for that week of school. These include all things related to international experiences, whether it might be 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, your health is important part of doing well on campus. All international students are automatically enrolled to the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP), which is operated by SunLife Financial. You would see a charge for UHIP on your account invoice section on ACORN/ROSI. UHIP covers the basic medical coverage needed, and you should familiarize yourself with the plan. Be sure to also get your UHIP card as you will need it for access to healthcare in Ontario. For more information on UHIP and how to ensure you have your card on you, please visit www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/uhip. Incoming exchange students who come for for a term or two of students at U of T will also be required to have UHIP and get their UHIP card.
You may hear students who are permanent residents or citizens of Canada speak about “OHIP” which is the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, which is operated by the Government of Ontario. UHIP is for international and exchange students, and OHIP is for permanent residents and citizens of Canada.