Inside the Classroom
Classroom culture can vary a great deal from one country to another. This might not be your first time travelling or living abroad, but it might be the first time that you are taking classes at a foreign university.
Don’t be afraid of these challenges; many students need time to adjust to the new academic climate. CIE welcomes you to come and talk to us about any classroom challenges you might be facing, so that we can help you make the most of your international experience. Getting tips from someone who knows the system goes a long way! Visit our student advisors to talk about managing the differences you are encountering.
Did you know that all of the classes at U of T start ten minutes after the hour? Since our campus is so big, you'll find you need that time to make your way from one class to another.
Did you know that our professors have office hours so that you can speak to them about your work? It is good to talk to a Professor if you need a little bit more guidance on the paper you are writing, a concept that you didn't quite understand, or maybe even just to find out how you could do better on the next test.
Did you know that most U of T courses involve both written assignments AND final examinations? Here are a few resources to help you learn more about written assignments:
Writing at the University of Toronto (created and maintained by writing centre staff)
English Language & Writing Support (a resources page specifically for graduate students)
Academic Success Centre (workshops and individual advising from experts!)
Did you know that graduate students may take time during the summer for a vacation? Find out how to ask your supervisor for time off so that you can relax, travel, meet new friends, and prepare for the fall term. How to Ask Your Supervisor for Vacation Time.
CIE will be hosting a number of workshops aimed at helping you acclimatize to Toronto and the University.
U of T offers you the opportunity to interact with world-class faculty and to participate in a tradition of great minds.