As a new international student you have the dual task of immersing yourself in a new university environment, while simultaneously navigating a new cultural environment. The University of Toronto understands that this is no easy task. Each campus has international offices to assist you: Centre for International Experience (St. George Campus), International Student Centre (Scarborough Campus) and International Centre (Mississauga Campus).
CIE is an excellent resource as you make your way on this journey and can offer information and support for many of the issues you may be facing. The Centre organizes social activities and outings which aim to introduce you to Canadian traditions, culture and places of interest, at the same time as providing you with an opportunity to meet other students. There are a broad range of programs on offer at CIE to ease the transition to life in a new culture.
- Cross Cultural Counselling: The counselling service can assist you in facing the special challenge of adapting to a new culture or dealing with problems that arise from cultural differences between yourself and your family, friends or other members of the University. For more information, please see the Cross Cultural Counselling page of this website or contact the Centre.
- Advice and Assistance: If you need advice or assistance with immigration regulations, health insurance, income tax, customs, etc., CIE staff have special knowledge and experience in these areas. Contact the Centre or browse the website for more information on these and other related matters.
- English Communication Program (ECP): If you feel your English could benefit from additional language study, ECP might be for you. The English Communication Program allows students to practice communicating English and learn about Canadian culture in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. This is not a formal, academic language program. It is conversation based and student directed. Class sizes are small and instructors are cross-cultural educators.
- Activities and Trips: Throughout the year CIE offers a number of cultural activities and recreational trips in Toronto and other parts of Ontario. Please check the CIE website for upcoming trips and cultural activities.
In addition to CIE offerings, U of T offers a number of services to help you adjust to the University and enhance the non-academic aspects of student life. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the many student services which are available to you at the University of Toronto.
International Centre @ University of Toronto, Mississauga
The International Centre is a professional department within the Office of Student Affairs at University of Toronto Mississauga. The Centre serves as a setting for an international education support service focused on student learning and development. Through its services and programs the Centre promotes an internationally informed and cross-culturally sensitive university community that enhances the student experience through educational, co-curricular programs and activities, and through promotion of U of T study abroad opportunities.
The International Centre offers a large variety of programs and services for students at UTM. if at any point you have any questions, or find yourself confused about applications or documentation do not hesitate to drop in, or arrange a one-on-one appointment.
International Student Centre @ University of Toronto, Scarborough
ISC offers a number of Orientation and Transition programs and services to assist newly arrived international students including; First Year Experience Program ( every first year student will be assigned a mentor), Settling in the City, Welcome Booth, International Student Welcome Celebration, Workshops on CIC issues, health insurance, and UTSC and community services, Campus Tours and English Conversation Partners.
A great way to meet other students is to get involved in any of the many activities and clubs that the university offers.