Support Services

Adapting to a new cultural environment and a new education system may present some unexpected challenges.  The University of Toronto offers a wide range of support services to help you establish a support network, improve your spoken English, and effectively deal with transition issues.

 

Academic Support

Extensive academic support services are available to you – from workshops on note-taking and exam preparation to tips on writing university-level essays – to help you develop your full potential.

 

UT Prep 

University Transition and Preparation Program (UT Prep) is specially designed for international students to prepare you for success at the University of Toronto while earning course credit before your full time studies.

UT Prep will runs for 8 weeks in the summer months of July and August, and is a fantastic way for you to:

  •  Receive university credit before your full time studies
  •  Acquire essential skills to transition seamlessly into university life
  •  Benefit from small class sizes and individual attention
  •  Prepare for the rigors of full time undergraduate academics


Step Up

Step Up is an optional week-long pre-orientation program for new international degree students at the St. George Campus. Step Up will help prepare you with your academic studies at U of T and life in Canada. This is a great opportunity for you to meet professors, peers, and advisors who will support and guide you throughout your studies!

Step Up participants arrive one week before Orientation Week and share double rooms in Chestnut Residence. As a Step Up participant you’ll meet other incoming first-year international students in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

 

Centre for International Experience

The Centre for International Experience (CIE) is the main source of support for international students and a gathering place for students with cross-cultural interests at U of T. The Centre offers many services throughout the year including:

  • New International Student Orientation — CIE hosts a number of orientation sessions designed for new international students, which are aimed at assisting you in the transition to your new environment
  • English Communication Program — if English isn’t your first language, this is your opportunity to improve your English language skills
  • Transition Advising transition advisors support the adjustment to the University of Toronto and life in Canada
  • Academic Support — the CIE offers workshops and support to help you navigate course selection and academic integrity and help you understand your rights as a student

English Language Learning in Arts and Science

English Language Learning (ELL) Program supports all U of T undergraduates enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences whose first language is not English (ESL or multilingual students), as well as native speakers seeking to improve their English language skills.

ELL takes a holistic approach, encouraging you to immerse yourself in English to improve reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking, and listening skills. The programs –  an 8-day non-credit Intensive Academic English course, Communication Cafe, and Reading eWriting – give you strategies for improving their language skills now and in the years to come.