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.
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.
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 run 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
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 & Science
English Language Learning (ELL) Program supports all U of T undergraduates enrolled in the Faculty of Arts & Science 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.