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The Centre for International Experience (CIE) at the University of Toronto offers wide range of programs and events to help support international students with their transition into university, develop and grow their interpersonal skills, connect with others and explore new horizons. Whether you wish to learn a language, make new friends, or participate in intercultural discussions, come and join us!

Health Services Overview

This is a one-stop shop health services virtual information-session where you can explore and learn about your healthcare options, mental health supports, and accessibility on campus. At this session, you can expect to be presented with information from the following resources followed by a question-and-answer period:

Dates

Thursday August 10th and 17th:

UHIP (University Health Insurance Plean)

Supplementary Health Plans (graduate and Undergraduate)

Discovery Pharmacy

Friday August 11th and 18th:

Health & Wellness offerings (H&W)

Accessibility services

U of T Telus Health Student Support (Formerly MySSP)

Format & Location

Virtual

Registration

Register on CLNx

Thursday, August 10th (Part 1) – UHIP, Supplementary Health Plans, Discovery Pharmacy

Friday, August 11th (Part 2) – Health & Wellness, Accessibility Services, MySSP (UofT My Student Support Program)

Thursday, August 17th (Part 1) – UHIP, Supplementary Health Plans, Discovery Pharmacy

Friday, August 18th (Part 2) – Health & Wellness, Accessibility Services, MySSP (UofT My Student Support Program)

Contacts

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please feel free to contact the International Student Experience team at cie.information@utoronto.ca.

University Prep: Q&A for international Students

Are you a first-year or returning international undergraduate or graduate student? Join this interactive virtual Q&A session, co-facilitated by friendly staff advisors and student peers. After a short presentation, they will answer any questions you have about navigating U of T and finding community as an international student. All questions are welcome in this space, and you can drop in for however long you would like.

Registration & Dates

August 18 (Graduate students): https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=53088

August 25 (Undergraduate Students): https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=53089

Format and location

Virtual

contacts

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please feel free to contact the International Student Experience team at cie.information@utoronto.ca

Exploring Resources: Navigating Career Based Resources for International Students

Program description

This workshop explores various career based resources available to U of T students with a specific lens for international students what career based opportunities are available to them.

Program eligibility

Geared specifically for first year international students, however all international students may attend.

program dates

Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 10 am to 12 pm

program format & location

Zoom

program registration

Register on CLNx (https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=53096)

I wish I had known

Program description

CIE’s “I Wish I Had Known” program is a student panel series that provides you opportunities to hear directly from your upper-year peers on specific topics related to the international student experience. From sharing what they wish they had done differently during their first year to how they learned to cope with homesickness and build confidence in navigating new environments, this is your chance to learn from their experiences, pick up new ideas and suggestions, and ask questions.

Program Eligibility

All international U of T graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to participate.

program dates

An International Student Panel on Surviving Winter

Monday, November 20, 2023 | 5:00 – 6:15 PM ET

program format & location

In Person | Student Commons Building, Rooms 556 & 558

program registration

Register on CLNx: (https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=59033)

Toronto Tips

Program description

CIE’s “Toronto Tips” series introduces new international students to living in, navigating, and enjoying the city of Toronto. Each session focuses on a different season and highlights places, spaces, and exciting opportunities beyond the St. George Campus for students to explore and take part in.

Program Eligibility

All international U of T graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to participate.

program dates

Winter Edition

Monday, November 6, 2023 | 5 – 6:15 PM ET

program format & location

In person | Student Commons Building, Rooms 556 & 558

program registration

Register on CLNx

Grad step up

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Emerge: an orientation for globally minded students

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Cie open house

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snap the 6ix

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Multi-faith centre welcome walk

Program description

Are you interested in learning more about resources that support your spiritual well-being? Would you like to find out more about the programs and services provided by the Multi-Faith Centre, partake in a 10-minute meditation, and explore different parts of campus, while engaging in the community?

Join the Multi-Faith Centre Welcome Walk! Through this welcome walk, we will visit the Multi-Faith Centre from the Cumberland House. In the Multi-Faith Centre, we will join a meditation with Lauren Brown, Program Coordinator – Meditation, Mindfulness & Yoga. Then, we will walk over to the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport to explore other ways to develop healthy habits. We will wrap up our walk at the Hart House.

This event is in partnership with the Centre for International Experience (CIE) and the Multi-Faith Centre. Everyone is welcome to join the walk to learn more about the Multi-Faith Centre and connect with new peers while exploring the U of T campus.

Program Dates

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Program format & location

In person | Various locations on campus

program registration

Register on CLNx

How to get involved with cie

Program description

Are you interested in learning how to get involved during Winter 2024? Or gaining global experiences with other like-minded students on campus? Or meeting new people from other cultures?

Attend the How to Get Involved with CIE in Winter 2024 info session and learn more about what the Centre for International Experience (CIE) has to offer! In this session, we will share information about our upcoming Winter 2024 programming. Programs include the Language Exchange Program for practicing languages, the Intercultural Learning Program for developing your intercultural mindset (CCR eligible program), and other programming for international students with focuses on wellness, academics, cultures and more.

Program Eligibility

We welcome all U of T students at St. George campus to participate!

program dates

Tuesday, January 9, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

Wednesday, January 10, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

program format & location

Virtual | Zoom

program registration

Register on CLNx for the January 9 session

Register on CLNx for the January 10 session

African international support group

Program description

This support group is a space for International identifying and newcomer African students to connect with peers, share challenges and triumphs and foster social support while building a sense of community. Sessions will take place bi-weekly on Fridays from 5:00 – 6:30PM EST. Sessions will include themed discussions, resource sharing and lots of fun through networking and icebreaker activities! This support group will include sessions for graduate and undergraduate students. To register for this support group, please fill out this form here.

Program Eligibility

International identifying and newcomer African students

program dates & Registration

Friday, February 9 (bi-weekly), 5:00 – 6:30 PM | Register on CLNx

Friday, February 23, 5:00-6:30PM | Register on CLNx

Friday, March 8, 5:00-6:30PM | Register on CLNx

Friday, March 22, 5:00-6:30PM | Register on CLNx

program format & location

In-Person

contacts

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please feel free to contact the International Student Experience team at cie.utoronto.ca.

never have I ever

Program description

Have you ever wanted to try something new but felt like you were the only one who didn’t already know how? Have you avoided participating in something because you thought you would be the only beginner? CIE’s Never Have I Ever… series invites to you step outside your comfort zone and try new activities alongside other international students who are also experiencing it for the first time.

This winter, CIE has something special planned for you! Try your hand at Origami, discover the joy of Lindy Hop dancing, or dive into the world of K-pop, all in workshops run by enthusiastic student clubs at U of T.

Program Eligibility

The Never Have I Ever… series is open to ALL U of T students.

program dates

Never Have I Ever Tried Lindy Hop and Korean Pop with UT Swing and UTKD – February 26, 2024 | 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Never Have I Ever Tried Origami with UTFOLD – March 7, 2024 | 5 PM to 7 PM

program format & location

Both workshops will be held in person.

February 26 | Cumberland Room at CIE (33 St. George Street)

March 7 | SS1087 at Sidney Smith Hall (100 St George Street)

program registration

February 26 | Register for K-Pop and Lindy Hop workshop on CLNx.

March 7 | Register for Origami workshop on CLNx.

winter wellness challenge

Program description

Now more than ever, it is important to take care of your mental, physical, and spiritual health!

Complete five wellness activities before March 8th, 2024, to be eligible to win one of five $50 gift certificates towards the wellness activity of your choice!

Please register to receive the 2024 list of Wellness activities to help you explore what wellness means to you and share what you have done to inspire others to explore wellness too. When you complete your five wellness activities, fill out this FORM before March 8th, 2024, to enter.

Program Eligibility

All UofT Students

program dates

February 5 – March 8, 2024

program format & location

On Campus

program registration

Register on CLNx

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please feel free to contact the International Student Experience team at cie.information@utoronto.ca

bridging connections mentorship program

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meet through trivia!

Program description

Join the excitement of Meet through Trivia from January to March 2024! Connect with fellow students, explore diverse topics, and have a blast together! Discover intriguing themes and embark on a journey of knowledge while building teamwork skills in our fun-filled events! Don’t miss out on this epic adventure of learning and connections! #CIETriviaNights #ConnectAndExplore #UTorontoStudents

For additional questions, please reach out at cie.information@utoronto.ca

Program Eligibility

All UofT Students

program dates & registration

Thursday, February 8, 5:00-6:30PM | Register on CLNx

Thursday, February 22, 5:00-6:30PM | Register on CLNx

Thursday, March 7, 5:00-6:30PM | Register on CLNx

Thursday, March 21, 5:00-6:30PM | Register on CLNx

program format & location

In person

contacts

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please feel free to contact the International Student Experience team at cie.information@utoronto.ca

understanding EDI resources for international students

Program description

The diverse community at the University of Toronto (UofT) is an incredible mix of cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. To further empower and engage our international students in promoting a more inclusive campus environment, we are excited to offer a dynamic workshop on understanding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).

The “Navigating EDI” workshop is specifically tailored to address the unique experiences, challenges, and needed strategies for international students at UofT as they navigate and contribute to our culturally diverse university community. This interactive session aims to foster a deeper understanding of EDI concepts, equip participants with practical skills, and encourage a supportive and inclusive environment that celebrates diversity.

Facilitated by EDI experts and student leaders, this workshop will provide a supportive space for open dialogue, reflection, and interactive activities. Participants will enhance their cultural competency, gain practical tools to navigate challenges, and strengthen their ability to contribute positively to a more inclusive campus environment.

Regardless of cultural background, this workshop is open to all international students at UofT who are eager to deepen their understanding of EDI and actively participate in fostering an inclusive and equitable campus community.

Join us for this empowering and transformative workshop as we embark on a journey towards embracing and celebrating the rich diversity that exists at the University of Toronto. Together, we will foster a more inclusive future!

Program Eligibility

Open to all international students at UofT

program dates

Thursday September 14th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

program format & location

Online

program registration

https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=57002

international welcome for 2Slgbtq+ & allies

Program description

Join us for “A Winter Welcome Lunch: 2SLGBTQ+ International Students and Allies” event! Hosted by the SGDO Office (Sexual & Gender Diversity Office) and the Centre for International Experience (CIE), this midday gathering promises a delicious experience uniting diverse cultures and identities. The event will take place on the St. George campus and the exact location will be shared with registrants prior to the event.

Inclusive Luncheon Haven: Enter a welcoming space where international students of the 2SLGBTQ+ community can connect, share their stories, and form meaningful bonds over a delicious lunch. Allies and the curious are not only invited but encouraged, fostering a community that cherishes diversity and supports one another. The space will include all-gender and accessible washroom availability.

Celebrating Unity in Diversity: Join us in celebrating the beauty of unity in diversity. This lunchtime event is a celebration of acceptance, friendship, and the resilience of our global community. Mark your calendars for the 25th of January, bring your open hearts, and get ready to forge connections that transcend boundaries!

Save the Lunch Date: Do not miss the Winter Welcome Lunch! Mark your calendars for a midday of acceptance, friendship, and forging connections that transcend borders!

Program Eligibility

International students who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ and allies

program dates

Thursday, January 25, 2023 | 12 – 1:30PM ET

program format & location

In person | The exact location will be shared with registrants prior to the event.

program registration

Register on CLNx

Feeling good fall challenge KIck off

Program description

Looking forward to making new friends and participating in a cool challenge this fall semester? Come on over to the Cumberland House (the Centre for International Experience – CIE) on 33 St. George Street as we begin the Feeling Good Fall Challenge.

This will be an opportunity to meet your peers, engage in fun activities, and have a bite to eat! Wondering what the Feeling Good Fall Challenge is all about? Find out more here.

Program Eligibility

All UofT Students

program dates

Tuesday, October 3, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

program format & location

Cumberland House (the Centre for International Experience – CIE) on 33 St. George Street

program registration

Register on CLNx

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please feel free to contact the International Student Experience team at cie.information@utoronto.ca

Learn to Move Series – Soccer, Basketball, Cardio Dance Party

Program description

Join the Centre for International Experience (CIE) and MoveU as we engage in a 3-part series where you can learn how to play Soccer, Basketball and engage in lots of fun through a Cardio Dance Party! We will be led by MOVEU representatives at the Sport and Rec facilities to engage in a special tour followed by participating in one of the following instructional activities. No fitness experience is needed, and everyone is welcome.

You are invited to come connect, learn, build community and friendships, and enjoy gentle movement with your peers. Register as soon as you can as spots are limited!

For more information on Drop-in sports and activities at Sport and Rec, please visit their website here.

Program Eligibility

All of UofT students

program dates & registration

1. Soccer – Wednesday, January 31st 12:30-2 PM, Varsity Dome

2. Basketball – Tuesday, February 20th 2:30-4PM, Goldring – Register on CLNx

3. Cardio Dance Party – Monday March 4th 4:15-6PM, Athletics Centre – Register on CLNx

program format & location

In-Person

contacts

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please feel free to contact the International Student Experience team at cie.information@utoronto.ca

Afro Beat Tik Tok 101

Program description

Join us for the “Afro Beat TikTok 101”- a fun, relaxed, dance session where international students get together to learn about African music and practice their TikTok dances which trended over the past year.

There will be weekly 1-hour dance sessions facilitated by an instructor in an on-campus dance studio. The sessions will begin with a brief introduction to the music/musician. Immediately after the dance session, you get to have dinner based on dishes from the music’s country of origin.

Afro Beat TikTok 101 has been organized by Cecil Chikezie as part of the ISE Design Challenge by the Centre for International Experience. The project is in collaboration with Student Life and MoveU – Sports and Rec.

Program Eligibility

All of UofT students

program dates & registration

Friday, February 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Register on CLNx

Friday, February 23, 6:00-8:00PM | Register on CLNx

Friday, March 1, 6:00-8:00PM | Register on CLNx

contacts

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please feel free to contact the International Student Experience team at cie.utoronto.ca.

Celebrating diversity: MId Autumn festival

Program description

Embark on a captivating journey through cultures at our “Celebrating Diversity: Mid Autumn Festival” event! Join us for an enlightening exploration of the rich tapestry of cultural festivals that grace our world. This event is designed to bring students together, fostering understanding and appreciation for the diverse traditions that color our lives.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of the Mid Autumn Festival, a cherished celebration in East Asia. Delve into the fascinating history and cultural significance of various mooncakes, each a delectable masterpiece reflecting the uniqueness of its region. Discover the threads that connect us through shared traditions and experiences.

Indulge your taste buds with a delightful assortment of mooncakes that showcase the flavors of the festival’s origin countries. But the feast doesn’t end there! Engage your creative spirit in our lantern making activity, where you can craft your own illuminated masterpiece, adding a touch of personal flair to the festivities.

Join us as we break down barriers, celebrate diversity, and weave a tapestry of unity through shared experiences. “Celebrating Diversity: Mid Autumn Festival” promises to be an enriching and unforgettable event that embodies the true spirit of cultural understanding.

Let’s illuminate our campus with the glow of cultural appreciation and togetherness.

Let’s celebrate diversity in harmony!

Program Eligibility

Open to all UofT students

program dates

Friday September 29th, 2023 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET

program format & location

In Person at Multi-Faith Centre, Multi Purpose Room (KP- 207) 569 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5S 2J7

program registration

Register on CLNx

deTours

Program description

CIE’s deTOurs series invites you to experience the neighborhoods surrounding the St. George Campus and learn more about the city of Toronto. Each excursion will take you to a new location to discover and explore, providing you the chance to connect with other students along the way. Join us as we venture beyond the classroom and engage with our Toronto community.

Program Eligibility

All U of T graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to participate.

program activities, schedule & registration

WINTER 2024

Toronto Holocaust Museum  Thursday, January 25, 1 PM – 5 PM

Legislative Assembly of Ontario – Thursday, February 1, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Bus Tour of Worship Sites – Friday, February 16, 9 AM – 4 PM

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) – Tuesday, February 20, 1 PM – 3:30 PM 

Mindfulness at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) – Thursday, February 29, 2:30 – 4:30 PM  

i wish i had known: international student panel and networking event

Program description

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Program Eligibility

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indigenous learning in local & global contexts

Program description

The Indigenous Learning in Local & Global Contexts Program provides you with the opportunities to deepen your awareness and understanding of issues facing Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. The program is in collaboration with the Indigenous Training Officer from the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Through the program, you will learn about the history and cultures of Indigenous peoples, explore historic and contemporary social justice issues faced by the Indigenous communities and their resilience, and examine their interconnectedness in local and global contexts.

Program Eligibility

All U of T graduate and undergraduate students.

how the program works

These sessions will provide you with the opportunity to learn the hidden history of Canada and examine its impact on the Indigenous peoples up to the present. Then, we will dive into social justice issues facing Indigenous peoples communities in Canada and globally. We will wrap up the program by exploring the meaning of allyship to Indigenous peoples.

This program is a Co-Curricular Record (CCR) eligible program. To receive CCR recognition, participants must attend and engage in all five sessions. Participants will reflect on their learning at the end of each session through a sharing circle.

You may also participate in the sessions depending on your interests and availability.

program activities, schedule & registration

The program will run from September to November and from January to March. You may enroll in the program on CLNx under “Program Registration”.

The sessions will happen every other Wednesday, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET. Dates and direct CLNx event registration links for Winter 2024 are as follows:

· Session 1: Speaking Our Truths: The Journey Towards Reconciliation Part 1 – January 24 (Virtual)

· Session 2: Speaking Our Truths: The Journey Towards Reconciliation Part 2 – February 7 (Virtual)

· Session 3: Environmental Justice and Indigenous Peoples – February 21 (Virtual)

· Session 4: Settler-Colonialism in Local & Global Contexts – March 6 (Virtual)

· Session 5: Reconciliation: Walking the Path of Indigenous Allyship – March 20 (In-person)

intercultural learning program

Program description

The Intercultural Learning Program (ILP) is a way to build your intercultural skills at home or abroad. The ILP involves discovering how your own cultural identities shape the way you understand and operate in the world and recognize culture at work in your everyday experiences. Simply immersing yourself in a different culture does not automatically lead to deeper intercultural awareness. Growing your intercultural understanding depends on a blend of personal motivation and guided learning.

There are many benefits to enhancing your intercultural sensitivity, but here are just a few:

· Explore and reflect on how your cultural identities influence your understanding, expectations, and behaviours;

· Enhance your intercultural awareness, knowledge, and skills transferable to the social, academic, and professional contexts;

· Develop essential global fluency skills as you prepare for your global careers and work with diverse perspectives;

· Understand the hidden history of Canada and the impact of colonialism on the Indigenous peoples; and

· Develop your intercultural learning goals and strategies to better understand, communicate, and navigate cultural commonalities and differences.

Join the ILP today and embark on a journey of personal growth, cultural understanding, and community building. Students who participate in our program have reflected on the benefits of this learning, including more confidence in their ability to communicate across cultures, step outside of their comfort zones, and make intercultural connections.

Program Eligibility

All U of T graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to join the program. Ideally, the program will be a mix of domestic students, international students, and both inbound and outbound exchange students.

how the program works

These interactive sessions will provide you opportunities to engage in discussion and form deep connections with peers who share your enthusiasm for personal growth and professional development. Together, you and your peers will explore a wide range of topics centred around intercultural learning, allowing you to collectively reflect on your experiences.

You will also have the opportunity to join an Intercultural Connection Group made up of 4-5 students per group, where you will meet new people, explore new cultures, and apply the intercultural frameworks through self-organized intercultural outings. Most importantly, have fun with your new peers! The ILP also offers other experiential outings for you to join throughout the academic year.

Your participation in the ILP is eligible for Co-Curricular Record (CCR). To receive CCR recognition and a certificate of completion, participants must complete the following requirements in 2023-2024:

· Attendance of all 5 sessions;

· Participate in at least one experiential outing or self-directed learning module; and

· Complete an Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) assessment and debrief session.

You are also welcome to participate in the sessions depending on your interests and availability.

program activities, schedule & registration

The program will run from September to November and from January to March. You may enroll in the program on CLNx under “Program Registration”.

Session 1 to 4 will happen every Tuesday, 4 PM – 6 PM ET. Dates, times, and direct CLNx event registration links for Winter 2024 are as follows:

· Intercultural Learning Program Connections Kickoff Tuesday, January 16, 4 PM – 6 PM ET

· Session 1: Foundations of Intercultural CommunicationTuesday, January 23, 4 PM – 6 PM ET

· Session 2: Making Connections through An Intercultural LensTuesday, January 30, 4 PM – 6 PM ET

· Session 3: Community Building with Intercultural Learning & MindfulnessTuesday, February 6, 4 PM – 6 PM ET

· Session 4: Speaking Our Truths: The Journey Towards Reconciliation Part 1 Tuesday, February 13, 4 PM – 6 PM ET

· Session 5: Intercultural Learning Program x Interfaith Leadership CertificateReflection Gallery – Thursday, February 22, 4 PM – 6 PM ET

· IDI Group Debrief Sessions

· Friday, February 2, 1 PM – 2:30 PM ET

· Thursday, February 15, 3 PM – 4:30 PM ET

interfaith meals: Celebrating culture and community

Program description

Embark on a flavorful journey that transcends borders and beliefs with our “Interfaith Meals” series for the Fall Semester! In collaboration with the Multifaith Centre, we’re excited to bring you a monthly culinary exploration that showcases the beauty of diversity and fosters cultural understanding.

Each month, “Interfaith Meals” will whisk you away to a new destination, embracing the traditions and celebrations that make our world vibrant. From the warmth of a Shabbat Dinner that unites us in gratitude, to the vibrancy of Latin Heritage Month, and the luminous joy of Diwali, our series will shine a spotlight on the captivating customs that shape our global community.

But our mission goes beyond the plate – we’re dedicated to raising awareness about food insecurity too. As part of this series, we’ll delve into the pressing issue of food insecurity, rallying our collective efforts to make a meaningful impact on our campus and beyond.

Stay tuned for the Winter Term, where “Interfaith Meals” will continue to unite us in friendship, education, and celebration. Let’s come together, share stories, and break bread as we bridge the gaps between cultures and create a tapestry of unity.

For more details and to be part of this delectable journey, please register on CLNx! Let’s cultivate a world of understanding, one meal at a time.

Embrace diversity through the joy of shared meals!

Program Eligibility

Open to all UofT students

program dates

Shabbat Dinner (Sukkot): Friday September 29th, 2023 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Latin Heritage Month: Tuesday, October 17th, 2023 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Diwali: Thursday, November 9th, 2023 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Food Insecurity Lunch: Tuesday, November 21st, 2023 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

program format & location

In Person at Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5S 2J7

program registration

TBD

ise design challenge

Program description

The ISE Design Challenge program invites all domestic and international students and student organizations with interests to work together creating innovative solutions to issues, barriers, and/or challenges affecting international students by designing, pitching, planning, and delivering programming to improve the international student experience. Please note the core idea does not include app development and social media initiatives.

Over the course of the year-long program, students will receive guidance from university staff professionals and be provided training and funds to support their program design and delivery. This is an unparalleled opportunity for students to develop project management and global competencies, collaborate within an intercultural context, and deliver a program that can affect positive change.

Program Eligibility

All students are eligible to apply.

program dates

2023-2024 academic year.

Come join the information session on the International Student Experience (ISE) Design Challenge program hosted by the Centre for International Experience (CIE) to learn more about how to express your interest and participate. By joining a session, you would have the chance to meet other peers, and potentially brainstorm, form a group, and participate in the ISE Design Challenge together.

  • Thursday, October 12, 2023, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
  • Register on CLNx

program format & location

Virtual (Zoom details to be shared with registrants closer to the day of the event)

program registration

Sign up for the ISE Design Challenge and complete the MS Form by Sunday, October 15th
Click here to access the MS Form

language exchange program

Program description

Have an interest in languages? Looking for other students to practice conversations with? Be part of the Language Exchange Program! Let us know what language(s) you speak and what you are interested in practicing, and we will set you up in a small group of participants with similar interests. You’ll get the chance to meet other students and participate in an exchange of languages in a fun and informal setting.

During each session you’ll spend time in two language groups: one group will be a language that you are looking to practice, and the other group will be a language that you can help others practice. We will provide a variety of games, conversation starters, and discussion topics for the groups to use.

Please note, we aren’t providing language teaching, and most participants find it helpful to have a basic familiarity of the language they are wanting to practice. This isn’t a language course but an informal and fun environment in which to practice conversations with your peers.

Program Eligibility

The Language Exchange Program is open to ALL students.

program dates

The Language Exchange Program meets every other Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. on the following dates:

September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23, and December 7

Register on CLNx by September 24th at 11:59 PM

program format & location

In person in the Cumberland Room at CIE (33 St. George Street)

program registration

Register on CLNx

meet through games

Program description

Join us for a fun board game night! Meet Through Games is a series of board game workshops that bring U of T students together and facilitate an understanding of each other’s history and culture through board games. We will be exploring and playing board games from different regions every other week. You will expand your social connections and improve your intercultural understanding in this program in a relaxing environment.

Program Eligibility

Meet Through Games is open to ALL U of T students.

program dates

Dates: February 2, February 16, March 1, and March 15

Times: 4 PM to 6 PM

program format & location

In person | Cumberland Room at CIE (33 St. George Street)

program registration

Please register for each individual Meet Through Games session below:

February 2 | Register on CLNx

February 16 | Register on CLNx

March 1 | Register on CLNx

March 15 | Register on CLNx

our stories: celebrating global voices and perspectives

Program description

Step into the diverse tapestry of the University of Toronto community with our captivating series, “Our Stories.” As a university embracing over 170 countries and regions, our students bring a symphony of experiences and viewpoints that enrich our campuses. This Fall, we proudly expand the “Our Stories” series to commemorate various awareness months celebrated by different communities within the University of Toronto.

Join us as we open a window into the lives and stories of international students through engaging panels and conversations. Hosted by the tri-campus international offices—Centre for International Experience at St. George, International Education Centre at Mississauga, and the International Student Centre at Scarborough—this series offers an invaluable opportunity to explore diverse narratives, lived experiences, and the journeys that brought us all together.

From celebrating cultural heritage months to shedding light on important global issues, “Our Stories” promises to be a platform of connection and empowerment. Hear the voices that shape our campuses, learn from their unique perspectives, and foster a deeper understanding of the vibrant world we inhabit.

Let’s embark on a journey of discovery and unity as we weave “Our Stories” into the vibrant fabric of our university experience.

Celebrate diversity. Embrace unity. Share stories.

Program Eligibility

Open to all UofT students

program dates

October’s Canadian Islamic History Month : Wednesday, October 18th, 2023 12:00 PM -1:30 PM

October’s LGBTQ History Month: Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

February’s Black History Month: Wednesday, February 7th, 2024 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

March’s International Women’s Day: Wednesday, March 6th, 2024 12:00 PM -1:30 PM

May’s Asian Heritage Month: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 12:00 PM – 1:30PM

program format & location

Virtual on Zoom

program registration

TBD

World Kaleidoscope

Program description

Embark on your journey of cultural exploration at World Kaleidoscope, an ISE Design Challenge event hosted by the Centre for International Experience (CIE). Designed for all undergraduates and graduates alike, this immersive experience invites you to be integral to the vibrant creativity and cultural expressions. As a participant, envision a lively atmosphere where cultural richness comes to life. Engage with captivating exhibits, connect with diverse perspectives, and immerse yourself in unique traditions. From mesmerizing performances to interactive displays, World Kaleidoscope promises an unforgettable adventure. Mark your calendar for February 17th at the Multi-Faith Centre, where cultures converge and connections flourish. Join us to celebrate diversity and make lasting memories. Don’t miss out-register now to secure your spot at this dynamic showcase of global cultures! Unleash the explorer in you and be a part of the cultural phenomenon that is World Kaleidoscope!

Program Eligibility

World Kaleidoscope is open to all U of T students!

program dates

Saturday February 17, 2024 | 5 PM – 9 PM ET

program format & location

In person | Multi-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall (569 Spadina Ave.)

program registration

Register on CLNx.

Chat-a-thon

Program description

Have you ever wanted to break the ice and connect with fellow students but felt like you were the only one looking to make new friends? Join us for a captivating 2-hour Chat-a-thon – the Ultimate Speed Friending event, just in time before reading week kicks in.

This year, CIE has something special planned for you! Immerse yourself in an extraordinary day marked by unforgettable connections. You can expect not just speed, but depth in your interactions – step beyond the ordinary to forge meaningful connections with like-minded peers. With a diverse array of participants, treats, and an open floor for mingling, this event is the perfect opportunity to shatter barriers, embrace diversity, and enhance your sense of belonging to the U of T community.

Program Eligibility

Chat-A-Thon is open to ALL U of T students.

program dates

February 16, 2024 | 1 PM to 3 PM

program format & location

February 16 | In person in the Cumberland Room at CIE (33 St. George Street)

PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Register on CLNx

finish line: a next step session for graduating international students

Program description

TBD

Program Eligibility

TBD

program dates

TBD

program format & location

TBD

program registration

TBD

global communities of care

Program description

Global issues, such as war, natural disasters, epidemics, disease, social and political injustice, and ongoing world issues have profound and far-reaching impacts that extend beyond geographical boundaries. Students with personal connections to the places and people affected by these problems often face unique challenges and emotional burdens, both in their personal lives and in their academic pursuits.

This program offers a nurturing communal space, facilitated by our Queer Spiritual Spaces Fellow, to provide students with a safe environment to seek solace and connect with others. Students are welcome to drop-in talk, reflect, say a prayer, and find a moment of silence.

This event is in partnership with the Centre for International Experience (CIE) and the Multi-Faith Centre.

Program Eligibility

U of T undergraduate and graduate students.

program dates

Every Thursday | 3 PM -4 PM ET

(From January 11 to April 4, 2024)

program format & location

In person | Multi-Purpose Room, KP207, Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue)

program registration

Global Communities of Care will occur weekly as a drop-in program. Participation is optional and students are not required to attend each week.

International Student Career Discovery Support Group

Program description

In partnership with CIE and CxEd, the International Student Career Discovery Support Group is dedicated to helping international students smoothly transition into their chosen career fields. Our goal is to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and support they need. We also aim to acknowledge the various challenges faced by international students.

This support group is carefully crafted to give participants a well-rounded understanding of themselves, career development, while building community among international students as finding a job can be an isolating process.

An integral part of this support group is its focus on cultivating career awareness through a structured 3-step self-inquiry process:

· Know Yourself (Self-awareness): Participants explore their passions and strengths. Think about what they love and what they are good at.

· Express Yourself (self-expression): Participants are encouraged to articulate their unique narratives. Share their story in a meaningful way that shows who their authentic-self in the professional world.

· Think About Your Path (self-reflection): serving as a compass, self-reflection can guide international students through the twists and turns of their intercultural experiences. This can help students navigate challenges, celebrate successes, and keep growing.

Registrants are expected to attend the three in-person sessions scheduled in February 2024.

Program Eligibility

U of T international undergraduate and graduate students.

program dates

Friday, February 2, 2024 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday, February 9, 2024 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

program format & location

In person | Multi-Purpose Room, KP207, Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue)

program registration

Register on CLNx:

February 2: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/events.htm?evtId=60367

February 9: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/events.htm?evtId=60368

international alumni panel

Program description

TBD

Program Eligibility

TBD

program dates

TBD

program format & location

TBD

program registration

TBD

international conversation with …

Program description

The Centre for International Experience’s “International Conversation With….” Series aims to provide opportunities for current international (and domestic) students to hear directly from successful University of Toronto alumni, partners and external speakers with international experience. This series will introduce perspectives from varying fields and backgrounds. Presenters will have the opportunity to speak to students on relevant internationally-themed topics, such as global leadership in business, government, or community, mentorship, innovation, working and living across cultures, , and current affairs. Through this series, CIE hopes to engage and inspire all participating students as they navigate their student experience, plans beyond graduation, and future careers.  

“Explore global careers and pathways with students and alumni”

Program Eligibility

All students. Young alumni (less than 2 years from graduation)

program dates

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

program format & location

Success through Balance: An International Conversation with Avivah Wittenberg-Cox (BA 1981).

Join us for an illuminating discussion where gender balance, entrepreneurship, and the power of curiosity take center stage. Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is an experienced writer, podcaster, entrepreneur, and much more.

In this session Avivah will share her personal experiences and lessons that led to the creation of her successful gender balance consultancy business, advising some of the world’s most well-known companies. She has reframed the debate around equity in the workplace and created a constructive framework with actionable insights for both businesses and individuals. You’ll also learn about the pivotal role curiosity plays in shaping a fulfilling and dynamic career.

This will be an unmissable event that promises to challenge and inspire you, whichever stage of life you are in.

ONLINE event

**Registrants will be sent Zoom links closer to the day of the event**

program registration

Register on CLNx


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