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Programs & Events

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!

Toronto Tour & Taste series

CIE’s Toronto Tour & Taste Series invites international students to experience the community surrounding the St. George campus. Each month we will visit a new location to explore and learn. We will then follow our tour up with a stop at a local restaurant to sample new dishes and flavours, hearing from the owners and/or chef about their personal connections to the community. You’ll also have the chance to meet other students along the way. Join us as we venture beyond campus and engage with the Toronto community.

Please note: This program is open to students from the St. George campus ONLY.

Program Details / Schedule

Date: January 27 – Bata Shoe Museum 

Time: 1pm to 4pm 

Join us for a guided tour of the Gilded Age Exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum. We will learn about footwear during the Age of Enlightenment and how it was used to reinforce differences among those with access and privileges during this period of time and those who did not. We will follow up our 1-hour tour with a visit to a local family eatery to sample new flavours and continue our conversations.

Date: February 10 – City of Toronto Archives 

Time: 1pm to 4pm 

Join us for a guided tour of the City of Toronto Archives to learn about the “social and living conditions of immigrants and the working class in early 20th century Toronto.” We will follow up our 75-minute tour with a visit to a local restaurant to sample new flavours and continue our conversations.  

Date: March – Stay tuned! 
Time: TBD 

Program Registration

Register for our January event opens January 9 on CLNx.

Registration for our February event opens January 23 on CLNx.

Feeling Homesick?: Coping with Cultural Adjustment

Studying in Canada and adjusting to a new environment can be both exciting and stressful. Join this workshop to learn more about cultural adjustment and build confidence in navigating a new or unfamiliar environment. Through this workshop, we will share tips and strategies to cope with cultural adjustment. We will also play a fun trivia to learn more about Canada and there will be prizes for the winning students.

Program Details / Schedule

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET

Program Registration

Register on CLNx.

Multi-Faith Centre Welcome Walk

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, explore different parts of campus, while engaging in 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.

Program Schedule / Details

TBD

Program Registration

TBD

Identities @ Work

Our multiple, intersectional identities are intrinsically tied to how we find and show up at work – so let’s chat about it!

This event is an interactive dialogue co-hosted by Career Exploration & Education and the Centre for International Experience.

Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and join us to…

  • Acknowledge, question, and challenge barriers and obstacles international students face finding work in Canada
  • Explore how and where to begin looking for full-time work in Canada
  • Develop strategies and support systems to help you build and grow your career

Please note that we will not be providing advice on immigration and permanent residency in this session. Please refer to the Working in Canada page on the Centre for International Experience website for more information and support on this topic.

Program Dates

TBD

Program Registration

TBD

Learning at UofT as an International Student

(Undergraduate and Graduate students)

Are you a first year – or returning – international undergraduate student who has some questions about the upcoming academic year? This virtual space is for you! Come join this interactive session on Zoom, co-facilitated by friendly staff advisors and student peers from Academic Success and the Centre for International Experience. After a 30-minute-long presentation, they will answer your questions about studying and learning this semester or finding community as an international student. All questions are welcome in this space, and you can join for however long you would like.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION / schedule

Register on CLNx:

How to Get Involved with CIE in Winter 2023

Are you interested in learning how to get involved during Winter 2023? 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 2023 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 2023 programming. Programs include the Language Exchange Program for practicing languages, the Intercultural Learning Program for developing your intercultural competency (CCR eligible program), and other programming for international students with focuses on wellness, academic, cultures and more. We welcome all U of T students to participate!

Program Dates/Registration

• Wednesday January 11th: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST – Register on CLNx.

• Thursday January 12th: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST – Register on CLNx

Join one of these sessions to learn more about the programs and sign up!

Let’s Hike Toronto monthly hike

Want to get to know your classmates and learn more about Toronto’s landmarks? Join Let’s Hike T.O. for a hike through downtown Toronto! We will be stopping often to discuss the stories behind the places we visit so be sure to bring your camera, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and dress for the weather!

The Centre for International Experience (CIE) and Health & Wellness have partnered with Sport & Rec and Let’s Hike T.O. to offer a FREE winter hike for students!

Join us for a 10km winter hike (2-3 hours) that will take us from our St. George Campus (starting at Golrding Centre south lobby, 100 Devonshire Pl.), through Cedarvale Trail, and across the Kay Gardiner Betline Trail. For those that do not wish to hike the whole route, there will be a drop-out point at Eglinton West Station, about 6km into the hike. You’re invited to come connect, learn, build community and friendships, and enjoy gentle movement outdoors together.

Register today as spots are limited! This page does not accept registration. You can register for this hike here.

*Further details will be emailed to participants prior to the hike.

What to bring:

You won’t need any special gear for this winter hike, but please dress warmly and appropriately for the weather!

Stay hydrated! — Bring a water bottle with you If you have any questions regarding this event, please reach out to us at cie.information@utoronto.ca

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Let’s Hike T.O. is a hiking community open to everyone with a focus on people of colour, newcomers, and young adults (20-40) – that’s you! Let’s Hike T.O. has partnered with the University of Toronto Sports & Recreation to offer monthly hikes throughout the winter, spring and summer. These special hikes will leave from the St. George Campus and will take students on a journey through local streets, green spaces, and ravines.

Program Details / Schedule

Date: January 18th, 2022

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Program Registration

Register to participate here.

Exploring Resources for Marginalized & Racialized International Students with ARCDO

We invite you to join us on Monday January 16th, 2023 from 12-1PM via ZOOM for a session presented by Natasha from ARCDO. The University of Toronto’s Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office.

This workshop is targeted at International students who identify as either marginalized or racialized, during this workshop as we explore resources from a restorative lens you will develop an understand of the resources available to you and how access them.

Program Details / Schedule

Date: Monday January 16th, 2023

Time: 12PM-1PM

Location: Virtual on Zoom

Program Registration

Register to participate here.

Winter Wellness Challenge

Now more than ever, it is important to take care of your mental, physical, and spiritual health! Complete five wellness activities before March 10th, 2023, to be eligible to win one of five $50 gift certificates towards the wellness activity of your choice! Please register to receive the 2023 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 10th, 2022, to enter. DO you have TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook? Share your wellness activities on any of these three platforms and tag @uoftstudentlife #winterwellnesschallenge2023 (optional)

3….2…1…. GO!!!!!!!

Program Dates

Feb 6 – March 10, 2023

Program Registration

Register on CLNx.

African International Support Group

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 4:15 – 5:45PM EST. Sessions will include themed discussions, resource sharing and lots of fun through trivia and icebreaker activities! This support group will include sessions for graduate and undergraduate students.

Benefits:

  • Explore and connect with students from multiple cultural backgrounds in Africa
  • Discuss challenges, problem-solve, and connect appropriately with on and off campus services and resources for support
  • Access a space to celebrate triumphs, navigate challenges, and build community

Program Eligibility/details

Undergraduate and graduate students who identify as an international or newcomer student of African descent. We will be holding bi-weekly sessions during the Winter 2023 term: Fridays from 4:15pm to 5:45pm. Bi- weekly sessions will begin the week of January 27th.

Program Registration

To register for this support group, please fill out this form HERE.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Odelia Bempah (odelia.bempah@utoronto.ca).

Understanding EDI Resources for International Students

Are you curious about the EDI related resources available to international students? Then look no further this is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the resources available to you on campus. Join us for a virtual session to learn more!

Program Details / Schedule

TBD

Program Registration

TBD

An International Welcome: LGBTQ+ & Allies

Join the folks at the SGDO Office (Sexual and Gender Diversity office) and CIE as we host a mix and mingle and meet other folks within the International student community who identify as LGBtQ+ and if you’re an ally, stop on by as well!

Program Details / Schedule

January 27th, 2023

Time: 12-2 PM

Program Registration

Register on CLNx.

Outside the Box

 Join us for a monthly lunchtime discussion with the SGDO office as we explore the boundaries “Outside the Box” come and learn and explore a few different options and ways in which we begin to debunk common myths and engage in fruitful conversations.

Program Details / Schedule

TBD

Program Registration

TBD

Intercultural Learning Program

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:

  • Reflect on how your cultural identities shape the way you understand and operate in the world; 
  • Recognize the multiple ways that a person’s culture can influence their behaviour and expectations;
  • Develop intercultural awareness, knowledge, and skills transferable to the social, academic, and professional contexts;
  • Understand the hidden history of Canada and the impact of colonialism on the Indigenous peoples; 
  • Develop your own intercultural learning goals and strategies to better understand, communicate, and navigate cultural commonalities and differences.

Students who participate in our program have reflected on the benefits of this learning, including more confidence in their intercultural communication skills and becoming better mentors and leaders in their communities.

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 does the Program Work?  

These interactive sessions will provide you opportunities to meet and engage in discussions with other students who strive to develop intercultural mindsets and skills.

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, participants must complete the following requirements in 2022-2023:

  • 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 Schedule and 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”.

Dates, times, and direct CLNx event registration links for Winter 2023 are as follows:

ILP Connections Kickoff 

Session 1: Foundations of Intercultural Communication  

Session 2: Making Connections through An Intercultural Lens  

Session 3: Community Building with Intercultural Learning & Mindfulness  

Session 4: Speaking Our Truths: The Journey Towards Reconciliation Part 1 

Session 5: ILP Reflection Gallery

Language Exchange Program

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. 

This winter, we will be offering two cohorts – one that meets virtually and one that meets in person – with meetings taking place every two weeks. When registering, please make sure to indicate which cohort you wish to be a part of. We look forward to your participation in the Language Exchange! 

Program Details / Schedule

In Person Cohort – Thursdays 

  • Dates: January 19, February 2, February 16, March 2, March 16, and March 30 
  • Time: 5:00PM to 6:30PM 
  • Location: Cumberland Room (Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George Street) 

Virtual Cohort – Thursdays 

  • Dates: January 26, February 9, February 23, March 9, March 23, and April 6 
  • Time: 4:00PM to 5:30PM 
  • Location: on Zoom (Zoom link will be sent to confirmed participants by email) 

Program Registration

To register for the Language Exchange Program, please complete the Microsoft form (below) by January 15th at 11:59PM. 

Register: https://forms.office.com/r/zPTxJvgNV0 

If you have any questions, please email language.exchange@utoronto.ca.

(ISE) International Student Experience Design Challenge

Are you interested in developing innovative solutions to real-world issues affecting international students? What about gaining the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to transform your ideas into a real-life program/service at the University of Toronto to support the international student experience?

Now’s your chance! 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 enter and participate.

The ISE Design Challenge program invites all domestic and international students and student organizations with interests in building inclusive, equitable communities and engaging in creative program design to participate in the challenge.

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

Program Details/registration

TBD

Our Stories

The University of Toronto has students from over 170 countries and regions, all of whom have diverse experiences and viewpoints.

The ‘Our Stories’ series started in 2021 as a tri-campus, virtual discussion for Black History Month where a panel was created to hear directly from U of T students. Black international students were invited to share their stories, personal narratives, and lived experiences while having the session facilitated by another international student. Click here to learn more through the Varsity newspaper article, covering the February 2022 Black History Month event.

Based on positive feedback, the ‘Our Stories’ series has been expanded to commemorate various awareness months celebrated by different communities at the University of Toronto campuses. This program is hosted by the tri-campus international offices (Centre for International Experience at St. George, International Education Centre at Mississauga & the International Student Centre at Scarborough).

Program Schedule/Registration

The schedule for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year is posted below. Please register for a virtual session today!

  • Latin American Heritage Month

January 25 2023 from 12 noon – 1:30 PM https://uoft.me/THMStories2023

  • Black History Month

February 15 2023 from 12 noon -1:30 PM https://uoft.me/BHMStories2023

  • International Women’s Day

March 8 2023 from 12 noon – 1:30 PM https://uoft.me/IWDStories2023

  • Asian Heritage Month

May 24 2023 from 12 noon – 1:30 PM https://uoft.me/AHMStories2023

Indigenous Learning in Local and Global Contexts

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 Cultural Competency 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. These sessions will be led by the Cultural Competency Training Officer from the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

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 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 2023 are as follows:

  • Session 1: Speaking Our Truths: The Journey Towards Reconciliation Part 1 – January 25, 2023 (Virtual) 
  • Session 2: Speaking Our Truths: The Journey Towards Reconciliation Part 2 – February 8, 2023 (Virtual) 
  • Session 3: TBD – February 22, 2023 (Virtual) 
  • Session 4: TBD – March 8, 2023 (Virtual) 
  • Session 5: Reconciliation: Walking the Path of Indigenous Allyship – March 22, 2023 (In-person) 

An International Conversation with….(Seminar Series)

Interested in exploring unique career pathways after graduation ? Join the Centre for International Experience for an exciting conversation with U of T alumnus Imre Gams (HBA 2012 UTM) about how his studies in History and English launched his successful career journey from working in big tech at Apple, to transitioning to finance as a trader and performance coach. Learn how your U of T studies can open doors to diverse and exciting careers in a range of industries.

More about Imre:

Within the trading world, Imre is known for his specialized expertise in technical analysis, with an emphasis on Elliott’s Wave Principle. He has traded substantial portfolios in the eight and nine figure ranges. Imre believes that Wave analysis is the key to understanding societal, economic, and financial cycles in a way that modern economic disciplines cannot.

Program Details / Schedule

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: 33 St. George St., Cumberland Room

Food and drinks will be provided!

Program Registration

Please register for the event on CLNx.

Watch our Nov 2022 ICW Recording with Aashni Shah

Watch our Jan 2023 ICW Recording with Imre Gams

Going Home?: Coping with Reverse Culture Adjustment

Program Details / Schedule

Details to come.

Program Registration

Register on CLNx (link will be shared soon).

Get Involved Workshop

It can be tough as a student to find time for activities outside of academics. Finding ways to get involved in co-curricular activities in between class time, preparing for exams, and work can feel impossible at times. But it’s not! Join us for an interactive session hosted by student facilitators from the Centre for Community Partnerships as we discuss the benefits of getting involved, how to overcome barriers that may be in place, and learn about ways to get involved.

Date, time and location coming soon!

Program Details / Schedule

TBD

Time: TBD

Program Registration

TBD

“NEVER HAVE I EVER….” SERIES

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 out of fear of being the only beginner? Our new “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. We can be beginners together!

Join us in January for our first event in the series, Never Have I Ever…. Been Ice Skating! at the Varsity Arena. Ice skates will be available to borrow at no cost and an instructor will be on hand to guide you through the basics. After you finish skating, we’ll have hot chocolate available to warm up with!

Be sure to stay tuned for what’s coming up in February and March.

PROGRAM DETAILS/SCHEDULE

Friday January 6

Time: 12 to 2pm

Location: Varsity Arena

PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Register on CLNx.

WHAT’S YOUR WELLNESS RECIPE?

Everyday we are told by family, friends, or other well-meaning individuals, how necessary it is to take care of ourselves. And while we know that it is important to be caring for our own wellbeing, it can be challenging to find the time and opportunity to do so in between courses, sleeping, studying, eating, working, finances, and spending time with friends and family. But self-care doesn’t have to mean a monthly trip to the spa or an expensive weekend getaway. There are little ways that we can take care of ourselves on a daily basis without adding even more to our never-ending to-do list!

Our in person What’s Your Wellness Recipe? session will give you the tools to do just that. A representative from the Multi-Faith Centre will join us in this engaging and interactive session as we reflect on the small things that we can do (or already do) to take care of ourselves, remember the activities that bring us joy, and learn how to incorporate self-care micro-practices into our busy schedules.

Be sure to bring your lunch! Light refreshments will be provided and those in attendance will be entered into a raffle with the winner announced at the end of the session.

PROGRAM DETAILS / SCHEDULE

Date: Wednesday March 1

Time: 12:30PM to 1:30PM

Location: Cumberland Room (Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George Street)

PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Register on CLNx.

In Our Own Words: An International Student Panel

Pre-Arrival and Orientation Programming

Are you an international student beginning your first semester at U of T? New to Toronto and have questions about being a student in the city of Toronto? Join us for an International Student Panel!

Moderated and presented by your peers, this will be an excellent opportunity to hear from upper year international students. Bring your questions with you the day of the panel or submit them ahead of time via this anonymous form. Our student panelists look forward to sharing their experiences and insights with you!

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please contact Hannah Souza (hannah.souza@utoronto.ca).

Program Details / Schedule

TBD

Program Registration

TBD

Health Services Overview

Are you interested in learning how to get involved during Winter 2022? 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 2022 info session and find out how more about the programs offered by the Centre for International Experience (CIE). In this session, we will share information about our upcoming programming during the Winter 2022 term. Programs include the Language Exchange Program for practicing languages, the Intercultural Learning Program for developing intercultural competency (CCR eligible program), and other programming for international students with focuses on wellness, academic, cultures and more. We welcome all U of T students to participate!

Program Details / Schedule

TBD

Program Registration

TBD

Snap the 6ix: Campus Edition

Think you know your way around the St. George campus and the local neighborhoods? Feel confident in your puzzle solving skills? Then try your hand at Snap the 6ix, a new photo scavenger hunt with the Centre for International Experience (CIE). In teams of four, participants will “race” around the St. George campus and nearby areas to find specific locations using clues. At each location, teams will snap a photo as evidence that they were there before racing back to CIE where there will be prizes for the winning team.  

Don’t have a team? No worries! We’ll set you up on a team the morning of the event. 

Please note: this event is open to St. George students ONLY!

Program Details / Schedule

TBD

Program Registration

Register on CLNx

Toronto tips

You’ve steadily made your way through your pre-arrival checklist and your journey to Toronto will soon be happening. Living in a new city can be both exciting and daunting. There are new places to discover, a new transit system to navigate, new weather to experience, and more. Good news is you don’t have to figure it all out on your own!

In our Toronto Tips session, returning international students will share their personal highlights, insights, and general tips related to living in Toronto. We welcome all students that are new to the city!

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please contact Hannah Souza (hannah.souza@utoronto.ca).

Program Details / Schedule

November 16, 1:30pm to 3pm

Program Registration

Register on CLNx: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=48796

Off Campus Housing Workshop for International Students

This workshop supports and guides your search for off-campus housing as you start at U of T. Covering some topics such as: 

  • Intro to the Toronto Housing Market
  • Discover the different types of off-campus housing accommodations.
  • Learn about the varying costs of off-campus housing.
  • Understand the basics of a tenant’s legal rights in Ontario.
  • Learn about other resources and events offered by Housing Services.
  • Effective Housing Search Strategies

Program Details / Schedule

TBD

Program Registration

TBD

Learning at UofT as an International Student Q AND A

(Undergraduate and Graduate students)

Are you a first year – or returning – international undergraduate or graduate student who has some questions about the upcoming academic year? This virtual space is for you!

Come join this interactive Q&A session on Zoom, co-facilitated by friendly advisors from Academic Success and the Centre for International Experience. They can answer your questions, offer updates, and provide information about studying and learning this year or finding community as an international student. All questions are welcome in this space, and you can join for however long you would like.

Program Details / Schedule

TBD

Program Registration

Register on CLNx:

August 12, and August 26 (graduate students)

August 19 and September 2 (undergraduate students)

Toronto Tour and Dine series

CIE’s Toronto Tour Series invites international students from the St. George campus to learn more about and experience the community surrounding campus. Each month we will pick a new location to explore as a group (a neighborhood, a new place to eat, an art exhibit for example) and experience together what it means to be a part of a community. More details coming soon!

Program Details / Schedule

November 24/25

Time: TBD

Program Registration

Register on CLNx (link will be updated soon).

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing Workshop

This interactive workshop teaches participants five simple, evidence-based actions and how to apply them in a variety of ways to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Participants will learn strategies to promote resiliency and reduce stressors through a cluster of activities along with learning of key on- and off-campus resources. This workshop is facilitated by the HealthyU Crew members from Health & Wellness and International Student Experience (ISE) work-study team from the Centre for International Experience.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Odelia Bempah (CIE) – (odelia.bempah@utoronto.ca)

Program Details / Schedule

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Program Registration

Register on CLNx (link will be updated soon).

Grad Step up

All incoming international students are invited to take part in the Centre for International Experience’s Grad Step Up! Come spend the morning with us as we virtually welcome you to U of T and the St. George Campus. In this 2.5 hour long session, we’ll include:

  • An introduction to CIE resources and services
  • Important tasks to complete upon or immediately following your arrival in Canada
  • Valuable tips on navigating U of T resources
  • The importance of networking and strategies to support you
  • Share tips and tricks about living in and exploring the city of Toronto
  • Offer a chance to meet other new international grad students
  • And more!

Whether you have already arrived on campus or have yet to travel, we hope you can join us for this unique opportunity to learn about key information specific to the international grad student experience!

Please note: Registration will close on Monday August 29 @5pm EST. The Zoom link will then be emailed directly to all registered participants.

If you have questions or require accommodations, please reach out to Hannah Souza, hannah.souza@utoronto.ca.

Program Details / Schedule

TBD

Program Registration

Register on CLNx.

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing Workshop

This interactive workshop teaches participants five simple, evidence-based actions and how to apply them in a variety of ways to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Participants will learn strategies to promote resiliency and reduce stressors through a cluster of activities along with learning of key on- and off-campus resources. This workshop is facilitated by the HealthyU Crew members from Health & Wellness and International Student Experience (ISE) work-study team from the Centre for International Experience.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Odelia Bempah (CIE) – (odelia.bempah@utoronto.ca)

Program Details / Schedule

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Program Registration

Register on CLNx (link will be updated soon).

CIE’s Welcome Event

Welcome to the St. George Campus! You have probably been busy these past few weeks learning your way around campus, attending your first few days of courses, and meeting new people. Now is your opportunity to get the scoop on the Centre for International Experience (CIE)! On Friday September 16, between 11am to 3pm, swing by CIE’s Welcome Event to say hello, learn about what programs and services we have to offer, and pick up an ice-cold treat – a perfect way to end your week!

Program Details

September 16, 11 am – 4 pm

Cumberland House – Front Lawn
33 St George Street
(across from Koffler Student Serivces Centre)

Please note: All students are asked to participate in our map activity and have their TCard swiped to receive an ice cream sandwich OR popsicle. Limit one (1) per student.

Program Registration

Register on CLNx.

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please contact Hannah Souza (hannah.souza@utoronto.ca).
 

Understanding EDI Resources for International Students

Are you curious about the EDI related resources available to international students? Then look no further this is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the resources available to you on campus. Join us for a virtual session to learn more!

Program Details / Schedule

September 21st, 2022

Time: 12-1PM

Program Registration

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Let’s Hike Toronto

Want to get to know your classmates and see more of Toronto?

Join Let’s Hike T.O. for 9km walk that will take you through Tommy Thompson Park, from the Centre of International Experience (CIE; 33 St. George St). The park is a unique urban wilderness in Toronto owned by Toronto Region Conservation Authority. It is located on the Leslie Street Spit and is a great place to experience nature and the outdoors. It is widely considered one of the best places for bird-watching in the city, with more than 300 recorded species. We’ll catch some great views of the skyline as we walk. The area is very flat and wide so quite easy to walk for the most part. We will occasionally go off trail to explore some of the hidden paths in the park. We will be stopping often to discuss the stories behind the places we visit so be sure to bring your camera, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and dress for the weather!

Let’s Hike T.O. is a hiking community open to everyone with a focus on people of colour, newcomers, and young adults (20-40)! Let’s Hike T.O. has partnered with the University of Toronto Sports & Recreation to offer monthly hikes throughout the winter, spring and summer. These special hikes will leave from the St. George Campus and will take students on a journey through local streets, green spaces, and ravines.

August’s hike, ‘Tommy Thomson Park’, in partnership with CIE and UofT Health and Wellness, will be led by Camara on Thursday, August 11th from 4 to 7:30pm. Register today as spots are limited! You’re invited to come connect, learn, build community and friendships, and enjoy gentle movement outdoors together. Please note: this hike is family friendly. Cost for the TTC ride together to the hike start point not included; please bring TTC fare.

If you have any questions please reach out to Odelia Bempah (odelia.bempah@utoronto.ca).

We hope to see you there!

Program Details / Schedule

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Time: TBD

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How to Get Involved with CIE in Fall 2022

Are you preparing to go home for the summer break? After spending several months or years in Canada, going home is exciting and comforting. You may also find that home is different from what it was when you left. Join this workshop to learn more about reverse culture adjustment and build confidence in navigating a new or unfamiliar environment. Through this workshop, you will reflect on your life in Canada, anticipate changes you may experience, and learn strategies to cope with reverse culture shock as you embark on your journey home.

Program Details / Schedule

Wednesday September 14, 2022

Time: 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM

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Going Home?: Coping with Reverse Culture Adjustment

Program Details / Schedule

Details to come.

Program Registration

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Get Involved Workshop

It can be tough as a student to find time for activities outside of academics. Finding ways to get involved in co-curricular activities in between class time, preparing for exams, and work can feel impossible at times. But it’s not! Join us for an interactive session hosted by student facilitators from the Centre for Community Partnerships as we discuss the benefits of getting involved, how to overcome barriers that may be in place, and learn about ways to get involved.

Date, time and location coming soon!

Program Details / Schedule

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Time: TBD

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Grub Club

Looking to connect with students beyond your department or faculty? Have an interest in learning and trying new things? Grab your lunch and join us for Grub Club! Each month will offer a new opportunity to meet other students in person while you engage in conversation and fun activities in between courses.

Location and monthly details coming soon!

Program Details / Schedule

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Multi-Faith Centre Welcome Walk – explore

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, explore different parts of campus, while engaging in 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.

Program Schedule / Details

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Program Registration

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Feeling Good Fall Challenge

Now more than ever, it is important to engage in community, build connections, and take care of your health!  
 
Complete five activities before November 16th, 2022, to be eligible to win one of five $50 gift certificates towards an activity of your choice!  
 
Register to receive our 2022 list of activities to help you explore what building community and wellness mean to you and share what you have done to inspire others to explore this too. When you complete your five wellness activities, fill out this form before November 16th, 2022, to enter.  
 
Do you have TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook?  
Share your activities on any of these three platforms and tag @uoftstudentlife #FeelingGoodFallChallenge2022 (optional)  
 
Once you receive your list of activities, feel free to begin this challenge with your peers at the CIE Feeling Good Fall Challenge Kick off and Meet & Greet 
 
3…….2……..1…….GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Program Dates 

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