Are you an international student joining the University of Toronto’s graduate student community in the fall of 2018?

Do you have questions about navigating the expectations associated with U of T’s academic cultures?

Are you hoping to make lasting connections with fellow graduate students?

If so, join us for Grad Step Up, a pre-orientation event designed for international grads!



About What is Grad Step Up?
Eligibility Who is Eligible?
Event Details When is Grad Step Up?


Grad Step Up is a full-day pre-orientation event designed to connect incoming international graduate students to important resources and information.

You will have the chance to take part in sessions facilitated by U of T staff and student leaders. The interactive format of the sessions will provide you opportunities to ask questions and have discussions about the graduate student experience. 

Group of Grad students talking


All incoming international graduate students enrolled in a degree program (i.e. Masters or PhD) at the University of Toronto.

Note: If you do not fall in this category but feel that you would benefit from attending as a member of the U of T graduate student community, please get in touch with the event organizers.

Event Details

Date: August 2018 (specific date to be announced) 

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Location: To be announced. 


2018 Schedule:

The scheduled activites have not been finalized. In 2017, the sessions covered the following topics and may give you an idea of the programming for this year.

  • Navigating U of T: What to Expect in Grad School

  • Prioritizing Your Wellness as a Grad Student

  • Networking: Building Your Community

  • Toronto Essentials: Life Beyond the Classroom

  • Dealing with Difficult Grad Situations Early: Tips and Strategies

  • Teaching as a Transferable Skill

  • Developing Collaborative Leadership Skills

  • Graduate Communication Skills



Space for Grad Step Up is limited; students who are eligible will be notified by the School of Graduate Studies in the summer of 2018.

Questions: Please contact the organizers at