Starting graduate school in a new country and in a new university system can be a lot to navigate.

Grad Step Up is a full-day event designed to help bridge this transition.

At Grad Step Up you will have a chance to take part in sessions designed to help you become familiar with the expectations and resources available to you at U of T.

You will also have a chance to meet other international graduate students from many different departments at U of T.


group of grad students


All new international graduate students at U of T.



Date and Time: Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Place: Hart House, University of Toronto

2017 Schedule

9 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast (South Dining Room & Music Room)

9:30 – 10 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:35 – 11:10 a.m. Concurrent Sessions: Prioritizing Your Wellness as a Grad Student (Music Room), Networking: Building Your U of T Community (East Common Room)

11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Navigating U of T: What to Expect in Grad School (Music Room, all participants)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (South Dining Room)

1 – 1:30 p.m. Optional: Toronto Essentials: Life Beyond the Classroom (Music Room)

1 – 1:30 p.m. Optional: “The Basics” – Q&A about the U of T Campus

1:35 – 3:10 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Dealing with Difficult Grad School Situations Early: Tips and Strategies (Music Room); Teaching as a Transferable Skill (East Common Room); Developing Collaborative Leadership Skills (Debates Room)

3:30 – 4:40 p.m. Choose one: Graduate Communication Skills (East Common Room), Board Game Café (Debates Room)

5 – 6:30 p.m. Reception (Music Room and South Dining Room)



Event details & registration form.



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Former participants are especially welcome.