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.


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All new international graduate students at U of T.

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

Place:  Hart House, University of Toronto

The 2017 schedule has not yet been finalized.

In the meantime, the 2016 schedule below may give you an idea of what types of sessions to expect at Grad Step Up.

8 - 9 a.m. Breakfast

9 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Navigating Academic Culture at U of T

10:45 - 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Finding Community; Conflict Prevention

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Resources Tabling

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Student Panel

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Writing Genres; Teaching at U of T; Developing Leadership Skills

4 - 5 p.m. Wellness in Grad School

5 - 7 p.m. Evening Reception



Event details & registration form.



Questions? Please email



If you are interested in volunteering for Grad Step Up, please write to

Former participants are especially welcome.