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New Journeys: International Welcome is a program specifically designed to meet incoming International Foundations Program and New College international students’ unique needs and concerns. By attending New Journeys, students will have the opportunity to get a head start as they enter this exciting new chapter of their lives at New College and the University of Toronto.  

This program strives to prepare students for what is ahead, connect students to meaningful communities and resources, and support students through this academic and personal transition.   

We’ve tailored the program so that it can be attended online with a few in-person events. We hope to meet you at the program and we look forward to welcoming you as you begin your New Journey at New College! 

Dates: August 23, 2021 – August 27, 2021

This program is for incoming international New College students. 

How To Register

To register, click on the button below. If you are having any issues registering, please email new.studentlife@utoronto.ca with your UTORid and UofT email.

Sessions

Click on the boxes below for the time and more information about each session. Specific details for each session will be available to you on Quercus once you register for New Journeys.

Please note that all times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). 

Welcome to New College & Life in Canada Monday, August 23rd

Online Session: 9:30AM – 10:45AM (ET)

We’re excited to welcome New College Principal Bonnie McElhinny to speak about the college, its priorities, and values. We will also be introducing the New Journeys program, while also giving an introduction to living in Canada. We understand that your first few months as a student are not only about transitioning to U of T, but also about transitioning to a new life in Canada. We’ll spend this time discussing social norms, laws, regulations, weather, and opportunities. 

Academics at U of T Tuesday, August 24th

Online Session: 9:30AM – 10:45AM (ET)

This session, led by Dr. Alexandra Guerson, will guide you on student expectations around courses, participation, academic integrity, and other academic norms at U of T. You will have a better understanding on what to expect and start your first semester here at U of T with confidence.  

Understanding Your Visa and UHIP Wednesday, August 25th

Online Session: 9:30AM – 10:45AM (ET)

We’ve invited the advisors at the Centre for International Experience (CIE) to cover everything you need to know about your study permit and your University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). This will be crucial information for your time at U of T.  

Financial Literacy 101 Thursday, August 26th

Online Session: 9:30AM – 10:45AM (ET)

Setting up a bank account in a new country can be overwhelming. So we’re bringing in experts from the Royal Bank of Canada to help explain the different types of bank accounts available to international students and the uses and purposes of having a Canadian bank account. They will also guide you on what budgeting and financing your undergraduate years can look like.  

Why Should I Get Involved? What's Next? Friday, August 27th

Online Session: 9:30AM – 10:45AM (ET)

In this student panel, you will hear from upper year student leaders from various campus organizations, talking about how and why they personally got involved during their first year, what they have gained from their involvement, and details of the work from their student organization. Finally, we will introduce students to the New Roots Orientation, an exciting opportunity available to all New College students. 

Clue of T Monday, August 23rd

Online Session: 12:00PM (ET)

Work with your teammates in an interactive tour around U of T’s St. George campus! You’ll be placed in a team where you need to solve riddles and puzzles to help guide your Toronto runner to the next key campus landmark. Whichever team gets to the destination first wins!  

Neighbourhood Tour 1 Tuesday, August 24th

On-Campus Session: 12:00PM (ET)
In-Person event only

Join us for an in-person social in a tour around one of Toronto’s many neighbourhoods.

Online Board Game Showdown Wednesday, August 25th

Online Session: 12:00PM (ET)

This virtual opportunity will allow students and student leaders to play in virtual board games, chat about their experiences, and make important connections before the exciting year ahead.

Neighbourhood Tour 2 Thursday, August 26th

On-Campus Session: 12:00PM (ET)
In-Person event only

Join us for an in-person social in a tour around one of Toronto’s many neighbourhoods.

Meet Your Peer Leaders! Friday, August 27th

Online Session: 12:00PM (ET)

This session will introduce you to a key support in your first year and beyond, New College Head Peer Leaders. These U of T student leaders are here to support you in and throughout your undergraduate journey. Students will be able to meet with their Head Peer Leader and learn about how to get involved in the SPROUT Mentorship program. 

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