Welcome

We are so excited that you have made the decision to come to Toronto this summer! The Pre-University
Programs will be packed with thought-provoking lessons, challenging opportunities, and engaging
activities. We can’t wait for you to join us!

Of course, many questions will need answering before you arrive. Everything you need is right here. This
package will tell you all about the incredible city you’re about to visit, the diverse group of students
you’ll meet, and provide you with everything you’ll need to have the best experience possible.

This program isn’t just a fun summer away from home. It’s an opportunity to explore the world outside
your personal borders and learn what’s out there. This could be the first step towards making the
University of Toronto your postsecondary home!

IMPORTANT ADDRESSES

New College Residence

University of Toronto, New College
40 Willcocks Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C6

New College Office

University of Toronto, New College
Room 136, 21 Classic Ave.
Toronto, ON, M5S 2Z3

New College Mailing Address

Your Full Name (as registered in the program)
University of Toronto, New College
40 Willcocks Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C6, Canada

Our counsellors will be ready to greet you when you arrive at the airport! Be sure to look for our big “University of Toronto” signs and their smiling faces.

After you exit the plane, you will go through customs, pick up your bags, and make your way to the arrivals area. Our incredible counsellors will be waiting for you there.

Once you have confirmed how you will be arriving in Toronto, the International Programs office will be sending you a confirmation with more information about your arrival. If any of your arrival details change, please let the International Programs Office know as soon as possible by sending an email to summer.programs@utoronto.ca.

Emergency Phone Number (on Arrival Days): +1.416.946.3853.

If you do not need to be picked up at the airport and someone will be dropping you off at the university, the check-in day is the start date of the program. Your room will be ready after 3pm, and the ideal time to arrive is between 3pm and 5pm. There will be a welcome desk set up in the lobby and your counsellors and coordinators will be there to meet you and help you settle in.

All Pre-U students attend classes in the morning. Depending on the program, there will either be an afternoon class or workshop. Students are expected to attend classes every day and on time.

Certificate & Evaluation

Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program. Students will also receive a personalised evaluation from their teacher. To get your certificate of completion, you have to:

  • Actively participate in class and workshop activities and discussions.
  • Show what you’ve learned by completing a final project.
  • Complete the class writing and research assignments.
  • Go to class and workshops on time, every day.

If you skip class (and you’re not sick), we have to inform your parents. If you are often late, or miss 3 or more sessions, you will be at risk of not receiving your certificate. Students missing class without a valid reason will also lose activities and Free Time privileges.

Remember that you’ll be with students who speak many different languages. Some of them will speak faster or slower than you are used to, have a different accent, or have a different point of view from you. That’s what makes our program special: you have the chance to make friends from all around the world. Be ready to listen to and learn from each other, not just the staff.

Communication Classes

Every morning, GCP students attend a communication class from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The purpose of the communication class is to practice your writing, research, and speaking skills at a university level. It will also help you prepare for your Global Challenge presentation at the end of the session.

On the first day of class, we will write a short essay and have a one-to-one interview with a teacher. These writing and speaking samples will help us find the best teacher for you.

Global Citizenship Workshops

Global Citizenship Workshops take place in the afternoon (2:00 – 5:00pm) or evening (7:00pm – 10:00pm), from Monday to Friday. Facilitated by our trained counselling staff, students will take part in trips, presentations, activities, discussions, projects, performances, debates, and more. These experiences will form the core of learning about ourselves, others, and how we connect with the global community.

As part of the program, students will participate in large and small group activities, take on individual challenges, work as a team, and both perform and present in front of a group. Students will explore their

Pre-U Registered Students

identity and values while discussing issues affecting communities on a local, national, and global level. They will develop communication and conflict resolution skills to address underlying issues and better impact communities. Lastly, students will build on their knowledge, strengths, and teamwork skills to present a potential solution to a current issue at a final presentation.

Morning & Afternoon Classes

As an Advanced Academic student, you will have class both in the morning (10:00am to 1:00pm) and the afternoon (2:00pm to 5:00pm). Advanced Academic classes are very active—you’ll read and listen to lectures, try out your ideas in group activities and discussions, and research topics for yourself. Be ready to share your ideas, and to listen and learn from your classmates, not just the teachers.

Your teacher will sometimes assign homework. We’ve included time to do this homework in your weekly activity schedule. There are no final exams in Advanced Academic courses, but you do have to show us what you’ve learned by completing all the requirements listed below.

Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program. Students will also receive a personalised evaluation from their teacher. To get your certificate of completion, you have to:

  • Actively participate in class and workshop activities and discussions.
  • Show what you’ve learned by completing a final project.
  • Complete the class writing and research assignments.
  • Go to class and workshops on time, every day.

If you skip class (and you’re not sick), we have to inform your parents. If you are often late, or miss 3 or more sessions, you will be at risk of not receiving your certificate. Students missing class without a valid reason will also lose activities and Free Time privileges.

Remember that you’ll be with students who speak many different languages. Some of them will speak faster or slower than you are used to, have a different accent, or have a different point of view from you. That’s what makes our program special: you have the chance to make friends from all around the world. Be ready to listen to and learn from each other, not just the staff.

For many students, residence is the best part of the program. You’ll get to call UofT your home while living with all of your new friends. Whether you spend your time playing games in the cozy lounge spaces, hanging out with your friends in the common rooms, or just relaxing in your own room, this is the university experience!

  • Bed + Linens
  • Desk + Chair
  • Wardrobe + Mirror
  • Bookshelf + Reading Light
  • Wi-Fi Access
  • Large Window

You will be placed in a single room. Girls and boys will have separate floors in the residence building. You have lots of time to hang out during the day!

  • 24/7 Front Desk Staff
  • Night Security Guard
  • Common Rooms with Televisions
  • Common Kitchens with Fridge, Microwave, Stove, and Oven
  • Air-Conditioned Rooms
  • Key Access into Residence Building
  • High Speed Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Shared Bathroom with Private Showers
  • Coin-Operated Laundry Facilities
    • $1 to Wash
    • $1 to Dry
    • Free Laundry Soap

There are several shared bathrooms on each residence floor with private showers. The water used in the bathrooms is perfectly clean and safe to drink, so it’s easy to keep your water bottle filled!
When you check-in at the New College Residence, you will receive your own room key. This key will give you access not only to your room, but also to the residence building, the elevators, and your floor. Your room door will lock automatically when you close it, so remember to carry it with you at all times!
The Audrey Taylor Dining Hall is a central place to enjoy all your meals – it offers daily options like roast chicken, vegetable stir-fry, and many other delicious meals. The Dining Hall offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, a salad bar, drinks, daily soup selections, and the dessert and ice cream bar. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available too.

If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please make sure your parents/guardians let us know in Part 2: Health Information of the Final Forms. Please also let us know when you arrive so that our staff can check in with the cafeteria regarding your dietary needs.

You’ll have access to New College’s Computer Lab, in case you don’t bring a device of your own. You’ll also have Wi-Fi in the residence. It’s fast, reliable, and just about everywhere.

By using the University of Toronto’s Wi-Fi Network, you agree to abide by the University of Toronto’s rules and guidelines as outlined in the Appropriate Use of Information and Communication Technology. For the full policy, please see HERE.

During the program, we have many activities planned for you – you’re here to have fun too! Throughout the week, your counsellors will take you to a variety of on-campus and off-campus activities – we’ll be sure to take you to the main tourist attractions like the CN Tower. On weekends, you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the farther places like Niagara Falls and Canada’s Wonderland.

For a sample itinerary of the activities, please see visit the Life at Pre-U section.

Free Time & Extended Free Time

Some evenings, students will have the opportunity to visit a variety of nearby stores (snacks, toiletries, and AC adapters are usually the most popular items to purchase). Students can sign out of the residence from 6pm and must return by the start time of the evening activity (usually 7pm or 7:30pm). Parents must submit consent for their child to have access to Free Time.

Free Time will not be available every day due to early activity start times, and longer weekend excursions.

Counsellors will monitor the area around campus, and ensure that students have their emergency phone number. Students may only leave the residence if they are with a friend.

Extended Free Time will be available for some evenings, from 6pm to 10pm. Students must have the Extended Free Time permission form signed by their parents in order to sign out. Please refer to your Final Forms for the permission form.

We will always have an on-campus event for students not signing out for Extended Free Time.

Clubs are engaging counsellor-led activities for students registered only in morning classes*. Clubs are a fun way to meet new people and learn new skills. Each Club meets every week, allowing students to continually work on a project in their area of interest.** You will be signing up for an afternoon club once you arrive at the program.

*Clubs are only offered during the afternoon. If you are taking afternoon courses (Extensive English Course, TOEFL iBT Preparation Course, or IELTS Preparation Course), you will not be taking Clubs.

**Please note, we cannot guarantee space in your preferred Club based on space and availability.

Music

This club provides a space for our campers combine basic music theory with song-playing. We encourage students to bring their instruments! This is a great club for students wishing to improve their musical ability and performance skills.

The club may include:

  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Performance Art

We are able to provide some instruments for students – please contact us if you have a specific request. We also encourage you to bring your own instrument – please note that if you do bring your own, the International Programs Office is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Arts & Crafts

This club is an opportunity for creative self-expression. This club will let students explore how they express themselves through art and showcase their work in the program.

The club may include:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Crafting

Cuisine

This club allows students to share and communicate elements of their culture and cuisine through food. Counsellors will guide students through food safety and basics of following a recipe, meal prep, baking, cooking, and proper use of kitchen tools. This club introduces students to important and useful skills while sharing flavours and tastes from home.

The club may include:

  • Baking
  • Cooking
  • Food Safety
  • Following a Recipe
  • Meal Preparation

Media

This club allows students to explore different cultural areas of Toronto, with an emphasis on the creative use of digital and social media. This is a great club for students who want to capture memories from their summer in Canada!

The club may include:

  • Videography
  • Photography
  • Social Media
  • Digital Responsibility

Intramural & Organized Sport

This club is for our students interested in athletics, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Students who like team sports, trying new things, competition, and inclusiveness will love this club.

The club may include:

  • Football (Soccer)
  • Basketball
  • Being a Team Player
  • Leadership

Toronto is one of the world’s safest cities, but it’s also unfamiliar for most students. Our counsellors will always be with you when you leave New College.

When you arrive at the program, you’ll get a Pre-U Wristband. Please always keep this on your wrist.

Your wristband has the 24/7 Emergency Phone Number on it. In case of an emergency, please call the number to speak with one of our staff members. This number is for students only. If your parents and/or guardians need to speak to our staff, they should call the office during regular hours at +1.416.946.3853 or send an email to summer.programs@utoronto.ca.

Your wristband will also let you enter the Dining Hall for your meals. If you lose or break your wristband, talk to your coordinator or the International Programs Office to get a new one.

Counsellors will be your leaders, mentors, facilitators, coaches, and friends! They live in residence with you and will be there to make your experience as amazing as possible. Our devoted team is available during the day and night to make sure that you’re safe, happy, and getting some sleep.

Here is a list of suggested items to bring to help you prepare for your trip

Students are responsible for their own belongings and valuables. The University of Toronto International Programs office is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged property.

Toronto can range from 15°C to 30°C during the summer, and sometimes experiences heat waves as high as 40°C, so you’ll need a variety of clothes to be comfortable. Toronto is also known for having thundershowers in the afternoon, so it’s also a good idea to bring an umbrella or a raincoat too.
Meals, activities, and transportation are all included in your program fees, but you’ll have opportunities to buy snacks, personal items, and other fun things when we go shopping. Make sure you and your parents plan how much money you want to spend. For information on what bank cards can be used in Canada, please refer to the Parent Section.

Please be aware of your own valuables and belongings. The International Programs Office is not responsible for any lost or damaged property during the program.

For the best program experience, we highly recommend you visit friends and family before or after the program.

If you want to visit your friends and family in Toronto, please make arrangements with the InternationalPrograms Office at least 1 business day in advance. Please note that as you are considered a minor in Canada, and you are part of a program for minors, you are not permitted to leave campus on your own, even with your parent’s permission. Someone over the age of 18 will need to pick you up from the residence and bring you back.

Please refer to the Sign Outs Section.

The University of Toronto’s International English Programs follow all Canadian laws and policies. Students participating in the program will be responsible for doing so as well. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to arrange transit home should they violate rules that result in expulsion.  Students will be given an extensive presentation on these rules when they arrive.

All students are expected to adhere to the University of Toronto Code of Conduct. A shortened version is available below. For the full Code of Conduct, please see HERE.

Discipline/Program Response

Disruption of our program environment or any of the policies listed below will result in any or all of the following actions:

  • Meeting with program staff
  • Reprimand/Warning
  • Reporting of incident to parents/guardians
  • Immediate suspension from the program
  • Immediate expulsion from the program

Program Environment

Our program maintains a space where everyone can feel safe, have fun, and enjoy a positive academic experience. Inclusiveness and respect are important parts of our program. Any form of bullying, malicious, or harmful behavior will not be tolerated.

Activities

Attendance to all activities is mandatory. Failure to arrive on time will result in disciplinary action. It is the students’ responsibility to know meeting locations and times. Counsellors are always available to assist, if needed. Students are responsible for respecting their surroundings (e.g. museum rules, attraction rules, etc.).

Curfew

Students must be in the residence and on their own floor by 11:00pm. Attendance will be taken. By 12:00am, students must be in their room and respect quiet hours.

Common Areas

Students are responsible for keeping all common areas (common rooms, lounges, hallways, bathrooms, laundry rooms, etc.) clean after use. If any common area is not kept clean, all students will help clean it. Any damage to or the removal of any property within the residence is forbidden. Students will be required to pay for any damages they cause to residence property.

Residence Rooms

Students are responsible for keeping their room clean. Male and female students are not permitted in rooms together, and all students must sleep in their assigned rooms every night. Students must ensure that their door is closed and locked behind them. Students should keep their room keys with them at all times. The Program is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items. If a student’s room key is lost or damaged, it will be replaced at their expense.

Class Attendance & Environment

Students must attend their classes every day and on time. In the case of illness, the International Programs Office must be notified. Failure to attend class without valid reason will result in disciplinary action. If a student is often absent in class or otherwise misbehaving, their certificate will be at risk. Our instructors have their own individual classroom policies. Students disrupting or harming the classroom learning environment will be expelled from the program.

Smoking

The University of Toronto is a non-smoking campus. Students will not be allowed to smoke on campus. In Toronto, it is illegal to smoke inside any building or within 9 metres of an entrance or exit of any building that is used by the public. It is also illegal for those younger than 19 to purchase any smoking products. All of the above also apply to all substances, including, but not limited to, e-cigarettes and vaporizers. Failure to follow these laws will result in large monetary fines and expulsion from the program.

Drugs

No illegal drugs are permitted. If students are caught using, under the influence of, in possession of, or distributing drugs, the police will be notified. This will result in expulsion from the program, and the student will suffer legal consequences. All prescribed medication must be reported to the program prior to arrival.  A doctor’s note must be provided upon request of the office.

Inappropriate Dress

Inappropriate dress is clothing that does not meet our community standards of decency and includes language and/or images related to violence, profanity, discrimination of any kind, or is demeaning to an individual or group.

Fire Alarms

Do NOT pull the fire alarm unless there is a fire. Students will be fined up to CAD $500.00 per fire truck that responds, typically 3. Should there be an actual fire, students are encouraged to use the alarms.

Fake IDs

Fake identification cards (IDs) are not permitted at any time. If students are caught using or in possession of a fake ID, it will be taken from them. The police will be notified, as identity fraud is a crime.

Alcohol & Cannabis

Under Canadian law, it’s illegal for those younger than 19 to purchase or consume alcohol or cannabis. If students are caught consuming, under the influence of, or in possession of alcohol or cannabis, the police will be notified. This will result in expulsion from the program.

Bullying

Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated. In accordance with the University of Toronto’s Code of Student Conduct, no student shall engage in any disrespectful conduct based on one’s race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, creed, age, family status, handicap, and/or any action that is known to be unwelcome by any student.

If a student has an issue with another student or staff member, please inform a counsellor. Mutual respect between all students and staff members is expected. Any breach of this respect will result in disciplinary action and/or expulsion from the program.

Can I leave the campus on my own?

On some evenings, students will have the opportunity to sign out of the residence for free time. Only students with the proper authorization forms will be able to participate in the free time. We will also offer on-Campus activities on those evenings, so there will always be something planned for students to do!

My relatives live in Toronto. When can I go see them?

If there’s someone outside the program that would like to see you, your parents/guardians will need to email us at study.english@utoronto.ca at least 1 business day in advance. For more information, please refer to the Parent/Guardian Information Package.

What happens if I need to go to the doctor?

If you’re feeling sick, please call or visit the International Programs Office. We’ll arrange a doctor’s visit, and have a staff member take you to the clinic if necessary. If it is an emergency, please call the Emergency Number on your Youth IEP Wristband.

I can’t find the counsellor at the airport. Help!

Our counsellor should be the first person you see outside the luggage claim. They’ll be holding a large ‘University of Toronto” sign and wearing a blue U of T t-shirt. If you can’t find a counsellor, please call us at +1.416.946.3853. We’ll contact our counsellors and make sure they reach you as soon as possible!

I have a pre-existing condition that needs treatment. Will my health insurance from the program cover it?

The Health Insurance our program provides does not cover pre-existing conditions. If you need something checked that is pre-existing, you will need to pay for any medical fees. For a list of what the health insurance covers, please visit: www.guard.me. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

How do I get placed in a class?

On the first day of class, you’ll take an English placement test and have a short interview with an instructor. Based on the results, you’ll be placed in a class with students of a similar level.

What if I don’t get the room choice I requested?

We’ll do our very best to accommodate your request, but we cannot guarantee it. Rooms are assigned based on availability.