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Planning for September

Updated July 16, 2020. Please read carefully. 

Specific residence placement information will be sent out in August, followed by detailed move in instructions to ensure everyone’s health and safety.  

The University will be sharing additional accommodation details for students who are arriving from outside Canada and need to fulfil mandatory quarantine requirements set up by the Government of Canada 

 For information regarding on and off-campus housing, please visit the U of T Housing Services website. You can also find updates regarding campus residences in the University's COVID-19 Information for Students Applying to Residence for Fall 2020 FAQs. 

The Centre for International Experience (CIE) provides services specifically designed for international students. They also have number of pre- and post-arrival resources for international students. 

The CIE has also prepared this helpful web page about getting your study permit. 

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Students is also regularly updating an FAQ page for international students that addresses questions relating to immigration, travel, visas and other details that may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We also encourage you to read emails sent to you by your First Year Advisor, Intercultural Learning & Experience, including our International Student Welcome Guide. 

If you are an international student, your University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) charges will be added to your tuition invoice. The UHIP plan can also be added on request for domestic students who have not been living in Canada and are not yet covered by the government's Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). International students who will not be in Canada are also eligible to opt-out of UHIP for the time that they are away. For more information please see the UHIP website.  

Unlike other first-year students at U of T, engineering students do not have to choose their courses on ACORN. By accepting your offer of admission, you have secured your place in all your courses and you will automatically be enrolled. Your timetable will be available in early August — see the Courses section for more.

For the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms, a remote access guarantee is being offered, which will allow every one of our students to complete all academic requirements, including final assessments, without delaying their graduation. The remote access guarantee means that for those who cannot be in Toronto, or choose to stay home, you will be able to continue your programs uninterrupted.

I have a question that is not answered here. Who can I get in touch with? 

If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please contact the First Year Office and we will do our best to address your inquiry. We can be reached at firstyear@engineering.utoronto.ca, and we also offer a live chat where you will be able to speak with one of our staff members. 

Chris Yip, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

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Message From the Registrar

As the Fall Term of your university studies approaches, we hope you, your family and friends are healthy and well. I’d like to take this opportunity to say congratulations on becoming a part of the U of T Engineering community.

The past few months have been both unprecedented and trying in many ways. During these challenging times, staff within the Registrar’s Office have collaborated remotely to continue supporting students. When the University of Toronto took guidance from public health officials in March to limit on-campus activities, we quickly adapted by providing students with seamless virtual access to the many services they depend on.

Like the rest of my team, I hope to meet you in person very soon! But if needed, the Faculty is preparing to deliver key elements of the Fall Term digitally. In turn, we are working to ensure that you will have online access to a wide range of services through the already robust Engineering Portal, which includes a new Advising Portal.

Our commitment to U of T Engineering students has never been stronger. As your partners in success, we are here to support you throughout your academic journey. We take pride in the many ways we serve our students, including:

  • Providing guidance on academic rules and regulations
  • Maintaining undergraduate academic records
  • Supporting the petitions and appeals processes
  • Issuing registration letters
  • Managing post-exam services like exam viewing, final mark re-checks and final exam re-grades
  • Offering advice on student loans, financial aid and scholarships
  • Answering questions about the Faculty and University and referring you to useful resources
  • Keeping you up to date via the Current Engineering Undergraduate website
  • Delivering a monthly e-newsletter to all engineering undergraduates with important information on scholarship opportunities, awards, important deadlines, student life and much more.

To help you transition to university, we developed many dedicated resources, including this online Guide to First Year. Here, you’ll find information to orient you to the Faculty and help you get started over the coming months. We will continue to communicate with you over the summer via email as our plans evolve. These updates will also be reflected through U of T Engineering’s social media channels: @uoftengineering. Stay connected to ensure you’re beginning your studies with the most up-to-date information.

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Beyond your first year, you’ll have access to many unique learning opportunities and pathways to look forward to in the coming years, including:

  • Optional minors and certificates
  • Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op)
  • The Entrepreneurship Hatchery
  • Leadership programming through the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering
  • Summer research positions
  • Study abroad

I look forward to seeing the ways you will contribute to this environment of innovation and curiosity. Everyone in the Office of the Registrar looks forward to supporting you and the Class of 2T4 on your academic journey. If you have questions or concerns in the meantime, please email us: registrar@engineering.utoronto.ca

Don MacMillan
REGISTRAR

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September

  • If applicable, move into residence in early September
  • Classes start Thursday, September 10

Meet Your First-Year Success Team

Our team of first-year specialists are here to help you successfully transition from high school to U of T Engineering. We will provide you with the resources you need to make informed decisions, as the choices you make in your first year will shape the rest of your academic career.

The team provides support through:

  • Academic advising
  • Referrals to resources including learning strategists, wellness counsellors, accessibility advisors and other experts as needed.
  • Summer foundation programming
  • Coordination of first-year curriculum
  • Weekly e-newsletter
  • The facilitation of Guided Engineering Academic Review Sessions (GEARS) led by upper-year academic mentors
  • Exam Jam events designed to help you prepare and destress before final exams

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS IN THE CORE PROGRAMS & TRACKONE

First Year Office
Galbraith Building
35 St. George Street, Room 170
Toronto, ON M5S 1A4 Canada
416-978-4625 | firstyear@engineering.utoronto.ca
www.uoft.me/firstyearoffice

SUPPORT FOR ENGINEERING SCIENCE STUDENTS

Engineering Science Office
Bahen Centre for Information Technology
40 St. George Street, Room 2110
Toronto, ON M5S 2E4 Canada
416-978-2903 | askengsci@utoronto.ca
www.engsci.utoronto.ca

REGULAR EMAIL UPDATES

Beginning in mid-June, the First Year Office will send a weekly e-newsletter called the First Year News Feed to all Core 8 and TrackOne students to the email address you have listed in ACORN. It will include important updates, information, deadlines and resources. Archives of past issues are available online at uoft.me/fynewsfeed. Engineering Science students will receive regular emails from their Academic Advisor.

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Mikhail Burke

Dean’s Advisor on Black Inclusivity Initiatives and Student Inclusion & Transition Mentor

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Emzhei Chen

Assistant Director, First Year Student Success and Transition

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JesusMiracle Chiadika

First Year Advisor, Intercultural Learning and Experience

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Jennifer Fabro

First Year Advisor

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Melissa Fernandes

Mental Health Programs Officer

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Pierina Filippone

Assistant Registrar, Scholarships & Financial Aid

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Leslie Grife

Associate Director, First Year Programs

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Don MacMillan

Registrar

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Stephen Johns

Undergraduate Student Advisor, Years 1 and 2, Engineering Science

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Justina Lee,

Undergraduate Student Advisor, Years 1 & 2 (International), Engineering Science

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Professor Chirag Variawa,

Director, First Year Curriculum

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Hannah de Haan,

First Year Coordinator

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