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Updated August 27, 2021. Please read carefully. 

The University of Toronto requires that all those intending to be present on our campuses be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The University expects everyone to have their first dose by Sept. 13 and to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15. All members of our community will be required to upload proof of vaccination via UCheck. Instructions for how to provide proof of vaccination will be available soon. 

Those seeking an exemption to the vaccination requirement (for medical reasons or other grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code) will be able to request approval via U of T’s Enterprise Service Centre (ServiceNow). Those who have already applied for an exemption should continue via the process communicated to them. More details will be available in the coming days. 

Members of our community who are unvaccinated and do not have an approved exemption are not permitted to come to campus. 

Those who have an approved exemption or are awaiting their second dose must participate in the University’s rapid screening program, provide proof of a negative test before coming to campus and may be required to observe additional public health measures.  

Visitors to U of T campuses will also be required to be fully vaccinated. More details about the process for visitors – including vendors, events attendees, gym members, and others – will be made available soon. 

These measures follow the most recent guidance from the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health and have been put in place in consultation with local public health units and experts in the field. 

Cross-posted from Your Guide to Fall 2021 at U of T, where additional vaccine FAQs are posted.

The health and safety of the U of T community is our top priority. The University is looking toward the 2021 Fall Term with optimism, and we are hopeful that public health conditions will allow us to house all eligible first-year students. However, provincial health regulations continue to guide our work and will determine the total number of spaces in residence, as well as our ability to honour the first-year residence guarantee.

Students moving into residence will be required to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before their residence move-in date. The Vice-Provost, Students FAQ has more information on this measure.

We’ve also enhanced safety and cleaning measures to make sure students living in residences have a safe, comfortable home for the upcoming academic year. Final occupancy numbers will depend on public health guidelines.

Please review the Vice-Provost, Students FAQ page for the most up-to-date information about residence.

The Government of Canada has announced that they will process study permit applications in time for the 2021 Fall Term if the applications are submitted by May 15, 2021. Details are posted online.

If you have not already done so, please begin the process of applying for your study permit before May 15, 2021. After that date, there is no guarantee that your visa will be processed in time for the start of the 2021–2022 academic year.

The University has posted pre-recorded webinars on how to apply for a study permit from outside of Canada. On the Immigration Workshops & Info Sessions web page, click on “Program Registration” for a link to the recorded sessions.

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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.

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)

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. We can be reached at firstyear@engineering.utoronto.ca. 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 first Fall Term of your university studies approaches, we hope you, your family and friends are healthy and doing well. I’d like to take this opportunity to say congratulations on becoming a part of the U of T Engineering community!

The past year has been 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! In the meantime, we continue to work to ensure you have online access to a wide range of services through the already robust Engineering Portal, which includes the Advising Portal.

Our commitment to U of T Engineering students is as strong as ever. 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, @uofteng_registr, and @uoft_eng_fyo. 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 2T5 on your academic journey. If you have questions or concerns in the meantime, please email us: registrar@engineering.utoronto.ca.

Don MacMillan
REGISTRAR

Your Summer Checklist

July

September

  • If applicable, move into residence in early September
  • Student Orientation Week (F!rosh Week) begins September 6
  • Classes start Thursday, September 9

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
416-978-4625 | firstyear@engineering.utoronto.ca
www.uoft.me/firstyearoffice

SUPPORT FOR ENGINEERING SCIENCE STUDENTS

Engineering Science Office
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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Todd Le Blanc

Assistant Director, First Year Student Success & Transition

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JesusMiracle Chiadika

First Year Advisor, Intercultural Learning & 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

Faculty Registrar

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Stephen Johns

Undergraduate Student Advisor, Years 1 & 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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