Friday, December 3, 2010

School of Graduate Studies E-News: December 2010/January 2011 – New Students

GradSchool E-News: December 2010/January 2011 – New Students


Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Toronto. The SGS website has valuable information for new students including a section specific to new international students. Watch for your copy of the Essential Grad Guide to arrive in the mail. It's a great resource to help you get started at U of T.


TCard and UTORid: your keys to U of T services
Your TCard is your student photo identification card, your library card, and your key to various student activities and services. If you have not yet picked up your TCard, please stop by the Tcard office at Robarts Library (St. George Campus), the Card Office (Mississauga Campus), or the Registrar's Office (Scarborough Campus).

You will need your TCard to activate your UTORid, which will also automatically create your U of T email account. All official communication from the University is sent to your U of T email account. Your UTORid also gives you access to online services.
More TCard information
Activate your UTORid
Configure your UTORmail account

Registration deadline
Students admitted in January 2010 have until January 7 to register. You are not registered until you have paid tuition and incidental fees, or have made an appropriate fees arrangement (see below). Your tuition invoice is electronically deposited directly to your student account. Fees paid after January 7 will be subject to late charges.
Check your student account
Sessional dates and deadlines

Courses start week of January 3
Most graduate courses and seminars begin the week of January 3. The final date to add January session courses is January 14. Most departments permit students to use the Student Web Service (SWS) to enrol in courses within required deadlines. Some departments require students to fill out an enrolment form listing their courses. For detailed information and instructions consult your department. It is your responsibility to ensure that course enrolment is accurate on the SWS. Log on to the SWS to double check your enrolment and contact your department if you have questions. The SWS site also has a course enrolment demo.

Your health is important to us
Are you coming to Toronto for the first time? U of T’s health services suggest you bring your immunization records and medical certificates with you. These documents are not required for registration, but your immunization and medical certificates will ensure that we can provide the highest level of health care while you are here, should you need it. The health services provide confidential, student-centred health care, including comprehensive medical care, travel education, immunization, counselling, and referrals.
St. George campus Health Service
Mississauga campus Health and Counselling Centre
Scarborough campus Health and Wellness Centre


Fees arrangements to defer service charges
OSAP and other provincial loan recipients can apply online via the Student Web Service to defer fees, pending receipt of funding. Students with full funding packages, awards, research stipends or teaching assistantships which cover at least the minimum tuition fee may also make a request to register without payment, pending receipt of funding. Contact your department graduate administrator for more information.

UTM/UTSC campus affiliation
UTM/UTSC campus students can choose to pay incidental (non-academic) fees on that campus. Students in single campus programs do not need to apply. Any other student who wishes to affiliate with UTM or UTSC may do so by completing the Change of Campus Affiliation Form. For more information, contact your graduate unit or contact the graduate affairs office: UTSC, call 416-287-7047, UTM see Office of Vice Dean Graduate.


Student nominations for Governing Council
Have you ever considered standing for election to the Governing Council as a student member? Nominations for two graduate student seats on Governing Council will be accepted between January 7 and January 21. All student seats will be for a one-year term from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. Nomination forms will be available on the Governing Council website as of January 7, 2011.


Winter Welcome 2011 for new students
Discover graduate student life at the University of Toronto. Winter Welcome 2011 is designed to connect incoming graduate students to support services as well as opportunities for engagement and learning outside the classroom. Let us answer your questions as we take a tour of various locations on the St. George Campus that offer services, resources and programs that are available for grad students. Light refreshments will be served. Monday, January 17, 2011, 10:00am - 12:30pm. To register, please send an email to Please include your name, email address, program of study, and degree.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Hart House Theatre presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a hilarious musical romp based on the hit film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. On the French Riviera, two charming and unscrupulous con-artists are pitted against each other in this smart, sexy and side-splitting comedy. January 14 - 29, 2011. Tickets are $25/Students $15 and can be puchased from UofTtix.


GPS orientation
The Graduate Professional Skills Program (GPS) comprises a variety of co-curricular offerings that provide doctoral stream graduate students a full range of optional opportunities for professional skills development. You can find out more at one of the GPS orientation sessions, Wednesday, January 19, or Friday, January 21, 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Send an email to to register.

English Language Writing and Support (ELWS)
Online registration for January courses offered by the Office of English Language and Writing Support (ELWS) will open on Monday January 3 at 10:00am. ELWS courses are free, non-credit, and available exclusively to U of T graduate students. Courses fill quickly, so register on January 3 to avoid disappointment. ELWS also offers free single-session workshops and one-on-one writing consultations.

A fit for everyone: Active strategies to support your success in grad school
Learn the components of fitness and how you can adopt active strategies to support your success in grad school. Physical Activity Ambassadors from the Faculty of Physical Education and Health will be facilitating this workshop followed by a tour of the Athletic Centre. Bring your workout clothes and participate in a FREE drop-in fitness class after the workshop. Friday, January 14, 2011, 12:00pm at the Gradroom, 66 Harbord Street.

New to Canada? Support for international students
The Centre for International Experience (formerly the International Student Centre) is the place for international students on the St. George Campus to sign up for medical insurance (UHIP), apply for off-campus work permits, seek advice and mentorship, and much more. They can also provide you with valuable advice on coming to U of T. Students at UTM and UTSC can pick up their UHIP cards at their health service and have access to both the St. George and campus-based international student services.
Centre for International Experience (formerly the International Student Centre)
International Student Resource Centre at Mississauga
International Student Centre at Scarborough

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Important Dates

• December 22
University closes for winter break

• January 3
Most formal graduate courses and seminars begin this week

• January 3
Registration opens for English Language Writing Support January courses

• January 7
Last date for payment of tuition fees to meet registration deadline

• January 7
Deadline to request UTM/UTSC campus affiliation rebates for January session (if applicable)

• January 14
Final date to add January session courses

• January 17
Winter Welcome orientation for new students starting in January

• January 19 & 21
Graduate Professional Skills orientation sessions for new students

• February 1
Deadline to change immigration status or claim exemption from international student fees for the January session


SGS Student Services
63 St. George Street

Hours of operation
Monday to Friday
10:00am to 4:00pm


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