Centre for International Experience (CIE) events and programming

CIE events/programming for NEW international students

Toronto Tips 

Are you hoping to come to Toronto soon or have you just moved here? Join our session to help you prepare and get the most out of living in Toronto! Returning international students will share their tips, experiences, and general info related to living in Toronto (weather, transportation, rent, food, cultural attractions, etc.). Come with all your questions about living in Toronto! 

January 8 | 9:30am – 11:00am: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsd–rpz8uHtI4aVAZQ5YwiXMDTh-Fdv8Z 

Understanding Your Health Insurance Plans 

Are you a new international graduate student? Do you want to learn more about your different health insurance plans and how to get the most out of your benefits? Join our session that will go over the basics of your UHIP and supplementary Health and Dental plans, as well as some elements of the health care system in Canada. Returning international graduate students will share their tips and experience with the plans and health care system here. 

January 12 | 9:30am – 11:00am: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28537 

Immigration Orientation Q&A Session for New International Graduate Students 

Are you a new international graduate student? Do you have questions related to your immigration status as an international student? Watch this Immigration Orientation session to get an overview of the following topics: 

  • Highlights from the Federal Government/IRCC’s Website 
  • Studying Online 
  • Deferral of Start Date 
  • Study Permit Approval and Next Steps 
  • Travel Restrictions and Exemptions 
  • Legal Documents and Important Things to Remember 
  • Working in Canada and Where to get More Information 

After watching the Immigration Orientation session recording, join us for this short Question & Answer session with an Immigration Advisor. 

January 18 | 9:30am – 10:00am: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28538 

CIE events/programming for ALL international students 

Global Chatter Hour 

Need a break from lectures and studying? Looking to make new friends?  Global Chatter Hour is an opportunity to connect with other international students in a relaxed virtual environment, facilitated by our International Student Experience Ambassadors. Registration is not required!  You are welcome to drop in at your leisure and stay as long as you’d like. Join us for games, conversation, and to meet other students studying across the globe. 
During the Winter 2021 semester, Global Chatter Hour will take place (click below for Zoom links): 
Every other Tuesday, 9:30am-10:30am EST, starting on January 12th and ending on April 6th 
Every other Thursday, 2:30pm-3:30pm EST, starting on January 21st and ending on April 1st  

No registration required. We look forward to chatting with you! 

Post-Graduation Work Permit Q&A Sessions 

Are you interested in staying in Canada and working after graduation? You may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) valid for up to three years. The session content has been pre-recorded and is available for viewing at any time: http://uoft.me/immigrationworkshops 
Please view the videos prior to attending the Q&A. At the scheduled time, you will be able to join a CIE immigration advisor to pose questions during the Q&A session. The topics covered in the videos include the eligibility criteria for getting a post-graduation work permit, the required documents and application form(s), and more. 

January 12 | 9:30am – 10:30am: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28614 

January 14 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28726 

January 20 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28647 

January 21 | 9:30am – 10:30am: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28734 

Working in Canada Q&A Sessions 

The session content has been pre-recorded and is available for viewing at any time: http://uoft.me/immigrationworkshops. Please view the videos prior to attending the Q&A. At the scheduled time, you will be able to join a CIE immigration advisor to pose questions during the Q&A session. The topics covered in the videos include the different types of work permits/work authorizations, getting a social insurance number (SIN), eligibility criteria for both on-campus and off-campus employment, and more. 

January 15 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28624 

January 20 | 9:30am – 10:30am: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28702 

January 25 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28778 

Income Taxes in Canada for International Students 

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is hosting a live webinar for international students. Join us to learn about the Canadian income tax system, your responsibilities as an international student, what tax credits, refunds or benefits you might be eligible for, and how income taxes are filed in Canada. Staff from the Canada Revenue Agency will discuss the process and answer general questions. Please note that CRA staff cannot provide individual tax advice during this session. 

January 21 | 9:30am – 11:00am: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28594 

Service Canada Programs, Services, and Updates 

Service Canada is hosting a live webinar for International students. Join us to learn about the programs and services at Service Canada, including the issuance of Social Insurance Numbers. Service Canada staff will also provide an overview of updates to programs, services and available benefits. Please note that Service Canada staff cannot determine an individual’s eligibility for benefits during this session. 

January 28 | 9:30am – 10:30am: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28592 

Permanent Residency in Canada Webinar 

Are you an international student interested in staying in Canada permanently after graduation? Join us to learn about the different permanent residency programs. Staff members from Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be on campus to give an information session about the Express Entry Program. The IRCC presentation will cover the Express Entry system, the different PR programs under Express Entry, the eligibility criteria for each program, and more. 

January 28 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28665 

CIE events/programming for ALL students 

International Student Experience Awards Info Sessions 

Have an idea to support international students studying remotely, overseas or in Toronto? The Centre for International Experience is awarding up to $1000 for student-led projects that support the international student experience during the winter semester. Join us to learn more about submitting a proposal for an International Student Experience Award!  

January 8 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28615 

January 15 | 11:00am – 12:00pm: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28616 

Language Exchange Info Sessions 

Bonjour U of T! Te gusta estudiar lenguas? If you are studying a language, or just have a general interest in languages, the Language Exchange program welcomes you! This is your chance to practice a new language while helping other students do the same during our regular weekly meetings.  
Curious? We invite all interested students to attend one of two Language Exchange Info Sessions! You will have the chance to learn more about the program, ask questions, and connect with other new students. The Zoom link will be emailed to you the day prior to the event. 

January 13 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28540 

January 14 | 9:00am – 10:00am: https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home/slevents.htm?eventId=28541 

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