Get Ready for Your First Week!

Thank you for choosing the University of Toronto for your studies, and welcome to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) family!

Student Orientation takes place at the start of the Fall term. It offers in-person and online activities to connect you with the University of Toronto, OISE, your academic program and your academic department. It is a great way to meet your peers, get comfortable on campus and learn about all the support services you have access to as an OISE graduate student.

Watch your UTmail+ email inboxes for further event details and links to RSVP. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect. Mark your calendar and plan to join us!

A Note About Safety: 

For everyone’s safety and comfort, hand sanitizer will be available throughout the OISE building. The continued use of masks in the building is strongly encouraged. This is particularly important during activities and in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. If you are experiencing symptoms or have been directed to isolate by a healthcare provider, please do not come on campus.

Join Us for Orientation | September 6, 2023

This event includes a Dean's Welcome and Keynote Presentation, an International Student Social, and an information fair where you can learn how to access vital services, groups, clubs and organizations within the OISE and UofT community.  
OISE-Wide Orientation Event Agenda:

Program & Departmental Orientation Events  

  • APHD Departmental Orientation – Sep 6th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm  

  • CTL: 

    • MT Program Orientation – Sep 5th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 

      • Sep 7th 9:00 am – 2:30 pm  

      • Sep 15th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  

    • C&P and LLE Program Orientation – Sep 6th 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm  

  • LHAE Department Orientation – Sep 7th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

  • SJE Departmental Orientation – Sep 7th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 

Please monitor your student email, as information about these events will be sent to you directly from your respective department/program. 

OISE ROSE Financial Aid Webinar:
(For Full-Time Domestic Students) Financial Aid: 4 Main Steps for Full-Time Domestic Students Webinar.

Date:  Sept 7, 2023.
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Please monitor your student email, as information about this event will be sent directly to Full Time Domestic Students from OISE ROSE.


OISE International Students Dodge Ball Game

Date: Friday, 8 September 2023 
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST 
Address: Athletic Centre: 55 Harbord St, Toronto 

Student Resources

Student Guide

The Student Resource Guide provides a summary of information on student services and supports available at OISE.

Self-Guided Audio Tour

This audio tour was created to give you a feel of the OISE building. Led by one of our student ambassadors, you can take a virtual walk around, explore the key areas of OISE, and learn some neat facts about our spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions About Orientation

OISE Orientation events will be held in person, while some department and program events will take place online. Watch your UTmail+ email inboxes for details.

Both! It is possible that some orientation events will take place over Zoom or Microsoft Teams.


To ensure you have full Zoom functionalities and to reduce technical issues, you should:

  1. Claim a free U of T issued Zoom Educational Account
  2. Install the free Zoom desktop application, instead of running it on a web browser, to your computer.
  3. Join a Test Zoom meeting,
  4. Read Zoom FAQs or access the University of Toronto Zoom Knowledge Base.
  5. Configure UTORvpn if Zoom is blocked in your country.
Microsoft Teams / Office

All U of T students get free access to Microsoft Office 365 (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and more). Take full advantage of this by installing Office 365

In the coming weeks, you will find orientation schedules and additional resources on this web page.

You may also receive orientation planning, schedules, and links directly via email from your department or program.

Orientation is a joint effort between several Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) areas. The following are important groups and acronyms you should familiarize yourself with.

Registrar's Office & Student Experience (ROSE)

The ROSE provides information on admission, digital forms, course registration, account information, fee payments, student financial budgeting advice, counselling, accommodations, career services, the OISE Student Success Centre (OSSC), professional development, convocation, and more. ROSE also organizes the OISE-wide Welcome Events and Information Fair.


Your Department (LHAE, SJE, CTL, APHD)

There are four unique departments at OISE, and every program falls under one of them. Each department’s title explains the type of programming they offer. If your department is hosting orientation events, it is likely that you will receive further information via email. The four departments: Applied Psychology & Human Development (APHD)Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (CTL)Leadership, Higher & Adult Education (LHAE), and Social Justice Education (SJE).


Collaborative Specialization

Some students may choose to be a part of a collaborative specialization as well. If your collaborative specialization is hosting orientation programming, you will receive more information via email.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS)

SGS Orientation activities are meant to help you connect with the broader graduate community.  Visit the SGS Orientation website to learn more about their orientation events.

For students who cannot attend SGS events in-person or prefer to engage virtually, SGS has a Orientation Quercus site where students can access additional practical information, such as administrative processes for their programs, recordings of orientation day sessions as well as links to synchronous/asynchronous content and workshops. Students can opt-in to the course if they wish and will have access to the content for one year. 

All U of T/OISE graduate students have access to resources, programming and services offered through SGS. Such as: academic, professional, awards, international experience, events, Gradlife, and more. 


University of Toronto Graduate Student Union (UTGSU)

The UTGSU represents all U of T graduate students and advocates for improvements that increase the quality of the graduate student experience, including: improved student access to mental health support, increased funding, improved academic support and resources, and more.

UTGSU provides many services for their members, including but not limited to: tax clinics, health, dental, and travel insurance, conference bursaries, confidential academic appeal support and conference, and academic engagement grants.

Registration for Orientation will be available soon. You will receive further information and registration details for your department or program specific orientation programming directly in your UTmail+ email.

Make sure your UTORid and UTmail+ email are set up!

UTORid is short for University of Toronto ID. Your UTORid is necessary for accessing everything online at U of T/OISE. Therefore, you must set up your UTORid as soon as possible. 

As you set up your UTORid, you will also set up your UTmail+ (short for University of Toronto email). 

You will receive many orientation event invites, and it can be overwhelming! But, every incoming student has unique needs and may prioritize things differently. We recommend the following priority order. 

Priority #1 

Priority #2

Priority #3

  • All other U of T/OISE group orientation events