E-Orientation for International TAs

Register for the E-Orientation Program by following this self-enrollment link: https://q.utoronto.ca/enroll/7B9EWM

Welcome! This e-orientation program is designed for international graduate students, especially those who are interested in teaching at the University (in roles, for example, such as teaching assistants (TA) or course instructors (CI)).

By joining this program, you will have access to a hub of resources on Quercus (U of T’s learning management ecosystem) and are invited to attend one or more drop-in Q&A sessions facilitated by current international teaching assistants (ITAs) during the month of July.

In this e-orientation, you can access resource pages and short videos, engage in discussion boards, and learn about other important supports related to teaching at the University.

Who is eligible to participate in this e-orientation program?
If you are an international graduate student who has accepted an offer to study at the University of Toronto starting in Fall of 2021, you are welcome to join this program. Current international graduate students who are interested in learning more about teaching assistantships are also eligible to participate.

Note: You do not require a formal offer of a teaching assignment to participate – if you are an international graduate student who is interested in teaching at the university as a TA or CI, you will benefit from the content covered in this program.

How do you register for the program?
All you need to do is follow this link to self-enroll in the program: https://q.utoronto.ca/enroll/7B9EWM

You will need to have your UTORId and password in order to register. To activate your UTORid, visit the Activation website. If you are experiencing issues with your UTORid and password, please contact the Information Commons Help Desk.

What is the time commitment required to participate in this program?
You can expect to spend 4 – 8 hours navigating the resources individually and attending the 1-hour long Q&A drop-in sessions, depending on how many you choose to attend.

When will the drop-in Q&As be held?
Each Q&A session will take place on four Thursdays during the month of July (from 9am – 10am ET):

  • Option #1: Thursday, July 8th
  • Option #2: Thursday, July 15th
  • Option #3: Thursday, July 22nd
  • Option #4: Thursday, July 29th

All questions related to TA-ships are welcome in this space, and you can join for the full hour or until your question is answered. Please feel free to attend one or multiple sessions – there is no limit.

Kindly note that the facilitators cannot answer immigration-related questions in these Q&A sessions (for example, related to study permits, entry visas, and working in Canada). You are welcome to watch pre-recorded videos or attend drop–in sessions offered by Immigration Advisors at the Centre for International Experience if you have questions in this area.

How do I know if I will have a teaching assignment?
Some students are informed about their teaching assignment as part of their funding package, whereas others may apply for TA opportunities within or outside of their home departments.

How do I know if I am eligible to work as an international teaching assistant?
If you are an international student with full-time registration status and a valid study permit, you are eligible to work in Canada with some conditions.

For more information, please visit the Centre for International Experience’s page on working in Canada, and regularly check this page for updates about work permits, international travel to and from Canada, or learning abroad during COVID-19.

Other questions or need additional information?
Please contact Yaseen Ali at yaseen.ali@utoronto.ca