Intake programs for new U of T students in 2022-23

If you’re beginning your undergraduate degree, you can help prepare for what lies ahead next fall by participating in one of U of T’s many intake programs. Many colleges have designed programs specifically for their incoming students. Check with your college registrar to see what might be available. Here’s a listing of some of the college offerings:

  • As part of its program for newly admitted studentsNew College offers a series of workshops on writing, research and navigating courses. Students are also invited to make appointments for individual consultations during the summer. Book appointments online.
  • In mid- to late-August, University College students can attend one of six skills sessions as part of its Getting Started Early program. UC also invites its incoming students to bring a sample of high school work for a one-on-one appointment during July or August. Book all group or one-on-one sessions online.
  • Victoria College offers a Writing at the University seminar for newly admitted students.
  • Woodsworth College offers its new students the Jump Start program, a full-day introduction to getting the most out of the U of T experience (lunch is provided). Register online.
  • UTM‘s Head Start program in late August provides a free series of interactive sessions specially designed to help first-year students achieve success. Incoming UTM students can come to as many sessions as they like.
  • In the first half of September, Student Life will offer a number of workshops for new students as part of its Kickstart program. Registration begins on the Kickstart site in July.

Writing Centre Summer 2021 Openings

All U of T operations are affected by the COVID-19 response; check with your writing centre to learn how they are handling appointments. The Message from the University regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here.

Only some of the University’s writing centres are open during the summer months.

  • All of the downtown college writing centres will be open during the summer. Undergraduate students taking courses in the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St George campus can book up to two appointments. Students taking a program course in a different college can bring work on the course to that college’s writing centre.
  • Students can book at most of the writing centres in professional faculties: The Health Sciences Writing Centre is open to students of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Kinesiology and Physical Education, and Social Work until mid-July. The Engineering Communication Program offers appointments for in-person and online tutoring sessions during both summer terms. The OISE Student Success Centre will be open for limited appointment hours. The Daniels Writing Centre will be closed May 1-Sept. 6, but students may contact regarding a limited number of appointments during the summer sessions.
  • The Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre and the U of T at Scarborough Writing Centre will both be open in the summer. Find out more about the writing centres at UTM and UTSC.
  • The writing centre for graduate students, the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication will be open May, June, and August.

You may book an appointment either by visiting the writing centre home page in your college or faculty or simply by visiting the common online booking system. Just follow the instructions on the welcome page. You will find links taking you to all centres that you are eligible to use.

Writing Centres Offer Extended Hours for Remainder of Spring Term

Most writing centres will be offering extended hours for the remainder of spring term, and appointments will be available at most centres during Study Break. Check your writing centre for availability.

All U of T operations are affected by the COVID-19 response; check with your writing centre to learn how they are handling appointments. The Message from the University regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here.


Language and Place: Mapping Multilingual Journeys mini-course

Registration opens on January 6, 2020, for ELL’s new Mini-Course, called “Language and Place:  Mapping Multilingual Journeys.”

This course is a unique experience!  You’ll get speaking, writing and critical thinking practice while exploring your relationship to language.  This free, non-credit course will be taught by Dr. Paola Bohorquez during Winter 2020 Reading Week.

To register (Arts & Science undergraduates only):  Send your name, college, and year of studies to

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FREE Quality English Language Instruction

*FREE* quality English language instruction with the ELL Program starts again in Winter 2020!  The *NEW* Communication Cafe schedule includes sessions on abstract photography, networking at parties, Grammar Games, and more (starting January 6, 2020—no registration needed).  Sessions are taught by ELL professors and writing centre instructors. (For Faculty of Arts & Science undergraduates only).

For more information about the English Language Learning Program, visit:

Workshops on Real-World Writing Genres: Law and Journalism

The UC Writing Centre is offering two excellent opportunities for undergraduate students to learn about the kinds of writing practiced in two fields: law and journalism. U of T undergraduates from all fields of study are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, October 23, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Writing and the Law, with Simon Stern.

In this workshop, Simon Stern will provide a window onto the practice of law by comparing professional legal writing to other types of writing. Unlike creative and many other forms of professional writing, genres such as the legal memo or judgement typically begin with the conclusion and then recapitulate the path to the conclusion. What would count a spoiler in other genres counts as a virtue in legal writing. Professor Stern will show how the strategies of legal writing reflect the values and needs of the profession.

Simon Stern teaches law and English at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the evolution of legal doctrines and methods in relation to literary and intellectual history. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles and book chapters on legal fictions, obscenity law, and early conceptions of criminal fraud. 

Tuesday, October 30, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Writing and Journalism, with Kamal Al-Solaylee.

Held up as a watchdog of democracy and decried as a purveyor of fake news, the profession of journalism has become the subject of intense debate in the past few years. How can undergraduate students with an interest in journalism get a handle on what the future has in store for this constantly shifting industry? In this workshop, Kamal Al-Solaylee provides an overview of the world of journalism, whether pursued as a civic duty, a full-time career, or a side interest.

Award-winning journalist and writer Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes and the recent Brown.  He has written for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Quill & Quire and Literary Review of Canada. He currently teaches journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto.

All workshops are free. Find out more or register online.

These workshops are sponsored by the Faculty of Arts & Science and University College.