New Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant Orientation

This year, winter orientation for new graduate students and teaching assistants will be delivered online in video format. You will be able to access the materials on January 7 and complete your orientation(s) at a time that is convenient to you.

Please register for the orientation session (and TA Orientation sessions, if you will be working as a TA during the fall term) using the form below. You will receive further information about how to access the Orientation materials closer to the date.


If you are a graduate student or teaching assistant new to your role in Winter 2021 it is strongly recommended that you attend orientation by watching the videos. The sessions will provide you with important information about starting your graduate studies and/or your role as a teaching assistant. You will have the opportunity to hear from members of the Graduate Students’ Association, CUPE 4600, and a variety of campus service representatives.

The TA Orientation session counts toward paid training hours for new teaching assistants who complete it.

If you have questions about Winter Orientation please contact David Lafferty at

International Graduate Student Orientation

If you are an international student, you should also complete one of the orientation sessions being offered by the International Student Services Office (ISSO). Please visit the ISSO’s orientation page for details. For information about other ISSO initiatives, please click here.

Departmental Orientations

Your academic department, school, institute, or program may be offering a specific orientation for you and your incoming cohort. More information is available from your academic department, school, institute or program.