Centre for International Experience

News and Events

The Centre for International Experience (CIE) brings you a wide range of cultural events, social events and activities designed to offer you a taste of Canadian and world cultures. There are also sessions to help you plan for international travel. Keep checking back for news about international opportunities and future events planned through CIE.

University of Sydney Info Session

Interested in studying abroad?  Want to study in Sydney, Australia?


Come to the info session to learn more about exchange opportunities at the University of Sydney, Australia!  A representative from University of Sydney will be there to answer any questions you may have.


Date & Time: Tuesday, March 3, 2015  12pm-1pm  Register for this session

Location: Global Lounge, CIE, 33 St. George Street


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The Ali Saeed Memorial Award for International Students

The Arts and Science Students Association (ASSU) has established a $5000 award for international, full-time undergraduate students in memory of Ali Saeed.


The deadline to apply is Friday, February 27th 2015 at 5 p.m.  For infomation about how to apply, please see the ASSU website.


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Summer Coursework at Hebrew University of Jerusalem


You could be spending your summer floating on the Dead Sea, hiking up to Masada, camping in the Jordanian dessert and living in the holy city of Jerusalem! 


Are you interested in earning credits in  History, Peace & Conflict Studies, Political Science, Business, Religion, Environmental studies, Psychology, Hebrew and Arabic while living in the mystic city of Jerusalem? 
CIE offers a great opportunity for students to spend their summer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and earn up to 1.0 UofT credit! Summer courses at Hebrew University are taught in English and include various field trips throughout Israel. 
Up to $4000 in funding is available for students thorugh the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University Award.  Most courses have also been pre-approved!
Please go to our Summer Options page for more information. 
CIE Summer Program Application and CFHU Award Application Deadline:  March 20th, 2015 

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Summer Opportunities

International Opportunities for the summer


Are you interested in going abroad this summer? Want to participate in summer school abroad and earn credits?  Go to our Summer Options page to browse through the list of various summer destinations. 


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Post-Graduation Work Permit Information Session:

Will you finish the requirements of your program this year?

Would you like to stay in Canada after your graduation to work? 

You may be eligible for an open work Permit (Post-Graduation Work Permit) valid for up to 3 years. 


Under the new CIC regulations you have to apply for the Post-graduation work permit within 90 days from the date you finish your degree requirements (The 90 days period starts from when you receive your final grades)

The topics that will be discussed are as Follows:

  • Eligibility Criteria for the PGWP.
  • The deadline for submitting a PGWP application.
  • How to create an online account with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) which will enable you to apply online. 
  • The validity period of the PGWP. 
  • How to use your PGWP to qualify for future PR programs
  • An Overview of the Different options for permanent residency in Canada.

Date: March 23rd , 2015, Register for this session

            April 9th, 2015 Register for the Session

            May 4th, 2015  Register for the session

            May 15th, 2015 Register for the session

            May 22nd, 2015 Register for the session


Time: 3:00 PM- 5:00PM, 

Location: (CIE) 33 St. George St Toronto Room 102(Cumberland)


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La Résidence Permanente au Canada: Perspectives Ontario.

Souhaitez-vous rester au Canada de façon permanente ?

Cette année, Le Ministère des Affaires civiques, de l’Immigration et du Commerce international de l'Ontario désignera 5200 demandeurs de résidence permanente. Des représentants du ministère donneront une séance d'information sur les trois volets du programme.


La séance portera sur :

•        Les trois volets de résidence permanente.

o   étudiants étrangers avec une offre d’emploi.

o   étudiants titulaires d’une maîtrise.

o   étudiants étrangers titulaires d’un doctorat.

·       Critères d'admissibilité pour chaque volets .

·       Les délais de traitement des demandes.

·      Les frais de traitement des demandes .



Quand: Le Jeudi, 9 Avril 2015, 3-5pm, Register for the Session

Où: CIE , 33 , rue St. George (salle Cumberland )


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USA VISA Information Session.

Do you wish to visit study or work in the United States? Representatives from the US Consulate in Toronto will be will be coming to U of T to  explain: 

  • The various types of U.S. non-immigrant visas and required documents necessary to meet the eligibility requirements. 
  •  The requirements for doing an internship in the US.
  • The requirements for conducting research in the US.

  • The application process and the required documents for Canadians.

  • The application process and the required documents for International Students.

  • The application process for each visa type.

  • The processing time and related fees.


When: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 1-3 pm/ Register for the Session

Where: Mechanical Engineering Bldg; Room: MC254
Address: 5 King's College Road, Toronto.



Learning Support Workshops at CIE

Learn the best strategies and practices in areas of note-taking, citation and paraphrase, stress and time management, and exam preparation. These workshops are open to all CsF and Exchange students.



For further information, please contact: Yoko Maliszewski, swb.cie@utoronto.ca



Open Mic Nights

February 27, March 27, 2015

Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience

33 St. George St.


Come out and show off your talents!


Whether you are a songwriter, poet, dancer, or wish to perform and share your skills, we want to see it! Join us for our monthly open mic sessions.


To register, please contact the Global Lounge Coordinator, indicating what you would like to perform, and what materials or equipment you will need.


We will try our best to accommodate for your performance. It is always best if you bring any equipment or instruments that you require, if possible.



Cultural Cuisine

All Cultural Cuisine Offerings hosted at CIE, 33 St. George St.

Co-presented with U of T Culinary Arts Club


2015 Dates:


Friday, March 6, 5-8pm

Friday March 27, 5-8pm


Enjoy the tastes of the world in these interactive culinary sessions. A tasty meal, new friends, and international cuisine. Sounds good to us!


Tickets: $5

For more information, please contact global.lounge@utoronto.ca


CIE 6th Annual Photography Contest

The CIE is hosting its annual photo exhibition and we want your submissions!

The exhibit will showcase creative works by past exchange participants and students currently studying abroad or on an international exchange here at U of T.
Submission period: February 2 – March 2, 2015
Exhibition: March 11, 2015
Visit the Photo Contest webpage for all the entry requirements and details.


CIE Language Exchange Film Nights

The Last Friday of each month, 6-8pm

Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience

33 St. George St.


2015 Screening Dates:

March 26 - TBA


Book the dates! Come unwind and enjoy a free movie at CIE. Stay tuned for more details on the screenings.


For more information, please contact the Global Lounge Coordinator



Mindful Moments

Every Thursday, 4-5pm, starting January 18, 2015

Baldwin Room, Centre for International Experience

33 St. George St.


Offered throughout the week at various locations. Can't come on Thursday? Visit the list of locations and times offered across St. George campus.


Focus on the present moment. Breathe. Find your calm spot.


Centre for International Experience and Multi-Faith Centre co-present Mindfulness Meditation sessions in the fall. Develop mindfulness and learn how meditation can be used to support your overall health and academics.


Please arrive 5 minutes early to avoid disturbing your fellow meditators. Yoga Mats and some cushions will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own.


For more information, please contact the Global Lounge Coordinator.


To learn more about programming like this, please visit the Multi-Faith Centre Website.