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interntational student orientationAttending orientation events will enable you to meet new people, learn tricks and tips on how to get the most from your university experience as you begin this new journey. Take advantage of the mandatory MyStart: International, a free orientation program for all incoming undergraduate and graduate international and exchange students. We look forward to welcoming you to the Ontario Tech community!


MyStart: International

During MyStart: International, you will:

  • Meet other new students and hear from with upper-year students about their journey at the university
  • Identify support services on campus you can utilize
  • Learn about your health insurance plans
  • Learn about to comply with the immigration regulations

Graduate students, please note that topics covered in MyStart: International are not the same as those in the Graduate Student Orientation. We highly recommend you attend all orientations that are relevant to you.

MyStart: International is mandatory for all incoming international students.

Learn more and Register for MyStart: International



New Arrival Support Program

When you arrive, you may not know anyone or be familiar with your new Canadian context, but you will have lots of questions and need assistance to settle in. The New Arrival Support Program (NASP) allows you to meet international student volunteers who will help with your adjustment to Ontario Tech and to Oshawa. The support provided will depend on the requests made by you and other students who may be grouped with you.
During the program you may:

  • Meet peers who can support you.
  • Receive a campus tour.
  • Receive a tour of the Durham Region public transit system.
  • Learn how to navigate through Oshawa.
  • Get your campus ID (if offices are open on the date you select).
  • Get assistance setting up banking.
  • Get assistance setting up phone plans.
  • Shop for your immediate needs.
  • Get your Social Insurance Number (SIN) (if offices are open).

Note: You should register for both the NASP and MyStart: International orientation, as they are different programs.

Register for the New Arrival Support Program