Information for newly admitted students
Welcome to the School of Graduate Studies at Trent!
Orientation is a key part of your preparation for studying at the graduate level at Trent University and is a great opportunity to connect with new graduate students from Canada and around the world.
We are very hopeful that we will be able to host an orientation in person for students beginning in the May and September 2022 terms and have the opportunity to personally welcome you to Trent. Details on the format for Orientation events will be updated as they are known.
Our team at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is so looking forward to meeting and welcoming each of you. We look forward to welcoming you in person in the coming months but until that time we have developed a number of virtual events and resources that will prepare you well to begin your studies. To star, if you have not already done so, please visit our Welcome Site.
Additionally, you will find below targeted resources and recordings of events, offering information on a variety of topics including registration, becoming a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), health insurance, finances, everything you need to know as a new international student, student services and more!
Official Orientation Events
Useful Resources & Events for all new grad students
Are you an International Student?
Will you be a GTA?
Will you be studying in the sciences?
Are you a Master of Management student studying at the Durham Campus?
Two of the key events that ALL students should plan to attend are:
SGS Orientation, Overview and Team Welcome
Winter 2022 new students - December 16, 2021
Recording of Winter Term Orientation Overview
This event included a welcome and introduction to the School of Graduate Studies team as well as an overview of supports and available resources.
Recording of Orientation Overview Event from the fall 2021 term
Recording of Official Welcome Orientation from the fall 2021 term
Fall orientation events included a welcome from the Provost and useful introductory information on Traill College, the role of the Research Office and how TGSA can support you throughout your time as a graduate student at Trent University.
Many of our graduate programs offer program-specific orientation events prior to the start of the new term. Your program will communicate with you directly about any program specific events.
Review your Offer of Admission
Take time to carefully look over your offer of admission and understand the details of your offer. Confirm that any outstanding conditions have been met to finalize your entrance to graduate school. Review your finances and understand your funding and your costs.
Registration for the 2021-2022 year is open. Students have until January 10 to select and adjust their 2022 winter term classes.
Drop in sessions for students who have questions about registration:
- throughout late November and December upon request to email@example.com (subject line: Registration Drop in)
Students can obtain their TrentU card through the card office.
Trent has a wide range of services to support graduate students and we are pleased to offer a session that will cover topics such as mental health, accessibility, academic skills & integrity and Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) resources.
Health Benefits / Student VIP
Graduate students starting their program in January 2022 are billed Health & Dental coverage within their posted fees. The option to OPT-OUT is available for those with proof of alternative coverage.
Please join us for a session which will cover the services that Student VIP covers, how to make a claim, how to add family, how to opt out as well as the Student VIP app.
Recording of Student VIP & Health Benefits Orientation event
Presentation slides from Orientation event - available upon request
The “Library Instruction 2021-22” course is a stand-alone Blackboard course to introduce students to library resources and the process of scholarly research. The library can also offer in depth workshops for topics not covered by the introductory Blackboard course. Information about the course, as well as other instructional services, is available at: https://www.trentu.ca/library/help
Leganto integrates copyright fair-dealing assessment, library acquisitions, access to Omni resources (including articles and videos), external links, and uploaded files allowing you to take care of all your course-related library requests in one place. Leganto can replace or augment Blackboard for providing readings and allows the library to facilitate reliable access for students across courses. For further information: Leganto
Trent Graduate Student Association
The Trent Graduate Student Association (TGSA), the student-run organization represents just over 800 graduate students at Trent. The GSA promotes, advocates and represents our members’ academic, political, social and cultural interests.
There are all kinds of things to learn and understand when it comes to finances as a graduate student - from scholarships to funding to OSAP, we know you will have questions and we are here to help. Review the links posted below and if you have any questions, feel free to email us.
Graduate Credit Refund
How to Make a Payment to your Account
Graduate Students & OSAP
Research Thesis Programs Overview - Awards Funding
Sponsored Students - Trent has an established process for any student having their fees covered by an external agency which they should ensure they review in the link provided as it is time sensitive to submit appropriate documentation.
Traill offers Trent University students a welcoming space to study, or relax, in the university college tradition. Named after nineteenth-century author and naturalist Catharine Parr Traill, the College has forged a unique identity as Trent’s downtown location. Home to the Canadian Studies, Cultural Studies, English and History graduate programs as well as a number of undergraduate programs and the continuing Education program.
Please refer to the Trent International website for complete details on starting life as an international student at Trent.
Safe Arrival Webinars
Held from 8:30-9:30 am ET on the following days:
Trent International Orientation Welcome Sessions
Meet the Trent International team and learn more about heir services, immigration, health insurance. Also includes a live chat to help answer questions. Please register for one session as each cover the same content.
Monday, December 13 at 8:00 am to 11:00 am ET Register here
Monday, December 20 at 8:00 am to 11 am ET Register here
The University Health Insurance Plan is mandatory health insurance for all international students.
Resource: UHIP website
Eligible students in research-based programs are offered a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) in their offer of admission. As a first time GTA, we are here to support you and provide you with the tools and information you need to feel confident in your role. You will receive a communication outlining the instructions on how to complete the paperwork required for payroll. In addition, please review the resources below to help you succeed in your new role.
Presentation on Becoming a Graduate Teaching Assistant
GTA Discussion with the TGSA and CUPE II Information presented by representatives of TGSA and CUPE II to talk about first hand experiences and to provide advice and support
Will you be conducting Research?
The Official Orientation recording above contains a presentation about all things research at Trent University. Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Cathy Bruce provides an overview of the Research Office and how it can support you as a graduate student.
Resource: Research at Trent Presentation Slides
Representatives of the Sciences providse an overview of resources available to graduate students including required safety training modules. Background information presented is important to your research time here at Trent and provide some details on what resources are available and who to contact.
Additionally, the Manager of Animal Care provides attendees with an introduction to the culture and expectations for working with live animals at Trent, whether it is lab or field based.
Science Facilities presentation - available upon request
Animal Sciences presentation
Students registered in the Master of Management program will find this final Orientation session extremely useful. Representatives from the Durham campus will cover everything to make you feel comfortable on campus. From library services to academic skills to academic advisors to athletics to counseling and student accessibility services, to student life to international - this session will cover everything you need to know about the Durham campus!
If you have any questions about Orientation or any of the events listed above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org