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.
Please check out the Official Orientation Events tab below for Winter 2024 Graduate Orientation session details. Program orientations vary by program.
Our team at the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is looking forward to meeting and welcoming each of you. If you have not already done so, please visit our Welcome Site.
Additionally, you will find below targeted resources and recordings of past events, offering information on a variety of topics including registration, Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA), health insurance, finances, everything you need to know as a new international student, student services and more!
Orientation Overview and Welcome
New student orientation is a great way to meet students in your program, hear from your Deans and learn about helpful resources and supports Trent offers to ensure you are successful in your program. Orientation events are scheduled at both Trent campuses.
Peterborough Campus Orientation for AMOD students
- Thursday January 10th
- 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
- Details will be emailed to all eligible participants
Durham Campus Orientation for MGMT students
- January 2024 (date tbd)
- Details will be emailed to all eligible participants
Parking & Arrival
- We encourage you to use Trent's Interactive Campus Map to locate the buildings at each campus ahead of arrival.
- For Peterborough: You can use this ClassFind link for step-by-step instructions on finding rooms. For those who will be driving in, more details about parking locations and fees can be found on Trent's parking website. Take a look at the Peterborough Bus Link, and Go Bus routes to plan your route ahead of time.
- For Durham: While there is no fee to park at the Durham campus, all Durham students, staff, faculty, and third party are required to register for a parking permit. Please visit Trent's Durham parking website for more information.
For those who cannot attend the Graduate orientation sessions, the presentations will be posted to this website following the event. Many of our graduate programs also 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. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!
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.
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.
Graduate students starting their program in January 2024 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.
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
The Trent Graduate Student Association (TGSA), the student-run organization represents just over 950 graduate students at Trent. The TGSA 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.
Book a virtual advising appointment with our Finance Officer if you have questions or concerns.
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
Trent International Orientation Welcome Sessions
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.
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
The Official Orientation presentation below by 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. about all things research at Trent University.
Resource: Research at Trent Presentation Slides
Representatives of the Sciences provides 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 email@example.com