Academic success

Follow these important steps to make your transition to OCAD U easier!

1.  Begin your journey by visiting our International Student Guidebook, a helpful overview for new students that includes information on preparing for your arrival, living in Toronto and the various services and departments at OCAD U.

2.  Connect with other OCAD U students through our online communities.

3.  In order to stay organized, review our Dates and Deadline page.

4.  If you are in Toronto in the summer, sign-up for Registration Assistance Days (RAD), where students can get help choosing and registering for courses. 

5.  If this is your first time studying at an institution where classes are taught in English, you may want to consider taking English for Art & Design, a summer program for students entering first year at OCAD U.

6.  Sign up as a mentee in our Student Mentor Program. Peer mentors are available to answer your questions before you arrive and support you throughout your first year. Apply online on the Peer Mentor Program page.

7.  Plan to arrive before classes begin to attend Fall Orientation, which includes information sessions (some specifically for international and exchange students), campus tours, city outings and social gatherings for all new students. 

Academic Advising

You will want to visit the Academic Advising page to get organized before classes begin. You will find information about course registration and how to create your schedule. Instructional guides and videos are also available on the Registration Videos and myOCAD U Guides page.

Academic advisors can provide advice and support, advise you on course selection and planning, discuss your program requirements with you and much more!

English Language Support

Are you having trouble with university-level writing, reading comprehension, note taking, idea organization and English grammar and style?

Do you need help writing artist's statements, gallery reviews and design briefs?

How about getting more practice with your English conversation and comprehension?

If you said yes to any of the above, take advantage of the individualized and group tutoring and support available at the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC), 113 McCaul Street, Room 1501, Level 5.

There are also a variety of helpful resources that you can use at home to help you with time management, how to succeed with assignments and other topics. 

Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD)

The Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) supports students with temporary and permanent disabilities.  It is important to register with the CSD as early as possible to ensure that academic supports can be arranged before classes begin.

Library Services

The Dorothy H. Hoover Library is open approximately 72 hours per week during the fall/winter semesters and provides a variety of study areas, more than 10,000 full-text journals as well as materials database, a multi-media archive, and image databases. All print, AV and electronic materials are collected to support the creative research needs of all members of the OCAD community: students, staff and faculty.

OCAD U’S Learning Zone, located at 113 McCaul is a self-serve area for students; a place where you can explore different types of information and a use variety of high-tech and low-tech tools to realize your ideas. Students, librarians and technicians are available to answer your questions and provide technical assistance when you need it. Bring your laptop or use one of our computer workstations (printers and scanners are also  available). The Learning Zone is also an active exhibition space and hosts a wide range of workshops and events. Visit the Equipment page to see the materials they have available for use in the space.


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