First-Year Engineering Buddy (E-Buddy) Program

Are you a new first-year international U of T Engineering student? The First Year E-Buddy Program is here to support you with your transition to the Faculty and the University! 

E-Buddies are upper-year engineering peer mentors who will provide support by answering questions about life at U of T Engineering, sharing their experiences, and providing information about campus resources. They will also provide informal programming and events to build community amongst international students, as well as provide support through structured workshops and events. 

All first-year international* students are eligible to participate in this program.  You will receive an email invitation to join the First Year Hub, which will launch on Quercus in mid-June. We've gathered lots of great information in the Hub on Quercus to provide you with an overview of the supports and resources that are available to you as you navigate through your first year of studies as an international student. 

The E-Buddy program is free for new U of T Engineering international students, and all workshops listed below are free for registration.  

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to connect with any of our E-Buddies! They can be reached at 

Scroll down to explore our E-Buddy Bios, International Student Workshop Series, and E-Buddy Community Meetups!

*If you identify as an international student but are a returning Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, you are also eligible to participate in the E-Buddy program. Please reach out to the First Year Office ( for more information. 

E-Buddy Bios

Winnie Hsiang, 2T6 

Hi, my name is Winnie Hsiang, and I am currently pursuing my studies in Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Alongside my major, I have minors in bioengineering and music. Originally from Taiwan, I am thrilled to join the E-Buddy family and share my experiences with first-year international students. Outside of school, I enjoy playing the piano, solving jigsaw puzzles, and exploring my interest in machine learning. The possibilities in this field are endless! So, buckle up and get ready to embark on this exciting journey together—I can't wait to meet all of you and be your guide through the wonderful world of first-year adventures!


Shiran (Sherry) Zhang, 2T6 

Hi there! I'm Sherry, and I'm absolutely thrilled to be your new E-Buddy. I am eagerly looking forward to meeting all the incoming first-year international students and joining them on this exciting adventure at university. As a TrackOne 2T6 student embarking on a journey in Industrial Engineering, I am passionate about combining my technical skills and creativity to make a positive impact. Growing up in China, Thailand, and Canada has given me a unique perspective and a deep appreciation for diverse cultures. Currently, I am serving on the Marketing WebMaster Team for F!rosh Week, where I get to channel my enthusiasm for web development. I am excited to share my experiences, offer guidance, and create a welcoming community for you all. Let's embark on this incredible journey and make unforgettable memories together! 


First Year International Student Workshop Series:  

Looking to get connected? This workshop series is a chance for you to get your questions about life at U of T Engineering answered before the start of the 2023 Fall Term. You will also be able to get to know a friendly face before the start of classes, and connect with your fellow students. 

Summer 2023 International Student Workshop Series Schedule (All workshops will be held online):

E-Buddy Community Meetups 

E-Buddy Summer Community Meetups will consist of icebreakers, games, and activities, designed to help you meet as many of your fellow students as possible over the summer!  The E-Buddy meet-ups will be themed, and each week will cover a new topic to help you prepare for the start of your studies.

Summer 2023 E-Buddy Meetup Schedule (All Meetups will be held online):

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 25,  2 – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 9, 10 a.m.  – 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Please register here for all online E-Buddy Community Meetups.