First Year Foundations Summer Programs

First Year Foundations programs are held during the summer months for incoming first-year U of T Engineering students.

We also encourage interested students to consider participating in the University of Toronto Engineering Academy for a refresher on core high-school-level math, chemistry, computer programming and physics curriculum before proceeding to the programs listed below.

For summer 2022, programs will be offered in-person unless otherwise noted.

These optional programs help you to meet fellow classmates, future professors and teaching assistants, while learning more about the social and academic aspects of university.

Some programs have no cost, while others require a fee*. For questions about these programs, please contact the First Year Office.

*If you are a student in financial need, and the program fee is a barrier to your participation in one of our paid programs, please contact the First Year Office to inquire about financial assistance.

Academic Orientation

Congratulations! You’ve accepted your offer of admission. What’s next?

Academic Orientation sessions, held in June and early July, are designed to guide you through your next steps as a new U of T Engineering student. The sessions provide a brief overview of what to expect during your first year of studies. Topics include: paying your fees, schedules, university resources, and more. These sessions will help you prepare for September.

This program is free of charge for new U of T Engineering students. 

We encourage those who are able to be present on campus this summer to attend an in-person session.


  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. (in-person)
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2022 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. (in-person)
  • Thursday, July 7, 2022 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. (online)
  • Friday, July 8, 2022 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. (online)

Register for an Academic Orientation session here.


Engineering Study Skills

These workshops held in August will cover important topics to help you study and manage your time effectively. You’ll also learn tips and strategies to help you transition effectively this fall.

This program is free of charge for new U of T Engineering students.


  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. (online)
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. (in-person)

Register for an Engineering Study Skills session here.

Success 101: Academic Skills Mini Course

Discover some of the most important tools you will use throughout your academic career: engineering problem-solving, time-management skills, note-taking skills and effective teamwork strategies. You will also hear advice from professors, learning strategists and upper-year students about academic expectations. These in-person sessions will be held in July and August.

This program is free of charge for new U of T Engineering students.


  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, August 19, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Register for a Success 101 session here.

Summer Math Success Program

In this online program, students will have the opportunity to engage with an academic coach/math tutor to design a flexible individualized plan to practice math skills, build math confidence, and gain a better understanding of the math foundations upon which engineering Calculus and Linear Algebra will build. This program will be available starting in late July and throughout August.

This program is free of charge for new U of T Engineering students.

Register for the Summer Math Success Program here.

Engineering Design 101 ($)

Engineering Design 101 (ED101) is an introduction to first-year engineering design concepts and communication practice. Over the course of five days in August you will learn and apply the design process, write a report to the client in a professional engineering way and receive feedback from a TA, just as you will during the semester ahead. The program includes developing an in-class design project, presenting a recommended design and participating in a design hunt. Important skills are practiced such as: working in a team, using critical thinking, identifying successful research approaches, and learning professional practices – writing, terminology, engineering ethics and design for engineering economics, sustainability, and social factors.

Cost: $345

Dates: Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12, 2022.

Registration for this program has now closed.


Engineering Problem Solving and Mathematics ($)

Mathematics is an essential tool for an engineer, and a major component of your first year studies. This one-week course in August will provide you with the necessary tools to build a strong math foundation and understand how engineers use mathematics to solve problems.

Topics include:

  • trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions;
  • relations and their graphs and limits;
  • derivatives; and,
  • an introduction to MATLAB, an industry-standard tool you will use in your first-year linear algebra course.

Cost: $345

Dates: Monday, August 15 – Friday, August 19, 2022.

Registration for this program has now closed.

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