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La Hart House

 

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La Hart House

La Hart House es probablemente mi lugar favorito del Campus de la Universidad de Toronto. Tiene todo lo que necesitas. Desde una sala de música donde se puede tocar el piano, una biblioteca, una capilla, un centro de fitness. Todo. No hay razón para que un estudiante internacional no pase tiempo en este centro. Durante el otoño y el invierno, si eres estudiante de tiempo completo, tienes derecho a utilizar la Hart House sin tener que pagar ningún cargo adicional. Sin embargo, durante el verano, sí se deben de pagar algunos costos. Pero, en comparación con otros gimnasios o centros de arte de la ciudad de Toronto, las tarifas de la Hart  House son realmente asequibles para los estudiantes internacionales.IMG_1538 IMG_1532 IMG_1550

Deportes

Si eres una persona deportiva, pero no quieres entrenar como un atleta, en la Hart House se puede encontrar un muy agradable y de bajo perfil gimnasio en donde se pueden practicar diferentes deportes. Además, se pueden encontrar máquinas de cardio y salas para diferentes actividades. La piscina es increíble, allí puedes entrenar o tomar diferentes clases de natación. Y no te preocupes es que recién estás empezando a aprender a nadar, hay socorristas que te mantendrán a salvo.

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  • Danza y FitenessYoga, Nia, Latin Grooves, Pilates, Zumba son algunas de los diferentes cases de danza y de gimnasia que se pueden tomar. Estas clases son muy divertidas, te mantienen en forma y con un buen estado de ánimo para la semana.Si quieres tomar clases de baile avanzado, la Hart House también ofrece clases de ballet, hip hop, salsa, y otras por unos honorarios pequeños. ¡Ven y disfruta!IMG_1552 IMG_1524 IMG_1548 IMG_1554

    Arte y Música

    ¿Puedes creer que hay una galería de arte dentro de la Hart House? Y un teatro?  Puedes ver diferentes obras de teatro, conciertos, y una colección de arte en el mismo lugar! Y si quieres tocar un poco de música, hay diferentes posibilidades para practicar durante todo el año.

    Clubes y comités

    ¿Quieres involucrar socialmente con alguna organización en Toronto? La Hart House es un buen lugar para empezar. ¿Hay algún evento el cual te gustaría ser voluntario? Los clubes y comités de la Hart House tienen algo para todo el mundo, solo hace falta que encuentres al grupo que sea adecuado para ti.

    Restaurantes

    Comida buena y barata siempre disponible en la Hart House.

    En serio, solo ve y disfruta!


    In English: The Hart House

The Hart House

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The Hart House

The Hart House is probably my favorite place of the U of T Campus. It has everything you need. From a music room where you can play the piano, a library, a chapel, a fitness centre. Everything. There is no reason for an international student to not spent time at this hub. During the fall and the winter, if you are a full-time student, you are entitled to use the Hart House without paying any additional fees. However, during the summer, some fees are being charged. However, in comparison with other gyms or art centers at Toronto, the fees at the Hart House are really affordable for students.

 

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IMG_1553 IMG_1554If you are a sportive person but do not want to train as an athlete, at the Hart House you can find a really nice and low-key fitness centre in where you can practice different sports. Also, you can find cardio machines and rooms for different activities. The pool is amazing, and you can it use for training or for taking different swimming classes. And don’t worry if you are just starting learning to swim, there are lifeguards that would keep you safe.

 

 

Dance and Fitness

Yoga, Nia, Latin Grooves, Pilates, Zumba are some of the different dance and fitness class that you can take. These classes are really fun, they keep you in shape and with a good mood for the week.

If you want to take advanced dance classes, the Hart House also offers ballet, hip hop, salsa, and other classes for paying some little fees. Come and enjoy!IMG_1524 IMG_1526 IMG_1547 IMG_1548 IMG_1552

 

Art and Music

Can you believe that there is an Art Gallery inside the Hart House? And a Theater? You can watch different plays, concerts, and an art collection in the same place! And if you want to play some music, there are different opportunities for performing during the year at Hart House.

Clubs and Committees

Do you want to get socially involve in Toronto? Hart House is a good place to start. Is there an event that you would like to volunteer? Hart House clubs and committees have something for everyone, find the group that’s right for you. If you find an organization that you would like to be a part of, contact them directly for membership information.

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Cheap and good meals always available at Hart House.

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En Español: La Hart House

 

 Roxana Escobar  

 

by Roxana
Social Justice Education

En búsqueda de uno mismo: Campus Life II

El segundo edificio que visité para la serie Campus Life fue The Koefler House. Este es un lugar muy especial y animo a todos los estudiantes internacionales a visitarla. Allí se pueden encontrar dos espacios maravillosos en donde conocerás a mucha gente de distintas partes del mundo, podrás estar en IMG_1508contacto con tu espiritualidad, y si es que te anima, encontrarás un sitio en donde involucrarte con distintos programas comunitarios en la ciudad de Toronto. Como estudiantes internacionales, esta es una buena forma de conocer a la ciudad y a su gente.

 

Centre for Community Partnership

En este centro se pueden encontrar varios programas sociales en los cuales puedes participar. No es sólo voluntario, es un lugar al que se va a aprender mientras colaboramos con las comunidades o grupos en los cuales estamos trabajando. Hay diferentes maneras de participar. Para los estudiantes de la escuela de graduados como nosotros, sólo se necesita ir al segundo piso del edificio Koefler y ver en qué programa podrías estar incluido. La idea es hacer un compromiso con la organización que elijas, y juntos, hacer un cambio en el mundo.

Dado que es un proceso impulsado por la comunidad, se espera que la relación entre los estudiantes y sus centros elegidos sea siempre recíproca.

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Hay dos tipos de programas:

  1. Los programas a corto y largo plazo co-curriculares. Estos son realmente importantes. Si decides participar, es necesario tener en cuenta que te estás comprometiendo al menos de 4 a 8 meses de tu vida ayudando y aprendiendo. Y si te gradúas mientras estás inscrito en alguno de los programas no tienes que renunciar. En el centro buscan animar a los estudiantes después de la graduación a quedarse y contribuir con la organización que eligieron. La idea es hacer de esta oportunidad un compromiso de por vida. Quién sabe, quizás luego de tu participación en alguno de los programas encuentres tu vocación.
  2. Cursos para estudiantes de pregrado.

Para obtener más información sobre el centro, visita su sitio web: Centre for Community Partnership

 

El Multi Faith Centre

El Multi Faith Centre es un lugar muy importante para varios estudiantes de la Universidad de Toronto. Es un lugar al que se puede ir a disfrutar y vivir de nuestra espiritualidad libremente. Allí, se pueden encontrar diferentes programas, clases y personas dispuestas a hablar y discutir acerca de la religión y sus implicaciones en nuestra vida.

El Multi Faith Centre ofrece espacios de múltiples propósitos para la meditación, el yoga y la oración. Es un espacio seguro. Además, si tienes alguna duda acerca de cómo ciertas religiones se expresan y sus distintas manifestaciones (con respecto al género o a la edad, por ejemplo) encontrarás a alguien capaz de ayudarte.multi-f

Algo muy importante de este centro es que siempre están animando a los estudiantes a ir y hablar de sus diferentes posiciones respecto a la religión y a la espiritualidad. Por lo tanto, si es que lo necesitas, el centro te puede ayudar a financiar actividades vinculadas a alguno de estos temas. Si tienes una investigación en mente, un taller o cualquier otra cosa que quieras realizar, ve y averigua cómo El Multi Faith Centre te puede ayudar. No existen restricciones para la participación, puede ser una muestra de arte, una performance, poesía, una charla, una discusión, etc.

Si tienes alguna pregunta, puedes escribirle Sameena a: sameena.eidoo@utoronto.ca

Para obtener más información acerca de las próximas actividades de ir al sitio web del centro: Multi Faith Centre

También te puedes suscribir al Newsletter


In EnglishFinding ourselves: Campus Life (II)

 Roxana Escobar  

 

by Roxana
Social Justice Education

Finding ourselves: Campus Life (II)

The second building that I visited for the Campus Life posts was the Koffler house. This is a really special place and I encourage all international students to visit it. In there you can find two wonderful spaces in where you can meet new people, get in touch wit your spIMG_1508irituality, and involve in great community programs around the GTA. As international students, this is a great way of getting to know the city and its people.

 

Centre for Community Partnership

In this centre, you can find several community programs to enrol. It is not just volunteering, it is a place in which you will learn and also give back to the groups you are getting involved with. There are different ways for participating. For graduate students like us, it only takes going into the second floor of the Koffler building and see which program you would fit. The idea is that you make a commitment to the organization that is going to take you, and together, make a change in the world.

Since it is a community driven process, it is expected that the relationship students established with their chosen centres be a reciprocal one.

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There are two categories in to choose your programs:

  1. Co-curricular short and long term programs. This is really important. If you decided to participate, you need to be aware that this is a commitment for at least 4 to 8 months. Don’t worry if you graduate and you still want to participate. The Centre for Community Partnership encourages students after graduation to stayed contributing wit the organization they choose. We can make this relationship a life commitment.
  2. Academic courses: mostly for undergraduates

For more information about the centre visit their website: Centre for Community Partnership

 

The Multi-Faith Centre

The Multi-Faith Centre is a very important place for several students at U of T. It is a place where you can go and live your spirituality freely. In there, you can find different programs, classes, and people willing to talk and discuss religion and its implications in our life.multi-f

The Multi-Faith Centre offers multi purposes spaces for meditation, yoga, and pray. It is a safe space. Also, if you have any questions about religion accommodations there is always someone able to help you.

Something really important about this centre is that there are always encouraging students to go and discuss their different position on religion and spirituality with them. Thus, they help and fund initiatives related to any of those subjects. If you have a research in mind, a workshop or any other activity go and find out how the Multi-Faith Center can help you. There are no restrictions for your participation, it can be an art show, a performance, poetry, a talk, a discussion, etc.

If you have any questions, write Sameena at sameena.eidoo@utoronto.ca

For more information about the upcoming activities go the centre website: Multi-Faith Centre

You can also submit into their Newsletter


In Spanish: En búsqueda de uno mismo: Campus Life (II)

Campus Life (I)

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Campus Life (I)

In the following weeks, I will post a series of anecdotes that I have been living in the past few weeks getting to know the U of T campus. I will present a selection of sites that you can sight and the things that you can do around campus and outside OISE. The various University buildings are scattered in downtown Toronto. OISE students are a bit removed from the rest of the campus, not by distance, but in relation to activities and facilities. Our building is very large and there are always things to do around here. Being in my last semester of the M.Ed. in Social Justice Education, I decided to leave OISE’S building and discovered whatever the university has to offer. As international students, part of our transition is to also feel part of the city. Don’t be like me during my first year, go out and meet the campus and the city. Toronto is awesome.

SpadinaFor this first post of Campus Life I visited three sites around campus that can help you make a better transition into being a new international student in Canada and its educational system. They are all are at 563 Spadina Av. 15 minutes walk from OISE.

 

 

 

 

The first is The Centre for Women and Trans People

women centreThis centre is close to Kensington Market on Spadina (if you want to go and eat after your visit). In there, you can find a safe space to discuss any concerns you have about sexual and gender identities, and how they are being addressed by the University. Moreover, you can find spaces available for work and a friendly, feminist, and inclusive environment to study or just to have a nice conversation.

women centre IIIn the centre you can find out all about the activities conducted by the university and the city for social and gender justice. I encourage you to participate in this center and its initiatives as a member or volunteer. For more information, visit their website.

 

 

 

The Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives

aboriginal centreThe next place I visited was the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Initiatives Aboriginals. In this centre you can find literature and research related Aboriginal peoples’ studies, primarily in North America. Activities have been suspended for the summer. But stay tuned for news during the academic year. For more information, check out their website.

 

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The last place I visited was the First Nations House. I must confess that this place has been my favorite until now. FNII FNIII In here, you can find a friendly environment and nice people to talk with. The first thing that struck me when I got there were the paintings with indigenous demonstrations across the floor.

In the centre you can find all kinds of help. The staff is ready to help with literature research, academic advice, help with grammar and spelling, among other things. You can also find free coffee and snacks, as well as computers and a cozy reading room.

If you need it, you can talk to some of the Elders found in residence. Being in the center feels like home. For more information, visit their website. If you are interested in helping and volunteering, contact Jackie at fnh.library@utoronto.ca

If for some reason you find it difficult to go, check the magazine of the residence so you can be aware of the activities around the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Spanish: Campus Life (I)

Campus Life (I)

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En la siguiente serie de posts, les presentaré una selección de sitios que puedes conocer y de actividades que puedes realizar en el Campus de la Universidad. Los edificios de la Universidad se encuentran dispersados dentro del centro de la ciudad de Toronto. Los estudiantes de OISE estamos un poco alejados del resto del campus, no geográficamente, pero sí en relación a actividades y facilidades. Nuestro edificio es muy grande y siempre hay cosas que hacer por aquí. Quedándome solo un semestre más para terminar el M.Ed. en Social Justice Education, decidí salir del edificio de OISE y conocer qué más tiene la universidad que ofrecerme. No dejes pasar la oportunidad de conocer la Universidad a través de la ciudad.

SpadinaPara este primer post de Campus Life visité tres sitios alrededor del campus que pueden ayudarte a tener una mejor transición al ser un estudiante internacional en Canadá, así como también a su sistema educativo. Todos se encuentran en 563 Spadina Av.

El primero es The Centre for Women and Trans People women centre

Este centro se encuentra cerca al Kensigton Market en Spadina (por si luego te animas a comer algo rico y regional). Aquí puedes encontrar un espacio seguro para conversar sobre cualquier inquietud que tengas al respecto de las identidades sexuales y de género y cómo están siendo atendidas por la Universidad. Además, hay espacios disponibles para trabajar y un ambiente amigable, feminista e inclusivo con todxs. Si estás en OISE, solo te toma 15 minutos caminando llegar al centro.

women centre IIAdemás, ahí te puedes enterar de todas las actividades que se realizan en la universidad y en la ciudad a favor de la justicia de género. Anímate a participar de este centro y sus iniciativas siendo miembro o voluntario. Para mayor información visita su página web.

 

 

 

aboriginal centreEl siguente destino fue el Centre for Aboriginals Initiatives and Aboriginal Studies. En este centro puedes encontrar literatura e investigaciones relacionadas a los estudios sobre poblaciones aborígenes, principalmente en Norte América. Por el verano las actividades están paralizadas, pero estate atento a las actividades que se realizarán durante el año académico. Para mayor información revisa su página web.

 

First Nation I FNIVFirst Nations House. Debo confesar que hasta el momento ha sido mi favorito. Aquí puedes encontrar un ambiente muy agradable y gente muy amable para conversar. Lo primero que me impresionó al llegar aquí fueron las pinturas con manifestaciones indígenas en todo el piso.

IMG_1500 FNV FNIII FNIIEn el centro puedes encontrar ayuda de todo tipo. El staff está preparado para ayudarte con búsquedas bibliográficas, asesoría académica, ayuda con la gramática y la ortografía, entre otras cosas. También podrás encontrar café y snacks gratis, así como también computadoras y una sala de lectura muy acogedora.

Si es que lo necesitas, puedes hablar con algunos de los Elder que se encuentran en la residencia. Estar en el centro se siente como estar en casa. Para mayor información visita su página web. Si estás interesado en ayudarlos y hacer voluntareados, comunícate con Jackie a fnh.library@utoronto.ca

Si por alguna razón se te hará difícil ir, revisa la revista de la residencia para que te enteres de sus actividades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In English: Campus Life (I)

For a better application process

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Hello and welcome!

In this second post, we will explain some important issues to be taken into consideration before applying to OISE. As international students, it is crucial that we understand correctly all the information regarding what programs OISE offers and all the costs involved. As Vice President of the International Students Association (ISA) of OISE, I have heard many stories, some of which I lived, about how difficult it can be to find information in the webpage for specific details, like for example, tuition fees. Therefore, it never hurts to ask in your department of choice or the Office of the Registrar for a better explanation about important information before applying.

 The programs

OISE offers different types of programs between masters and doctoral degrees. There are different types of masters, like the Masters of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Education (M.Ed). In addition, OISE has a Teaching Certification Degree (certification to become teachers in Ontario, Canada), within which are the Master of Teaching (M. T) and Child Studies Master of Arts (MA-CSE). At the doctoral level, OISE has the PhD program and the EdD program. To learn more about OISE’s programs see the following pages in Spanish and English: Prospective International Students and Admissions

While working on your application, you must keep in mind that the full time M.A. and PhD programs come with funding from the University. The M.Ed., Flextime PhD and EdD do not, although courses are the same to all programs. Thus, you should take precautions when you choose the programs you want to study. In addition, a very important difference is that the M.A lasts only one academic year, while some M.Ed. last a year and a half. That means tuition fees cost for the M.A program is two academic semesters, while tuition fees for t some M.Ed.  programs can be for three academic semesters. More information about the M.Ed. here: Master of Education.

Tuition Fees

This issue is very important. As international students, tuition fees are three times more than Canadian students. Moreover, prices change every year, which makes it difficult to plan ahead and budget.

We must be very careful to understand the length of the semesters in Canada. In this country, there are 4 semesters: fall (September to December), winter (January to April), spring (May-June), and summer (July-August). Good news, if you are a full-time student, you do not have to pay tuition in order to take courses in the spring and summer sessions.

I am in the M.Ed. in Social Justice Education. My program length is 1.5 years, which means that I took courses as follows: fall 2015, winter 2016, spring and summer 2016 (optional), and finally, fall 2016. Even though the courses I am taking in the spring and summer will reduce the number of courses that I need to take in fall 2016, I will still have to pay the full fee for that semester. There is a minimum fee for the M.Ed. in Social Justice Education that I am taking program, and is at least 1.5 years. Even if you finish your degree in 1 year!

ATTENTION TO THIS INFORMATION

This system can be a bit confusing when making payments. This is because payments are presented for academic year, not for the totality of the program. CAREFUL WITH THIS. For example, since I’m a M.Ed. student, I paid tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year, and half of the tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year. For better information about prices and program’s features, check the OISE VIEWBOOK.

If you have any questions, please contact OISE’s Office of the Registrar and Student Services


En Español: Postular bien informados