When you come to the UT1, you become part of a community within a community. You will have the opportunity to participate in everything at TWU, but you will also get to know all of your classmates, professors, learning coaches, and other staff who will be there to help you all the time.
In a cohort, you begin the program at the same time and participate in most classes together. In this way, you build relationship and accountability with one another, and this leads to community-building. You will not feel isolated or alone. Everyone will know your name.
You will also have freedom to choose one elective each semester. This course may be a course towards your major or something you are interested in. In your electives, you will join other TWU students and connect with our whole academic community.
You will get to know how to become a part of TWU FULLY. In fact, this is one of the primary goals of the UT 1 Program. Two new courses (UNIV 108 and 109) are signature courses for the UT 1. In these courses, you will have the chance to explore all of the different opportunities available to students, such as chapel, clubs, rec sports, and Bible studies. You will experience a number of these opportunities and complete assignments/tasks about your experiences. You will get to know friends who share your interests, and you will be able to have fun together.
Our HOST will provide airport transportation and tours of the campus, help you get settled, and set up fun events for you. The host will also connect with you regularly to help answer questions and ensure that you are comfortable in dorms and life in Canada. If you have questions about taking the bus, shopping, money transfers, and other practical aspects of life, your HOST is there for you.
A Parent Relations Coordinator will build relationships with parents and send monthly newsletters and updates. Parents will be able to contact the Parent Relations Coordinator with questions and concerns, and, if your parents want to come for a visit, the Coordinator will set up a place for them to stay on campus, a chance for them to sit in on your classes, meetings with professors and with the TWU President.
Most UT1 students will live on campus, where you participate in dorm life with roommates from North America and many other countries. Your Resident Assistant and Resident Director will support you and help you as well.