2017 YES Summer Program Newsletter 2017-07-22

YES Summer Program Newsletter


Dear Student,

It is about a week time from the commencement of the YES Summer Program at University of Toronto. We can’t wait to welcome you to Canada to discover, explore and experience this unique summer program. While preparing personal gear before departure to Canada, you don’t want to miss anything that are essential during the stay of the program. In addition to the comprehensive list provided by your summer program agent, here is a list of things that we would advise you to bring along.


There is no better way to experience university life than living at campus residence. You will be accommodated in two different campus residences - New College Residence (from July 29 - 9 Aug) and Chestnut Residence (from 9 Aug - 12 Aug). Both offer single room per student. Chestnut Residence's rooms equip with en suite washrooms and free WIFI internet service. All bedding are included. Once arrive at Canada you will check in New College Residence locates at the central downtown of Toronto. It is minutes away from lecture room and  laboratory. You have great variety of foods served by the dining hall, no need to worry about buying groceries and preparing food. 'All you can eat' surely fill your stomach. Coin operated laundry facilities locates in the same building. Detergent and change machine are provided for your convenience. Although the residence provides housekeeping service to common area, it is the students' responsibility to keep their room clean and tidy. On 9 Aug, you will be transferred to Chestnut Residence which was formally a commercial hotel and later bought by University of Toronto and converted to student residence. Each of you will be accommodated to a single bed room with en suite washroom. It is steps away from Eaton Centre and China town where you can do shopping for your favorite merchandise.

Lectures and Laboratories

In the program everyday fills with lectures and laboratories alternatively which will be held at two locations, Lash Miller Laboratories, 80 St. George Street and McLennan Physical Laboratories, 60 St. George Street. They are only minutes walk from New College Residence. 


Adventurous excursions will take you to explore different amazing places and enjoy the vivid and vibrant city life of Toronto.  See below for more details.

University of Toronto
The University of Toronto (UoT) is among the world’s most prestigious universities. Founded in 1827, it offers over 700 undergraduate degree and 200 postgraduate degree programmes to a cohort of almost 60,000 students. With a longstanding reputation for innovation and research, UoT was the birthplace of such ground-breaking scientific moments as the discovery of insulin and stem cell research, and the invention of the electron microscope. The university also cites teaching as a strength in disciplines spanning medicine, business, engineering, humanities, education, and more. With a reputation for producing leaders, UoT counts five Canadian prime ministers among its former students and associations with ten Nobel laureates. Other notable alumni include the actor Donald Sutherland and the writers Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. UoT is a multi-campus university, with its St George campus in downtown Toronto likened to Oxford and Cambridge on account of its mix of green space and historical architecture. The university’s Mississauga campus, on the banks of the Credit River to the west of the city, includes 225 acres of protected green belt, while its Scarborough campus is home to a new aquatics centre.
Toronto Publich Transit - Street Car
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is a public transport agency that operates bus, subway, streetcar, and paratransit services in Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario in Canada. It is the oldest and largest of the urban transit service providers in the Greater Toronto Area, with numerous connections to systems serving its surrounding municipalities. Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the quick, convenient and safe way to get around Toronto. The subway system is linked with buses and streetcars to get you around Toronto on one fare, provided it's a one-way trip with no stopovers.
Ripley's Aquarium of Toronto
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada Recently opened in October 2013, this incredible aquarium is located at the base of the CN Tower and features 13,500 different species of sea animals. Showcasing both marine and freshwater habitats from around the world, Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto is home to popular animals including sharks, jellyfish, green sea turtles and rays. Visit the 12,500-square-meter aquarium for an awe-inspiring experience, and get personal with sea creatures in the Touch Tank gallery
CN Tower
CN TOWER defining the Toronto skyline at 553.33m (1,815ft5in) the CN Tower is Canada most recognizable and celebrated icon. The CN Tower is an internationally renowned architectural triumph, an engineering Wonder of the Modern World, world-class entertainment and dining destination and a must see for anyone visiting Toronto. Each year, over 1.5 million people visit Canada’s National Tower to take in the breathtaking views and enjoy all the CN Tower has to offer. Take in spectacular views of up to 160km (100 miles) away from three observation levels, including the world famous Glass Floor and the outdoor SkyTerrace with a view 1,122 feet straight down to the ground and the SkyPod, at 447m the highest of them all.
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States; more specifically, between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge. From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world that has a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, as measured by flow rate. The falls are 17 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Buffalo, New York, and 75 miles (121 km) south-southeast of Toronto, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York. Niagara Falls was formed when glaciers receded at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age). While not exceptionally high, Niagara Falls is very wide. More than six million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water falls over the crest line every minute in high flow, and almost four million cubic feet (110,000 m3) on average.Niagara Falls is famed both for its beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. Balancing recreational, commercial, and industrial uses has been a challenge for the stewards of the falls since the 19th century.
Queen's Park
Queen's Park is an urban park in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Opened in 1860 by Edward, Prince of Wales, it was named in honour of Queen Victoria. The park is the site of the Ontario Legislative Building, which houses the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and the phrase "Queen's Park" is regularly used as a metonym for the Government of Ontario. The park is nearly an enclave of the University of Toronto, which occupies most of the surrounding lands. In 1854, the land was leased by the University of Toronto to the City of Toronto for a 999-year term. In 1880, a "portion of the Queen's Park [was] selected [and given to] the Government of Ontario, as a site for the erection of new Legislative and Departmental buildings". The land that is occupied by Legislative Assembly of Ontario is owned by the Government of Ontario. The north park is owned by the University of Toronto and leased to the city. Ministry buildings of the Ontario government occupy other properties to the east of the park, in an area between Wellesley Street and Grosvenor Street. While not adjacent to the park, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum are located nearby.
Casa Loma stands gracefully on the brow of the Davenport Hill in the midst of the modern, bustling city of Toronto. Built over a period of three years from 1911-1914, this attractive palace has borne witness to a century-long history of romance, ambition, mystery and passion. A popular tourist destination, Casa Loma stores a unique blend of historical memoirs, ghost stories, military secrets, architectural marvels and Hollywood connections for its inquisitive explorers to unravel.
Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto, Canada. It is one of the largest museums in North America, the largest in Canada, and attracts more than one million visitors every year, the second most for a Canadian art museum after the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Established on 16 April 1912 and opened on 19 March 1914, the museum has maintained close relations with the University of Toronto throughout its history, often sharing expertise and resources. With more than six million items and forty galleries, the museum's diverse collections of world culture and natural history contribute to its international reputation. The museum contains notable collections of dinosaurs, minerals and meteorites, Near Eastern and African art, Art of East Asia, European history, and Canadian history. It houses the world's largest collection of fossils from the Burgess Shale with more than 150,000 specimens. The museum also contains an extensive collection of design and fine arts, including clothing, interior, and product design, especially Art Deco.
Toronto Distillery District

The Distillery District is a commercial and residential district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Located east of downtown, it contains numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops housed within heritage buildings. The 13 acres (5.3 ha) district comprises more than forty heritage buildings and ten streets, and is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. Throughout the year, the Distillery hosts celebrations and special events such as Artisans at the Distillery Craft Shows, the Contact Festival, which is a showcase of photography and Luminato, a celebration of theatre, music, dance, food, literature, fashion, film, visual arts and magic.

Toronto Eaton Centre
This massive Toronto Eaton Centre shopping complex in the heart of downtown Toronto is more than a mall — it’s a major tourist attraction. Almost 50 million visitors come here every year. Shop at more than 250 stores, including the Apple Store, Uniqlo, Hudson’s Bay, Indigo, the Disney Store and Sephora. The Eaton Centre is also the first Canadian shopping centre to feature both a Nordstrom and a Saks Fifth Avenue. Be sure to stop by the 980-seat Urban Eatery food court, which opened in 2011, where there are dozens of international fast-food options, including sushi, Thai and Greek foods. The CF Toronto Eaton Centre is located steps from several Toronto attractions, including Toronto City Hall, Nathan Philips Square and Yonge-Dundas Square.
Blue Jays Game

Toronto Blue Jays are a Canadian professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Blue Jays compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The team plays its home games at the Rogers Centre. Rogers Centre, originally named SkyDome, is a multi-purpose stadium in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada situated just southwest of the CN Tower. Opened in 1989 on the former Railway Lands, it is home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. While it is primarily a sports venue, it also hosts other large-scale events such as conventions, trade fairs, concerts, travelling carnivals, and monster truck shows.

University of Waterloo
University of Waterloo is in Waterloo, Ontario. The university offers academic programs administered by six faculties and ten faculty-based schools. University of Waterloo is most famous for its cooperative education (co-op) programs, which allow the students to integrate their education with applicable work experiences. University of Waterloo operates the largest post-secondary co-op program of its kind in the world, with over 19,000 co-op students and 5,200 employers. Their standout programs include Kinesiology, Knowledge Integration, Nanotechnology Engineering. Some of their cool courses offered include Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Knowledge Requirements, Foundations of a Healthy Lifestyle.
McMaster University
McMaster University is in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is located on 121 hectares (300 acres) of land near the residential neighbourhoods of Ainslie Wood and Westdale, adjacent to Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens. It operates six academic faculties: the DeGroote School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Science, and Science.  McMaster University is co-educational, and has over 25,000 undergraduate and over 4,000 post-graduate students. Their standout programs include Justice, Political Philosophy and Law, Engineering and Management, Honours Integrated Science.
Wilfred Laurier University
Wilfrid Laurier University, simply known as Laurier, located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Laurier has a second campus in Brantford and offices in Kitchener, Toronto and Chongqing, China. It is named in honour of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh Prime Minister of Canada. The University offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields, with more than 17,000 full-time undergraduate students. The campus in Waterloo sits in the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle and within the Waterloo-Toronto corridor, often referred to as Silicon Valley of the North, in recognition of its vibrant start-up ecosystem. The Kitchener-Waterloo metropolitan area is home to the largest concentration of tech companies in North America outside California, companies in North America outside California.


If you are on regular or occasional prescriptions, make sure you bring enough dosages for two weeks. It is your own responsibility to follow the label instruction and take care of the medicines safely. If medicine requires special storage, please let us know in advance.

Laptop Computer

The summer program consists of lectures and laboratories that require you to do scientific measurements and analysis with computer. Bring a laptop with you. Either MacOS or Windows platform is suitable for the purpose.  The Canadian standard electricity voltage is 110-120V, make sure the power adaptor for the laptop is self adjustable to different voltages. The following picture shows the standard socket type used in Canada. In case yours is different from it, bring along a socket converter with you.


The average temperature of Toronto at this season is around 24C and 16C during daytime and night time respectively. You are advised to bring additional outer jackets to keep warm during early at the mornings and late evenings. Rainfall is abnormally frequent this year. Light rain jacket is optional but is recommended. To keep updated with the latest forecast, please check out the following website: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/weather/ontario/toronto

Cash and Credit Cards

Although the program has covered the costs of accommodation, meals and pre-arranged excursions, there are certain situations where you would spend. There are activities that we do not automatically include in the program but you may want to participate to enhance your travel experience. It would be heartwarming to shop souvenirs for your love ones. All these have to be paid out of your pockets. Canadian dollars and US dollars are widely accepted as well as most visa and master cards. Payment gateways used in China such as Alipay, Chinapay, UnionPay etc are not accepted in Canada. Please be reminded that it is your responsibility to keep money and credit cards securely and safely.


Campus residences provide laundry facilities such as washers and dryers to students stay in their complex. Payments with coins are accepted and change machines are available. Detergents can be bought at the vending machine. Hangers might be provided with limited quantity but you are advised to bring your own.


Bring a smartphone with you. We shall use smartphone to keep students and parents updated during the program. You will also use phone to keep connected with your parents. If you have a roaming plan from China service provider, please make sure you know the charge rates in Canada. If you don't have one, you can buy a prepaid card from local phone shop. There are different plans available for various usages. The average price is around $45 CAD plus 13% sale tax for 400MB data and 300 min Canada-wide voice calls. Arrangement can be made when you arrive at Canada.


If you had any questions regarding to the program, please feel free to contact us via WeChat or email us to yes@imc.utoronto.ca.