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All first-time TAs are required to participate in an orientation program. The comprehensive, all-University TA Orientation Program held each August has two major components:

  • International Teaching Assistant (ITA) program. This three-day program is devoted exclusively to the needs of our new international teaching assistants (ITAs).
  • General program for both domestic and international TAs. This three-day program offers a mix of concurrent and breakout sessions designed to prepare graduate students for their roles as teaching assistants (TAs).

NOTE: In addition to the All-University TA Orientation, new TAs are expected to participate in their home department’s orientation program, which is designed to introduce them to departmental procedures and curricula, specific course assignment and teaching duties. These activities normally take place the week following the All-University TA Orientation.

Registration information is emailed to new TAs prior to the orientation.

August 2017 TA Orientation

  • International teaching assistants (ITAs):  Friday, August 11–Thursday, August 17, 2017
    NOTE: ITAs entering their first year at Syracuse University must also complete the International Graduate Student Orientation organized by the Slutzker Center for International Services (SCIS).  The dates for the International Graduate Student Orientation are Friday, August 18, and/or Saturday, August 19, 2017.
  • Domestic teaching assistants: Tuesday, August 15–Thursday, August 17, 2017

Schedule of Events 2017 (PDF)

2017 TA Orientation Session Handouts and PowerPoint Presentations

For more information about the TA Orientation Program, contact us at or 315.443.2543