THE University of Toronto in Canada offers its students not only an outstanding education but also an extensive support system to help them through all aspects of their tertiary years. With 77,000 students and an 11,000-strong faculty and staff, the University of Toronto is one of the world's largest tertiary institutions. The university is made up of three campuses - the downtown St George campus; the Erindale campus, 33 kilometres to the west; and the Scarborough campus, 33 km to the east. The students come from more than 100 countries; 46 per cent of the 2,000 overseas students are from Hong Kong. 'We are immensely proud of our international students, and do all we can to make sure they feel at home on the campus,' said the university's president, Robert Prichard. The International Student Centre is the focus of the university's activities and services for students from abroad. It is a venue for Canadian and overseas students to get together in an informal way, and join hands in programmes in a multi-cultural setting. 'The facilities are available for holding educational, social and cultural events with an international flavour,' Mr Prichard said. Students have a diversity of options to choose from in order to enjoy a fulfilling, 'well-rounded' campus experience. 'The students have access to the university's academic, social, athletics and cultural facilities, as well as the full range of student services.' Some faculties, like those for Applied Science and Engineering and Architecture, have their own undergraduate societies which organise a variety of student activities. In the Faculty of Arts and Science, students can choose from as many as 30 course groups and clubs organised around various subjects. Each college has its own clubs, magazines, dances and social events. Varying in size from 900 to 5,000 students, the colleges are in close touch with each other and the students enjoy a strong sense of community. Besides meeting the professors and lecturers formally in the lecture halls, students are also free to meet them informally in lounges on campus. The registrar's office in each college is the focal point for information and counselling. The registrars help students to choose courses and advise with academic or personal problems. Most of the Faculty of Arts and Science departments publish handbooks, and all offer counselling on their courses and programmes. The university encourages students to strive for excellence both academically and athletically. 'All students have automatic membership to our athletics facilities and are urged to make fitness and sports a part of their daily lives,' Mr Prichard said.