To study as an inbound exchange student at the University of Toronto, you must first be nominated by one of our partner institutionsYou cannot apply to us directly. Please contact the exchange office at your home institution for details about application procedures and deadlines.

Contents

Eligibility Who can come on exchange to U of T?
Exchange Language requirements Proficiency in English is required to study at U of T
Nomination Your home university/institution or funding agency must nominate you for exchange
Required documents Required documents vary by faculty — read carefully!
Undergraduate Documents Architecture, iROP, Music and Law
Graduate Documents SGS, Music and Law
Document Deadlines Spring deadlines for upcoming fall and winter semesters
Application The online application system for the next academic year opens on January 5th
Admissions Timeline What happens after nomination and application processes are complete
Questions? Contact the Inbound Exchange Officer

Eligibility

The exchange program is open to students nominated from our partner institutions who meet the English language requirements, as well as other criteria depending on faculty and program. Students must be in good academic standing to be nominated for exchange.

If your home university is not one of our partners, you will not be eligible for exchange. However, there are a few other visiting opportunities that may allow you to study at U of T for a short duration of time.

Exchange Language requirements

Exchange Language requirements

PLEASE NOTE: This information applies to exchange students only. If you are applying to University of Toronto as a degree-seeking student, please see the Enrolment Services website (for undergraduate admissions) or the School of Graduate Studies website (for graduate admissions). 

The official language of instruction at the University of Toronto is English. If your first language is not English, or if your home institution does not teach in English, you will be required to submit English language test results. The University of Toronto will only accept English test scores from TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT) and IELTS. We do not accept TOEFL "Institutional Testing Program" (ITP) scores or any other English proficiency tests or examinations for exchange.

Test scores must be valid at the time of the University of Toronto’s exchange application deadline (see below for deadline information). TOEFL and IELTS test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken. Example: If you are applying for undergraduate exchange for the September 2018 or January 2019 academic terms, you must have a valid test score from April 1, 2016 or later as the application deadline is April 1, 2018.

 

Exemptions

You may qualify for an exemption from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS test score for your exchange application if one of the following applies to you:

  • Your first language is English or if you are a native speaker of English
  • You have completed/are completing four or more years of full-time study in an English language school located in a country where the dominant language is English

 

Minimum English Requrements - Faculty Requirements 

Minimum English language requirements for studies in the following faculties:

Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT): minimum 89 overall +22 on the writing section.
  • The minimum IELTS academic score requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

Faculty of Law

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT): minimum 100 overall +25 on the reading and writing sections.
  • The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 7.0, with no band below 6.5.

Graduate-level studies (Masters and PhD)

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT): minimum 93 overall +22 on the writing/speaking section.
  • The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 7.0 with no band below 6.5.

All other faculties: 

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT): minimum 89 overall +19 on the writing section.
  • The minimum IELTS academic score requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

Nomination

To study as an inbound exchange student at the University of Toronto, you must first be nominated by one of our partner institutionsYou cannot apply to us directly. Please contact the exchange office at your home institution for details about application procedures and deadlines.

NOTE: You and your home institution will select the U of T campus and faculty for your exchange. This information is passed to us by your home institution for our approval. It is very important to select the appropriate faculty and campus when applying/being nominated as this cannot be changed later.  

Required documents

Your application will not be processed until all of the required partner and student documents for your application are uploaded by the deadline. We require that both students and partner institution staff upload documents. All documents should be submitted in English, or an English translation must be provided. 

Follow the instructions for Inbound Guidelines to ensure you have submitted all of the required documents according to the faculty you are applying to. Your home institution is instructed to upload your official academic transcript on your behalf, as well as TOEFL/IELTS scores (if required), letters of reference (if applicable), and any other official university documents (if applicable).    

 

Undergraduate Documents

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design

Student Applicants must submit:

  1. Statement of interest (1-2 pages)
  2. A typed chart that briefly details all post-secondary courses you have/will complete before coming to the University of Toronto. The chart should include course titles and a short description or list of the main topics covered in each course (copying and pasting from a course calendar/syllabus is fine).
  3. Students interested in taking undergraduate studio courses (JAV101H1, ARC201H1, ARC221H1, ARC313H1, ARC314H1, ARC321H1, and/or any VIS course) must submit a portfolio/sample of work

Partner-Institution Staff must submit:

  1. Academic transcripts of all previous post-secondary study
  2. English Language test (TOEFL or IELTS only) – (see exemptions in Section 2

 

Faculty of Music

Student Applicants must submit:

  1. Statement of interest (1-2 pages)
  2. Faculty of Music Student Exchange Questionnaire – Please email inbound.exchange to receive a copy of the form.
  3. Applicants applying to enroll in performance courses must submit an audiovisual audition recording following the Faculty of Music Repertoire RequirementsRecording Guidelines, and Upload and Share Instructions for Exchange Applicants, which can be found in appendices at the end of the Faculty of Music Exchange Questionnaire.  NOTE: Students applying for performance courses must be on exchange for both academic terms (September-April).
  4. Applicants applying to enroll in composition courses must upload a pdf copy of your composition portfolio to the online application.

Partner-Institution Staff must submit:

  1. English Language test results (TOEFL or IELTS only) – (see exemptions in Section 2
  2. Academic transcripts of all previous post-secondary study
  3. Three reference letters are recommended – student to submit these to partner staff who will upload these letters on their behalf

International Research Opportunity Program (iROP) UTM – Mississauga campus 

Student Applicants must submit:

  1. Statement of interest (1-2 pages)
  2. A typed chart that briefly details all post-secondary courses you have/will complete before coming to the University of Toronto. The chart should include course titles and a short description or list of the main topics covered in each course (copying and pasting from a course calendar/syllabus is fine).
  3. CV or Resume 

Partner-Institution Staff must submit:

  1. Academic transcripts of all previous post-secondary study
  2. English Language test (TOEFL or IELTS only) – (see exemptions in Section 2
  3. One academic reference letter – student to submit the letter to partner staff who will upload on their behalf

 

All other faculties 

Student Applicants must submit:

  1. Statement of interest (1-2 pages)
  2. A typed chart that briefly details all post-secondary courses you have/will complete before coming to the University of Toronto. The chart should include course titles and a short description or list of the main topics covered in each course (copying and pasting from a course calendar/syllabus is fine).

Partner-Institution Staff must submit:

  1. Academic transcripts of all previous post-secondary study
  2. English Language test (TOEFL or IELTS only) – (see exemptions in Section 2

Graduate Documents

Graduate Programs (School of Graduate Studies – SGS)

Includes the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), graduate-level studies in the Faculty of Music, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design, Kinesiology & Physical Education, and all other faculties excluding the Faculty of Law. 

Student Applicants must submit:

  1. Statement of interest (1-2 pages)
  2. CV or Resume
  3. A typed chart that briefly details all post-secondary courses you have/will complete before coming to the University of Toronto. The chart should include course titles and a short description or list of the main topics covered in each course (copying and pasting from a course calendar/syllabus is fine).

Faculty of Music graduate-level performance applicants (additional instructions) 

  1. At least 45 minutes (up to 60 maximum) of performance video must be uploaded to YouTube with links submitted (provide links in a document – upload document to our portal)
  2. All works must be memorized and should include the following:
    • Baroque:  Any representative work by Bach, Handel, Scarlatti
    • Classical/Early Romantic Era Sonata:  Any complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert
    • Romantic:  Any substantial work or collection of smaller pieces by Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt etc.
    • Modern Era:  Any work selected from the 20th Century, OR the 21st Century OR a Canadian composer

Partner-Institution Staff must submit:

  1. Academic transcripts of all previous post-secondary study (undergraduate and graduate)
  2. English Language test results (TOEFL or IELTS only) – (see exemptions in Section 2
  3. Two academic reference letters – student to submit the letters to partner staff who will upload on their behalf
  4. Confirmation that Bachelor’s degree has been conferred or proof of acceptance into a graduate program

Faculty of Law

Student Applicants must submit:

  1. Statement of interest (1-2 pages)
  2. CV or Resume 
  3. A typed list of all courses you have completed and are currently enrolled in for your current degree, with a short description or list of the main topics covered in each course

Partner Institition Staff must submit:

  1. Academic transcripts of all previous post-secondary study (undergraduate and graduate)
  2. English Language test results (TOEFL or IELTS only) – (see exemptions in Section 2
  3. One academic reference letter – student to submit the letter to partner staff who will upload on their behalf
  4. Document from home institution’s Faculty of Law detailing student’s class rank in relation to the student’s law class (e.g. 12th among the entire class of second year law students)

 

Document Deadlines

March 1: School of Graduate Studies (SGS)

Partners and students’ online nomination and completed exchange application deadline for:

  • Graduate-level studies Fall, Full Year and Winter applications including OISE exchange applicants.

NOTE:  All graduate students must be nominated to the School of Graduate Studies, except students applying for the Faculty of Law

April 1: All Faculties except SGS (including Faculty of Law)

Partners and students’ online nominations and completed Fall, Full Year and Winter exchange applications deadline for undergraduate-level exchange studies for the following faculties:

  • University of Toronto: St. George campus: 

    • Faculty of Arts and Science (including Rotman Commerce) at St. George campus

    • Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

    • John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

    • Kinesiology and Physical Education

    • Law

    • Music

  • University of Toronto Scarborough campus

  • University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus including the International Research Opportunity Program (iROP).

Application

Once nominated, students are required to apply for exchange via our online student application portal.

The online application opens annually on January 5th  for the upcoming academic year (September – April) If you have been nominated by your home institution, apply for exchange through our Student Portal. 

Carefully follow the instructions on Student Application Instructions (PDF) to ensure you have submitted a complete application. 

NOTE: We only have one nomination & application period for the full upcoming academic year (fall & winter semesters). In most cases, the new schedule of course offerings for your desired Academic Faculty will not be published by the exchange application deadline. When you are applying for an exchange, you will be asked to select a few courses based on the current year’s calendar and timetable. We use this information only to ensure you have been nominated to the most appropriate faculty. You will receive instructions on requesting your U of T courses in late May/early June.  

Admissions Timeline

Undergraduate Applicants:

  • April-May – applications are assessed
  • Mid-May – successful applications will be notified via a digital admission letter
  • Late May – Early June – course selection begins (instructions will be emailed to you)

NOTE: Even if you are beginning your exchange in January (winter term), you should still be choosing your courses in June. Course registration in June is for the full academic year (winter & fall terms).  

 

         

Graduate Applicants:

  • March-April – applications are assessed
  • May-June – successful applicants will be notified via a digital admission letter
  • June-July – course selection begins (work with your home department to determine when/how you will enroll in courses – each graduate department manages this process individually)

Questions or concerns

Please contact the Inbound Exchange Officer at inbound.exchange@utoronto.ca