Once you have been accepted as an exchange student at the University of Toronto, the Centre for International Experience (CIE) or your faculty will send a course selection information package to the institutional email address you provided in the online application form. This email will contain information and instructions on how to pick your courses. Please do not send your course requests to our office until you have received the email. This email is usually sent out by the end of June or early July to all admitted students.
Course selection notes
Calendars and timetables
Calendars and timetables are usually published between May and June for the upcoming academic year. At that time you will have a chance to select your final courses based on the actual schedule of course offerings for the upcoming year. Exchange students are usually pre-enrolled into their courses before they arrive in Toronto. The enrolment procedure will depend on which Academic Faculty you are admitted to at the University of Toronto.
400-level (4th year) courses
400-level (4th year) courses are often available only to upper-year degree-seeking students. You may request 400-level courses, but priority is usually given to graduating degree-seeking students. Therefore, there is no guarantee of enrolment. The 400-level courses are very challenging because of the high workload, advanced level of difficulty, and high expectations of the instructors. Also, some 400-level courses are cross-appointed where there are undergraduate and graduate students attending the same lectures and seminars. Therefore, students should only attempt 400-level courses in their final year of undergraduate study. If you are enrolled in one 400-level course, we strongly recommend the following:
- Do not enrol in more than one 400-level course per term.
- If you plan to enrol in any 400-level courses, we advise you to not enrol in more than four University of Toronto courses per term.
Similarly, several 100-level courses are restricted to first-year students (NEW, WDW, TRN and VIC 100-level courses, ELL010H1). These restrictions are usually indicated by the "enrolment controls" of a course. Therefore, exchange students are unable to take them.
There are further restrictions designated by the "enrolment indicator" of each course. For more details about how this relates to exchange students, please refer to the Faculty of Arts and Science website for full details.
All Rotman Commerce (RSM) courses have an “R” or “R1” enrolment indicator. This means that their courses are restricted all times and CIE cannot place students on waiting lists for RSM courses. CIE is only able to enrol exchange students in RSM courses if space becomes available.
Recommended work load for exchange students
The maximum permitted work load for undergraduate-level students is five (5) courses (2.5 credits) per academic term.
For graduate-level students, the maximum work load is four (4) courses (2.0 credits) per academic term.
For undergraduate-level exchange students, the minimum work load to be considered a "full-time student" is three (3) courses (1.5 credits) per semester.
For undergraduate-level exchange students admitted to the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, the minimum work load to be considered a "full-time student" is four (4) courses (2.0 credits) per semester.
Please check with your home institution to determine the number of credits you are required to be enrolled in during your exchange period at the University of Toronto.
What if I can't enrol in my chosen courses?
Our office enrols exchange students into all of their preferred courses, where possible but course selection is not guaranteed. Reasons for not being able to enrol in your chosen course can include any of the following:
- The course was cancelled
- The department has restricted the course to exchange students
- The department deemed that you have not taken the prerequisite courses or do not have the necessary academic background
- The course is full and you are placed on the waiting list
- The course is not offered during the term that you will be at the University of Toronto
- The department has reserved spots for degree-seeking students during the priority enrolment period.