Student Application Guidelines
The online application system for the 2018-2019 academic year will open on January 5, 2018. View inbound application deadlines here.
If you have been nominated by your home institution, you can apply for exchange at U of T online through our Portal when the system is open for applications. For instructions on how to complete the application, download the document attached. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Inbound Exchange Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to submit an English test score?
All students who are applying for an exchange at the University of Toronto are required to submit either a TOEFL or IELTS test score. 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
What is maximum number of courses per semester am I allowed to take?
Undergraduate students are allowed to take a maximum of five courses (2.5 credits) per semester.
Graduate students are allowed to take a maximum of four courses (2.0 credits) per semester.
What is minimum number of courses per semester am I allowed to take?
Students admitted in the Faculty of Arts and Science must take a minimum of three courses per semester (1.5 credits) because three courses per semester is considered a full-time studies at the University of Toronto.
Students admitted in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering must take a minimum of four courses per semester (2.0 credits) because three courses per semester is considered a full-time studies at the University of Toronto.
Students admitted in the School of Graduate Studies must take a minimum of three courses per semester (1.5 credits) because three courses per semester is considered a full-time studies at the University of Toronto.
Do I get to choose which of the three University of Toronto campuses (e.g., St. George, Scarborough or Mississauga) to go to or am I assigned to one?
Our office does not decide which campus you will be completing your exchange. Your home institution nominates you to one of the three campuses. We suggest that you work with your home institution to determine which of our three campuses is best suited for you. Please note that certain programs are only offered on one campus (e.g., Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is only offered at our St. George campus). Once you are nominated, it is highly unlikely to switch campuses after the application deadlines.
Do all documents submitted have to be in English?
Yes, every document (e.g., reference letters, transcripts, etc.) submitted must be in English or an English translation must be provided.
Why do I have to submit a “List of Current Courses” that I expect to complete before my exchange at the University of Toronto?
Exchange students must meet the pre-requisites for courses before they can enroll in the courses at the University of Toronto. Students are required to submit a list of their current courses and a short description of each of these courses prior to their exchange at the University of Toronto for two main reasons.
- The departments and faculty likes to see the breadth and depth of courses that students will have taken prior to their exchange at the University of Toronto.
- Departments and faculties conduct a pre-requisite check for each course that you submit. The list of current courses provides a more comprehensive academic portfolio of your background in addition to your academic transcript. Any student missing any of the pre-requisites will not receive approval for the courses.
To which Faculty should I be nominated to if I want to take mostly Computer Science (CSC) courses?
The Department of Computer Science is part of our Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is part of our Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (APSC). Therefore, there are two separate Faculties.
If you wish to enroll in mostly Computer Science courses, your home institution should nominated you to the Faculty of Arts and Science and not the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. If you are accepted into the FAS, you will not be able to take courses offered by the Faculty of APSC as the Faculty of APSC does not allow Faculty of Arts and Science students to take APSC courses.
If you are pursuing an Engineering degree at your home institution and you wish to take Engineering AND CSC courses, you should be nominated to the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. Please note that the earliest that you will get the opportunity to submit Computer Science course requests is usually in August.
Why am I choosing my courses now when next year’s calendar and timetable is not published yet?
The courses that you input into the on-line application form are to provide our office with information that will help assess your application. These will not be the courses that you will be necessary be taking during your exchange at UofT. Please note that course availability varies from year to year at U of T. Therefore, there is no guarantee that the courses offered this year would be offered again next year. You will receive an email with course selection instructions on how to pick your final courses with the 2017/2018 academic calendar and timetable in June-July. We advise all incoming exchange students to be flexible as possible.
What are my housing options?
Exchange students are not always guaranteed on-campus housing. Please note that by choosing a housing option on your on-line application does not guarantee that you will be accepted into on-campus accommodation. Full information about housing will be provided after students are admitted. Please see the following information for details:
- St. George - No, you are not guaranteed on-campus housing (if you are admitted to the St. George campus, our office recommends that you look for off-campus housing)
- Scarborough campus (UTSC) - Yes, you are guaranteed on-campus housing (provided that you complete the residence application and submit your deposit by the deadline indicated in your admission package)
- Mississauga campus (UTM) - Yes, you are guaranteed on-campus housing if you are completing a full year (Sept to April) exchange only (provided that you complete the residence application and submit your deposit by the deadline indicated in your admission package). There is no guarantee on-campus housing for one semester (e.g., Fall and Winter) exchange students.
What are the fees that I must pay as an exchange student?
The only mandatory fee that you must pay is the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). The cost for the 2016-2017 academic year is $51/month.
What does University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) cover?
University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) provides you with basic health coverage during your exchange. It doesn’t provide supplementary insurance. Learn more about UHIP.
Online Application FAQs
What do the different status on the on-line application form means?
- The default status after your home institution nominates you
- Status is changed automatically
Approved by Partner
- Your home institution has verified that all required documents have been uploaded. **Students’ applications without this status will not be reviewed**
- Status is changed by your home institution
Waiting to Forward to Department
- Your application is complete and it will be forwarded to the appropriate faculties/division for admission purposes.
- Status is changed by CIE.
Awaiting Response from Department
- Your application has been to send to the appropriate Faculty for review and CIE is waiting for an admission decision. This process can take between 1-3 months.
- Status is changed by CIE
Waiting to Admit
- Your application has been reviewed and deemed admissible. The admission package is in the midst of being created and processed.
- Status is changed by CIE
- You have received your admission package by email and the home institution is copied (e.g., CC) in the admission email.
- Status is changed by CIE
- You attended our Orientation session and/or check in with office.
- Status is changed by CIE
What is the preferred format (e.g., .docx, PDF) for uploading documents onto the on-line application?
The preferred formats are PDF (.pdf) or Word document (.docx). Please do not upload “SECURED” your PDFs or use any characters that are not in the English alphabet in the file name because we are unable to open the document.
Please upload the same categories of documents as one document. For example, if you are uploading the original transcript and the English translation, please merge all of the documents and upload both files as one file.
What is the preferred file name for each uploaded document?
Please save each file that you upload as, “Last Name, First Name – purpose” For example, “Smith, John – transcript”
Does the University of Toronto provide any scholarships/financial assistance to exchange students?
No, the University of Toronto does not provide any scholarships to exchange students. Please check with your home institution for possible financial assistance.