The Student Exchange Program is open to most degree-seeking University of Toronto students – with some exceptions and conditions. Keep reading to ensure that you are eligible.
Faculty of study
The exchange program is open to degree-seeking students registered in the following faculties:
- Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George campus)
- University of Toronto at Scarborough
- University of Toronto at Mississauga
- Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
- Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
- Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Music
- School of Graduate Studies
If you are registered in another professional program (MBA, Medicine, Dentistry, etc.), consult your faculty for study abroad opportunities.
If you are an undergraduate student (including transfer students), you must have completed at least 4.0 credits at U of T before you participate in an exchange. If you are a graduate student, you will need the permission of your department.
For specific eligibility requirements by faculty, please consult the appropriate faculty or department page.
Cumulative GPA requirement
For all exchange programs, you need a minimum Cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.25 in order to apply. Graduate students and Law students must have a B average. Some programs and institutions require a higher CGPA than the minimum. Most Summer Research Exchange destinations require 3.0 CGPA. Please consult the CIE International Opportunities search tool to determine the minimum GPA requirement for the institution you are interested in. The required CGPA will include all of your grades for your completed courses up to the date of your application.
If you have grades for fewer than 4.0 U of T credits at the time of application, you will need an Interim Grade Form completed for each In Progress class.
Annual GPA requirement
Students in the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George Campus) are required to obtain a minimum Annual GPA of 2.50 before participating in an exchange.
All students are required to maintain the minimum CGPA (2.25 for undergrads and B for graduate students) or will be withdrawn from their exchange program.
What if my CGPA isn’t high enough?
If you don’t meet the required CGPA or that of your institution and are enrolled in Y-courses which can contribute toward your qualifying GPA, please submit the Interim Grade Form to your Y-course professors or TAs to complete. You must also submit a one- to two-page Explanation of Circumstances letter explaining the reasons why you do not meet the CGPA requirement/
Interim Grade Report
This report is required only for first-year students who have completed less than 4.0 credits and are enrolled in Y-credit courses or any student factoring in-progress Y-courses into their CGPA to meet requirements.
You are still eligible for exchange programs if you have transferred to U of T from another university or if you have transferred faculties within U of T, but you may be restricted in the number of transfer credits you are eligible to receive.
If you are an undergraduate student in almost any faculty, at least half of all of your degree credits must have been taken at U of T.
Graduate students and Law students should check with their departments to see if there are any limitations on studying abroad.
Maximum # of credits and/or semesters allowed
The maximum number of credits you can take on exchange depends on your faculty.
UTM, UTSC or the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George)
Maximum number of transfer credits: 7.5 (provided you don't already have more than 2.5 transfer credits)
Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE)
Maximum number of transfer credits: 5.0
Faculty of Music
Maximum number of transfer credits: 5.0
School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
Maximum number of terms abroad: Up to 50 % of your course requirements
Maximum number of transfer credits: Limits vary – inquire with your department
Faculty of Law
Maximum number of terms abroad: One semester
Maximum number of transfer credits: Inquire with your faculty