Get faculty approval
To participate in an exchange program you need the approval of your faculty. The approval process varies depending on which faculty you are enrolled in. In most cases the CIE will handle this on your behalf, but there are exceptions.
- If you are a Graduate student, you must have the approval of your graduate unit, joint program unit (if applicable) and Ph.D. supervisor (if applicable). You will need to have the Graduate approval form signed to upload with your application.
- If you are a Law student in a Combined Program, you must have the approval of your non-Law department. You will need to have the Combined Program Student Approval Form signed to upload with your application.
Special considerations by faculty
Various programs and faculties at U of T have special considerations associated with the exchange application process. Please see below for details, and consult the CIE International Opportunities search tool for information about schools abroad.
University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)
Joint programs with Sheridan or Centennial
Students participating in Joint programs with Sheridan or Centennial College are welcome to participate in CIE study abroad opportunities. It is important for you to carefully map out your degree and subject POSt requirements, as study abroad opportunities are generally for the U of T portion of your program. It is your responsibility to discuss the details of your study abroad plan with your departmental advisors.
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Co-op students are welcome to participate in opportunities for travel abroad. Since co-op terms at UTSC are usually separate from study terms, students generally do only study terms while abroad. You must continue to pay your co-op fee while you are away. If you would like to do a work placement abroad, it is up to you to find the placement yourself and to discuss the logistics with the co-op office.
Joint programs with Centennial
Students participating in joint programs with Centennial College are welcome to participate in U of T opportunities abroad. It is important for you to carefully map out your degree and subject POSt requirements, as study abroad opportunities are generally for the U of T portion of your program. It is your responsibility to discuss the details of your study abroad plan with your departmental advisors.
Selecting a destination
Not all of our partner universities have business programs available as part of the exchange agreement and not all business programs' curriculum match the Rotman Commerce curriculum. For this reason, CIE and Rotman Commerce have compiled a list of appropriate program matches. This list is not exhaustive, but institutions or programs not found on the list must be approved prior to application. Please contact CIE for further advice about this process.
Timing of exchange
Because of the structure of the B.Com. degree, we highly recommend that exchange be undertaken in the 3rd or 4th year of your degree. 2nd-year exchange is possible, but course-matching can be very difficult.
As a Rotman Commerce student, you may also be pursuing professional accreditation or certification (e.g. CMA, CA, etc.). It is your responsibility to ensure that the courses you take while abroad will apply to these professions or adequately prepare you for the external tests that you will take. Requirements specific to Canada will not be offered abroad, so you should build the necessary flexibility into your degree by taking these classes during your non-exchange semesters at U of T.
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has their own international exchange website to promote the benefits of an exchange.
Selecting a destination
It is unlikely that many of the partner institutions will match your interests or research area, so it is important to discuss your options with your counsellor or department chair. Faculty professors often have colleagues at a partner institution and this can be a great advantage in maximizing your coursework or research outcomes.
The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and CIE are developing exchange pathways for each Engineering department. A pathway is a predetermined list of institutions and approved courses for a particular semester or year (e.g. CHE - 3F at Nanyang Technological University).
Professional Experience Year
Many students who have participated in an exchange program have also participated in a Professional Experience Year (PEY). It is possible to apply for an opportunity abroad while you are participating in a PEY or, depending on the interview schedule, to secure a PEY for the year of your return from study abroad. If you wish to conduct your PEY abroad, it is up to you to secure appropriate employment and to negotiate the terms of the PEY with the Engineering Career Centre.
It is possible to take courses while abroad that will count toward one of your Applied Science & Engineering or Arts & Science Minors. If you are interested in this option, you should speak with your department and contact CIE at email@example.com.
Faculty of Law
Universities designated "Faculty of Law" are available to you.
Law students may also be eligible for the institutions listed under "All Faculty/Division" However, students thinking of applying to such an exchange MUST contact the Assistant Dean of Students at the Faculty of Law at least 2 weeks prior to the U of T deadline for applying for an exchange. Please consult the CIE International Opportunities search tool or visit the Faculty of Law's Student Exchange Programs web page for Faculty-specific exchange information.
One semester limit
As a student in the Faculty of Law, you have the opportunity to study for one semester of your degree in an international environment. This can be done during either the 2nd or 3rd year of the J.D. program.
Semester dates and timing
When considering possible exchange destinations, you will also need to consider the semester dates of the institution you are interested in. Not all partner universities' semesters match up neatly with the University of Toronto's dates. Some institutions begin classes before September, possibly during your articling period or a summer job, and some finish late, either in January/February or June/July. You are not permitted to miss any U of T classes due to clashes with partner dates.
It is your responsibility to ensure the following before accepting an exchange placement:
- that you will be registered for and can attend the Bar Admissions Course in the province or state in which you choose to practice,
- your Articling employer will be comfortable with your start date and
- you are able to graduate at the appropriate time (either June or November).
An international study term is a valuable opportunity, but there are requirements of your degree that must be met during your non-exchange terms — e.g., the Compulsory Moot requirement, the Perspectives course requirement and the Supervised Upper-Year Research Paper.
All Law students interested in participating in exchange must apply by the Early Deadline.
Selection for a place in the Exchange Program is made by the Centre for International Experience (CIE), in conjunction with the Faculty of Law. Details of the decision process, including student rankings and reasons for these rankings, are confidential and will not be disclosed to any applicant. Once a placement has been offered by CIE, the Faculty of Law will issue a letter confirming your participation. This letter must be signed and returned to the Faculty. All course approvals must be done through the Faculty of Law.
If you are a Law student in a Combined Program, you must have the approval of your non-Law department. You will need to have the Combined Program Student Approval Form signed to upload with your application.
Contact CIE at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions related to going abroad. Please contact Ms. Sara-Marni Hubbard at the Faculty of Law for other degree-specific questions.
Faculty of Music
Selecting a destination
Music students may be eligible for the institutions listed under ‘All’ Faculty. However, many of CIE's partner institutions do not have a music faculty, and if they do they may not accept all types of musicians. It is therefore important to do thorough research and to decide on a short list of institutions early in your application process. Once you have done so, you should contact the CIE at email@example.com to verify that a musician in your area or with your specialization will be a suitable candidate for those universities.
You should also discuss this decision with your supervisor or program office. U of T professors often have colleagues at a partner institution and this can be a great advantage to your coursework or research.
You are required to submit 2 letters of reference from the Faculty of Music instructors if you are applying for a Music-only destination (Sibelius Academy – University of the Arts Helsinki). One letter must be from either your current private teacher OR the faculty member in charge of your area/division (e.g., head of vocal studies, coordinator of composition). You are not required to submit reference letters for all other destinations.
Special considerations for performance students
Not all partner universities with music faculties will accept all performance musicians, so it is important to work with CIE to establish a good match.
Please contact Ms. Nayalini Balasubramaniam at the Faculty of Music for other degree specific questions.
Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Selecting a destination
Not all of our partner universities have Physical Education or Kinesiology programs available as part of an exchange. Additionally, where programs do exist, the curriculum may not match with the curriculum at U of T. It is therefore important to do thorough research on your choices and consult with your faculty.
Discuss your plans with your supervisor or other professors in your department. U of T professors often have colleagues at a partner institution and this can be a great advantage to your coursework or research.
PAC & PAO courses
PAC and PAO classes may be difficult to match at universities abroad. For this reason, it is important to have a good understanding of your degree and subject POSt requirements and to discuss your situation with your faculty.
Please contact the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education for other degree-specific questions. For advice on your study abroad options, feel free to contact Tim Linden.
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design
Selecting a destination
Students in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design can earn Faculty of Arts and Science credits while on exchange. If you wish to earn Architecture or Visual Studies credits, you should contact the partner institution or the CIE to verify the courses you wish to take are open to exchange students.
Please contact Daniels Office of the Registrar and Student Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) for other degree specific questions.
School of Graduate Studies
The School of Graduate Studies encourages you to take advantage of the international opportunities available to you. Consider the benefits that studying abroad may yield: international research collaboration, conducting research abroad, gaining access to archives, networking for future degrees and projects, completing language proficiency requirements, and more.
Selecting a destination
Few partner institutions will match your interests or research area, so it is important to discuss this decision with your supervisor or department. U of T professors often have colleagues at a partner institution and this can be a great advantage to your coursework or research.
For Munk School of Global Affairs and School of Public Policy and Governance students, you also have specific exchange agreements available to you. These institutions are designated under Faculty/Division as “Munk School of Global Affairs’ or ‘School of Public Policy and Governance’ respectively.
Coursework vs. research
Depending on your degree, you may choose to go abroad during the coursework portion of your degree or while you are engaged in the research/writing of your thesis or dissertation. Both periods are acceptable for study abroad, but in either case your plan must be approved by your supervisor and/or department.
Many graduate degrees have a language proficiency requirement that may be achieved through a summer abroad experience. Currently, CIE offers options to study German, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Norwegian during the summer months. The advantage for you as a graduate student is that no additional U of T tuition or incidental fees are required, if your registration lasts through the summer already.
Graduate funding packages
During most programs abroad you will remain registered as a U of T student. This means that much of your graduate funding package will also remain intact — with the obvious exception of TAships. For more information about this, please discuss your situation with your department.
You must have the approval of your graduate unit, joint program unit (if applicable) and Ph.D. supervisor (if applicable) before applying for studies abroad. You will need to upload the signed Graduate approval form with your application.