Events & Planning
For your Learning Abroad Experience
With so many programs and countries to choose from, how do you decide where you want to go?
Come to one of our focused events to find out information that is specific to you. With Workshops, Partner Institution Info Sessions, and our Learning Abroad Fair, find resources and people that can help you make a choice that fits your Global Learning goals.
Have a look at the Learning Abroad schedule of events below.
Learning Abroad Events
Learning Abroad Workshops
These workshops help you understand how you can integrate learning abroad opportunities into your current degree. Hear from past participants about going abroad and learn about the types of coursework or research that could enrich your studies at U of T.
All sessions will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Cumberland Room at CIE, unless otherwise noted on the registration page. Register now with the links below!
Partner Institution Info Sessions
Connect with representatives from our partner institutions and learn more about their institutions and programs. Typically these involve a short presentation and a Q & A.
Learning Abroad Fairs 2017
Our annual fairs showcase all learning abroad opportunities available to U of T students. Talk to current inbound students from partner institutions, past participants and gather information about prospective destinations.
October 3, 2017: Learning Abroad Fair (St George campus), 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Cumberland House)
October 4, 2017: UTM Student Study Abroad Fair, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Davis Building, Meeting Space)
October 5, 2017: UTSC Study Abroad Fair, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Meeting Place)
Global Learning Reception
The Global Learning Reception is a fantastic networking importunity for outbound exchange students. Meet peers going to the same country, speak to inbound exchange students from those countries and gain greater insight and clarity into the expectations students should have of the program. The event is held in March.
Outbound students will be invited to register via email once nominated for exchange.
When considering your academic program, develop a plan in consultation with your U of T faculty, college, program or department. Keep in mind that some degree of academic risk is part of all international opportunities, and make a thoughtful choice to get the most out of your experience.
- Do you need the grades you receive while abroad to show on your U of T transcript (vs. the credits alone)? If the actual grades are important for you, then you might want to consider a Joint Minor or Research.
- Do you need practical experience? If so, you might consider Research or an Internship.
- Are you able to fulfil; outstanding degree requirements abroad?
- Research an institution's course offering (in the International Opportunities tool and Transfer Explorer) to see if they are compatible with your area of study.
Check our Faculty Considerations page for important information about going abroad and your particular faculty.
To narrow down your choices, put some thought into what kind of institution you want to spend your time abroad at.
- Does the institution you are considering have a course selection that interests you?
- Could any of your current professors recommend institutions where interesting work is being done?
- Sometimes the institution you are interested in will determine how long you are away – not all programs are offered at all times of the year.
How much time should you spend abroad? A summer, a semester or a full year?
CIE recommends going abroad for a full year if possible. It takes time to adjust to a new environment, and you may find that you are returning home shortly after an adjustment period. If you can only go for a shorter time it will certainly still be worth it.
- Can you take a semester or year off from your degree?
- Consider how much time you can realistically spend abroad. This will depend partly on your finances, partly on your academic program and partly on your personality and family situation.
- Some programs or institutions are only available for a full academic year and others for just a summer. Others have semester dates that don't match up smoothly with U of T; consult the CIE International Opportunities search tool to determine if your timeline will work.
- Is travel important to you? Are there any destinations near your preferred institution that you’d like to visit?
Travel costs and living expenses vary greatly from place to place. Knowing what you can afford and forecasting your expenses will help you choose a destination that works for you. It’s worth checking the international office web pages at the institutions you are interested in — local cost of living information might be provided.
- What costs can you afford? Do you need to earn an income or support yourself through study scholarships?
- What is your budget and which city's cost of living is compatible with it?
There are many scholarships and bursaries available. See the Funding page for more information.
Is advancing your career an important reason for you to go abroad?
- Are you looking to network for your future career or graduate school?
- Are you trying to decide what you want to do after university?
Many of CIE's partner institutions teach in English, but not all of them. If you have knowledge of another language, this will open up more options for you. Consult the CIE International Opportunities search tool to determine what language requirements you must meet.
- Does the institution you are interested in offer course in English? If not, do you have the proficiency to take courses at the location?
When considering your personality, family and social situation, think about the following:
- Is developing your independence a central goal for you?
- How long can you be away from family/friends?
- Do you have responsibilities at home that may be difficult to leave?
How do I get more information?
Consult the CIE International Opportunities search tool or connect with the CIE for other options.
Connect with an experienced U of T student who has participated in the program you are interested in, or with a student from the partner institution you are thinking about. Contact our program office for details, or check out our academic discipline-focused Learning Abroad Workshops above.
Get advice from past participants
Sometimes the best way to decide which program or destination is best for you is by talking to a student who has already done it. CIE is happy to connect you with past participants in a number of different ways. Past participants may hold office hours, give workshops and/or may be contacted by email.
Get advice by email
If you can't meet in person with someone who has been to the destination you are interested in, you may still have the chance to communicate by email with past or current participants. Please visit or email the Student Exchange Program office to inquire.
If you are concerned about accessibility, we can help you find an exchange opportunity that suits your needs. If you have registered with U of T's Accessibility Services, we will try to provide similar accommodation at our partner institution. Not every institution will be able to meet your accommodation requirements, but we can direct you to the institution that can. We encourage you to contact CIE well before you apply for a program so that we can communicate with our partners to ensure a clear understanding of what types of accommodation are actually available.
After you are nominated, you can provide a letter from your Accessibility Officer detailing the accommodation(s) you receive here at U of T. This way we can match accommodation(s) and help you to create a plan for going abroad.