The Visiting International Student Program (VISP) invites students from abroad to study at the University of Toronto for one or two semesters. VISP is an alternative to our popular exchange program. Through VISP, you do not need to be attending one of our exchange partner institutions to enjoy the benefits of studying at U of T.

NOTE: many of the processes and regulations for VISP are similar to those for our inbound exchange program. The exchange program pages concerning course enrolment, final transcripts, health insurance, housing, and programs and services contain information that applies to VISP students as well. Except where noted, “exchange students” and “visiting students” can be considered equivalent.


Eligibility Open to international students who meet the English language requirements and pay the required fees
Tuition and other fees Fees to register in the program
How it works Consider your academic options
Academic Options Explore academic options
Apply Fill out an application and get a letter of permission from your home institution
Additional information Additional resources to help you out


The Visiting International Student Program (VISP) is open to international students who meet the following requirements and pay the required fees.

  • Students must be in good standing at the home university.  
  • Student must meet the English Language Requirement outlined below.

English language requirement

If your first language or the language of instruction at your home institution is English, you will not need to demonstrate proficiency. Otherwise, you must submit your TOEFL or IELTS score with your application.

Minimum requirements for visiting students:

The test scores earned either on the TOEFL and IELTS are valid for two years from when the student took the test.  For example, students intending to start their study at U of T in Sept 2017 should have a valid test score from Sept 2015 or later.

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT): minimum 100 overall + 22 on the writing section.
  • The minimum IELTS (academic) score requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

We do not accept TOEFL "Institutional Testing Program" (ITP) scores


Full Year Fees


Fall (September - December 2017)

Tuition: $24,200

Incidental Fees: Varies by programs. Approximately $800/session

University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP): Approximately $54/month

Winter (January - April 2018)

Tuition: $24,200

Incidental Fees: Varies by programs. Approximately $800/session

University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP): Approximately $54/month

Academic Options

The following academic faculties are open to visiting students at U of T:

  • Faculty of Arts & Science
    • St. George
    • University of Toronto Mississauga
    • University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (Summer session unavailable)
  • John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design


Academic semester dates

The academic year at the University of Toronto is divided into three terms:

  • Fall (early September to late December)
  • Winter (early January to late April)
  • Summer (mid-May to late August)

The precise dates of each term vary by academic faculty. The regular academic year for most faculties includes both the Fall and Winter terms. Students admitted through CIE Visiting International Student Program may enrol in Fall and/or Winter terms.

Engineering 3+2 Program

The University of Toronto has partnered with institutions to offer the 3+2 Program. This program is for students who are nominated by their home institution to study at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto in the 4th year of their undergraduate program.  Admitted students also receive a conditional offer to the Master of Engineering (MEng) Program at University of Toronto.

Currently, the following institutions have an official agreement with the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto:

  • School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, South China University of Technology (China)
  • School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation, Shanghai University (China)
  • School of Electronic Information Engineering, Tianjin University (China)

Further information on this program can be found on the MIE website.

Restricted programs

The following academic programs are not available to visiting students:

  • Academic Bridging Program

  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)

  • Concurrent Teacher Education Program (CTEP)

  • Co-op (work placement) program (at UTSC)

  • Dentistry

  • Medicine

  • Management (MBA)

  • Nursing

  • Pharmacy

  • Rehabilitation Science/ Occupational Therapy

  • Master of Financial Economics (MFE)

  • Master of Law (LLM)

Explore academic options

If you have specific questions about courses, contact us at visp.cie@utoronto.caPlease do not contact academic departments directly, unless you are instructed to do so.

Note that not all courses listed in the Academic Calendar are taught every year, so you should also consult the relevant Academic Timetable for a list of the courses actually offered in a given year.


St. George Faculty of Arts & Science

Academic Programs

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Academic Dates

Courses in Biochemistry (BCH), Rotman Commerce (RSM) and English Language Learning (ELL) are not available to visiting students.

Courses in the following departments are very popular with degree-seeking students and there are therefore very few spots available for visiting students. If you wish to enrol in one of these fields of study, prepare to be flexible in your course selections.

  • Computer Science (CSC)
  • Drama (DRM)
  • English (ENG) most of the 300- and 400-level courses
  • Human Biology (HMB) most of the 300- and 400-level courses
  • Political Science (POL) 400-level courses
  • Peace, Conflict and Justice (PCJ)
  • Sociology (SOC)

Students are only permitted to enrol in a maximum of one 400-level course each semester.

St. George Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering 

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Courses identified as Applied Science and Engineering (APS), Business (JRE), Final Year Design (XXX498H) and Thesis (XXX499Y1) type courses have limited enrolment or restrictions for visiting students due to primarily space availability and co-ordination with the various departments/supervisors. Students can request these subjects but may need to select alternate selections due to availability.


St. George John H. Daniel's Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

If you wish to apply to be a visiting student at the John H. Daniel's Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, you must be currently enrolled in a similar program at your home institution.

If you are interested in taking Studio courses (e.g., JAV 101, ARC101, ARC201, ARC221, ARC321, ARC313, ARC314), you must upload these additional documents:

  • your portfolio/sample of work
  • Course outlines for courses that you have completed that are relevant to the Studio courses.

University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) - Faculty of Arts and Science 

Academic Departments + Programs

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable


University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) - Faculty of Arts & Science

Academic Departments  + Programs

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

At UTSC, you can choose from a range of unique courses within program areas such as: Arts Management, Global Asia Studies, Population Health, International Development Studies, Migration & Ethnic Diversity, Mental Health Studies, International Business and City Studies.

Restricted courses include: 

  • Applied Microbiology (IMC)
  • Environmental Science and Technology (STE)
  • Journalism (JOU)
  • New Media Studies (NME)
  • Paramedicine (PMD)

How to apply

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now CLOSED. Email for more information.

To apply, complete the CIE Online Application and submit required supporting documents by mail by the deadline indicated.

Step 1: Online Application Parts 1 & 2

Online Application Part 1

To gain access to the Online Application Part 2, please submit the Online Application Part 1.

  • Your name must match the information on your passport.
  • Once you have submitted Part 1, you will receive an email with the link to your Online Application Part 2 and instructions.
  • If you do not receive this email within 7 days, please contact us.

Online Application Part 2

When you receive the CIE Online Application Part 2 by email, you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Resumé
  • Statement of Interest
  • List of courses you are currently enrolled in
  • Copy of your official TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • Your name and date of birth must match the information on your passport.


Step 2: Pay the Application Fee

Mail the application fee of CDN $60 in bank draft or money order to the address at right.

The bank draft or money order must be in Canadian Funds.

Step 3: Submit Supporting Documents

Please make an arrangement for the following documents to be sent to our office directly from your home university:

  • Letter of Permission (LOP) which must:
    • include your full name
    • include the academic term in which you want to take courses at U of T (e.g., Fall 2017)
    • confirm that you are currently in good standing
  • official academic transcript
  • English translation of official academic transcript (if the original is not in English)


For Step 2 and Step 3, please mail all documents to:

Visiting International Student Program

Centre for International Experience

33 St. George Street, Room 201

Cumberland House

Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E3 Canada

Tel: 1-416-978-3900

Please address all inquiries to


Application Deadline for 2017-2018

Saturday, April 1, 2017.

For students applying for Fall 2017, Winter 2018 or Fall 2017 & Winter 2018.

Additional resources