What you can study while on exchange at U of T largely depends on which faculty you are admitted to. Below you will find details about academic options and course restrictions by faculty. All graduate-level exchange students should be nominated to the School of Graduate Studies.

Course registration is completed after you are admitted to U of T. Before choosing your courses, be sure to review the course restrictions listed below by faculty. Please be prepared to be flexible.

Contents

Restrictions Faculties/programs that are restricted to exchange students
Academic options Faculty of Arts & Science at St. George Campus (including Rotman Commerce)
Academic options Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Academic options John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design
Academic Options Faculty of Law
Academic options Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Academic options Faculty of Music
Academic options School of Graduate Studies
Academic options University of Toronto Mississauga: Arts, Science & Commerce/Management
Academic options University of Toronto Scarborough: Arts, Science & Management

Restricted faculties/programs

The following faculties/programs are restricted to exchange students: 

  • Dentistry

  • Medicine

  • Nursing

  • Pharmacy

  • Rehabilitation Science/Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy

  • Transitional Year Programme (TYP)

Faculty of Arts & Science

Campus: St. George

Academic Programs

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Contact: CIE Exchange Program staff

At U of T, the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) incorporates all arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences (including computer science) programs/departments. The Faculty of Arts and Science is one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in North America and the heart of one of the world's leading universities.

The Faculty of Arts and Science at U of T is home to over 4,000 courses in a wide range of disciplines. Exchange students admitted to the Faculty of Arts and Science are able to take courses from multiple departments within the faculty – there is no restriction on taking courses from within only one discipline/department.

 

Course Restrictions

While we do our best to keep you informed of any exchange student course restrictions, this list is not necessarily comprehensive, as course offerings and availability varies from year to year. We cannot guarantee enrollment in any course. It is important to maintain an expectation of flexibility in your course load.

 

Closed Courses

The following courses are not available to exchange students:

  • Biochemistry (BCH)
  • English Language Learning (ELL)
  • Many 100-level courses hosted by our colleges (e.g., VIC1XX, NEW1XX, INI1XX, UNI1XX, WDW1XX, SMC1XX, TRN1XX)
  • Academic Bridging Program through Woodsworth College
  • Economics (ECO): all 100-level courses
  • Human Biology (HMB): All 400-level courses + HMB322

 

Restricted Enrollment

The following departments/courses have very competitive enrollment and/or small class sizes and are therefore difficult for exchange students to get into. Please do not expect to take a full course load in these areas:

  • Computer Science (CSC)
    • CSC411 (Machine Learning) in particular has been difficult for exchange students to get into the past few years
  • Drama (DRM)
  • Political Science (POL) 400-level courses
  • English (ENG) 400-level courses
  • Human Biology (HMB)
  • Peace, Conflict and Justice (PCJ)

Rotman Commerce (Business) Restrictions

If you are interested in taking Rotman Commerce (RSM) courses, you must be pursuing a business degree (i.e., B.B.A., B. Comm., or something similar) at your home institution AND your home institution must be a Rotman Commerce approved partner (see list below). You must be nominated and admitted to Arts & Science - Commerce (undergraduate, St. George) in order to take RSM courses. Students admitted to Rotman Commerce at the St. George campus are able to take other Arts & Science courses in additional to RSM courses.

Due to the restrictions (“R” or “R1”) on Rotman Commerce (RSM) courses, exchange students will not be placed on waiting lists for RSM courses. You may request to be enrolled in waitlisted/full courses, but we can only enroll you if space becomes available.

 

Rotman Commerce Approved Partners

Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Turkey)

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Chulalongkorn University
  • Fudan University
  • Koç University
  • Korea University
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Peking University
  • Seoul National University
  • Tsinghua
  • University of Hong Kong (HKU)
  • Waseda University
  • Yonsei University

Europe (Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain)

  • Bocconi University
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • IE Business School
  • King's College London
  • Lancaster University
  • Paris Dauphine University
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Jean-Moulin University Lyon III
  • University College Dublin
  • University College London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Mannheim
  • University of Warwick

Oceania (Australia)

  • Australian National University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

South America (Argentina)

  • Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Campus: St. George

Academic Calendar 

Academic Timetable

General exchange-related inquiries: CIE Exchange Program Staff

Engineering course-related inquiries: U of T Engineering Assistant Registrar, Admissions 

U of T Engineering is a thriving community that provides unparalleled experiential learning opportunities and produces some of the world’s most innovative engineering research. U of T Engineering consistently places first in Canada and as one of the top schools in the world across all rankings.

Exchange students admitted to the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering may take courses from any programs within the Faculty:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mineral Engineering
  • Engineering Science

Computer Science vs. Computer Engineering

For students interested in studying Computer Science (Faculty of Arts & Science) and/or Computer Engineering (Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering) at U of T, please read the following options for choosing the most appropriate faculty:

Option 1: Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

  • Access to Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) courses.
  • Access to other U of T Engineering courses.
  • Limited access to Arts & Science courses:
    • Can enrol in up to two Faculty of Arts & Science courses per term, but no enrolment priority is given to Engineering students in these courses.
    • Cannot enrol in any Arts & Science Computer Science (CSC) courses.
    • A list of other restricted Arts & Science courses is made available in June each year.
  • Required to enrol in a minimum of four courses and maximum of five courses per term.
  • Only offered on St. George campus.

Option 2: Faculty of Arts and Science

 

Course Restrictions

Restricted Enrollment

The following departments/courses have very competitive enrolment and/or small class sizes. As such, they are difficult for exchange students to get into. While students may request enrolment in the following departments/courses, they may need to choose alternates due to availability:

  • Applied Science and Engineering (APS)
  • Joint minor (JRE)
  • Final -year design (XXX498H) and thesis (XXX499Y1) course

 

Faculty of Arts & Science Courses

Students admitted to U of T Engineering may take up to two Faculty of Arts & Science courses per term, but no priority enrollment is given in these courses and some courses are not available. The list of restricted courses is available in June each year.

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design

Campus: St. George

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Contact: CIE Exchange Program staff

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto (Daniels Faculty) offers professional graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies  — as well as unique undergraduate programs that use architectural studies and visual studies as a lens through which students may pursue a broad, liberal arts-based education.

 

Undergraduate Studies

There are two programs of undergraduate studies within the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Architectural Studies and Visual Studies. Students interested in applying for exchange in either of these programs should be aware that some courses (including upper year studio courses) may not be open to exchange students. Students applying for inbound exchange are strongly encouraged to research courses they are interested in completing, prior to applying for exchange. These courses should be indicated in your application.

Course Restrictions

Entry into undergraduate studio courses (JAV101H1, ARC201H1, ARC221H1, ARC313H1, ARC314H1, ARC321H1, and/or any VIS course) is strongly dependent on space and the strength of your supplementary application. Exchange students interested in taking JAV130H1 must either complete JAV120H1 first or provide a course syllabus for a course that you have completed equivalent to JAV120H1.

 

Graduate Studies

If you wish to apply for a graduate exchange at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, you must be currently enrolled in a similar program at your home institution. Prospective exchange students interested in studying at the Daniels Faculty at the graduate level should review the instructions for graduate exchange applicants to ensure that they meet the admission requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies. All graduate exchange students should be nominated to the School of Graduate Studies.

Course Restrictions

All Graduate programs within the Daniels Faculty are cohort-based, meaning students in these programs are treated as a group. The courses they take each term are mostly the same as others in their cohort. When applying for graduate level exchange at the Daniels Faculty, you should expect to take all of your courses from within one program, one stream, and one year of study. You can view our program charts here. Some exceptions to this may be possible on a case-by-case basis.

Faculty of Law

Campus: St. George

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Contact: CIE Exchange Program staff

The JD program at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is a highly-competitive second-entry degree program at the University of Toronto. This means that degree-seeking students enrolled at the Faculty of Law have already completed a bachelor’s degree. To ensure exchange students’ success in this rigorous academic environment, the Faculty of Law only admits exchange students who are:

  1. In the upper year of their law degree AND
  2. In the top 20% of their current class.

 

Course Restrictions

The Faculty of Law has a list of courses that are restricted to exchange students in the online Academic Handbook, which includes LLM Seminar courses and Alternative Approaches to Legal Scholarship. Exchange students may take a minimum of 13 credits and a maximum of 16 credits per term (Fall or Winter), and a maximum of 32 credits for the academic year (both Fall and Winter terms).

The exchange program at the Faculty of Law is open to students studying law at the following institutions:

Asia (China, Israel, Singapore)

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Europe (Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland)

  • Central European University (Budapest)
  • Centre for Transnational Legal Studies
  • Lund University
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Université Jean Moulin (Lyon 3)
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of Geneva
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Tartu
  • Uppsala University

Oceania (Australia, New Zealand)

  • Australian National University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Otago
  • University of Sydney

South America (Argentina)

  • Torcuatio Di Tella

Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education

Campus: St. George

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Contact: CIE Exchange Program staff

If you wish to apply for an exchange at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE), you must be currently enrolled in a similar program at your home institution. Many KPE electives have high demand and waiting lists. Flexibility in your course choices may be important.

Faculty of Music

Campus: St. George

Contact: CIE Exchange Program Staff

The Faculty of Music at U of T offers courses in a range of disciplines including theory, composition, and performance at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prospective exchange students interested in studying at the Faculty of Music at the graduate level should review the instructions for graduate exchange applicants to ensure that they meet the admission requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies. All graduate exchange students should be nominated to the School of Graduate Studies.

 

Course Restrictions

Exchange students interested in taking performance courses at the graduate or undergraduate level must be nominated/apply to come on exchange for the full academic year (September – April), as all performance-based courses are full-year (Y) courses.  

School of Graduate Studies

Campus: All campuses

Graduate Units

Contact: CIE Exchange Program staff

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is the gateway to all graduate programs at the University of Toronto. U of T offers approximately 280 graduate programs covering nearly 400 areas of study. Any exchange student wanting to do graduate level course work or research at any faculty or department at U of T must apply to the SGS.

Restricted Programs

The following Progressive Professional Programs are not open to exchange students:

  • Master of Teaching (MT)
  • Master of Law (LLM)
  • Master of Financial Economics (MFE)
  • Master of Finance (MFin)
  • Master of Mathematical Finance (MMF)
  • Master of Financial Risk Management (MFRM)

Master of Business Administration (MBA): Rotman School of Management operates its own MBA exchange program. Please consult their website for more information.

Academic Options

There are two options for graduate exchange students at U of T:

  1. Research only
  2. Full-time course work for credit (includes research courses)

Research Only

Eligibility

If you are registered in a research-based graduate degree program at your home institution and you are only interested in doing research while on exchange at U of T, you should apply to the International Visiting Graduate Students (IVGS) Program.

Visiting students from partner institutions are eligible for a fee waiver, if their home university nominates them as a formal exchange student. Please consult with your home university’s exchange office, as exchange nominations are limited.

All IVGS placements begin with a key relationship: students need to find a qualified supervisor willing to oversee their research. It is up to you, as a prospective student, to identify a supervisor working in a research area that is closely related to your work, who holds a graduate faculty appointment, and who is willing to commit the time and energy required to supervise you.

Application

All IVGS placements begin with a key relationship: students need to find a qualified supervisor willing to oversee their research. Once a U of T supervisor has been established, the application can begin.

Please visit the IVGS program page for details on finding a faculty supervisor and application instructions.

Course Work

Eligibility

To apply for graduate exchange course work at U of T, you must be enrolled in, or admitted to, a similar graduate program at your home institution. You also need to have achieved a mid-B average in the final year of your undergraduate studies. To confirm whether your degree meets the SGS minimum requirements, please see our International Degree Equivalencies Tool. 

Graduate exchange students doing course work while on exchange need to be registered in the equivalent of a full-time course load, as defined by the graduate unit/department.

Application

Before applying for exchange, you need to determine the graduate unit (department, faculty, or centre) and/or program that offers the courses you would like to take at U of T. You will take all/most of your courses from one “home” department. You cannot have a collaborative program (CP) as your home department.

  • STEP ONE: Use this list to determine the area of study that best matches your program of study at your home institution.
  • STEP TWO: Click on the program link to find the link to the departmental website.
  • STEP THREE: Use the departmental website to find graduate courses offered by the department.
  • STEP FOUR: Include your desired home department/program in your Statement of Intent when applying. Your desired home department should match the list of courses you submit in your application.

University of Toronto Mississauga: Arts, Science & Commerce/Management

Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)

Academic departments and programs

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Contact: Andrew Sedmihradsky, Global Mobility Coordinator 

The University of Toronto Mississauga campus is situated on 225 acres of protected greenbelt along the Credit River, 33 kilometres west of the university’s St. George campus in downtown Toronto. UTM has many of the same Arts & Science departments as the downtown St. George campus, as well as unique courses in Forensic Science and Commerce/Management (open to students not approved for Rotman Commerce at our downtown campus).

UTM also offers the only research program for undergraduate exchange students at U of T called the International Research Opportunities Program (iROP). This program is suitable for students who are interested in gaining research experience in addition to completing course work at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.

Exchange students admitted to undergraduate studies at UTM are able to take courses from multiple departments within the faculty – there is no restriction on taking courses from within only one discipline/department.

University of Toronto Scarborough: Arts, Science & Management

Campus: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

Academic departments and programs

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

UTSC course-related inquires: Liana Williams or Danielle Bannis 

General exchange-related inquires: CIE Exchange Program staff.

The University of Toronto Scarborough campus is a 300-acre campus in the Highland Creek Valley, one of Toronto’s most spectacular natural settings, situated in the east-end of Toronto.

Experiential education is the hallmark of the UTSC campus. Students get a head start on their futures through hands-on research, community engagement and a vibrant campus life.

UTSC is home to the new Aquatics Centre and Field House, which represents Canada’s largest investment in amateur sport infrastructure, opened in 2015 for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

UTSC offers standard Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Management programs (English literature, Statistics, Economics, etc.), as well as the following unique programs:

Exchange students admitted to undergraduate studies UTSC are able to take courses from multiple departments within the faculty – there is no restriction on taking courses from within only one discipline/department. There are, however, department-specific restrictions that exchange students should be aware of that are listed below.

 

Course Restrictions

The following courses/programs of study are not available to exchange students:

  • Co-op (work placement) programs
  • Applied Microbiology (IMC)
  • Environmental Science and Technology (STE)
  • Journalism (JOU)
  • New Media Studies (NME)
  • Paramedicine (PMD)

For the list of courses with limited spaces, please visit the UTSC Registrar’s Office website