Want to keep learning after you graduate? Here are some options.
Recent Graduates’ Continuing Education Credit
Graduates from University of Toronto automatically receive a one-time $550 credit at the School of Continuing Studies. Most courses range from $200-$800, so you may not be able to cover the entire cost of a course. If you choose a course that costs less than $550, you cannot use the remainder on a second course. You can use the credit one time within 24 months after your graduation. If you graduate twice from U of T, for example from an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree, you may only use the credit one time.
Check the School of Continuing Studies website for more details on how to use your credit.
The School of Continuing Studies is a certified trainer under the Canada-Ontario Job Grant. This is a program that subsidizes employers sending employees for training or continuing education. You may want to keep this program in mind if you are starting a small business or joining a company interested in developing its employees.
Your courses at the School of Continuing Studies will not affect your CGPA on your U of T degree transcript because it’s a separate institution from U of T. You will receive a separate transcript from the School of Continuing Studies to demonstrate your work.
Returning for Non-Degree Studies
You may wish to take more classes beyond your degree to boost your CGPA or earn graduate school prerequisites. These courses will affect your GPA and will appear your U of T transcript once completed. You can return to U of T as a non-degree student immediately after graduating. Students from other universities will have to apply to be a non-degree student. Keep in mind that you cannot take courses at Rotman Commerce as a non-degree student.
- To boost your CGPA, you can return to U of T as a non-degree student. Once you graduate from U of T, you’re automatically considered a non-degree student on ROSI/ACORN. You can enrol in courses in mid-August. Keep in mind you are choosing courses after all degree students so your options may be limited. Visit the admissions page for more details on how and when to enrol. The courses will appear on your U of T transcript once you have completed the course
- A Language Citation is an official University record of your proficiency in a language other than English. It is for students who wish to show academic achievement in a language but do not want to complete the course requirements for a major or minor. You can apply for a citation while you’re in school or after you’ve graduated. If you have the requirements, you simply submit your academic history for review. Once you graduate, you can return as a non-degree student to take individual courses that meet the citation requirements. Check with the language department you want a citation in to see the specific requirements
- To earn graduate school prerequisites you will enrol as a non-degree student. The Faculty of Arts & Science will recognize you as non-degree student immediately upon graduation. Check in with the professional faculties at Music, Kinesiology, Architecture and Engineering to see their unique requirements for non-degree studies
- Non-Degree students will not be able to add new Subject POSts after they have graduated. If a Non-Degree student completes a program post-conferral, they can request a letter of completion from the relevant Department, but the completed program will not appear on the transcript.
Lifelong Learning at U of T and Beyond
Think of your graduation from U of T as the beginning of your educational journey. As you enter into the workforce there are many opportunities to continue learning outside of a formal program. Self-guided learning will be extremely rewarding and can present great networking opportunities.
As a recent U of T alumnus, you can stay connected by attending lectures, alumni events, and giving back to your U of T community. Recent alumni can make great impacts on current students by sharing stories and acting as an alumni mentor.
Stay in touch with your department by signing up for E-Newsletters or connecting with them on social media. You can attend lectures, seminars, and networking events in your field of interest to expand your knowledge and explore new learning paths.
Hart House has plenty of opportunities to be involved as an alumnus. You can take classes, attend lectures, join a committee, or enjoy discounts on the athletic facility and Hart House Theatre.
You can have an international experience as a U of T alumni through the UTA travel programs. Visit a new country and learn while meeting new people.
Educational Opportunities in Toronto
You are fortunate to graduate in a metropolis teeming with places to learn and try new things. You can attend one-off lectures or enrol in an independent program. Here are some examples to get you started:
You can engage in lecture-style learning on your time and in the comfort of your own home with online education.
- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) broadcast entire courses online for an unlimited audience. There are different varieties, but most are free and you can tune in whenever you like. Check these websites for course listings: mooc.org, coursera.org, edx.org
- YouTube hosts many online courses in a range of topics. You can watch actual lectures from Stanford, MIT, Yale and more. You can also watch courses designed for YouTube such as Kahn Academy and other educational sources. Use the YouTube prowess you’ve gained during undergrad to continue your education
- Podcasts & Online Broadcasts are a great way to learn while you commute, clean your house or anywhere you can slip in a pair of earphones. You can find them all over the internet, or try TedTalks, NPR or iTunes to start your exploration
Building your Network
Toronto is full of young hopefuls looking to start a business, grow their professional network and make a change in the city. Why not connect with some of them to get ideas, learn new things and perhaps even jump-start a career? Here are some places to meet like-minded people:
- Centre for Social Innovation is a non-profit with multiple locations across the city that bring people together and offer resources for entrepreneurs. You can meet people by attending events, working at the coffee shop or volunteering
- Meetup.com is a social networking site with different groups that meet up around the city. You can find daily events to learn and connect with like-minded people
- Artscape is a non-profit focused on arts and creative placemaking. You can meet people by attending community events or volunteering