You have a number of academic options as an exchange student at U of T. Please see below for full details.

Course registration is confirmed after you are admitted to U of T. For specific questions about courses, you may direct them to the appropriate contact listed here only after you are admitted.

Contents

Restrictions The programs and courses which are restricted to exchange students
Academic options Arts & Science at St. George Campus
Academic options Applied Science & Engineering
Academic options John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design
Academic Options Faculty of Law
Academic options Kinesiology & Physical Education
Academic options Faculty of Music
Academic options Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Academic options School of Graduate Studies
Academic options Arts & Science at University of Toronto Mississauga
Academic options Arts & Science at University of Toronto Scarborough

Inbound exchange restrictions

Restricted programs

Academic programs that are not available to exchange students include the following:

St. George Campus

  • Academic Bridging Program (TYP)
  • Concurrent Teacher Education Program (CTEP)
  • Dentistry
  • Master of Financial Economics (MFE)
  • Medicine
  • Master of Law (LLM)
  • Master of Education (MT)
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Rehabilitation Science/ Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy
  • Rotman School of Management (MBA) 

Scarborough (UTSC) Campus

  • All Joint Program Courses (Paramedicine and Journalism)
  • Co-op (work placement) programs

 

Restricted courses

Before choosing your courses, note that the restricted programs above are not available to exchange students. Additionally, some specific courses may not be available to exchange students even though admission into the relevant academic faculty is possible. Please be prepared to be flexible.

Academic options in Faculty of Arts & Science

Campus: St. George

Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Science

Academic Programs

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Academic Dates

Contact: CIE Exchange Program staff

 

Requirements, restrictions and important notes

Restricted to ALL Exchange students:

  • Biochemistry (BCH)
  • English Language Learning (ELL)
  • Many first year college courses (e.g., VIC One, New One, Innis One, UC One, WDW One, SMC One, TRN One) 

Important Information about Courses:

  • Rotman Commerce: If you are interested in studying at Rotman Commerce, you have to be pursuing a business degree (e.g., B.B.A. or B. Comm) or a similar degree at your home institution. Consult with your home university's exchange advisor to make sure that your institution is one of the Rotman Commerce affiliated partner or check the "List of Inbound Exchange Partners." 
    • All Rotman Commerce (RSM) courses have an “R” or “R1” enrollment indicator. This means that their courses are restricted all times and CIE cannot place students on waiting list for RSM courses. CIE is only able to enroll exchange student the course if a space becomes available. 
  • Computer Science (CSC): all CSC courses are very popular, especially 300 and 400 level courses, for degree-seeking students so there are very few spots available for exchange students. If you wish to enroll in one of these courses, prepare to be flexible in your course selections.
  • Drama (DRM): all DRM courses are very popular for degree-seeking students so there are very few spots available for exchange students. If you wish to enrol in one of these courses, prepare to be flexible in your course selections.
  • English (ENG): most of the 300 and 400 upper year English courses are very popular for degree-seeking students so there are very few spots available for exchange students. If you wish to enrol in one of these courses, prepare to be flexible in your course selections.
  • Political Science (POL): 400-level Political Science courses are very popular for degree-seeking students so there are very few spots available for exchange students. If you wish to enrol in one of these courses, prepare to be flexible in your course selections.
  • Peace, Conflict and Justice (PCJ): PCJ have very limited spots available for exchange students in their courses and they do not review exchange students’ course requests until mid-September at the earliest. Therefore, if you submit your request in the summer, you will have to wait until September to receive a decision back from the department. Historically, they have only allowed students to take their Introductory course (e.g., PCJ260Y).
  • Sociology: the department requires that you have taken an Introductory to Sociology or a similar course in order to take SOC 200 and higher level courses.
    • All SOC courses are very popular so the department do not allow exchange students to be enrolled in SOC courses until mid-August at the earliest, even if you submit the course requests earlier in the summer. 

 

  • Human Biology (HMB): most of the 300 and 400 upper year Human Biology courses are very popular for degree-seeking students and have strict enrolment controls so there are very few spots available for exchange students. The Department does not usually allow exchange students to enrol in the HMB courses until the course enrolment priority for degree-seeking students is over. The course enrolment priority for degree-seeking students is removed in August for fall semester courses and in January for winter semester courses. If you wish to enrol in one of these fields of study, prepare to be flexible in your course selections.

    The following courses are courses that exchange students may request. Please note that requesting these courses DOES NOT guarantee enrolment.

    HMB200H1          S              Neuroscience

    HMB201H1          S              Intro GEN

    HMB202H1          S              Intro Health Disease

    HMB203H1          F              Intro Global Health

    HMB204H1          S              Intro Human Biology

    HMB265H1          F              General & Human Genetics        

    HMB301H1          F              Intro Biotech

    HMB302H1          F              Vert Histo Histpath

    HMB303H1          F              Health Human Rights

    HMB306H1          F              Epist Ethics Medicine

    HMB320H1          S              Neuroanatomy

    HMB321H1          S              Topics in Genetics

    HMB323H1          S              Global Health Research

    HMB325H1          F              Stats Applied to HMB

    HMB342H1          S              Epidemiology Health

    HMB360H1          S              Neurogenomics

 

Disclaimer: This is not a complete list. The courses listed above are based on the students’ experiences from this past year.

Applied Science & Engineering

Campus: St. George

Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Academic Calendar 

Academic Timetable

Please direct all engineering exchange inquires to the CIE Exchange Program Staff

Requirements, restrictions and important notes

Courses identified as Applied Science and Engineering (APS), Joint Minor (JRE), Final Year Design (XXX498H) and Thesis (XXX499Y1) type courses have limited enrolment or restrictions for inbound exchange 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.

Contact:  Assistant Registrar, Admissions (for engineering course-related inquiries only!)

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design

Campus: St. George

Faculty:  John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Contact: CIE Exchange Program staff

Requirements, restrictions and important notes

If you wish to apply for an undergraduate 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. Note: Undergraduate exchange students are not eligible to take graduate level courses. If you are interested in applying for a graduate exchange, please refer to the School of Graduate Studies information below.

If you are interested in taking undergraduate studio courses (JAV101H1, ARC201H1, ARC221H1, ARC313H1, ARC314H1, ARC321H1, and/or any VIS course), you must be pre-approved and will be required to provide a portfolio or sample of your work.

If you are interested in taking JAV130H1, you must either complete JAV120H1 or provide course syllabi for a course or courses that you have completed that you believe demonstration preparation equivalent to JAV120H1.

 

Faculty of Law

Campus: St. George
Faculty: Faculty of Law

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Contact: CIE Exchange Program staff

Requirements, restrictions and important notes

The Faculty of Law is a highly-competitive second-entry degree program at the University of Toronto. Exchange students who are admitted to the law exchange programs are usually in the top 20% of their current class with superb English language ability. Law generally admits exchange students who are in the upper year of their law degree.

The Faculty of Law has a list of courses that are restricted to exchange students, which includes LLM Seminar courses, Alternative Approaches to Legal Scholarship and the restricted courses listed in the Academic Handbook. 

Kinesiology & Physical Education

Campus: St. George

Faculty: Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE)

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Contact: CIE Exchange Program staff

Requirements, restrictions and important notes

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

Faculty: Faculty of Music

Contact: CIE Exchange Program Staff

 

Fees for auditions and compositions (e.g., DVD, portfolio) should be sent through postal mail to the Inbound Exchange Office.

Requirements, restrictions and important notes

Exchange applications for the Faculty of Music should be sent to the CIE Exchange Program, NOT to the Faculty of Music. In addition to the CIE requirements your application should include the following:

  • Faculty of Music Exchange Application Form (please use the Undergraduate Studies form). 
  • Three sealed reference letters. Please submit these to your exchange office, who will upload these letters on your behalf   
  • Academic transcripts for all previous post-secondary study (provide English translation if required)
  • Copy of the completed Faculty of Music Student Exchange Application, which is uploaded to the online application
  • Faculty of Music Student Exchange $60.00 CDN Application Fee (bank draft or money order, payable to "the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music")
  • If you wish to pay by credit card, please complete the credit card payment form at the back of the Faculty of Music Student Exchange Application
  • Applicants wishing to enrol in performance courses must submit a DVD audition recording following the Faculty of Music audition/interview requirements 
  • If you are applying to enrol in composition courses, you must include a paper copy of your composition portfolio

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

Graduate students only

Campus: St. George

Faculty: Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) 

Contact: CIE Exchange Program staff

Requirements, restrictions and important notes

If you wish to apply for an exchange at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, you must be currently enrolled in a similar graduate program at your home institution.

The requirements for an exchange at OISE are the same as the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Apply through the School of Graduate Studies and select OISE (see below). Many programs at OISE are very competitive and OISE only selects a few exchange students each academic year.

School of Graduate Studies

Graduate students only

Campus: St. George

Faculty: School of Graduate Studies

Graduate Units

Contact: CIE Exchange Program staff

 

Requirements, restrictions and important notes

Students need to have achieved a mid-B average in the final year of undergraduate study. To confirm whether your degree meets the SGS minimum requirements, please see our International Degree Equivalencies Tool. 

You must be enrolled in a similar graduate program at your home institution before applying for a graduate exchange at the University of Toronto, or, you must be provide documentation that you have been admitted to a graduate program at your home institution prior to starting your exchange at the University of Toronto.

When you apply, you must select a home graduate department (department, faculty, centre). Your home graduate unit department is where you will take your courses. You may ask to enrol in courses offered by other departments, but priority is given to graduate students in that department; taking any course offered by another graduate unit requires the permission of both your home unit and the unit offering the course.

You cannot choose a collaborative program (CP) as your home department.

Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Financial Economics (MFE) and thesis courses are not available through this exchange program.

Arts & Science at University of Toronto Mississauga

Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Science

Academic departments and programs

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Contact: Global Mobility Coordinator: Andrew Sedmihradsky 

Requirements, restrictions and important notes

Our Mississauga campus offers programs such as Forensic Sciences. In addition, they offer the only research program for undergraduate exchange students called the International Research Opportunities Program (iROP). This program is suitable for students who are interested in gaining research experience in additional to completing course work at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus. Detailed information about the International Research Opportunities Program (iROP). 

To apply for this program, you must be nominated by your home institution; the requirements are the same as a regular exchange application except that you must submit the additional documents:

  • one academic reference letter (provide English translation if required) 
  • a CV or resume 

Arts & Science at University of Toronto Scarborough

Campus: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Science

Academic departments  and programs

Academic Calendar

Academic Timetable

Contact: Liana Williams or Danielle Bannis (for course-related inquiries only!)

Please direct all other exchange inquires to the CIE Exchange Program staff.

Requirements, restrictions and important notes

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)

For more general information about courses, including courses with limited enrolment, please visit the UTSC Registrar’s Office website.