PREPARE

Are you interested in studying abroad but don’t know how? Here is a list of steps to assist you all the way!

There is a diverse range of opportunities to go abroad! Course exchange, research placements, internships, and much more. Explore this website and identify the experience that suits you best.


With so many programs and countries to choose from, how do you decide where you want to go? Join an event and connect with students to find out information that is specific to you. With Workshops, Info Sessions and the Learning Abroad Fair, find resources and experts that can help you decide.

Learning Abroad Workshops

These workshops help you understand how you can integrate learning abroad opportunities into your current degree. Hear from past participants about their international experience and how it can enrich your studies at U of T.

Events

Connect with representatives and students from various programs to learn more about the opportunities available to you. Check out the upcoming events events here.

When looking into opportunities to learn abroad, pay close attention to the eligibility requirements as they vary by program. Some opportunities may be open to specific Faculties or programs, and they usually require minimum credits and GPA. The deadlines are also program specific.

When exploring opportunities, keep in mind that learning abroad programs may offer transfer credits. Please ensure that the activities you plan to do abroad will be applicable to your subject POSt and degree requirements at U of T. Your courses may be transferred as exact course equivalents or as generic courses, but your marks will not appear on your U of T transcript.

Procedures for credit approval vary by academic faculty and program. We strongly recommend that you get your courses pre-approved whenever possible. Faculty of Arts and Science students can use the Transfer Explorer tool and can attend a transfer credit session for further information. For other Faculties and departments, please contact them directly.

Consider before you go abroad:


International experience is about more than crossing borders and visiting other countries. It’s about gaining a global perspective on your classroom content, experiencing life-changing moments in your dream destination, and making the most of your university experience by developing valuable skills for the future workplace. It’s about the meeting of different people, languages, traditions, values and ways of interpreting the world — international experience is intercultural experience.

  • Travelling to a new country builds confidence and expands your comfort zone.
  • Learning to connect with people from different cultures leads to quicker adaptation and success in new environments.
  • Intercultural competencies will help you manage the challenges of a global workplace.
  • International experiences cultivate cultural and interpersonal understanding and help build more effective communication skills.
  • Speaking multiple languages builds higher-level cognitive abilities.

If you’re still curious about the specific outcomes students have gained from their experiences, take a look at Student Stories and what they have to say about their time abroad!

From a week-long program to a year-long program, there are various length and timing options to choose from. How much time should you spend abroad? A summer, a semester or a full year?

  • Some programs are only available for a full academic year or just during summer; others have semester dates that don’t match up smoothly with U of T.
  • 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.

If you are registered as a U of T student, you will be eligible for many of the loans, scholarships and bursaries available to U of T students, including government assistance such as OSAP (refer below) and other provincial, territorial or federal loan programs.

U of T offers a variety of scholarships and bursaries that can provide students with the opportunity to learn abroad despite financial difficulties. Check out the Funding page to see financial support opportunities through your college, faculty, and external options.

Your program may or may not offer housing and residency. The process to arrange housing and the standard of the accommodation may differ by location. It is important to do research on the housing options from the program of your interest, as well as their costs and arrangement procedures. Many institutions offer assistance and you may also consider private sector housing.

Check out all the Safety Abroad requirements you need to complete prior to departure.

Religious Diversity / LGBTQ rights and issues / Women and Gender Issues / Ethno- Cultural diversity

Intercultural Learning Programme (ILP) Uoft, GAC cultural

To apply for Learning Abroad opportunities, the process differs on the program of your interest.


In some cases, there may be an online application portal open to students which contains certain deadlines and procedures. You should ensure your eligibility, and prepare all the required documents beforehand. You can apply directly through individual experiences.

 

To kick-start your preparation, here are a few things to remember to get done before you leave.


Pre-Departure

Safety Abroad Database

The online Safety Abroad Database allows us to monitor your safety while you are away and assist you in the event of an emergency. If you are participating in a University-sponsored international activity, you must register with the database and will be contacted by their Activity Sponsor for registration information.

If you are a student travelling independently (e.g. Field Research, Travel Award or Bursary), please register with the Safety Abroad Database by filling out this form. You should complete the safety abroad database registration form and return it to the Safety Abroad Office.

 

Waivers

Be sure to complete any documents provided by your department administrator, the program that is sending you abroad or the Safety Abroad Office.

 

Safety Abroad Workshop

It is mandatory to attend a Safety Abroad Workshop before you leave on exchange. These workshops are offered to all undergraduate and graduate students, and cover topics in all areas of safety that need to be addressed for awareness.

 

Transfer Credit Workshop (exchange only)

Transfer credit information sessions are the main way to learn how to get academic credit for your work abroad. These sessions explain the course pre-approval process, the details you need to consider when selecting courses to take abroad, and how to obtain credits upon your return from exchange.

If you are enrolled in one of the following faculties and want to transfer credits back to U of T from your exchange destination, you must attend a pre-departure Transfer Credit Session.

University of Toronto St. George (Arts & Science only) – Contact exchange.transfercredit@utoronto.ca

University of Toronto Mississauga – Contact Andrew Sedmihradsky

University of Toronto Scarborough – Contact Scott Macdonald

For the faculties not listed above, please contact your faculty registrar for transfer credit information.

 

Travel Health Insurance and Immunizations

Make sure you have adequate health and medical insurance coverage during your time abroad. This is not only a requirement for your participation in any University-sponsored activity but also gives you (and your family!) peace of mind while travelling the world. It is also important to check whether you need any immunizations for the country you are traveling to.

 

Housing (if applicable)

Ensure that you have arranged accomodation before you leave. Be sure to note the potential move-in and move-out dates, as well as fees involving transportation and food.

 

Transportation

It is important to do research on flight times and costs that suit your exchange program timeline and your budget. It is also recommended to arrange transportation to and from the airport.

 

Visa/work permit

All governments require foreigners to obtain a visa or work permit in order to reside, work, study, and in some cases, visit their country. Contact the Embassy or Consulate of your host country for specific visa requirements. Visas should be obtained before leaving Canada and you should apply well in advance of your departure date, as the application process can be long and time consuming.

Some countries require foreign nationals to complete a registration card, obtained either before or after arrival. This should be carried at all times.

Details on passport, visa, and dual citizenship are explained in the Health & Safety Travel Guide.

 

Money

Local currency (if applicable)

If possible, carry some local currency with you while you are travelling to your destination. If you arrive during a holiday or after business hours, it may not always be possible to exchange money at the airport, and credit cards may not always be accepted. So bring enough cash to cover your ride into town, your accommodation, and any minor expenses along the way.

Exchanging currency

In some countries, Canadian currency may be exchanged at a poor rate or may not be accepted at all. However, by changing money into American dollars and then into the local currency, you are incurring an extra transaction fee.

Before going overseas, plan ahead and consider how you are going to access money while abroad.

 

Optional:

Contact Past Students

Attend information sessions and events held in regards to your learning abroad program to meet and connect with experienced students who can share their tips with you. Contact us to be connected!

Global Affairs Canada

You may want to research about foreign policy and security on your destination country before departure.

EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES

There is a diverse range of opportunities to go abroad! Course exchange, research placements, internships, and much more. Explore this website and identify the experience that suits you best.


With so many programs and countries to choose from, how do you decide where you want to go? Join an event and connect with students to find out information that is specific to you. With Workshops, Info Sessions and the Learning Abroad Fair, find resources and experts that can help you decide.

Learning Abroad Workshops

These workshops help you understand how you can integrate learning abroad opportunities into your current degree. Hear from past participants about their international experience and how it can enrich your studies at U of T.

Events

Connect with representatives and students from various programs to learn more about the opportunities available to you. Check out the upcoming events events here.

When looking into opportunities to learn abroad, pay close attention to the eligibility requirements as they vary by program. Some opportunities may be open to specific Faculties or programs, and they usually require minimum credits and GPA. The deadlines are also program specific.

When exploring opportunities, keep in mind that learning abroad programs may offer transfer credits. Please ensure that the activities you plan to do abroad will be applicable to your subject POSt and degree requirements at U of T. Your courses may be transferred as exact course equivalents or as generic courses, but your marks will not appear on your U of T transcript.

Procedures for credit approval vary by academic faculty and program. We strongly recommend that you get your courses pre-approved whenever possible. Faculty of Arts and Science students can use the Transfer Explorer tool and can attend a transfer credit session for further information. For other Faculties and departments, please contact them directly.

PLAN

Consider before you go abroad:


International experience is about more than crossing borders and visiting other countries. It’s about gaining a global perspective on your classroom content, experiencing life-changing moments in your dream destination, and making the most of your university experience by developing valuable skills for the future workplace. It’s about the meeting of different people, languages, traditions, values and ways of interpreting the world — international experience is intercultural experience.

  • Travelling to a new country builds confidence and expands your comfort zone.
  • Learning to connect with people from different cultures leads to quicker adaptation and success in new environments.
  • Intercultural competencies will help you manage the challenges of a global workplace.
  • International experiences cultivate cultural and interpersonal understanding and help build more effective communication skills.
  • Speaking multiple languages builds higher-level cognitive abilities.

If you’re still curious about the specific outcomes students have gained from their experiences, take a look at Student Stories and what they have to say about their time abroad!

From a week-long program to a year-long program, there are various length and timing options to choose from. How much time should you spend abroad? A summer, a semester or a full year?

  • Some programs are only available for a full academic year or just during summer; others have semester dates that don’t match up smoothly with U of T.
  • 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.

If you are registered as a U of T student, you will be eligible for many of the loans, scholarships and bursaries available to U of T students, including government assistance such as OSAP (refer below) and other provincial, territorial or federal loan programs.

U of T offers a variety of scholarships and bursaries that can provide students with the opportunity to learn abroad despite financial difficulties. Check out the Funding page to see financial support opportunities through your college, faculty, and external options.

Your program may or may not offer housing and residency. The process to arrange housing and the standard of the accommodation may differ by location. It is important to do research on the housing options from the program of your interest, as well as their costs and arrangement procedures. Many institutions offer assistance and you may also consider private sector housing.

Check out all the Safety Abroad requirements you need to complete prior to departure.

Religious Diversity / LGBTQ rights and issues / Women and Gender Issues / Ethno- Cultural diversity

Intercultural Learning Programme (ILP) Uoft, GAC cultural

APPLY

To apply for Learning Abroad opportunities, the process differs on the program of your interest.


In some cases, there may be an online application portal open to students which contains certain deadlines and procedures. You should ensure your eligibility, and prepare all the required documents beforehand. You can apply directly through individual experiences.

 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE

To kick-start your preparation, here are a few things to remember to get done before you leave.


Pre-Departure

Safety Abroad Database

The online Safety Abroad Database allows us to monitor your safety while you are away and assist you in the event of an emergency. If you are participating in a University-sponsored international activity, you must register with the database and will be contacted by their Activity Sponsor for registration information.

If you are a student travelling independently (e.g. Field Research, Travel Award or Bursary), please register with the Safety Abroad Database by filling out this form. You should complete the safety abroad database registration form and return it to the Safety Abroad Office.

 

Waivers

Be sure to complete any documents provided by your department administrator, the program that is sending you abroad or the Safety Abroad Office.

 

Safety Abroad Workshop

It is mandatory to attend a Safety Abroad Workshop before you leave on exchange. These workshops are offered to all undergraduate and graduate students, and cover topics in all areas of safety that need to be addressed for awareness.

 

Transfer Credit Workshop (exchange only)

Transfer credit information sessions are the main way to learn how to get academic credit for your work abroad. These sessions explain the course pre-approval process, the details you need to consider when selecting courses to take abroad, and how to obtain credits upon your return from exchange.

If you are enrolled in one of the following faculties and want to transfer credits back to U of T from your exchange destination, you must attend a pre-departure Transfer Credit Session.

University of Toronto St. George (Arts & Science only) – Contact exchange.transfercredit@utoronto.ca

University of Toronto Mississauga – Contact Andrew Sedmihradsky

University of Toronto Scarborough – Contact Scott Macdonald

For the faculties not listed above, please contact your faculty registrar for transfer credit information.

 

Travel Health Insurance and Immunizations

Make sure you have adequate health and medical insurance coverage during your time abroad. This is not only a requirement for your participation in any University-sponsored activity but also gives you (and your family!) peace of mind while travelling the world. It is also important to check whether you need any immunizations for the country you are traveling to.

 

Housing (if applicable)

Ensure that you have arranged accomodation before you leave. Be sure to note the potential move-in and move-out dates, as well as fees involving transportation and food.

 

Transportation

It is important to do research on flight times and costs that suit your exchange program timeline and your budget. It is also recommended to arrange transportation to and from the airport.

 

Visa/work permit

All governments require foreigners to obtain a visa or work permit in order to reside, work, study, and in some cases, visit their country. Contact the Embassy or Consulate of your host country for specific visa requirements. Visas should be obtained before leaving Canada and you should apply well in advance of your departure date, as the application process can be long and time consuming.

Some countries require foreign nationals to complete a registration card, obtained either before or after arrival. This should be carried at all times.

Details on passport, visa, and dual citizenship are explained in the Health & Safety Travel Guide.

 

Money

Local currency (if applicable)

If possible, carry some local currency with you while you are travelling to your destination. If you arrive during a holiday or after business hours, it may not always be possible to exchange money at the airport, and credit cards may not always be accepted. So bring enough cash to cover your ride into town, your accommodation, and any minor expenses along the way.

Exchanging currency

In some countries, Canadian currency may be exchanged at a poor rate or may not be accepted at all. However, by changing money into American dollars and then into the local currency, you are incurring an extra transaction fee.

Before going overseas, plan ahead and consider how you are going to access money while abroad.

 

Optional:

Contact Past Students

Attend information sessions and events held in regards to your learning abroad program to meet and connect with experienced students who can share their tips with you. Contact us to be connected!

Global Affairs Canada

You may want to research about foreign policy and security on your destination country before departure.