Programs Overview

Are you interested in gaining a global experience?

You can browse a list of various learning abroad opportunities available at U of T.

Exchange opportunities offered through the Centre for International Experience (CIE) provide both undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to take core or elective courses at any of our partner institutions, as non-degree students.

General Considerations

Registration: You will be registered at and pay tuition fees to U of T.

Funding: Exchange opportunities through the CIE are eligible for a needs-based International Experience Award (IE Award) Other fundings may be available as well depending on the opportunity, for which students are usually automatically considered based on eligibility criteria.

Safety Abroad: All students must register and complete Safety Abroad requirements.

Transfer Credit: While on exchange, you are likely to be able to transfer credits back to count towards your degree at U of T.

Please note that prior to going abroad, you need to consult your department/registrar to ensure eligibility to transfer credits upon return from your experience.

Fall / Winter / Year-Long Experiences (1 or 2 semesters)

You will have the opportunity to complete a semester or a full year experience abroad. Such experiences are mainly course-based opportunities at one of U of T’s partner institutions, but we are now increasingly proposing a variety of experiences, such as placements or research, most of the time combined with courses.

Academic calendars and sessional dates vary by country and institution, so please ensure that the program of your choice is compatible with your timeline.

You can browse the list of opportunities here.

Graduate and Professional Students

Most of the opportunities CIE offers on exchange are open to both undergraduate and graduate students, but some restrictions may apply. Please make sure that you choose an option that is compatible with your program at U of T and the restrictions at the host institution. Restrictions are usually mentioned on each experience page.

Please note that some divisions offer specific exchange opportunities for graduate and professional students such as Rotman School of Management, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.

Other Short Term Opportunities

Some partner institutions offer a range of short term experiences (modules, certificates, projects), such as the Cross-Cultural College with Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, or a selection of international placements.

You can view a list of available short term experiences here.

Summer Experiences (up to 12 weeks)

Summer School

Some partner institutions offer summer schools on exchange basis. It works as a semester-based exchange, meaning that you enroll at and pay your tuition to U of T. Once back to Toronto, you will transfer your credits to count towards your degree.

Some schools accept independent applicants (not on exchange), which means that you may be able to register independently, pay the program fees to the host institution and manage your own credit transfer to U of T. If you decide to opt for this option, please refer to the Independent Summer Program section in Non-Exchange Opportunities.

You can view a list of experiences here and search for “summer school”

Summer Research Exchange Program (SREP) for Undergraduate Students

If you are interested in doing research, you may spend between 8 to12 weeks abroad. CIE proposes a growing list of summer research exchange opportunities every year.

Students can complete credits towards their degree and gain international work experience. If you receive credits, your will be expected to pay for U of T tuitions

Students work under the supervision of the faculty at the host institution in pre-designed projects or in self-designed projects.

SREP students qualify for a fixed amount of funding and can apply for an additional needs-based International Experience Award (IE Award) offered through CIE.

For more information please contact us at learning.abroad@utoronto.ca.

A list of SREP experiences can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a variety of learning abroad opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students at U of T. Please find below a description of such opportunities, offered through the university, by the Centre for International Experience (CIE) or other divisions at U of T.

General Considerations

Registration: Your status will vary based on the type of opportunity you decide to opt for.

Funding: Students going abroad on a U of T-sanctioned activity are eligible to apply for a needs-based International Experience Award+ (IE Award+) offered at CIE.

Safety Abroad: All students must register and complete Safety Abroad requirements.

Transfer Credit: Credit eligibility will mostly depend on the type of learning abroad opportunity you choose to opt for. Please make sure to consult your department/registrar prior to going abroad.

Semester-Based Experiences

Some divisions propose learning abroad opportunities to their students, usually for credits.

Faculty-led Programs

These programs are developed by faculties to provide students the opportunity to gain meaningful courses, experiential learning, or applied research experiences abroad. These trips generally vary in length depending on the project or the faculty and are developed in collaboration with academic partners.

Please consult your division to find out what’s available for you.

Field Courses

Some U of T programs offer upper-year students the opportunity to complete either a field camp abroad or a hybrid of course work followed by a field trip.

Please consult your division to find out what’s available for you, and browse a list of opportunities here and search for “field course”, “field camp” or “field trip”.

Summer Experiences

Independent Summer Programs (ISP)

ISP’s are summer schools offered by international institutions, including partner institutions. However, you will be required to register and pay fees directly to the host institution. Some institutions offer discounts for students who apply from U of T.

It is important to note you will be required to consult with your department/registrar to ensure credit transfer eligibility upon your return and to follow the process in place with your respective division.

Application deadlines and formalities for such programs are described on the host institution’s website. For more information please contact them directly.

Please find a list of ISP opportunities here and search for “Independent Summer Program”.

Summer Abroad (3-6 weeks)

The Summer Abroad program is hosted by Woodsworth College (not by CIE). You will be able to complete U of T undergraduate degree credit courses from the Faculty of Arts & Science that are relevant to each location. Classes are relatively small (about 25 students on average) and are taught by U of T professors or faculty from the host university. Program fees are paid to Woodsworth College directly.

For more information, please visit the Summer Abroad website or the opportunities listed here and search for “Summer Abroad”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a variety of experiential learning opportunities that are available while going abroad.

General Considerations

Registration: your status will vary based on the type of opportunity you decide to opt for.

Funding: Funding may be available depending on the experience, either through the needs-based International Experience Award+ (IE Award+) for U of T-sanctioned activities or through the needs-based International Experience Award (IE Award) for exchange opportunities at CIE.

Safety Abroad: All students must register and complete Safety Abroad requirements.

Transfer Credit: Credit eligibility will mostly depend on the type of learning abroad opportunity you choose to opt for. Please make sure to consult your department/registrar prior to going abroad.

Internships

Placement opportunities abroad are available from time to time and offered either by the Centre for International Experience (CIE) or by other divisions at U of T, such as Tata Global InternshipsICICI Bank Internship Project in India. Conditions vary from opportunity to opportunity.

Please browse a list of professional opportunities here.

Work-Integrated Exchange Opportunities

Some partner institutions offer internship opportunities as part of an exchange program, including community-based opportunities.

The placement may be done either during or after the semester of your exchange, and you will most likely be combining course-work and experiential learning. This is the case for example for the NOC internship programme with the National University of Singapore.

Please browse a list of professional opportunities here.

Research Placements

If you are interested in research placements, you will be able to find research opportunities at some host institutions, such as the Summer Research Exchange Program in Exchange Opportunities.

Please browse a list of research opportunities here.

Fellowships and Scholarships

You will be able to find specific fellowships or scholarships offered by the CIE or other divisions at U of T to gain international professional experience, such as:

– Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

Laidlaw Scholars Programme

Engineers Without Borders Junior Fellowship Program

Killam Fellowship Programme (external opportunity)

Co-op Opportunities

This is a great opportunity for students to gain practical and real-world global work experience, to develop projects in collaborations with NGOs, or to help organizations tackle challenging global problems. UTSC Management and UTSC Arts and Science Co-op, and Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op). Requirements differ per experience.

Please browse a list of opportunities for summer and semesters and search for “coop” or “PEY”.

Considerations prior to going abroad


From a week-long to a year-long program, there are experiences that vary in length and calendar timelines which you can 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 circumstances.

If you are registered as a U of T student, you will be eligible for 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 go abroad, despite financial difficulties. Check out the Funding page to see financial support available through the Centre for International Experience (CIE), your college, faculty, and external options.

Your learning abroad 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.

While you are abroad, the U of T wants to make sure that you are safe.

All students going abroad with the U of T are required to complete the Safety Abroad requirements prior to their departure.

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

Intercultural Learning Programme (ILP) Uoft, GAC cultural

The application process for Learning Abroad opportunities vary per program 


The application process will vary depending on the opportunity you choose. You should ensure your eligibility, and prepare all required documents beforehand. You can apply directly through experience pages by choosing the “Learn more” option at the bottom of the page. Make sure you follow the relevant application procedures and deadlines applicable to your opportunity of choice.

Financial Support

Please note that while going abroad with the Centre for International Experience (CIE) or another division at U of T, you may be be eligible for financial support proposed by the CIE. To learn more, click here.

Exchange Programs

With the Centre for International Experience (CIE)

To apply for an exchange program with the CIE, you will need to make sure you have identified your preferred options applicable to you and your program via the experience pages.

You will find all application procedures and requirements, eligibility criteria, and timeline on the Exchange page.

with another division at U of T

You will need to follow instructions given by your division (Rotman School of Management, Pharmacy…). Please refer to the relevant pages on your division´s website.

Non-Exchange Opportunities

With the CIE

The CIE advertises non-exchange opportunities such as Independent Summer Programs or placement opportunities. To apply for a non-exchange opportunity, please follow the instructions relevant to the opportunity as described in the experience page and click the “learn more” option at the bottom of the experience page to be redirected as needed.

Some opportunities will require applications to the CIE, others an application directly to the host institution. Make sure you understand the conditions and you follow the relevant application procedures.

If you have any question, please email learning.abroad@utoronto.ca.

With another division at U of T

Other divisions at U of T propose learning abroad opportunities, such as Summer Abroad, UTM Abroad, field trips… To apply for a non-exchange opportunity, please follow the instructions relevant to the opportunity as described in the experience page and click the “learn more” option at the bottom of the experience page to be redirected as needed.

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


Pre-Departure

Safety Abroad

By supporting you in understanding and mitigating the possible risks you may encounter, U of T Safety Abroad is dedicated to supporting safer student experiences abroad. Review the Safety Abroad website to get started on learning more about what you are required to do in order to travel on university activity, and how U of T Safety Abroad can help you.

Transfer Credit

Ensure that whichever opportunity you intend to do abroad, you understand the implications for your academic success at U of T. There are multiple ways to receive credits for an experience abroad. Contact your transfer credit office or registrar.

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 accommodation 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.

Money

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. Before going overseas, plan ahead and consider how you are going to access money while abroad. You can start by learning more from our Safety Abroad Resources.

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

Exchange opportunities offered through the Centre for International Experience (CIE) provide both undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to take core or elective courses at any of our partner institutions, as non-degree students.

General Considerations

Registration: You will be registered at and pay tuition fees to U of T.

Funding: Exchange opportunities through the CIE are eligible for a needs-based International Experience Award (IE Award) Other fundings may be available as well depending on the opportunity, for which students are usually automatically considered based on eligibility criteria.

Safety Abroad: All students must register and complete Safety Abroad requirements.

Transfer Credit: While on exchange, you are likely to be able to transfer credits back to count towards your degree at U of T.

Please note that prior to going abroad, you need to consult your department/registrar to ensure eligibility to transfer credits upon return from your experience.

Fall / Winter / Year-Long Experiences (1 or 2 semesters)

You will have the opportunity to complete a semester or a full year experience abroad. Such experiences are mainly course-based opportunities at one of U of T’s partner institutions, but we are now increasingly proposing a variety of experiences, such as placements or research, most of the time combined with courses.

Academic calendars and sessional dates vary by country and institution, so please ensure that the program of your choice is compatible with your timeline.

You can browse the list of opportunities here.

Graduate and Professional Students

Most of the opportunities CIE offers on exchange are open to both undergraduate and graduate students, but some restrictions may apply. Please make sure that you choose an option that is compatible with your program at U of T and the restrictions at the host institution. Restrictions are usually mentioned on each experience page.

Please note that some divisions offer specific exchange opportunities for graduate and professional students such as Rotman School of Management, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.

Other Short Term Opportunities

Some partner institutions offer a range of short term experiences (modules, certificates, projects), such as the Cross-Cultural College with Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, or a selection of international placements.

You can view a list of available short term experiences here.

Summer Experiences (up to 12 weeks)

Summer School

Some partner institutions offer summer schools on exchange basis. It works as a semester-based exchange, meaning that you enroll at and pay your tuition to U of T. Once back to Toronto, you will transfer your credits to count towards your degree.

Some schools accept independent applicants (not on exchange), which means that you may be able to register independently, pay the program fees to the host institution and manage your own credit transfer to U of T. If you decide to opt for this option, please refer to the Independent Summer Program section in Non-Exchange Opportunities.

You can view a list of experiences here and search for “summer school”

Summer Research Exchange Program (SREP) for Undergraduate Students

If you are interested in doing research, you may spend between 8 to12 weeks abroad. CIE proposes a growing list of summer research exchange opportunities every year.

Students can complete credits towards their degree and gain international work experience. If you receive credits, your will be expected to pay for U of T tuitions

Students work under the supervision of the faculty at the host institution in pre-designed projects or in self-designed projects.

SREP students qualify for a fixed amount of funding and can apply for an additional needs-based International Experience Award (IE Award) offered through CIE.

For more information please contact us at learning.abroad@utoronto.ca.

A list of SREP experiences can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a variety of learning abroad opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students at U of T. Please find below a description of such opportunities, offered through the university, by the Centre for International Experience (CIE) or other divisions at U of T.

General Considerations

Registration: Your status will vary based on the type of opportunity you decide to opt for.

Funding: Students going abroad on a U of T-sanctioned activity are eligible to apply for a needs-based International Experience Award+ (IE Award+) offered at CIE.

Safety Abroad: All students must register and complete Safety Abroad requirements.

Transfer Credit: Credit eligibility will mostly depend on the type of learning abroad opportunity you choose to opt for. Please make sure to consult your department/registrar prior to going abroad.

Semester-Based Experiences

Some divisions propose learning abroad opportunities to their students, usually for credits.

Faculty-led Programs

These programs are developed by faculties to provide students the opportunity to gain meaningful courses, experiential learning, or applied research experiences abroad. These trips generally vary in length depending on the project or the faculty and are developed in collaboration with academic partners.

Please consult your division to find out what’s available for you.

Field Courses

Some U of T programs offer upper-year students the opportunity to complete either a field camp abroad or a hybrid of course work followed by a field trip.

Please consult your division to find out what’s available for you, and browse a list of opportunities here and search for “field course”, “field camp” or “field trip”.

Summer Experiences

Independent Summer Programs (ISP)

ISP’s are summer schools offered by international institutions, including partner institutions. However, you will be required to register and pay fees directly to the host institution. Some institutions offer discounts for students who apply from U of T.

It is important to note you will be required to consult with your department/registrar to ensure credit transfer eligibility upon your return and to follow the process in place with your respective division.

Application deadlines and formalities for such programs are described on the host institution’s website. For more information please contact them directly.

Please find a list of ISP opportunities here and search for “Independent Summer Program”.

Summer Abroad (3-6 weeks)

The Summer Abroad program is hosted by Woodsworth College (not by CIE). You will be able to complete U of T undergraduate degree credit courses from the Faculty of Arts & Science that are relevant to each location. Classes are relatively small (about 25 students on average) and are taught by U of T professors or faculty from the host university. Program fees are paid to Woodsworth College directly.

For more information, please visit the Summer Abroad website or the opportunities listed here and search for “Summer Abroad”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a variety of experiential learning opportunities that are available while going abroad.

General Considerations

Registration: your status will vary based on the type of opportunity you decide to opt for.

Funding: Funding may be available depending on the experience, either through the needs-based International Experience Award+ (IE Award+) for U of T-sanctioned activities or through the needs-based International Experience Award (IE Award) for exchange opportunities at CIE.

Safety Abroad: All students must register and complete Safety Abroad requirements.

Transfer Credit: Credit eligibility will mostly depend on the type of learning abroad opportunity you choose to opt for. Please make sure to consult your department/registrar prior to going abroad.

Internships

Placement opportunities abroad are available from time to time and offered either by the Centre for International Experience (CIE) or by other divisions at U of T, such as Tata Global InternshipsICICI Bank Internship Project in India. Conditions vary from opportunity to opportunity.

Please browse a list of professional opportunities here.

Work-Integrated Exchange Opportunities

Some partner institutions offer internship opportunities as part of an exchange program, including community-based opportunities.

The placement may be done either during or after the semester of your exchange, and you will most likely be combining course-work and experiential learning. This is the case for example for the NOC internship programme with the National University of Singapore.

Please browse a list of professional opportunities here.

Research Placements

If you are interested in research placements, you will be able to find research opportunities at some host institutions, such as the Summer Research Exchange Program in Exchange Opportunities.

Please browse a list of research opportunities here.

Fellowships and Scholarships

You will be able to find specific fellowships or scholarships offered by the CIE or other divisions at U of T to gain international professional experience, such as:

– Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

Laidlaw Scholars Programme

Engineers Without Borders Junior Fellowship Program

Killam Fellowship Programme (external opportunity)

Co-op Opportunities

This is a great opportunity for students to gain practical and real-world global work experience, to develop projects in collaborations with NGOs, or to help organizations tackle challenging global problems. UTSC Management and UTSC Arts and Science Co-op, and Professional Experience Year Co-op Program (PEY Co-op). Requirements differ per experience.

Please browse a list of opportunities for summer and semesters and search for “coop” or “PEY”.

PLAN

Considerations prior to going abroad


From a week-long to a year-long program, there are experiences that vary in length and calendar timelines which you can 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 circumstances.

If you are registered as a U of T student, you will be eligible for 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 go abroad, despite financial difficulties. Check out the Funding page to see financial support available through the Centre for International Experience (CIE), your college, faculty, and external options.

Your learning abroad 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.

While you are abroad, the U of T wants to make sure that you are safe.

All students going abroad with the U of T are required to complete the Safety Abroad requirements prior to their departure.

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

Intercultural Learning Programme (ILP) Uoft, GAC cultural

HOW TO APPLY

The application process for Learning Abroad opportunities vary per program 


The application process will vary depending on the opportunity you choose. You should ensure your eligibility, and prepare all required documents beforehand. You can apply directly through experience pages by choosing the “Learn more” option at the bottom of the page. Make sure you follow the relevant application procedures and deadlines applicable to your opportunity of choice.

Financial Support

Please note that while going abroad with the Centre for International Experience (CIE) or another division at U of T, you may be be eligible for financial support proposed by the CIE. To learn more, click here.

Exchange Programs

With the Centre for International Experience (CIE)

To apply for an exchange program with the CIE, you will need to make sure you have identified your preferred options applicable to you and your program via the experience pages.

You will find all application procedures and requirements, eligibility criteria, and timeline on the Exchange page.

with another division at U of T

You will need to follow instructions given by your division (Rotman School of Management, Pharmacy…). Please refer to the relevant pages on your division´s website.

Non-Exchange Opportunities

With the CIE

The CIE advertises non-exchange opportunities such as Independent Summer Programs or placement opportunities. To apply for a non-exchange opportunity, please follow the instructions relevant to the opportunity as described in the experience page and click the “learn more” option at the bottom of the experience page to be redirected as needed.

Some opportunities will require applications to the CIE, others an application directly to the host institution. Make sure you understand the conditions and you follow the relevant application procedures.

If you have any question, please email learning.abroad@utoronto.ca.

With another division at U of T

Other divisions at U of T propose learning abroad opportunities, such as Summer Abroad, UTM Abroad, field trips… To apply for a non-exchange opportunity, please follow the instructions relevant to the opportunity as described in the experience page and click the “learn more” option at the bottom of the experience page to be redirected as needed.

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

By supporting you in understanding and mitigating the possible risks you may encounter, U of T Safety Abroad is dedicated to supporting safer student experiences abroad. Review the Safety Abroad website to get started on learning more about what you are required to do in order to travel on university activity, and how U of T Safety Abroad can help you.

Transfer Credit

Ensure that whichever opportunity you intend to do abroad, you understand the implications for your academic success at U of T. There are multiple ways to receive credits for an experience abroad. Contact your transfer credit office or registrar.

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 accommodation 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.

Money

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. Before going overseas, plan ahead and consider how you are going to access money while abroad. You can start by learning more from our Safety Abroad Resources.

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.