What Can I Study?

Before beginning to determine which U of T faculty is the best fit for your intended studies, please review the English language requirements for exchange at U of T.

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 eligibility, academic options and restrictions, and application requirements by U of T faculty. All graduate-level exchange students should be nominated to the School of Graduate Studies.

What Can I Study?

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Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Exchange students from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz can only be admitted to the Department of Chemistry.

Country: Germany

Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate

At U of T, the Faculty of Arts & Science incorporates all arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences (including computer science) programs/departments. U of T Arts & 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.

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

The Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology and the Department of Chemistry offer summer research programs to students from their select partners. You can find more information on our undergraduate summer research page.

St. George Campus

U of T’s downtown St. George Campus blends historical architecture and inviting green spaces as a backdrop to a truly remarkable community.

Set in the centre of Toronto, one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities, it is a place where students, staff and faculty engage with a vibrant academic life and countless co-curricular activities.

Just beyond the campus are the many events, neighbourhoods and industries that Toronto has to offer. From Nuit Blanche, an annual art festival that runs from dusk until dawn, to sports games at one of the Varsity Centre’s high-performance facilities, this location is intrinsically linked with the city’s renowned cultural offerings to create a rich and unique experience for everyone.


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Minimum CGPA of 2.25


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 vary 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:

  • English Language Learning (ELL)
  • Peace, Conflict and Justice (PCJ)
  • Research Opportunities Program (ROP)
  • Many 100-level courses hosted by our colleges (e.g., VIC1XX, NEW1XX, INI1XX, UNI1XX, WDW1XX, SMC1XX, TRN1XX)
  • Many 100-level courses that are open to Year 1 FAS students only (e.g., ANT19X, AST19X, CHM19X, CSC19X, EAS19X, ENG19X, ESS19X, FAH19X, GGR19X, HIS19X, MAT19X, PHL19X, PHY19X, POL19X, PSY19X, SOC19X, STA19X, etc.)
  • Academic Bridging Program through Woodsworth College
  • Biochemistry (BCH): All courses except BCH210 and BCH311 (BCH210 and BCH311 have limited spaces for exchange students)
  • Economics (ECO): All 100-level courses
  • Human Biology (HMB): All 400-level courses, and HMB322
  • Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (MGY) laboratory courses
  • All Restricted (R1) Sociology (SOC) courses are not available: SOC201, SOC202, SOC204, SOC251, SOC252, SOC254, SOC319-354, and all 400-level SOC courses
  • Statistics (STA): STA130, STA49* courses (STA490, STA492, or the reading courses STA496, STA497, STA498, and STA499), JSC courses


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 at the St. George campus. However, many of these programs/courses are also available at our Mississauga (UTM) and Scarborough (UTSC) campuses. If you wish to take a full course-load in Computer ScienceSociology, or Statistics, we strongly recommend you consider one of our other two campuses.

Please do not expect to take a full course-load in these areas at the St. George campus:

  • Computer Science (CSC)
    • Exchange students may request 300- and 400-level CSC courses after the enrollment period for degree-seeking students. However, these advanced CSC courses tend to be over-subscribed once enrollment opens to exchange students, and it is unlikely that all exchange students are able to get in. Historically, many of the 400-level courses and the following 300-level courses tend to be full and exchange students should not expect to be able to take these courses:
      • CSC301H1: Introduction to Software Engineering
      • CSC303H1: Social and Information Networks
      • CSC304H1: Algorithmic Game Theory and Mechanism Design
      • CSC311H1: Introduction to Machine Learning
      • CSC369H1: Operating Systems
  • Drama (DRM)
  • Political Science (POL) 400-level courses
    • Many 400-level POL courses have very small class sizes (10-13 people), so we cannot enroll many exchange students into them
  • English (ENG) 400-level courses
  • Human Biology (HMB)
  • Sociology (SOC)
  • Statistics (STA)


Rotman Commerce (Business) Restriction

Business courses at the St. George campus (course code: RSM) are not available to exchange students from your home institution. If you are pursuing a business degree (e.g., B.B.A. or B. Comm.) or a similar degree at your home institution, and you want to take business courses while on exchange, you should be nominated to one of our other campuses:

  • University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) – management
  • University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) – commerce/management


Computer Science 


If you are interested in taking more than 1.5 credits (3 courses) in 300- or 400- Computer Science (CSC) courses at the Faculty of Arts and Science, you must:

  1. Be pursuing a degree or major in Computer Science at your home institution.
  2. You must be nominated to the Faculty of Arts & Science on Mobility Online.

Course restrictions

  • Students who are not enrolled in a Computer Science degree or major at their home institution are limited to a maximum of 1.5 credits (3 courses) in 300-/400-level CSC courses. This program at the home institution must be Computer Science (e.g. students in Computer Engineering, Information, etc. will be limited to 1.5 credits.)
  • There is high demand for upper-level CSC courses, and many courses fill quickly with Arts & Science students. Not all exchange students will receive a space in requested CSC courses, so it is important for all students requesting CSC courses to identify alternative courses for enrolment.


Faculty of Law

If you are studying law and your home institution does not have a partnership with the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Arts and Science offers a number of law-related courses that may be of interest to you, such as Ethics, Society and Law or the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. Speak with your home institution’s exchange office to determine your eligibility to be nominated for exchange to the Faculty of Arts and Science at U of T.


After you have been nominated by your home institution, you will be invited to apply for exchange at U of T via our Mobility Online portal. The Faculty of Arts and Science requires the following documents:

Student applicants must submit:

* All student documents must be submitted in PDF (Word or other forms will not be accepted).

  1. Statement of interest (1-2 pages)
  2. Course descriptions: A typed chart/list that briefly details all post-secondary courses you have/will complete before coming to the University of Toronto. The chart/list should include course titles and a short description or list of the main topics covered in each course (copying and pasting from a course calendar/syllabus is fine).


Partner institution staff must submit:

* All partner documents must be submitted in PDF (Word or other forms will not be accepted).

  1. Academic transcripts of all previous post-secondary study
  2. English language test, if applicable: Please refer to our English language requirement page for details.


Course Enrolment

After you are admitted to U of T Arts & Science, you will receive an email with instructions on how to submit course requests. The course selection process will begin in June for the upcoming fall and winter terms.