University of Toronto


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Since 1827, the University of Toronto has evolved into Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery, and knowledge creation. The University is also a global leader, currently ranked 22nd among the world’s universities.

Set in the centre of Toronto, U of T’s main downtown campus is a place where students, staff and faculty engage with a vibrant academic life and countless co-curricular activities. Toronto is a vibrant, big-time city – the most culturally diverse on the planet, where some of the world’s finest restaurants are found alongside happening bars, clubs and eclectic festivals.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Winter Term January–April
Semester 2 Fall Term September–December

University of Toronto only accept applications once per year. Therefore, students must apply to Global Experiences in UQ semester 2 for study in Fall term, Winter term or Full year.

View U of T's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

U of T has online resources to help you get the most out of your exchange:


U of T has 3 campuses:

  • Mississauga campus (UTM)
  • downtown Toronto campus (St. George)
  • Scarborough campus (UTSC)

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

2.5 credits at U of T is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at U of T.

Find courses

Search the U of T course catalogue by discipline if courses do not appear in the database.

Ensure you search for the correct level of courses - see "Additional Academic Information" below for more detail.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Aerospace engineering
Art history
Biomedical engineering
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
Film, TV and media
Geotechnical engineering
History and ancient history
Human resources
Information technology
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Regional and town planning
Software engineering

Course restrictions

See a full list of course restrictions at the University of Toronto.

English (ENG) and Political Science (POL) courses at 300-400 level are very limited.

Students cannot take courses under both the Faculty of Arts & Science AND the Faculty of Law; Students can take courses EITHER from the Faculty of Arts & Science OR the Faculty of Law.

Rotman Commerce courses (Course code “RSM”) are open to exchange students from UQ who are completing a business degree (ex. B.B.A., B. Comm., or something similar). Students must be nominated to “Arts & Science – Commerce” in order to take RSM courses.

Students wishing to take Management courses at UTM or UTSC must be nominated to “Management” in order to take Management courses.

Biochemistry is completely unavailable to exchange students and Human Biology can be quite restrictive.

Additional academic information

U of T has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Course numbering:

Course codes at Toronto are made up of 3 letters + 3 numbers + 1 letter + 1 number.

  • The three letter designator identifies the program offering the course (EG: PPG = Public Policy & Governance)
  • The three numbers identify the course level:
    • 100-199 = First year
    • 200-299 = Second year
    • 300-399 = Third year
    • 400-499 = Fourth year
  • The single letter indicates course weighting:
    • Y = 1 credit
    • H = 0.5 credits
  • The final number indicates the campus where the course is offered. 
    • 0 = taught off-campus
    • 1 = downtown St. George Campus 
    • 3 = U of T Scarborough
    • 5 = Mississauga

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


The University of Toronto provides everything you need to know about student residences and finding the right accommodation during your exchange.

On-campus housing is only gauranteed for exchange students who are attending U.Toronto for a full year.

Cost of living

U of T has compiled the various expenses students may encounter during their studies. You can also access U of T's financial planning calculator to find out how much you should budget for an exchange in Toronto.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is a mandatory health insurance plan for all international and exchange students enrolled in a university in Ontario. UHIP helps to cover the cost of hospital and medical services you may need to maintain your health while in Canada. You are automatically enrolled in UHIP, and will be required to pay the corresponding fees.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the High Commission of Canada for visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.