Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP), Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award (E12), Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Scholarship - Super Partner
University of Toronto Location: Toronto Year Established: 1827 Student Population: 84,600 (14,400 international students)
University of Toronto (UoT) is one of our esteemed SUPER exchange partners, meaning we are able to send up to 100 USyd students a year to this fantastic and highly ranked institution! We also have additional scholarship and support opportunities for nominated students! The University of Toronto is a global leader in research and teaching. We provide diverse and extensive areas of study organized around smaller, intimate learning communities. That is what creates an exceptional learning environment for our students. One university, three campuses, 90,000+ enrolled students from 160+ countries, 14,000+ faculty, 7,000+ staff, over 800+ student clubs, and the 3rd largest library system in North America. The University of Toronto has three campuses, one in the downtown area situated on the grounds of Queen’s Park, and two in the districts of Scarborough and Mississauga. It has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting students at all levels with studies unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus.
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.
The following faculties are located on the St. George campus only: Applied Science and Engineering; Music; Kinesiology & Physical Education; Architecture, Landscape & Design.
Mississauga Campus (UTM)
Mississauga campus is situated on 225 acres of protected greenbelt along the Credit River, 27 km from Toronto city centre and directly accessible by U of T shuttle bus and public transit.
UTM has many of the standard Arts & Science departments, as well as unique courses in Forensic Science, Language Studies and Business.
Scarborough Campus (UTSC)
Scarborough campus is situated in the east-end of Toronto, surrounded by parklands, and it is home to the new Aquatics Centre and Field House, which represents Canada’s largest investment in amateur sport infrastructure, opened in 2015 for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Experiential education is the hallmark of the UTSC campus. Students get a head start on their futures through hands-on research, community engagement and a vibrant campus life.
UTSC offers standard Arts & Science programs (English literature, Statistics, Economics, etc.), but also some interesting and unique programs such as Arts Management, Global Asia Studies, Population Health, International Development Studies, Food Studies and International Business.
Academically, the University of Toronto is known for influential movements and curricula in literary criticism and communications theory (known collectively as the Toronto School). It was also the birthplace of insulin and stem cell research and was the site of the first electro microscope. It receives the most annual research funding of any Canadian university.
The University has seven undergraduate colleges and a range of faculties, schools and centres. Students can tailor their degrees by choosing from more than 700 undergraduate programs. Exchange students in undergraduate studies are able to take courses from multiple departments within the faculty – there is no restriction on taking courses from within only one discipline.
Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It is estimated that around 140 different languages are spoken. It has a reputation as a very accepting city as more than half of its residents were born outside of Canada. Unlike many North American cities of its size, reports of intolerance and race-related violence are uncommon. Toronto has a huge range of bars, restaurants and galleries, clear summer days but extremely cold winters.
St George Campus:The following faculties are located on the St. George campus only: Applied Science and Engineering; Music; Kinesiology & Physical Education; Architecture, Landscape & Design. Mississauga Campus (UTM): UTM has many of the standard Arts & Science departments, as well as unique courses in Forensic Science, Language Studies and Business.
Scarborough Campus (UTSC): UTSC offers standard Arts & Science programs (English literature, Statistics, Economics, etc.), but also some interesting and unique programs such as Arts Management, Global Asia Studies, Population Health, International Development Studies, Food Studies and International Business.
See here for UoT's course enrollment guide for exchange students.
Arts and Social Sciences
Law (75% min ave)*
*General requirement of WAM 75+” (For US and U Toronto LAW EXC, excluding Harvard)
Exclusions/ 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)
Master of Financial Economics (MFE)
Master of Law (LLM)
Master of Education (MT)
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
Additional Restricted Programs Master of Financial Economics and Master of Finance programs are restricted, and they are not available to exchange students. If you completing your Masters at USyd and will therefore be considered a Graduate student in Canada, please email email@example.com to determine your eligibility with the specific department at UoT.
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Fall: early September to late December
Winter: Early January to late April
*Please note - December deadline only* This exchange university only accepts applications once per year for both semesters of the following Canadian academic year. You should apply at the November deadline for the following semester 2/ Canadian fall semester and/or semester 1/ Canadian winter semester. Students interested in exchange commencing in semester 1/Canadian winter semester need to apply three semesters prior to their intended commencement.
Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)
University of Sydney
The above full-time load is indicative only and more may be required. *Law at the University of Toronto - full-time study load is 6 credits
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.
The university uses letter grades from A+ through F, based on a 4-point GPA. For information on the U of T grading scale, please refer to the Guide for Reading a Transcript.
Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be sent to Sydney Abroad in late February/early March for the students who completed their exchange in the fall semester. Transcripts will be sent to Sydney Abroad in late May/early June for students who completed their exchange in the winter semester. Students who require a transcript earlier should order one through the exchange university student system.
Image: University of Toronto St George Campus
Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English
English Language Requirements:
The official language of instruction at the University of Toronto is English. If your first language is not English, or if your home institution does not teach in English, you will be required to submit English language test results. The University of Toronto will only accept English test scores from TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT) and IELTS. We do not accept TOEFL "Institutional Testing Program" (ITP) scores or any other English proficiency tests or examinations for exchange. Minimum English language requirements for studies in specific faculties here.
Image: University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
What is the host city like?
Find out more information about Toronto!
Accommodation Housing options are offered by the host university - please see below for more campus-specific information
St George Campus:
Accommodation is not guaranteed for exchange students at the St George campus. Housing Services offers assistance and advice to all students on housing-related matters. They can assist with finding on-campus and off-campus accommodations after admission as an exchange student. Mississauga Campus (UTM)
UTM Residence offers a variety of on-campus accommodation options. The application process is very competitive and places are not guaranteed for students coming during Fall and/or Winter. However, students coming to UTM in the summer are guaranteed a spot in Residence. See housing information on the UTM website.? Scarborough Campus (UTSC) On campus accommodation is guaranteed for exchange students coming to UTSC. UTSC Student Residence provides 765 self-catered spaces on-campus to both international and domestic students. Students generally live in their own room with shared cooking and common areas, either in the Townhouses or Joan Foley Hall (apartment-style).
Note: Students who are looking to live in one of the residences on campus should apply for UTSC or UTM. Unfortunately, the chances of getting a spot on-campus at St. George campus is close to zero.
Cost of Living
Living expenses and Financial Requirements vary between campus'. Please see below for the estimated cost of living per month at each campus:
St George Campus: $1,769.25
Mississauga Campus: $1,578.00
Scarborough Campus: $1,211.25
No scholarships are provided by U of T. Please refer to the Canadian Government website to determine eligibility to apply for a DFATD scholarship.
Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.
Image: University of Toronto Mississauga Campus
For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by U of T.
If you are a new first-year student (or Exchange student) at U of T, then orientation is for you! Orientation is a great way to meet your new classmates and discover useful information about the University.
All students are welcome to attend the Centre for International Experience (CIE) orientation activities held at the Cumberland House on the St. George campus. Orientation activities take place in the week or two leading up to the start of classes in early September. If you arrive in January you will find some orientation activities taking place, but on a smaller scale. There are several types of orientations that you should be aware of - see here for details!
Studying at the University of Toronto is challenging, which is why U of T offers a range of services and support. Discover student services and supportive resources and find out about writing centres, accessibility support and career advising on your campus here.
University of Toronto (Mississauga campus) Rebecca Matthews
Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), Semester 1, 2016
Host City Highlights
Ice skating at the harbour front, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum (both free for students on certain days!), campfires and stunning cityscapes from Toronto Islands, the Eaton Centre, and the thriving theatre district.
I studied at the Mississauga campus of the University of Toronto, which is largely a commuter school, with less engagement for societies than the main campus, and with only a small number of exchange students. Most of my interactions and socialising with other exchange students was through the University of Toronto itself, a 40 minute shuttle away. Through the Centre for International Exchange programs I had the opportunity to bond with a large group of international students through a family weekend away, and numerous social dinners and games nights.
Classes at UoT are very similar to the University of Sydney. I had 3 contact hours each week for most subjects, usually a 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial, or a single 3 hour long seminar. Lectures have anywhere from 30-100 students, while tutorials would have 10-30.
Assessments focused more on smaller amounts of regular work, compared to Sydney where a small number of heavily-weighted assessments usually make up the bulk of the marks (in my experience). Regular class attendance was also enforced much more firmly than at USYD, particularly for lectures.
You must try poutine in Canada! French fries covered in gravy and melted cheese, so deliciously unhealthy. And Tim Hortons, a cheap fast food/cafe/bakery, will become a staple of your diet. Toronto also has an excellent array of international food - the sushi is especially good! Toronto has a lot more cold weather and North American influences than Australia, although both cities are incredibly multicultural. It's an excellent opportunity to over-indulge on hot chocolate, mulled cider and hearty meals.
I lived on campus in a share house with 3 other girls. They were lovely, although the community I lived in was all first years, while I was in my fourth year, which meant there was a lot we didn't have in common. On campus living was still a lot of fun though! I'd recommend looking for off campus housing if you're needing to save money, since on campus is very expensive. But if you really want 'the college experience' on campus is definitely the way to go!
I knew that my on campus residence would cost 6,000, including a meal plan, so I budgeted for this in advance. My airfares cost another 2,000, so I budgeted a little over 10,000 for my exchange period, and another 6,000 or so for my travels afterwards, with extra savings I could draw on if need be. I wasn't able to work while studying, as that visa is only available to students studying longer than six months. Again, I knew in advance I wouldn't be working, so I budgeted around that. My funds turned out to be totally adequate for me, but budgeting is definitely a personal thing based on how you prefer to live and travel.
Around Toronto you can use the subway and streetcar system with a Presto card, very similar to Opal. The system runs fairly well, although with only two subway lines not everywhere is covered. Most fares cost around $3 per trip. For the greater Toronto area, trains using Presto cost around 5-10 dollars. Toronto is also a really easy city to walk around! Most of my transport was with my own feet, except when it was really, really cold and snowy out. Getting to other cities like Montreal and New York is really cheap by bus if you book in advance.
I went during winter to Canada, and I think that's the best time. If you want to see Canada, you want to see snow! I travelled to New York three times, with one of those including Washington DC - I used the bus to get there and if cost around $50 round trip. I stayed with friends, so I can't speak on what the accommodation is like, but usually hostels are fairly reasonable. I also travelled to Montreal by bus. The University's International Experience office organised a trip to Orillia with the local rotary club that was all expenses paid. I got to try skiing and tobogganing, and had an incredible time. My tips for travelling as a student would be to book well in advance, use buses and hostels, and buy food in grocery stores and prepare it yourself when you can to save on eating out. And if you have friends, make use of their couches!
Get involved as soon as you can, get in touch with the Centre for International Experience for any opportunities they have, join some clubs and look out for free Tuesday night community dinners!