Faculty of Arts & Science Programs (299/398/399)

Research Opportunity Program: 299Y1/399Y1 Courses

Director: Pamela Klassen, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & International 
deb.shaw@utoronto.ca (416-978-0359)

The Research Opportunity Program (ROP) provides an opportunity for Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in their second and third year (i.e., after completing at least 4 but not more than 14 credits) to earn one course credit by participating in a faculty member’s research project. Each 299Y1/399Y1 course has a program-specific designator, such as ANT, CLA, CSB, VIC, etc. Not all departments or programs will necessarily participate in the ROP each year.

Descriptions of ROP projects are available on the Faculty's web site mid-February. Students wishing to participate should email online ROP Application forms to deb.shaw@utoronto.ca by the due date indicated on the website.

Students can apply to a maximum of three ROPs in total, but can accept only one 299Y1 project and one 399Y1 project the following year. Students may not participate in a 299Y1 and a 399Y1 in the same Academic year or with the same Faculty supervisor. Students are informed in mid-April whether they have been accepted. Successful applicants are registered by the ROP office. Summer tuition fees apply for Summer ROP enrollment.

Students are expected to keep a journal recording meetings, progress, and what was learned about the project in particular and the nature of research in general.

Research Excursions: 398H0/398Y0 Courses

Director: Pamela Klassen, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & International
deb.shaw@utoronto.ca (416-978-0359)

The 398 Research Excursions (REP) provides an opportunity for Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in their third year (i.e., after completing at least 9 but not more than 16 credits) to participate in a practical or experiential activity under the supervision of a faculty member. The practical, experiential component can take the form of research/learning in archives, laboratories, libraries, or in a field camp, etc.—but not in a classroom at another university (that is covered by the Faculty’s summer abroad and exchange programs). The projects run within the May-August period, when both Faculty and students would be able to make the time commitments necessary. Regular tuition fees apply.

Each 398H0/398Y0 has a program-specific designator, such as ANT, CLA, CSB, VIC, etc., and would be eligible to count towards program completion if the program sponsor (Chair or Director) so chooses. A limited number of 398H0/398Y0 courses are available each year. Faculty supervisors propose the projects and choose the students who apply.

Students must also attend a Safety Abroad workshop through the Safety Abroad Office. Descriptions of the projects are available on the Faculty's web site in early January.

Applications are available online and must be emailed to the supervising instructor by the due date listed on the website. Students are informed in mid-March whether they have been accepted. Successful applicants are registered by the 398 office.

Faculty of Arts & Science-Funded International Programs

Director: Pamela Klassen, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & International
Administrative Contact: Deborah Shaw, Teaching and Learning, deb.shaw@utoronto.ca (416-978-0359)

In an effort to provide opportunities to as many students as possible, for Faculty of Arts & Science funded programs priority will be given to those students who have not previously received funding for these programs. All participants must be current Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in good standing, and their eligibility must be confirmed by the Dean’s Office prior to acceptance to the international program.  Participation in a Faculty-funded program does not affect participation in Summer Abroad or student exchange opportunities. 

International/Indigenous Course Module

The Faculty of Arts & Science’s International/Indigenous Course Modules (ICM) program provides an opportunity for faculty members to incorporate an intensive international experiential module into the framework of existing undergraduate courses. The ICM is designed to enhance students’ classroom learning in a wide range of areas through the application of course content to relevant settings and communities around the globe. ICMs are selected in late May and take place over Reading Week the following November or February. Students’ participation in the ICM is incorporated into their final course grade. In many cases, ICM participants share their experiences with the wider Arts & Science community through publications, presentations or web-based resources. 

Locations: Courses and locations for Reading Week in the upcoming November or February will be posted in June on the International Programs and Partnerships website and in the Calendar for each course that includes an ICM.

Courses: Past ICMs have examined the role of political changes in the Republic of Georgia, geologic evolution and mining in Spain, historical biography in Uganda and urbanization in China.  

Cost:  The Faculty of Arts & Science provides funding for students and faculty airfare, accommodation and local transportation.

Eligibility: A limited number of ICMs are available and the program is only available to undergraduate Arts & Science (St. George) degree students enrolled in the course(s) in which the module is proposed. 

Application:  To apply for this year’s ICMs, please refer to the course listing for that ICM.  If you are interested in working with a faculty member to create an ICM for a course, please consult the International Programs and Partnership website for further information.

For further information please contact:  Deborah Shaw at deb.shaw@utoronto.ca (416-978-0359)

Dean's Fund for International and Indigenous Initiatives

The Dean's Fund for International and Indigenous Initiatives (DFIII), formerly the Dean's International Initiatives Fund (DIIF), supports the development of new and creative international activities in areas of need not already addressed by existing programming (Research Excursions (398), International and Indigenous Courses, Undergraduate Research Fund, Summer Abroad, etc.). The goal of the DFIII is to leverage Faculty resources to provide a broad range of international opportunities for Arts and Science students.

Please note: In support of International Opportunities, the Dean’s Office has partnered with the Professional and International Programs (PIP) office at Woodsworth College to provide integrated logistical support. The International Programs Coordinator can assist with booking and arranging for payment, whenever possible, for transportation, accommodation, and venue admission.

Locations:  Locations for DFIII projects have been around the world, but most often take place in locations that are not available through other U of T or Faculty of Arts & Science international programs.

Courses:  DFIII projects may be for academic credit or co-curricular, but must be academically focused.

Cost:  Funding is available to students and faculty members through a competitive application process. The Faculty of Arts & Science provides funding to cover students’ airfare, accommodation and related costs.  

Eligibility: A limited number of DFIII projects are available each year and the program is only available to undergraduate Arts & Science (St. George) degree students. Students must be currently enroled or demonstrate their intention to return to U of T for further study at the time of the DFIII project.   

Application:  Students may apply for funding through their academic department, program or College. Application details are available at the International Programs and Partnerships website

For further information please contact: Deborah Shaw at deb.shaw@utoronto.ca (416-978-0359)

Undergraduate Research Fund

The Undergraduate Research Fund (URF) is funded jointly by the Arts & Science Students’ Union (ASSU) and the Faculty of Arts & Science. It provides funding for students to develop a research project of their own, for which there is no other available funding. The fund is open to all Arts & Science undergraduate students in good academic standing and no minimum GPA is required. Research projects must be initiated by students, related to their degree, and supervised by a faculty member with a continuing appointment in the Faculty of Arts and Science either through a regular course, an independent study, a research essay, or other academic project. 

Locations: Open, URF projects can be in Canada or locations internationally.

Courses:  Research projects may be incorporated into a regular course, an independent study, a research essay, or other academic project.

Value: The URF provides basic funding to support student research up to $2,500.

Eligibility: must be current undergraduate degree student(s) in the Faculty of Arts & Science and must be registered as such during the period in which the research will be conducted; must be in good academic standing.

Application:  For application forms and further information, please see the URF website: www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/scholarships/undergraduate-research-fund

For further information please contact:  undergrad.awards@artsci.utoronto.ca