Off-Campus Opportunities

Field Courses

Field courses take place away from the university campus and are sometimes an international opportunity. Most field courses have a very small class size which provides an opportunity for students to interact closely with the course instructor(s), and to collaborate with other students who share the same interests. Field courses are normally held during the Summer session for usually two to three weeks.

A small number of academic units in the Faculty of Arts & Science offer field courses. Please refer to the following websites for information about eligibility, cost and application process:

International/Indigenous Course Module

The Faculty of Arts & Science’s International or Indigenous Course Module Program (ICMs) provides an opportunity for faculty members to incorporate an intensive international or Indigenous experiential module into the framework of existing undergraduate courses. ICMs are a great way to combine academic study with a short-term international experience. Professors lead ICM trips over the Fall or Winter Reading Week in conjunction with specific courses. International opportunities may include partnerships developed with Indigenous nations both within Canadian borders and beyond.

For more details, including current opportunities, please refer to the information on the Faculty of Arts & Science website.

Learning Abroad Experiences

There are different types of Learning Abroad Experiences, for Study, Research and Professional experience, in Short-term, Summer, Fall/Winter, or year-long opportunities. For more information, visit the Learning Abroad website.

Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op)

The Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to gain industry experience in a field related to their academic program. The PEY Co-op program consists of a 12 – 16 month, full-time paid internship, beginning between May and September and ending the following year. The length of the internship allows sufficient time for students to undertake substantive projects and to be involved in challenging and productive work. As a result of the experience, students return to their studies with a greater understanding of their discipline from a practical, hands-on perspective. Students registered in the PEY Co-op program also participate in an intensive student development program, consisting of a variety of small and large group workshops, as well as individual career counselling appointments tailored to each student’s needs and goals. The objective is for students to acquire knowledge and gain insight that will remain invaluable to their ongoing career development, beyond the academic years.

Students who join PEY Co-op are required to pay a fee upon registration, and those who secure an internship also must pay a placement fee, which is applied to the student’s ROSI account in July/August. Students will then be registered in the PEY200Y1 course. Neither the application fee, nor the placement fee is refundable. Part-time incidental fees will also apply to maintain student status and the accompanying benefits. Students who secure a PEY internship must return to full-time studies following the completion of their 12 – 16 month internship. Fourth Year students are not eligible to graduate while their PEY Co-op placement is in progress.

Registration in the PEY Co-op program is open to eligible, full-time Arts & Science and Engineering students, in their Second or Third year of studies. For detailed PEY eligibility requirements and program timelines, please visit the Engineering Career Centre/PEY Co-op Office website. Students must be in good academic standing and must have any outstanding balances paid in full. Due to the time commitment of the PEY Co-op program, the CGPA should be above 2.0. If you do not meet this 2.0 CGPA recommended minimum, we suggest focusing first on your studies, and registering for PEY in the following year.

Research Excursions Program

The 398 Research Excursions Program (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 research 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 can make the time commitments necessary. Summer tuition fees apply. The Faculty of Arts & Science will cover travel and living expenses.

For more information, refer to the Faculty of Arts & Science website.

Summer Abroad

The Summer Abroad programs are designed to enrich students’ academic lives by providing an exciting and educational international experience. Students complete full-year University of Toronto undergraduate degree credit courses from the Faculty of Arts & Science that are relevant to each location. Relatively small classes (about 25 students on average) are taught by University of Toronto professors or faculty from the host university, for a period of 3 to 6 weeks. All classes, except for language courses, are taught in English. All Summer Abroad courses and grades show on students’ transcripts as regular U of T credits and are calculated into their CGPA.

For more information about a list of courses, locations, eligibility, cost and other information, please refer to the Summer Abroad website.