Student Services & Resources

Academic & Personal Counselling

The Colleges

Every Arts & Science student is a member of a college. Think of your college as your home in the familiar neighbourhood that is the university. All the colleges provide advising and support services for students. Academic advising, as well as counselling on financial and personal matters, is available through your college registrar's office. Also, each college provides its students with academic support services such as writing centres, math aid centres, libraries and computer facilities. And remember, no matter which college you belong to, you have access to all the courses and programs offered in Arts & Science.

The Registrar’s Office of each student’s college is the focal point for information and advice of all kinds, and should be consulted as soon as any problems of an academic or personal nature are encountered.

Students with complaints or problems relating to the teaching of courses (lectures, tutorials, evaluation, work-load, etc.) that they cannot resolve with the instructors concerned, can obtain advice and assistance either from the Associate Chair/Undergraduate Secretary of the particular Department, or from their College Registrar.

The Departments and College Program offices should be consulted for advice on courses and programs they sponsor. They also have web sites giving more details of courses and programs than is possible in the Calendar. First-year students are particularly urged to consult program sponsors during the Fall-Winter Session for details on enrolling in programs. (All students must enrol in at least one Specialist or two Majors or one Major + two Minor program(s) upon passing four courses.)

Students registered in Divisions other than Arts & Science who have problems with Arts & Science courses should go for advice either to the departmental Undergraduate Secretary or to the registrar of their own Faculty or School.

Innis College-Office of the Registrar

2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON   M5S 1J5
416-978-2513 phone/416-978-5503 fax
Hours: Monday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 - 6:00 pm; Tuesday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 - 4:30 pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 - 4:30 pm

New College-Office of the Registrar

300 Huron Street, Room 107, Toronto, ON M5S 3J6
416-978-2460 phone/416-978-0554 fax
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, 1:30 - 4:30 pm (until 4:00 pm in July & August); Wednesday also 5:00 - 6:00 pm.

St. Michael’s College-Office of the Registrar & Student Services

81 St. Mary Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4
416-926-7117 phone/416-926-7266 fax
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, 1:30 - 4:30 pm; Friday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, 1:30 - 4:00 pm.

Trinity College-Office of the Registrar

6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1H8
416-978-2687 phone/416-978-2831 fax
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 - 4:30 pm; Tuesday: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 - 4:30 pm (until 4:00 pm in July & August)

University College-Office of the Registrar

15 King’s College Circle, Rm. 157, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
416-978-3170 phone/416-978-6019 fax
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 12:15 pm, 1:30 - 4:15 pm

Victoria College-Office of the Registrar

Northrop Frye Hall, Room 106, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
416-585-4508 phone/416-585-4459 fax
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm; Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Closed daily between 12:30 and 1:30 pm
Drop-in hours: Monday: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm; Wednesday: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm; Thursday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. During peak periods additional drop-in time slots will be added to the schedule. Summer hours (July & August): Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Appointments over Skype are also possible if arranged beforehand.

Woodsworth College-Office of the Registrar

119 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1A9
416-978-4444 phone/416-978-6111 fax
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (4:30 pm in July & August); Tuesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (5:30 pm in July & August); Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Office of the Faculty Registrar

The Office of the Faculty Registrar works closely with departments and colleges concerning virtually all matters relating to Arts & Science students: it coordinates counselling, registration and enrolment, student records, transfer credit, petitions, final examinations and graduation. The Office of the Faculty Registrar, located in Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Room 1006, can provide general information about registration and enrolment, course listings, building and classroom locations, etc. I

You can also get useful information about Arts & Science from the Faculty Registrar’s web site ( In addition, if you have questions about any aspect of your undergraduate experience, you can e-mail the Faculty Registrar at

Office of the Faculty Registrar

100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
416-978-3384 phone/416-978-2487 fax
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (until 4:30 pm in July & August)


Services and Programs for Students

Academic Support

Your college registrar is a reliable first-stop whenever you have questions, concerns or are facing issues that are getting in the way of your success.

The writing centres in each of the colleges provide free individual consultations with trained writing instructors, who will help you to plan, write, and revise your essays, focusing on course writing assignments of your choice. Instructors are familiar with writing conventions in the whole range of Arts & Science courses; many have specialized training in teaching students whose first language is not English. You are entitled to use the writing centre of the college where you are registered as well as to book appointments at other colleges for help with program courses. Writing Centres also provide help with admissions letters for graduate or professional schools.

Writing Plus is a series of group workshops covering all stages of writing university papers, from understanding the assignment to revising the final draft. Some workshops also provide targeted advice on general study skills and on the specific challenges of studying for tests and exams. Special two-hour sessions focus on writing admissions statements for graduate and professional programs.

The English Language Learning (ELL) Program is designed to help multilingual students achieve the high level of English required for top academic work at U of T. Our activities are free and non-credit. All sessions are taught by highly qualified instructors from the college writing centres. In the end of April/beginning of May and in August of each year, ELL offers an intensive non-credit course, ELL011H1F, Intensive Academic English. During the Fall and Winter terms, ELL offers free, online academic writing instruction through the Reading eWriting activity, as well as on-site Communication Cafes which focus on academic discussions and oral presentations.

Academic Success is here to help you manage academic expectations and gain confidence in your learning. Develop and strengthen your skills in time management, self-management, reading, writing, note-taking and exam preparation. Build coping skills to deal with stress, anxiety, procrastination and perfectionism. Book a one-on-one appointment and find out more about our programming and workshops by visiting

Academic accommodations are arranged through Accessibility Services when students experience disability-related barriers in demonstrating their knowledge and skills. It is extremely important that you contact the office as soon as you are accepted to U of T so that it is possible for accommodations to be arranged prior to the start of classes. 455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 400; 416-978-8060

At First Nations House (Indigenous Student Services), the Indigenous Learning Strategist can help students develop their research, essay writing and study skills. The Coordinator of Academic Supports, can assist with financial aid and budgeting, housing and career supports, course selection, degree requirements, exploring graduate and professional schools, support around petitions, academic accommodations, etc. The Resource Centre Coordinator is available to assist students with research. The Resource Centre carries many of the texts and other course materials required in the Indigenous Studies Program, as well as a wide range of books that support students taking courses in other faculties and departments. For more information contact 563 Spadina Avenue, 3rd Floor; 416-978-8227.

If you’re facing challenging personal circumstances that are affecting your academic performance, there are many resources available to help you build coping skills and develop learning strategies. Visit for details.


Want to know how to leverage your Arts & Science degree? Wondering how to get a job? Thinking about graduate school? Visit Career Exploration & Education where you will build on your university experience to shape your future career. You can participate in dozens of programs and services that connect you with industries and organizations, alumni and career professionals. Learn about a range of topics through career fairs, job shadowing, mock interviews, company information sessions, undergraduate research catalogue, the job club, group chats, and many more. Career workshops will help you develop your professional online image, build your networks, and integrate your career and academic learning as you build your future in our changing world. Visit the Career Learning Network ( for thousands of on- and off-campus, paid and volunteer positions. Meet one of the Peer Career Advisors to get started, or have an online chat by visiting; drop-in at 214 College Street, Main Floor; or call 416-978-8000.

International students may work on campus and off campus without a work permit if they meet certain eligibility criteria. Students who are required to do an internship/placement are required to apply for a co-op work permit. This type of work permit is issued to eligible students free of charge. Students who are interested in working and staying in Canada after graduation must apply for the post-graduation work permit within 90 days from the date they complete their degree requirements. If you need help with any type of work permits you can contact the immigration advisor at:, Tel: 416-978-2564 or book an appointment to meet with them in person:

Diversity & Equity

Diversity and equity are fundamental values at the University of Toronto. Students from every background are supported by policies and resources that help create an inclusive environment and one that actively works against discrimination.

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) develops partnerships to build supportive learning and working communities at the University of Toronto by working towards equity and challenging discrimination. The office provides innovative education, programming, resources and advocacy on sexual and gender diversity for students, staff and faculty across the University’s three campuses. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to contact the office for advice and assistance on LGBTQ+ related issues (e.g. coming out, name change policy, creating inclusive environments, etc.). The office works to create sensitive and supportive learning, living and working environments by advising on policy and inclusive practices. The SGDO staff provides confidential assistance and consultation to those who have experienced discrimination and harassment. The office hosts programs that address sexual and gender diversity to stimulate dialogue across intersecting identities and educates those new to equity and LGBTQ+ communities. Events, workshops and networking opportunities bring LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty together throughout the year. 21 Sussex Avenue, Suites 416-417; 416-946-5624.

The Tri-campus Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre supports members of the University community in understanding the University’s Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment; facilitates access to support, services and accommodations for students, staff and faculty members who have experienced sexual violence; and provides training and education on preventing and responding to sexual violence. For more information, or to connect with Centre staff, visit, call 416-978-2266, or email: Centre locations: University of Toronto Mississauga: Room 3094G, Davis Building; University of Toronto St. George: 702 Spadina Avenue; University of Toronto Scarborough: Room 141, Environmental Science & Chemistry Building.

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office provides complaint management and resolution for issues related to discrimination or harassment based on race, ancestry, place of origin, religion, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship or creed. You are also welcome contact the office if you are seeking a forum to discuss ideas that will strengthen U of T’s diverse community and its commitment to an equitable environment. 155 College Street, 3rd Floor; 416-978-1259.

U of T’s Multi-Faith Centre was created to provide a place for students, staff and faculty of all spiritual beliefs to learn to respect and understand one another. The Centre facilitates an accepting environment where members of various communities can reflect, worship, contemplate, teach, read, study, celebrate, mourn and share. 569 Spadina Avenue; 416-946-3120.

Accessibility Services provides services and resources to students with all types of disabilities, such as physical, sensory, medical, mental health, learning and temporary. 455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 400; 416-978-8060.

Family Life

The Family Care Office (FCO) supports you in your family life as you learn and work. We serve the University of Toronto students, staff and faculty by providing confidential guidance, resources, and workshops on a broad range of family care issues, including planning for a child and childcare, LGBTQ parenting, and caring for an elderly relative. 214 College Street, Main Floor, Room 103; 416-978-0951.

Community Safety

The Community Safety Office (CSO) is a tri-campus equity office that provides assistance and support to students, staff and faculty at the University of Toronto that are dealing with personal and/or workplace issues that impact their personal safety. For more information with respect to personal safety issues commonly addressed by CSO, an overview of our services, other safety initiatives and supports on or off-campus, please visit and 21 Sussex Avenue, 2nd Floor; 416 978-1485.

Community Service

Your learning experience is by no means limited to the campus. There are many reasons to volunteer in the University of Toronto community or for one of the hundreds of causes in the Greater Toronto Area — you’ll not only gain invaluable skills that will better prepare you for the working world but also become more well-rounded and enjoy the fulfillment of helping others.

At U of T we provide you with opportunities to get involved in community work through volunteer postings, the Centre for Community Partnerships, volunteer chapters, volunteer fairs and initiatives led by student groups.

Regularly checking volunteer postings is the perfect way to get a feel for the wide range of opportunities that exist. Whether you’re looking for experience in a specific area or are hoping to get ideas on how broaden your horizons, feel free to review postings throughout the school year. Off-campus volunteer jobs are posted on the Career Learning Network at the Career Centre. On-campus volunteer jobs are posted on Ulife.

The Centre for Community Partnerships: 569 Spadina Avenue; 416-978-6558.
Career Learning Network (Career Centre): 214 College Street; 416-978-8000.

Rights & Responsibilities

The University of Toronto respects and upholds all students' rights but also entrusts you with certain responsibilities and expects you to be familiar with, and follow, the policies developed to protect everyone's safety, security and integrity.

U of T is committed to fairness in its dealings with its individual members and to ensuring that their rights are protected. In support of this commitment, the Office of the University Ombudsperson operates independently of the administration, being accountable only to the Governing Council, and has unrestricted access to all University authorities. 416-946-3485.

Faith & Spirituality

Beliefs are a big part of who we are and how we learn, and while U of T is a secular institution, we respect everyone’s right to religious expression. The University’s Multi-Faith Centre supports the spiritual well-being of everyone on campus and provides opportunities for people to learn from each other while exploring questions of meaning, purpose and identity. Experiential programs address both pressing social issues and build community encouraging interfaith dialogue and spiritual development as part of the learning experience for all students. The Centre is also home to the offices of the Campus Chaplains Association and offers facilities, such as a main activity hall for large events, a meditation room with a “living wall” for quiet contemplation and meeting spaces. 569 Spadina Avenue; 416-946-3120.


If you need help finding housing, the staff at Housing Services can help you. Use your JOIN/UTORid to log in and discover: 

  • the off-campus housing finder for more than 10,000 listings near U of T campuses with landlords looking for student tenants
  • the roommate finder to help connect you with other students looking for shared housing

On the Housing website you’ll find useful information about:

  • residence and Student Family Housing
  • housing fairs to help connect you with other students, meet landlords and schedule viewings
  • resources to help you deal with landlord and roommate conflicts
  • info on tenant rights and responsibilities and more 214 College Street, Student Success Centre, Rm. 150, 416-978-8045. 

Health & Wellness

Wellness refers to your overall physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social condition, not simply the absence of illness. So when you’re not feeling your best, the friendly team at the Health and Wellness Centre offers a wide range of services to support you in achieving your personal and academic best.

The Health and Wellness Centre offers students similar services as a family doctor’s office. The Health and Wellness team includes family physicians, registered nurses, counsellors, psychiatrists, a dietician, and support staff that provide confidential, student-centred health care, including comprehensive medical care, immunization, sexual health care, counselling and referrals. Services are available to all full- and part-time students who possess a valid TCard and have health insurance coverage. 214 College Street, 2nd Floor; 416-978-8030.

Professional Experience Year (PEY)

The Professional Experience Year (PEY) Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to gain industry experience in a field related to their academic program. The PEY 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 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 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 PEY 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. Tuition fees are not paid for the period that the student is on their internship. Students who secure a PEY internship must return to full-time studies following the completion of their 12 – 16 month internship.

Registration in the PEY program is open to eligible, full-time Arts & Science and Engineering students, in their 2nd or 3rd year of studies. Students must be in good academic standing and must have any outstanding balances paid in full. Due to the time commitment of the PEY program, the CGPA should be above 2.0 for the September registration. 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 term in January.

For detailed PEY eligibility requirements and program timelines, please visit the Engineering Career Centre/PEY Office website at or call 416-978-6649, 416-978-3881.

The Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence

Each year the University appoints a well-known Canadian writer to work with students, faculty and staff interested in creative writing. For further information, contact the Department of English, 416-978-3190 or see

Student Unions and Associations

The Arts and Science Students’ Union (ASSU)

The Arts and Science Students’ Union (ASSU) represents the academic concerns of over 24,000 full-time undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts & Science on the St. George Campus. ASSU is an umbrella organization with over 65 student Course Unions. Getting involved with a Course Union is the best way to be directly involved in your education and it’s an excellent way to meet other students in your discipline. ASSU offers many services including past term tests, locker rentals, photocopying, faxing and cheap pop. ASSU organizes speakers, free coffee days, EXAM JAM and runs a volunteer tutoring program called Project: Universal Minds, where university students go into local high schools and tutor students in English, Maths and Sciences. ASSU also awards many financial needs bursaries and extra-curricular involvement scholarships. Also, if you have any problems with your courses or instructors go to the ASSU office and discuss your options in complete confidence. ASSU is in Room 1068 Sidney Smith Hall; telephone 416-978-4903.


The Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students (APUS)

All part-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto are members of APUS. The role of the Association is to ensure its members have access to a broad range of services, programmes and resources within the University. This is achieved by acting as a voice for part-time students across three campuses of the University and all levels of governance. APUS offers a number of scholarships and bursaries, as well as other cost-saving services and events and programming to part-time students throughout the year. The APUS office, in Room 1089 of Sidney Smith Hall, is open days and evenings during the summer, fall and winter sessions. For more information, please contact APUS via telephone 416-978-3993, send an e-mail to or visit

First-Year Learning Communities

The First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs) program in the Faculty of Arts & Science is designed to improve the transitional experience for first-year students. FLCs (pronounced “flicks”) provide first-year students with the opportunity to meet classmates, develop friendships, form study groups, and develop academic and personal skills, as well as introduce students to the resources, opportunities and culture of the campus and its surrounding community. There is no cost to participate in the FLC program and students who successfully complete the program will receive a non-academic notation on their transcript. Applications for FLC will open in early June, and please visit our website for further information on the application process.

The 25 students in each FLC will be enrolled in several of the same courses, labs and tutorials, and will meet regularly outside of class time for valuable and engaging activities. Each FLC group is facilitated by an upper-year student Peer Mentor and an Assistant Peer Mentor with the guidance of a Faculty Advisor and Staff Advisor (from the same college, department, or program). Some of the topics that may be covered in FLC meetings include: time management, study skills and strategies, community learning, academic integrity, getting involved on campus, taking tests and exams, choosing a program of study, and career explorations. There will also be social activities integrated throughout students’ year with FLC. Students interested in joining the FLC program should be motivated to learn and develop themselves personally and socially as well as academically. You can find more detailed information about the FLC program on our website:

There are FLCs in eight academic areas of study: actuarial science, commerce, computer science, economics, life sciences, math, humanities, and social sciences.

Jennifer Evans, PhD
Learning Communities Coordinator


For students with particularly noteworthy academic results, there are three specific forms of recognition:

Recognition of Exceptional Academic Achievement: “Dean’s List Scholar”

This designation is given at the end of the Fall/Winter or Summer session to Faculty of Arts & Science degree students who complete their fifth, tenth, fifteenth, or twentieth degree credit* in the Faculty with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.50 or higher.

*The following courses are included in this credit count for the Dean's List:

  • Faculty of Arts & Science courses (H1/Y1/H0/Y0) completed for degree credit;
  • Courses in other divisions (e.g. UTM, UTSC, SGS, etc.) completed for degree credit while registered as a student in the Faculty of Arts & Science;
  • Retained Credits: Arts & Science courses (H1/Y1/H0/Y0) completed while registered as a student in another University of Toronto division (e.g. UTM/UTSC);
  • Courses completed with a final standing of "CR" or "P" which meet the criteria above.

Excluded from this credit count for the Dean's List are:

  • Transfer Credits from secondary school (e.g. AP, IB, GCE, etc.) and/or other post-secondary institutions;
  • Other division courses (e.g. UTM, UTSC, etc.) completed while registered as a student in a division other than the Faculty of Arts & Science;
  • Courses designated "Extra" on a student's academic record;
  • Courses with a final grade of 49% or below, "F" or "NCR";
  • EDU courses taken as part of the Concurrent Teacher Education Program (CTEP).

A “Dean’s List Scholar” notation is automatically added to each qualifying student’s transcript in late July (for those who satisfy the criteria at the end of the Fall/Winter session) and in late October (for those who satisfy the criteria at the end of the Summer session). There is no monetary value. Students who satisfy the criteria but do not receive a transcript notation by the dates above for the appropriate session should write to the Faculty Registrar, Faculty of Arts & Science, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George St., Toronto ON, M5S 3G3 or at Dean’s List Scholar notations are not applied at the end of the Fall term.

Recognition of Exceptional Academic Achievement: “High Distinction” and “Distinction”

Students who graduate with a Cumulative GPA* of 3.50 or above are described as graduates “With High Distinction”. This achievement is noted on the diploma and transcript.

Students who graduate with a Cumulative GPA* of 3.20 to 3.49 are described as graduates “With Distinction”. This achievement is noted on the diploma and transcript.

* Note: the Cumulative GPA must be based on at least 5.0 credits taken for Faculty of Arts & Science degree credit.

Faculty Scholarships

The Faculty offers many academically-based scholarships and other awards to exceptional degree students. Full details of these scholarships are available on the Faculty web site at

International Opportunities for Arts & Science students

Explore your own world!

Because they will navigate a knowledge economy shaped by globalization, Arts & Science students must have unprecedented fluency across cultural, business, social and political spheres. We encourage you to integrate international perspectives into your academic career at U of T. Learn a foreign language, study abroad, participate in an international field school, or conduct research outside of Canada, all of these options and more are available to you. For more information, please see: Looking for something closer to home? Check out opportunities through the Centre for Community Partnerships (

Faculty of Arts & Science-Funded International Programs

Director: Pamela Klassen, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & International
Administrative Contact: Deborah Shaw, Teaching and Learning, (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 2018 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 (416-978-0359)

Research Excursions Program

The Research Excursions Program provides an opportunity for Arts & Science degree students (St. George) beginning their third year (i.e., after completing at least 9 but not more than 14 credits) to participate in a practical or experiential research project under the supervision of an Arts & Science faculty member. The research 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. The Faculty of Arts & Science will cover travel expenses.

Locations: Research Excursions for each summer are listed on the Current Students website: Please refer to this list for locations, descriptions and application details.   

Courses:  Please see the list of current Research Excursions at the Current Students website.

Cost:  The Faculty of Arts & Science provides funding to cover students’ airfare, accommodation and related costs.  Research Excursions carry academic credit and regular tuition costs apply.

Eligibility: Students must be St. George Campus, Arts & Science, degree students who have completed at least 9 full course equivalents, but no more than 16 at the time of the Research Excursion; and meet any course prerequisites stated in the project description. 

Application:  Students apply directly to the Research Excursion faculty supervisor.  Applications are available on the Research Excursion Program website ( 

For further information please contact:  Deborah Shaw at (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 (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:

For further information please contact:  

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. All classes, with the exception of language courses, are taught in English. The program is run through Woodsworth College.

Locations: the 2018 programs are offered in:

  • Australia
  • Central Europe (based in the Czech Republic)
  • China (Beijing and Tianjin)
  • China (Hong Kong)
  • China (Peking University)
  • China (Shanghai and Beijing)
  • Ecuador (Amazon, Galápagos, Andes)
  • England (Oxford)
  • France (Tours)
  • Georgia (Gadachrili Gora)
  • Germany (Berlin)
  • Greece (Thessaloniki)
  • Grenada 
  • Ireland (Maynooth)
  • Italy (Siena)
  • Portugal
  • South Africa (Cape Town)
  • South Korea (Seoul)
  • Spain (Seville)
  • Science Abroad (China, Hungary, Switzerland, Taiwan)

Check the Summer Abroad website in the fall to see the 2019 program list!

Courses: Students take specially designed University of Toronto undergraduate degree credit courses, relevant to the location, for a period of 3 to 6 weeks. The courses have field trips that complement and highlight the academic materials. Courses are taught predominantly by University of Toronto professors and, with the exception of language courses, are offered in English. Typically, full-year second and third year courses are offered in disciplines such as history, political science, management, literature, film, architecture, fine art, religion, and languages. The Science Abroad program allows students in various science disciplines to earn a full-year research credit while gaining laboratory experience overseas. Most courses do not have prerequisites.

All Summer Abroad courses and grades show on students’ transcripts as regular U of T credits and are calculated into their CGPA.

Cost: Costs for Summer Abroad courses vary depending on the location and activities involved in the course. A detailed breakdown of the costs is available for each program. Financial aid is available for most programs. The application deadline for awards offered through Woodsworth College is February 1. A number of awards and bursaries are administered through the Summer Abroad Office.

Eligibility: All University of Toronto students in good standing, with a CGPA of at least 1.75, are eligible to apply. Students from other universities are also welcome to apply. All students must meet the program admissions requirements in order to participate. A few programs require a CGPA of at least 2.50 at the time of application. Details can be found at: Students on Academic Probation or Suspension at the time of application are not eligible to participate.

Application: Applications are available in mid-December. The application deadline for all programs is February 1. Late applications will be accepted if space and time permit.

For further information please contact the Summer Abroad Office:

Professional & International Programs
Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street, 3rd Floor

International Student Exchange

International Student Exchange allows you to experience new cultures and languages in an academic setting while earning credits towards your U of T degree. U of T offers student exchanges at over 149 partner institutions in 41 countries. U of T’s international student exchange program is run through the Centre for International Experience (CIE).  Whatever your academic program and interests, the CIE has a student exchange opportunity that will fit your needs. Programs vary from a few weeks long to as much as a full year.

  • International student exchange is U of T's traditional program for students looking to go abroad.  Exchanges may be for one term or a full year or summer, and most are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students participating in an exchange will have their credits finalized for transfer upon their return. 
  • Research exchange opportunities offer laboratory research experience at a partner institution. Give your academic career an edge – work in a foreign lab, learn new research techniques, and network with professors and graduate students from our carefully selected partner universities.
  • Joint Minor programs allow you to complete part of a specialized minor (Nanoscience, Biology, Asian Geography or Asian Literature and Cultures) at National University of Singapore.

Locations: U of T offers student exchanges at over 149 partner institutions in 41 countries. Use the CIE International Opportunities search tool ( to discover all of our partner institutions around the world!

Cost: When you go on exchange, you pay your U of T tuition plus incidental fees, along with the cost of living abroad. While on exchange, you are still eligible to receive government assistance such as OSAP. There are also many specific scholarships and bursaries run by various U of T offices. CIE administers a needs-based bursary program. For information on costs and funding, see

Eligibility: In general, U of T students who have completed at least one year of full-time studies, with a minimum CGPA of 2.25 are eligible to apply. A few exchange programs do have higher GPA cutoffs, and others have special language requirements.

Transfer Credit: Once nominated for exchange, you are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure Transfer Credit Information Session. You are eligible to participate in up to three terms of exchange. You can arrange your exchange semesters in multiple ways — a full year and additional semester or three consecutive summers or three separate semesters in up to three locations. The maximum amount of transfer credits you may earn through exchange is 7.5 (provided you don't have more than 2.5 transfer credits already on admission or on Letter of Permission). Studying at another institution does bring a degree of academic risk. Although the Faculty of Arts & Science cannot guarantee that the courses you choose will receive full credit, we will do our best to ensure you receive a fair assessment.

Application: Applications for most programs are due early December to late February, but you should always check the CIE website regarding the specific exchanges that interest you.

For more information, please contact CIE:

Cumberland House, 33 St. George Street, Rm. 209