Once you have been accepted as an exchange student at the University of Toronto, the Centre for International Experience (CIE) will send you an information package. This package contains information and instructions about choosing courses.
You may also find information about choosing courses on this web page:
- The Enrolment Procedure section of this page gives you access to faculty calendars and timetables.
- The Common Questions about Courses section provides information about course levels, course value and recommend work loads.
- The Restricted Courses section lets you know which courses are open to you as an exchange student.
Please note that detailed course syllabi are available for most U of T courses; however, you will most likely need to do some research in order to find them. Each of the Academic Faculties publishes an annual Academic Calendar which includes a brief summary of all courses. More detailed summaries are often available from the relevant department's web page.
About the Course Codes
Every U of T course (also called an "academic activity") is identified by a code with the following sub-elements:
* 3 letters denoting the department or college sponsoring the course
* 3 numbers denoting the level of difficulty
* 1 letter indicating the credit or full-course equivalent (FCE) value (H = 0.5 credit, Y = 1.0 credit)
* 1 number indicating the campus (1 = St. George , 3 = Scarborough, 5 = Mississauga)
For example, ANT 100Y1 is a 100-level course taught by the Department of Anthropology, with a credit value of 1.0, taught at the St. George campus.
The principles of academic honesty apply equally to exchange students as they do to degree-seeking students at the University of Toronto. Therefore, you should familiarize yourself with U of T's "Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters".
Please see the following web pages for a guide about academic integrity and further resources for students.
Exchange students are usually pre-enrolled into courses before they arrive in Toronto. The enrolment procedure depends on which Academic Faculty you are admitted to:
Faculty of Arts & Science, Engineering, Mississauga or Scarborough:
As an exchange student in any of these faculties, you will work directly with the Exchange Officer at CIE to arrange enrolment in courses. More detailed information is provided in your exchange student admission package. You can also review the Academic Calendar and Timetable of Courses for your faculty of choice.
The Academic Calendar is the list of all the possible courses that may be taught in a given academic year, while the Timetable of Courses lists courses that will actually be taught that year.
|Faculty of Arts & Science||Academic Calendar||Timetable of Courses|
|Faculty of Engineering||Academic Calendar||Timetable of Courses|
|University of Toronto Mississauga||Academic Calendar||Timetable of Courses|
|University of Toronto Scarborough||Academic Calendar||Timetable of Courses|
Faculty of Law, Music, Physical Education, and Graduate-level studies:
As an exchange student in any of these faculties, you will work directly with the host faculty or department to arrange enrolment in courses. For more information about these faculties, please see the Inbound Exchange Options.
At the University of Toronto, there are two levels of study: undergraduate and graduate. Please see below for a fuller description of these levels.
Undergraduate-level (Bachelor degree)
These courses usually have a course code with a number in the hundreds:
100-level** = first year of undergraduate degree (for example, GGR 124Y)
200-level = second year (for example, POL 208Y)
300-level = third year (for example, CHM 325H)
400-level = fourth year (for example, PHL 440H)
500-level = fifth year (for example, MIE 515H)
Most undergraduate degrees are four years long, but some have 500-level courses to indicate the very challenging nature of those courses.
**Please note that some 100-level courses are not open to exchange students because they are intended only for first-year university students (for example, VIC 100-level courses).
Graduate-level (Master degree, PhD)
These courses usually have a course code with a number in the thousands:
1000-level = introductory graduate-level (for example, ECO 1011H)
2000-level = specialized graduate-level (for example, PHY 2303H)
3000-level = advanced graduate-level (for example, STA 3431H)
4000, 5000 and 6000-level = highest level graduate courses
2) What is the credit value of each course?
The relative value of each U of T course is based on its credit value, as opposed to (for example) the number of teaching hours per week. The credit value of each U of T course is indicated by the letter in the course code which immediately follows the number/ level indicator: "Y" courses are worth 1.0 credits, "H" courses are worth 0.5 credits.
The section code is indicated at the very end of the course code (the last letter), and indicates the academic semester that a course is being offered. The regular academic year is divided into two semesters/ terms, each consisting of 13 weeks of classes:
F = First Term (September to December)
S = Second Term (January to April)
Y = Full Year (September to April)
ANT 100Y1 Y = 1.0 credit course offered September to April
HIS 2322H1 F = 0.5 credit course offered September to December
PHY 110Y1 S = 1.0 credit course offered January to April
You may only select courses that are offered during the term(s) that you will be in Toronto. If you are coming to U of T for a full academic year, then you can enrol in a combination of year-long and half-year courses. If you are only coming for one term, then you may not select Y courses.
3) What is the recommended work load for exchange students?
The maximum permitted work load for undergraduate-level students is five courses per academic term. For graduate-level students, the maximum work load is four courses per academic term. The minimum work load to be considered a "full-time student" is three courses for undergraduate-level exchange students.
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Please consult the following web links for information about the Academic Dates and Holidays which are observed at the University of Toronto. Please note that your particular academic dates will depend on which Academic Faculty you are admitted into.
Please see the list of inbound exchange options for a brief summary of the academic programs which are not available to exchange students.
In addition, some specific courses may not be available to exchange students even though admission into the relevant Academic Faculty is possible. Here are some reasons why that might be the case:
If you will only be here for one term you must only select courses being taught in that term: First Term (F) courses run from September to December, and Second Term (S) courses run from January to April. You will not be permitted to enrol in Full Year (Y) courses unless you are studying for the full academic year (September to April). Check the section codes in the relevant Academic Faculty's timetable to see which term(s) your courses are being offered.
You should only request courses in restricted programs, such as Commerce, if you are enrolled in a similar program at your home university. Even if you are in such a program at home, these courses are still very difficult to get into and therefore you might not be able to enrol in some of the courses that you request. Please be prepared to be flexible.
There are further restrictions designated by the "enrolment indicator" of each course. For more details about how this relates to exchange students, please contact the Exchange Officer for Inbound Students.
400-level (4th year) courses are often available only to upper-year degree-seeking students. You may request 400-level courses, but please be advised that there is no guarantee that you will be permitted to enrol in them. Similarly, several 100-level courses are restricted to first-year students (such as ENG 100H1). These restrictions are usually indicated by the "enrolment controls" of a course.
If you are planning to request 400-level courses,please note that U of T’s 4th-year students typically enrol in mostly 300-level courses. The 400-level courses are very challenging because of the high workload, advanced level of difficulty and high expectations of the instructors. Many 400-level courses are combined with graduate-level courses. As a result, there are undergraduate and graduate level students attending the same lectures and seminars. Therefore, students should only attempt 400-level courses in their final year of undergraduate study. We strongly recommend the following:
- Do not enrol in more than two 400-level courses per term.
- If you plan to enrol in any 400-level courses, we advise you to not enrol in more than four U of T courses per term.
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