Submit your Summer Abroad program application by completing the online application. A link to the application can be found at the bottom of this page.
Online Summer Abroad Application
Most of the programs offered by Summer Abroad are competitive (for example, decisions are not made on a first come, first served basis, and there are not necessarily spots for all applicants). Spaces in all courses, residence and group flights are limited.
Before you apply to a program, please determine whether you meet the Eligibility Requirements.
Applications for ALL programs will also be considered on the following criteria:
1. Academic suitability
2. Personal Statement (500 word maximum). Questions to consider include:
- Please outline the reasons why you want to study abroad and why you have selected this particular program. How does this program fit with your personal goals?
- Describe how your academic background has prepared you for the course you have chosen. How does this course fit into your overall academic goals and requirements?
- Considering the cultural, logistical, personal and financial factors involved in living abroad, what steps would you take to prepare for this program?
- Briefly outline a situation that required you to adapt to an environment or circumstance that you found challenging and describe how you coped with this.
3. Additional program-specific questions assessing adaptability.
4. Some programs may require an interview. Please read the application to determine whether one is required.
Procedures & Deadlines
A $200 application fee must be submitted by the deadlines listed below. Late applications will only be accepted as time and space permit.
Students may apply to more than one Summer Abroad program, but must submit a separate application and $200 fee for each. Visit Withdrawals for more detailed information on applying to multiple programs.
Online Application and Deadlines:
- Applications for ALL programs will be available online on January 2, 2017.
- Students applying for an award offered through Woodsworth College must submit their award AND program applications by February 13, 2017 at 5 p.m.
- The deadline to apply for all Summer Abroad programs is February 13, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Admission to Summer Abroad programs is competitive (decisions will not be made on a first-come, first-served basis and there are not necessarily spots for all applicants). Applicants will be assessed on the strength of their overall application including:
- Academic record over the last twelve months
- Relevance of the course to the applicant’s program of study
- Personal statement addressing specific questions (which will be listed in the application)
- Additional responses to questions regarding adaptability
* Note that Woodsworth College may request additional documents in certain cases in order to complete your application.
* Admission information will be issued to most students in late February or early March. Admission to the France program generally takes place later in March. Until you receive this notification your admission to the program is not guaranteed, and so you should NOT make any final plans (e.g., booking your flight).
Terms of Participation
As a condition of enrolment all students will be required to provide written acknowledgement and consent of risks and terms of participation (which include agreeing to abide by the University of Toronto’s and the host institution’s rules, regulations, and code of conduct, and acknowledging their personal liability).
Students will also be required to complete a pre-departure orientation; obtain and provide proof of adequate health insurance; obtain all appropriate travel documents (visa, passport, etc.); and read all materials provided by the Professional & International Programs office (including email, admission package, and Student Handbook). The University of Toronto does not arrange medical travel insurance or flight cancellation insurance; this is the responsibility of each program participant. Students are also responsible for obtaining all required travel documents (visa, passport, etc.).
Class attendance in all Summer Abroad programs is mandatory. In addition, some courses may require students to complete an assignment or attend lectures before the start of the program.
Students who wish to enrol in an on-campus summer course are responsible for ensuring that this course does not overlap with their Summer Abroad course. The Faculty of Arts & Science will not make special arrangements for on-campus final exams that conflict with a student’s Summer Abroad course.
Students are expected to accept responsibility for the preparations for their study abroad experience so as to foster self-reliance after arrival. In this regard, all communications regarding the program (e.g., course enrolment, accommodation arrangements, etc.) are made directly with each student. We cannot discuss details with non-participants, including parents or guardians (except in the case of students under 18), unless the student agrees to such disclosure and is present at those discussions.
Students enrolled in an Arts & Science degree program may choose to participate in a Summer Abroad course on a credit/no-credit basis (CR/NCR). They must declare this intention no later than by the drop date for the course by contacting the Professional and International Programs Office at Woodsworth College in writing. Under no circumstances will late requests be considered. Students from the Mississauga and Scarborough campuses should contact the Professional and International Office for details regarding making a CR/NCR request through their campus’ registrar’s office.
Students who decide to withdraw from the program must notify the Professional & International Programs office in writing. If this happens after the program has begun, the student must leave the residence at that time and will be responsible for their own accommodation. As stated below, all fees (including tuition and accommodation) are non-refundable.
TRIPS TO OTHER COUNTRIES MAY INVOLVE RISKS such as personal injury, death, property damage, expense and other loss, delay or inconvenience, course cancellation or curtailment, poor road and transportation systems, tropical or other diseases, exposure to wildlife, medical facilities of a lower standard than what might be expected in Canada, weather, illness, political disturbances, terrorism, motor vehicle accidents, transportation problems, tribal violence, failure to perform on the part of travel agents, airlines or excursions companies, problems relating to customs, immigration or visa requirements.
THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and WOODSWORTH COLLEGE, their officers, employees, agents and assigns (“the University”) do not assume any liability and shall not be responsible in any way for any loss, death, injury or damage to persons or property or for any illness, accident, sickness, cancellation, delay, alteration, inconvenience, expense, damages or otherwise suffered or incurred by any person in connection with thisprogram, the courses, travel or accommodation arrangements or any portion thereof. Participants will be required to WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS and hold harmless and indemnify the University from any and all liability which may arise out of their participation EXCEPT to the extent caused by the sole negligence of the University.
Students with disabilities who require accommodations (e.g. extra time to complete assignments, adaptive technology, barrier free environment, sign language interpreters) should meet with their Accessibility Advisor before applying to the Summer Abroad program. Students will also need to obtain a letter from Accessibility Services confirming their accommodation needs.
Please note that the range of accommodations may differ from country to country. We cannot guarantee that sites will be able to offer all the accommodations that are available at UofT. Accordingly, accommodation needs may affect the ability to participate in programs at certain locations.
Students are encouraged to contact the Professional & International Programs office to discuss which sites might best suit their needs, so that we may provide the best possible student experience. Please note that accommodations cannot be guaranteed for those who make late requests.
All cancellations are subject to the policy and deadlines below. Cancellations and withdrawals must be made in writing (by email) to the Professional and International Programs office.
The University of Toronto is not responsible for costs paid to other service providers, including (but not limited to) passport fees, vaccinations, accommodation, and transportation costs such as airfare.
Applications to all Programs
- Students who apply to a Summer Abroad program and are not admitted will receive a full refund of their $200 application fee.
- Students who are offered a Summer Abroad award and choose to withdraw from their program will not be refunded any portion of the application fee.
Applying to Two Programs
- Students who apply to two Summer Abroad programs must submit the application and $200 application fee for each program. If both applications are successful, the student will have one week to withdraw from the other program and receive a refund of the application fee. If the student chooses to withdraw beyond the one-week window, the $200 application fee will not be refunded.
- Students who apply to the Japan program and are admitted will not receive a refund of the $200 application fee if they withdraw after admission notification has been issued.
Applying for Awards Administered through the Woodsworth Summer Abroad Office
- If your award application is unsuccessful and you wish to withdraw your program application, you will receive a full refund of the $200 application fee.
- If you are offered an award and you choose to withdraw your program application, you will not be refunded any portion of the $200 application fee.
All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order for entry as a visitor to program location, as well as to any course field trip locations.
Students who are unable to obtain any necessary visas in time must withdraw from the program and will lose the fees that were paid to participate.
Upon admission to a Summer Abroad program, students should contact the Consulate/Embassy in Toronto as soon as possible to obtain the required documents. Students with study permits for Canada must also ensure these are current so they will be able to re-enter Canada when they return from their Summer Abroad program.
Who can apply?
Students (or alumni) of registered North American universities can apply to our programs, though only U of T students can apply to Japan. See our Eligibility Requirements page for more details.
I’m a student at another university, can I still apply?
Yes, visiting students are welcome to apply. Please see our Visiting Students page for more details.
Do I have to know another language to take these courses?
No, all of our courses are taught in English (except for language courses).
Are there GPA requirements?
U of T students who have completed one or more courses must have a CGPA of at least 1.5 at the time of application. Some programs have additional requirements; see our Eligibility Requirements page for more details.
I don’t have the prerequisites for my preferred course, can I still apply?
Yes. While some programs may have non-negotiable pre-requisites, most program applications will allow you the opportunity to explain any academic or non-academic experiences that may be relevant preparation for the course.
How many applications can I submit?
The maximum number of programs you can apply for is two. Students should not apply for programs that they do not intend to complete.
What if I want to apply to more than two programs?
In some rare cases, students may request permission to apply to more than two programs. If there are extraordinary circumstances behind your decision to apply to three programs, you may contact the Summer Abroad office for more information.
What is the cost?
In 2017, programs cost approximately CAD$4,417 – CAD$10,856 for a domestic student. These figures include all your costs except personal spending money and mandatory medical travel insurance.
Is there financial assistance available?
Yes! Generous financial assistance is available for the Summer Abroad programs, and these courses are also OSAP eligible. Further details can be found on the Financial Aid page.
How do I apply for an award?
The award application is embedded in the Summer Abroad Program application. For more information on award details, please refer to the Financial Aid page.
What do I need to prepare for my program/award application?
You will need to prepare your personal statement and have access to a credit card to pay your application fee. For those wishing to apply for an award, you will also need to take screen shots of your OSAP or government aid funding summaries. Details about this requirement are included in the application.
When is the application deadline?
Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How do I know that my application has been successfully submitted?
You application has been submitted when your application pre-acceptance status changes to “Pending”. If your application pre-acceptance status still reads “Incomplete” there are still steps you need to complete. Check that you have paid the application fee, and ensure you click “Submit” after the payment has been processed.
How are participants selected?
Please refer to the “Admission Criteria” section above.
When will I find out if I have been admitted?
This depends on the program, but most applicants will be notified in late February or early March. France applicants will be notified in late March.
What is the refund policy?
Summer Abroad fees submitted to the University of Toronto, including the application fee, are non-refundable upon receipt. Exceptions to this policy are detailed on the ‘Withdrawal/Refunds’ tab above.