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FAQ

If you have questions that are not answered below, please contact the Summer Abroad office at summer.abroad@utoronto.ca or book a virtual appointment to speak with one of the program advisors.

FAQ

Who can apply?

Students (or alumni) of registered North American universities can apply to our programs. 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 need to know another language to take these courses?

No, all 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 1.75 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 prerequisites, 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 participate in.

What if I want to apply to more than two programs?

In some rare cases students may be granted 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 Professional and International Programs office to make the request.

What is the cost?

In 2020, program costs were approximately CAD $4,264 - CAD $11,398 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 Summer Abroad programs and the 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 for funding administered through Woodsworth College is embedded in the Summer Abroad 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.

What is the application deadline?

The application closes in early February (date TBC).

How do I know that my application has been successfully submitted?

Your 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've been admitted?

This depends on the program but most applicants will be notified in late February or early March.  Notification is sent by email to be sure to check your email account frequently.  Once students have been admitted they have one week to pay the $1,000 deposit to secure a spot in the program.

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 Refunds and Withdrawal link above.