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


Will there be any in-person Summer Abroad programs in 2021?

No. The University of Toronto has suspended all out-bound international activity until at least August 31, 2021. However, we will be running several virtual Summer Abroad programs.

What is the difference between a virtual Summer Abroad course and a regular online course?

A virtual Summer Abroad course includes interactive features that link the course to the overseas "location" such as international guest speakers and virtual field trips. Small class size and a condensed schedule (a full course in 4-6 week) ensure a lot of interaction with your peers and professor, and more participation than in a regular online course.

Can I take more than one Summer Abroad virtual course over the summer session?

Yes, as long as they do not overlap. You can only take one at a time because they have an intensive schedule and full participation in daily classes is required. Also, be aware that students can only take a maximum of 2.0 credits during the summer session. Any more than that requires special permission from your registrar's office.

Can I take a Summer Abroad virtual course at the same time that I take a regular U of T online course?

No. The schedule of the virtual Summer Abroad courses is quite intensive, which is why you are able to earn a full U of T credit in approximately 4 weeks. Students are required to attend every virtual class and they take place every day for 3 hours (usually 9 am to noon Toronto time). There may also be virtual field trips during non-class times so you should only be enrolled in the one course at a time.

If I take a course in a virtual Summer Abroad program this summer, can I re-take it the following year when it is actually taught abroad?

No.  If you have received the credit as part of the virtual Summer Abroad program this year (2021), you cannot re-take the same course abroad in 2022.  However, you can participate in a different Summer Abroad course in 2022. (The only exception to this is the Ecuador program for which the 2021 virtual course is different from the course that is taught on site.)

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 2021 all programs will be run virtually. Costs will vary depending on the program but the range will be approximately $1,961 to $3,161 for domestic students and $3,116 to $4,316 for international students.

Is there financial assistance available?

Summer Abroad bursaries are not available for virtual programs. Please check with your college registrar's office to find out about other possible sources of funding, including summer OSAP.

What do I need to prepare for my program application?

You will need to prepare your personal statement and have access to a credit card to pay your application fee. 

What is the application deadline?

The application closes March 1, 2021.

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 by mid-March to early April.  Notification is sent by email so be sure to check your email account frequently.  Once students have been admitted they have one week to pay the $500 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.