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Student Stories

June 27, 2024

Vanessa, a third-year Rotman Commerce student, reflects on her memorable Summer Abroad experience in Tokyo. She encourages prospective students to join the program, citing its unique excursions, personal development prospects, and the formation of enduring friendships. Vanessa highlights the comprehensive support provided by the Summer Abroad office and the invaluable assistance from on-site staff, which ensured a smooth and enriching experience. Her engagements with the local communities and fellow participants fostered a supportive environment, creating lasting bonds that transcended borders and cultures.

June 26, 2024

Liz, a third-year Rotman Commerce student, cherishes her South Africa Summer Abroad program experience, particularly visiting a nature reserve and seeing elephants and lions in the wild. She advises prospective students to seize the chance for personal development and cultural immersion. Liz considers the program her favourite undergraduate experience, as it provided hands-on learning and fostered strong bonds with peers and professors. Observing socio-economic disparities in South Africa expanded her worldview on global issues, enhancing both her academic path and personal development.

June 25, 2024

Yi-En, a third-year student from Singapore majoring in Urban Studies and Sociology, had an enriching Summer Abroad experience in Tokyo. Immersing in the city's culture and navigating language barriers fostered personal and academic growth. Yi-En emphasizes the importance of reflecting on personal strengths when applying and highlights the invaluable support from the program's on-site coordinator. The experience built lasting friendships, boosted confidence for solo travel, and provided profound cultural insights, making it a highly recommended opportunity for broadening horizons.

May 7, 2024

Meet the 2024 Summer Abroad Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence (EDI) Award recipients

The Summer Abroad Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence award was created to recognize exceptional students at the University of Toronto who are contributing to the advancement of equity, diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to announce these outstanding Summer Abroad participants as members of the 2023 cohort of Summer Abroad award recipients.

If you have any questions you would like to ask about awards granted through Summer Abroad, please contact the Summer Abroad team at

April 23, 2024

Summer Abroad is excited to announce the 2024 Social Media Correspondents for this summer! Our Correspondents play an important role in capturing their favourite memories so that Summer Abroad is able to continue to share their stories through their photos. To view each Social Media Correspondent's biography and 2024 Summer Abroad program, you can scroll down. Make sure you follow the Summer Abroad Instagram Account (@uoftabroad) to stay updated with our Social Media Correspondents adventures!

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March 27, 2024

Omer recounts his transformative experience during a summer abroad program in Berlin, Germany, offering valuable tips and personal anecdotes to enhance future travelers' adventures. His insights cover essential aspects such as thorough planning, engaging with locals for cultural immersion, staying flexible to unexpected opportunities, budgeting wisely, and ultimately savouring the journey itself. Omer's narrative not only provides practical advice but also emphasizes the profound personal growth and cultural enrichment that can be gained from immersive travel experiences.

March 26, 2024

Embarking on a Summer Abroad journey isn't just about exploring a new country; it's also about forging meaningful connections with professors who are passionate about their fields. Unlike large lecture halls, Summer Abroad courses offer intimate settings where students engage closely with instructors through classes, field trips, and shared meals. 

In a recent conversation with two Summer Abroad instructors, Professor Anne Urbancic and Professor William Watson, we gained insights into the significance of these connections. Professor Urbancic shared fond memories of students coming together during culinary adventures in Italy, while Professor Watson reflected on the collective resilience displayed during challenging times.

March 1, 2024

Tianna shares her experience in the Italy Summer Abroad program!

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February 29, 2024

In the summer of 2023, Mauricio immersed himself in the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia during U of T's summer abroad program in Singapore, where he participated in the interdisciplinary course "China from a Distance." This experience not only enriched his academic understanding but also ignited a passion for global engagement, leaving Mauricio with lasting friendships, a newfound appreciation for cultural diversity, and a trajectory shaped by the profound impact of his life-changing summer abroad.

February 29, 2024

Omer, a first-year Masters of Global Affairs student at the University of Toronto, shares his journey from being a refugee to pursuing studies focused on global justice, human rights, and migration. His transformative experience with the Summer Abroad program in Berlin, Germany, particularly the course on immigration and multiculturalism, played a crucial role in shaping his passion for addressing the challenges faced by migrants worldwide.