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Last updated March, 2020

Exchange in Semester One 2022 - Applications are invited from 01 October 2020 to 01 February 2020. Places will be allocated on a first in first served basis.

Academic information

Course information

Restricted courses

  • Exchange is not open to MBA, Master of Financial Economics, Bachelor of Education (BEd) or Law.
  • Courses in Visual Studies and Drama are generally not available.
  • Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry courses with a laboratory component are extremely limited.
  • Commerce courses (MGT) are not available to exchange students at the St. George campus.
  • See full list of course restrictions at each campus

Course numbering system

Course "weight" is indicated by the first letter character after the numbers in each course code, and it will be either Y or H:

  • Y = a full course, for which one credit (1.0) is given, such as ANT100Y1
  • H = a half-course, for which one-half credit (0.5) is given, such as HIS332H1

Semester dates

  • Academic Year: September - May
  • Fall Term: September - December
  • Winter Term: January - May

Toronto Semester Dates

Course load and minimum unit requirements


  • The minimum work load to be considered a "full-time student" is three courses 
  • The maximum permitted work load is five courses per academic term.

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Accommodation and the cost of living


On and off-campus accommodation available. The University of Toronto cannot guarantee accommodation, but we do currently expect to be able to offer some type of housing to all exchange students who request it.

Accommodation options at Toronto

Estimated cost of living

2019-2020 - CAN 8,000 to 9,000 per semester (includes accommodation, meals, local transport, insurance, personal items, utilities).

Living and studying costs

Student Visa and insurance

Information on Student Visas and insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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Exchange experiences

The University, city and region

The University

University of Toronto TowerFounded in 1827, the University of Toronto has evolved into Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery and knowledge creation. We are proud to be one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, driven to invent and innovate. One university, three campuses, 84,000+ enrolled students from 160+ countries, 13,000+ faculty, 6,000+ staff, over 800+ student clubs, and the 3rd largest library system in North America.


The city of Toronto and region

Map of Toronto and surrounding areaLocated on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario, farther south than Minnesota and much of Michigan, Toronto is one of the most accessible cities in North America by road, air, rail and water. It is only an hour's drive for about five million Canadians, and within a 90-minute flight for 60% of the U.S. population. It has a high quality of life, reliable services, and is one of the safest urban environments in the world.

According to the United Nations, Toronto is the most ethnically diverse city in the world. A remarkable 41 % of its population was born outside of Canada. The city is home to more than 80 ethnic groups and more than 100 languages, and is marked by an incredible diversity of distinct neighbourhoods, cultures and communities.

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Further information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email