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ISE Roadmap

Are you clear with your next steps? This roadmap will help you stay on track throughout your academic journey at the University of Toronto. 

Undergraduate Roadmap

The journey through the undergraduate years will look different for everyone, but we have prepared a map to help guide you through the key milestones and checkpoints of international student life at the University of Toronto.  

Pre-arrival Roadmap

Pre-Arrival

Coming to Canada

Apply for your study permit as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance!

Do you have everything you need to start your journey at the University of Toronto? Check out our pre-arrival guide.

Subject to public health guidelines around COVID-19, you will find U of T “welcomers” at Terminals 1 and 3 when you land at Toronto Pearson International Airport (Pearson for short).

Find resources for parents & guardians on the Parents and Supporters website.

Finding Accommodation

Whether you are planning on living in residence or off-campus, U of T’s Housing Services has great resources for you.

Registration and Enrollment

Find out when you need to select your courses and other important dates according to your Faculty.

To access online services by the first day of classes, you must convert your JOINid to a UTORid before classes begin. Your UTORid and password provide access to online services like email (UTmail+), course content on Quercus, webinars, library resources, Microsoft365 applications, network services for international students, WiFi for those on campus, and more.

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Transition in

Welcome to Campus Life!

Find your people and stay connected. Attend StudentLife events to meet new people.

Check out the various clubs and activities that are offered by the university.

Health Insurance

UHIP helps to cover the cost of hospital and medical services you may need to maintain your health while in Canada.

The University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU) provides an extended health insurance plan that fills certain gaps in provincial healthcare and other basic healthcare programs, like additional health and dental coverage.

Orientation

Make a smooth transition into your University of Toronto experience. Orientation will help you connect with campus life, learn about opportunities and meet new people. It’s a great way to make friends on campus.

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Journey Years

Academic Support

Proactively explore all the resources and supports offered by the Academic Success Centre and your Faculty to help you be the best student you can be!

Connect with your Registrar’s Office to make an appointment with an academic advisor who can help you explore your program options, course selection and much more!

The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and consists of 44 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, UTM, and UTSC.

University of Toronto students have access to over 5,800 in-course awards every year. These scholarships are awarded to current students who are excelling in their programs.

The fourteen or so writing centres at U of T provide individual consultations with trained writing instructors, along with group teaching in workshops and courses. This instruction is free of charge—it’s part of your academic program.

Recognized Study Groups (RSG) are online, student-led study groups of up to 8 classmates enrolled in the same Faculty of Arts & Science course.

Working in Canada

Learn more about working in Canada as an international student. You can gain meaningful work and volunteer experience during your studies. Consider a Work-Study position.

Whatever kind of job you are looking for – summer, part-time, full-time, working on campus or abroad – the CLNx offers three job boards to help you with your search: Off-campus jobs, On-campus jobs (all three U of T campuses), and Work Study (only opens during the Work Study period)

You may need to file an income tax return or you may be eligible for credits and benefits, even if you have not worked in Canada yet.

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9 digit number that you need in order to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. You will need a SIN if you want to file an income tax return in Canada.

Health and Recreation

Take a dip in one of the pools at the Athletic Centre, sign up for a range of fitness and wellness programs available at Hart House Fitness Centre , or workout at Goldring Centre.

Health and Wellness provides a range of health services for your physical and mental health, wellness programs and information to help support you in achieving your personal and academic goals. 

U of T students now have a more streamlined way to discover mental health resources and support via Mental Health Services, “NAVI”

Sport & Rec offers programs for the entire University of Toronto community. Our dynamic range of programs will help you get active in whatever way works best for you, no matter your skill level or history of participation.

Social and Cultural Life

Explore hundreds of other student organizations at U of T and find ones that interest you on Ulife Online!

Hart House is a dynamic, inclusive centre for exploration and discovery outside the classroom that is focused around the arts, dialogue and wellness. Through authentic artistic partnerships that enhance inclusion, pluralism and representation, Hart House Theatre focuses on the development, training and showcase of youth and emerging artists seeking to create innovative opportunities for expression and exploration. In addition, the Hart House Global Commons is a program that facilitates exchange and discussion between students from partner universities from all around the world.

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is one of the largest gallery spaces for visual art exhibitions and programming in Toronto. The Art Museum organizes and presents an intensive year-round program of exhibitions and events that foster innovative research, interdisciplinary scholarship, and knowledge of art and its histories befitting Canada’s leading university and the country’s largest city.

Visit several Toronto attractions using your student discount! Royal Ontario Museum (ROM); Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO); Aga Khan Museum

International Opportunities

Explore the Centre for International Experience’s International experience programs, such as U of T’s Learning Abroad exchange program.

Take a Summer Abroad course, taught by U of T professors at an international university and gain a U of T credit at the end of your course.

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Transition Out

Completing your degree

Graduation Checklist

ACORN Degree Planner

Stay in contact with your Registrar’s Office to make sure you’re up to date on graduation requirements.

Explore options for further study, staying longer in Canada, and looking for work.

Career Planning

Did you know that you can use Career Exploration and Education services for two years after graduating? Explore and prepare for further education and careers with the programs, services, conferences and fairs offered by Career Education and Exploration.

Interested in working abroad?

The U of T Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees is a career networking platform for the whole U of T community. With more than 3,000 alumni professionals across many fields, students and recent graduates like you can seek out career advice any time and from anywhere.

Working after Graduation

If you’re an international student who is interested in staying in Canada to work after graduation, you may be eligible for a Post Graduation Work Permit, valid for up to three years.

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9 digit number that you need in order to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. You will need a SIN if you want to file an income tax return in Canada.

Continuing Education

Considering post-graduation programs? The School of Graduate Studies offers information about Masters and Doctorate programs for students. 

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) program offers two exchange programs for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to pursue graduate-level studies or research in Germany.

International Education Programs

Alumni Resources

There are many benefits of being a UofT Alumni!

Graduate Roadmap

The Graduate Roadmap is a resource for incoming international graduate students for their journey at the University of Toronto. Each stage of this journey includes checkpoints and milestones, to keep an eye out for, and includes important resources to support students.

Pre-arrival Roadmap

Pre-Arrival

Coming to Canada

Apply for your study permit as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance!

Do you have everything you need to start your journey at the University of Toronto? Check out our pre-arrival guide.

Subject to public health guidelines around COVID-19, you will find U of T “welcomers” at Terminals 1 and 3 when you land at Toronto Pearson International Airport (Pearson for short).

Finding Accommodation

Whether you are planning on living in residence or off-campus, U of T’s Housing Services has great resources for you.

Finances

Plan your budget, and explore awards and funding.

How to open a bank account in Canada.

Join an orientation for international graduate students interested in teaching at UofT and make the most out of the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program.

Registration and Enrollment

Find out when you need to select your courses and other important dates according to your Faculty.

To access online services by the first day of classes, you must convert your JOINid to a UTORid before classes begin. Your UTORid and password provide access to online services like email (UTmail+), course content on Quercus, webinars, library resources, Microsoft365 applications, network services for international students, WiFi for those on campus, and more.

If you are going to study in a program that requires you to have an academic supervisor before the beginning of your program, you need to find one as soon as possible. You will find out more about the requirements of your program here.

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Transition in

Welcome to Campus Life!

Find your people and stay connected. Attend StudentLife events to meet new people.

Check out the various clubs and activities that are offered by the university.

Health Insurance

UHIP helps to cover the cost of hospital and medical services you may need to maintain your health while in Canada.

The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ (UTGSU) Supplementary Health and Dental Plan was designed to provide many important services and cover expenses such as prescription drugs, health practitioners, medical equipment, travel health coverage, which are not covered by a basic health-care plan (i.e. OHIP) or the equivalent (such as UHIP for international students).

Orientation

Make a smooth transition into your University of Toronto experience. Orientation will help you connect with campus life, learn about opportunities and meet new people. It’s a great way to make friends on campus.

The SGS GradHub — Created for graduate students, by graduate students, to help you feel welcomed, connected, and prepared to thrive.

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Journey Years

Academic Support

Proactively explore all the resources and supports offered by the Academic Success Centre and the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication

The Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) offers a wide range of workshops to support graduate student writing. Topics include writing literature reviews, mastering citation and sources, editing your work, and many more. Individual consultations are also available by appointment.

Securing adequate funding for your studies is an essential component of successfully completing your graduate degree.

The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and consists of 44 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, UTM, and UTSC.

University of Toronto graduate students have access to numerous awards and scholarships, and in-course awards offered by the School of Graduate Studies.

Recognized Study Groups (RSG) are online, student-led study groups of up to 8 classmates enrolled in the same Faculty of Arts & Science course.

Working in Canada

Learn more about working in Canada as an international student.

You can gain meaningful work and volunteer experience during your studies. Consider a Work-Study position and ask your department about internships, placements, and Teaching Assistant (TA) opportunities.

Whatever kind of job you are looking for – summer, part-time, full-time, working on campus, or abroad – the CLNx offers three job boards to help you with your search: Off-campus jobs, On-campus jobs (all three U of T campuses), and Work Study (only opens during the Work Study period)

You may need to file an income tax return or you may be eligible for credits and benefits, even if you have not worked in Canada yet.

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9 digit number that you need in order to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. You will need a SIN if you want to file an income tax return in Canada.

Health and Recreation

Take a dip in one of the pools at the Athletic Centre, sign up for a fitness program offered by Hart House, or workout at Goldring Centre.

Health and Wellness provides a range of health services for your physical and mental health, wellness programs and information to help support you in achieving your personal and academic goals. 

U of T students now have a more streamlined way to discover mental health resources and support via Mental Health Services, “NAVI”

Sport & Rec offers programs for the entire University of Toronto community. Our dynamic range of programs will help you get active in whatever way works best for you, no matter your skill level or history of participation.

Social and Cultural Life

Explore hundreds of other student organizations at U of T and find ones that interest you on Ulife Online!

Hart House is a dynamic, inclusive centre for exploration and discovery outside the classroom that is focused around the arts, dialogue and wellness. Through authentic artistic partnerships that enhance inclusion, pluralism and representation, Hart House Theatre focuses on the development, training and showcase of youth and emerging artists seeking to create innovative opportunities for expression and exploration. In addition, the Hart House Global Commons is a program that facilitates exchange and discussion between students from partner universities from all around the world.

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is one of the largest gallery spaces for visual art exhibitions and programming in Toronto. The Art Museum organizes and presents an intensive year-round program of exhibitions and events that foster innovative research, interdisciplinary scholarship, and knowledge of art and its histories befitting Canada’s leading university and the country’s largest city.

Visit several Toronto attractions using your student discount! Royal Ontario Museum (ROM); Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO); Aga Khan Museum

International Opportunities

Explore the Centre for International Experience’s International experience programs, such as U of T’s Learning Abroad exchange program.

Take a Summer Abroad course, taught by U of T professors at an international university and gain a U of T credit at the end of your course.

roadmap path
transition out roadmap

Transition Out

Completing your degree

Graduation Checklist

ACORN Degree Planner

Stay in contact with your Registrar’s Office to make sure you’re up to date on graduation requirements.

Explore options for further study, staying longer in Canada, and looking for work.

Career Planning

Did you know that you can use Career Exploration and Education services for two years after graduating? Explore and prepare for further education and careers with the programs, services, conferences and fairs offered by Career Education and Exploration.

Interested in working abroad?

The U of T Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees is a career networking platform for the whole U of T community. With more than 3,000 alumni professionals across many fields, students and recent graduates like you can seek out career advice any time and from anywhere.

Working after Graduation

If you’re an international student who is interested in staying in Canada to work after graduation, you may be eligible for a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), valid for up to three years.

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9 digit number that you need in order to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. You will need a SIN if you want to file an income tax return in Canada.

Continuing Education

Considering doctoral or fellowship programs? The School of Graduate Studies offers information about Doctorate and fellowship programs for students.

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) program offers two exchange programs for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to pursue graduate-level studies or research in Germany.

International Education Programs

Alumni Resources

There are many benefits of being a UofT Alumni!