First Steps for New Students: 2017-2018

​​​The following information explains the terms in your offer of admission letter. It also contains advance information on registration, fees, and other matters if you are new to Toronto or Canada.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your graduate unit at www.uoft.me/gradunits or SGS at www.sgs.utoronto.ca/about/Pages/Contact.aspx

You can also join one of our online chat sessions for new students at www.uoft.me/gradrecruitment. During these sessions, SGS and various U of T staff members will answer questions about your offer of admission and direct you to important campus resources.

Student Services: 416-978-6614

graduate.information@utoronto.ca

Graduate Awards: 416-946-0808
graduate.awards@utoronto.ca

Hours of Service: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

63 St. George Street
Toronto, Canada M5S 2J2
Fax: 416-946-0992

Offer of Admission

The offer of admission from the School of Graduate Studies is your official acceptance letter which outlines important information about your program (e.g., start date, graduate unit, program, and degree). Very often there are conditions on the offer, which must be satisfied before registration is permitted. Below are details on how to clear some of the most common conditions. If a condition in the offer letter is not included in the examples below and you are unsure how to clear it, please contact your graduate unit. The term “graduate unit” is used to refer to the department, faculty, school, or institute offering your graduate program.

Examples:

  • Completion of your current program with a specific average and confirmation of degree conferred. This condition has two elements that must be satisfied:

    1. proof that you have obtained the specified average and

    2. proof that you have received your degree.

  • You must arrange to have a final official academic record forwarded to your graduate unit once you have completed your coursework and received your degree. If your academic record is forwarded before it has been updated to indicate conferral of degree, the second part of the condition will not be cleared. You then will be required to arrange for a final record or, if you are in Canada, to present your original diploma to your graduate unit. To save time and expense, ensure that your academic record includes the confirmation of degree conferred.

    If you satisfy your requirements during the summer but will not receive your degree until after your graduate program commences, then you must arrange to have two documents forwarded to your graduate unit:

    1. an official academic record indicating final standing and

    2. an official statement from your registrar confirming that the degree requirements have been satisfied and indicating the expected date that the degree will be conferred.

  • Authentication of self-reported grades: This condition requires you to authenticate self-reported grades by providing your graduate unit with official transcript(s) of your academic record, directly from the issuing institution(s) by the specified date.

  • Certified English translation of academic record or diploma: If your transcript or degree is not in English, you must arrange to have the document translated by an authorized translation service or your embassy or consulate.

International Students

Immigration Regulations

A prospective student who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident must obtain a study permit from a Canadian embassy, consulate, or high commission outside Canada. Students from many countries will also need to obtain an entry visa, for which they must apply at the same time. See a list of these countries at www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp. Students who enter the country on a tourist visa cannot change to student status while in Canada. The SGS offer of admission letter will be required to obtain a study permit and to present to the Canadian immigration authorities upon arrival in Canada. For information on Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), visit www.cic.gc.ca. To avoid delays in study permit processing, visit www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/delay.asp.

The Centre for International Experience (CIE) is a wonderful resource for international students. CIE and SGS offer the assistance of an International Transition Advisor who supports students adjusting to life in Canada. You can seek advice about CIC documentation and processes, including study and work permits. CIE also administers the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). CIE is open to all students and hosts a myriad of events. For details and more information, visit http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie.

School Fee Exemption for Children

An international student bringing children to Toronto may have to pay a substantial fee to enrol their children in a local school. Our Family Care Offices can help to determine your eligibility for exemption from this fee. Please contact family.care@utoronto.ca for more information or visit:

St. George (downtown) campus: www.familycare.utoronto.ca

Mississauga campus: www.utm.utoronto.ca/faculty-staff/links/child-care-resources

Scarborough campus: www.childcare.utsc.utoronto.ca

Minimum Degree Fee & Program Length

Master's Programs


All students in a given program must pay the Minimum Degree Fee (MDF) prior to graduation, regardless of registration option or status. The MDF is associated with the program length for each graduate master's program.

Program length refers to the period of time (in sessions or academic years) for an academically well-prepared student to complete a master’s or professional doctoral program while registered full-time. Please consult with your graduate unit and the SGS Calendar for details. Both full-time and part-time students must pay the same MDF. If a student has paid more than the MDF due to the time taken to complete the degree requirements, there will be no refund of fees.​​​

Students who accelerate through their program may have to pay a Balance of Degree Fee (MDF minus tuition fees actually paid) upon graduation.

Note: For international students who change to domestic status during their study period, the MDF will be assessed as follows:

  • If the legal status change occurred within the program length, the MDF will be based on the domestic tuition fee.

  • If the legal status change occurred after the program length, the MDF will be based on the international tuition fee.

PhD & Professional Doctoral Programs

The Minimum Degree Fee for PhD and professional doctoral programs is the fee associated with one year (three sessions) of full-time studies and represents the minimum amount of tuition that every PhD or professional doctoral student, regardless of registration status or option, must pay upon completion of the program, prior to graduation. If a student has paid more than the MDF due to the time taken to complete the degree requirements, there will be no refund of fees.

All students are subject to tuition and fees for each session and year of registration, including sessions following the defined program length, until the program is completed. Please consult with your graduate unit and the SGS Calendar for details.

Time Limit

All program requirements must be completed within a specific period of time. The time limit for a degree is the maximum period of registration permitted for the completion of the program. The time limit for all graduate degrees and combined programs are as follows:

  • PhD: 6 years (7 years for direct-entry)

  • Flexible-time PhD program option: 6 to 8 years (depending upon program)

  • Professional doctoral: 5 to 6 years

  • Full-time master's: 3 years (except for the MArch: 4 years)

  • Part-time master's: 6 years

  • Combined programs: Time limit is established for each combined program. Please refer to the SGS Calendar.

Financial Support Awarded by the University

Formal notification of financial support is normally sent by your graduate unit. Students are encouraged to explore the wide range of financial support​​ available, in the form of scholarships and merit-based awards

Students in doctoral-stream graduate programs who met the unit's deadline to apply for admission to a University of Toronto graduate program for full-time studies will be automatically considered for financial support. No separate application is required, but students are encouraged to investigate external awards from their government or other sources such as scholarship foundations.

Students in doctoral-stream graduate programs who applied for admission after the unit's deadline also may be considered for financial support, if funds are available at the time of admission. For information on the granting of awards and other financial support, please contact the graduate unit to which you applied. Please note that a professional master's is self-funded, and such students are generally not considered for financial support.

Fees

Fees for the 2016-2017 academic year will be posted at www.fees.utoronto.ca. In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay incidental fees. These include campus fees, student society fees, and, in some professional programs, a placement fee. International students must also pay for the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).

For students admitted on a part-time basis, the part-time fee is calculated at approximately 30% of the full-time fee. Only students admitted as part-time students may pay part-time fees; not all programs allow part-time registration. For details on fees, visit the Student Accounts website at www.fees.utoronto.ca.

We recommend that you pay your fees at a Canadian bank or financial institution by August 25, 2017 to avoid additional late registration fees.

  1. Yearly fees cover the Fall and Winter sessions and normally cover the Summer session also (see Fall and Winter Sessions below). Incidental fees are included unless otherwise indicated.

  2. Domestic fees apply to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and exempt international students (see International Student Fee Exemption below).

  3. International fees apply to non-exempt international students. They include the UHIP premium. All international students must have health insurance coverage obtained through UHIP.

Fall & Winter Sessions

Fees for both the Fall and Winter sessions are payable upon registration. Students who are allowed to register for one session only will be charged the one-session fee (half the yearly academic fee plus incidental fees).

Summer Session & Early Registration

Fees are not charged for the Summer session except in the following two cases: (1) part-time students who registered in only one of the preceding Fall or Winter sessions; (2) students who commenced a program by taking formal courses in the Summer session. If you are accepted to begin your program in September, you may commence in the preceding Summer session with the approval of your graduate unit. Students approved for early registration and engaged only in research do not pay Summer academic fees. Students enrolled in Summer courses pay Summer academic and incidental fees.

International Student Fee Exemption

In accordance with the recommendations of the Ontario government, certain categories of international student are exempt from paying higher international fees. Instead they pay academic fees equivalent to those for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and status refugees. Students may qualify for fee exemptions in a number of ways, which are related to their sponsorship and source of financial support. Detailed descriptions of fee exemptions are available on the Student Accounts website at www.fees.utoronto.ca.

Registration & Enrolment

You are considered officially registered once you have paid tuition fees or have requested to register without payment and have cleared the conditions, if any, on your offer of admission.

You are informed of fees payable via ACORN at www.acorn.utoronto.ca, and you must pay your fees by August 25, 2017. Please view and monitor your account on ACORN, which lists every transaction in invoice format.

Note: the University of Toronto will not mail invoices to you. You must access your account online from ACORN.

Fee payment is accepted at most Canadian banks and financial institutions where payment can be made in person, online, or via telephone banking. To make a payment in person at a bank, you must present the teller with an invoice, printed from ACORN. Record the teller-stamped invoice or the online/telephone banking confirmation number or as proof of payment.

Students outside Canada can:

  1. use Western Union GlobalPay for Students

  2. send a bank draft or money order in Canadian funds, payable to the "University of Toronto" at Student Accounts, 215 Huron Street, 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1A2. See details on payment options at www.fees.utoronto.ca/session/fall/Making_Payments/Making_a_Fee_Payment.htm.

Register Without Payment

You may request to register without payment (i.e., make a fee deferral) through ACORN (www.acorn.utoronto.ca) if you have no outstanding fees from a previous session and are the recipient of one of the following which exceeds the Minimum Payment to Register amount on your invoice:

  • Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP) loan,

  • other provincial government loan,

  • US government loan, or

  • a University funding package (major award, research stipend, or teaching stipend).

If you are registering late, after September 15, 2017, you must come to the SGS Student Services office in person and request to register without payment. Late registration fees will be assessed.

Individual graduate units can provide course start dates and enrolment procedures. Most formal classes and seminars begin the second week of September.

Student TCard, UTORid, UTmail+

The U of T TCard is an access card for services on campus. Government-issued photo ID and your offer of admission letter are required to obtain your TCard. Email service, wireless network, and access to the Learning Portal will be available upon receipt of your TCard and authentication of your UTORid. You can obtain your TCard from the following locations:

St. George (downtown) campus: Koffler Student Services Centre
Ground floor, 214 College St.Details.

Mississauga campus: CCT Atrium, Lower Level, Room CC 0160A

Scarborough campus: University of Toronto Scarborough Library
1265 Military Trail

Proof of citizenship is required in order to receive a TCard. Your citizenship will also determine your fees. Students whose citizenship documentation does not match their status in the University's records system will not be issued a TCard and will instead be directed to SGS.

If you are a Canadian, you will need to provide proof of both your citizenship and identity through one of the following options:

Option 1: Valid Canadian passport

Option 2: Both your Canadian birth certificate and one (1) piece of government-issued photo identification*

Option 3: Canadian citizenship certificate or card and one (1) piece of government-issued photo identification*

* The government-issued photo identification card must be no more than 5 years old.

If you are a permanent resident of Canada, you will need to provide proof of both your permanent resident status in Canada and identity through one of the following options:

Option 1: Valid permanent resident card and one (1) piece of government-issued photo identification*

Option 2: Record of landing (IMM1000) and one (1) piece of government-issued photo identification*

Option 3: Confirmation of permanent residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688) and one (1) piece of government-issued photo identification*

* The government-issued photo identification card must be no more than 5 years old.

If you are an individual recognized by the federal government as being registered under the Indian Act, we will accept both the existing Canadian Certificate of Indian Status as well as the new Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) card. The existing cards will still be valid until the expiry date has lapsed.

If you are an international student, you must have immigration permission to remain in Canada for the length of your studies. Therefore, you must show your passport (non-Canadian), including a valid study permit. 

All documents listed above must be:

  • an original;

  • valid (i.e., not expired);

  • in the same name as the applicant*.

* All documents must be original. Copies will not be accepted. The name must be the same as the name on the application and the University's records systems.  If there has been a name change, a marriage certificate or other documentation supporting the name change must be provided.

Any name change must be completed on the University's records system before the issuance of a replacement or new TCard.

Your email account at U of T is associated with your UTORid. It is important to activate your UTORid to receive communications from U of T, SGS, and the Graduate Awards Office.

Medical Insurance

Canadian Students

If you are coming from outside Ontario, ensure you have medical insurance coverage. You may obtain information and application forms for the provincial government's Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) from the University Health Service. There is no charge for OHIP provided you qualify for coverage.

Health Services, University of Toronto
Koffler Student Services Centre
214 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9
416-978-8030
health.services@utoronto.ca

International Students

Most international students are not eligible for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. As a result, the Council of Ontario Universities has negotiated an insurance plan designed to cover international students. The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is compulsory for all international students studying at an Ontario university. In 2016-17 the annual premium for a single student was $612. This charge is automatically listed on a student's account. Eligible dependents (partner/spouse and/or children) also require UHIP coverage. In 2016-17 the annual premium was $612 for one dependent and $1,224 for two or more. Unlike students, dependents are not automatically enrolled in UHIP. Students must arrange for dependent coverage directly with the UHIP office. Dependents must enrol in UHIP within 30 days of their arrival date in Canada or a late fee ($500) will be applied. Please find details about UHIP from the Centre for International Experience.

UHIP Office, Centre for International Experience
Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 202
214 College St. Toronto, Ontario M5T 2Z9
416-978-0290
uhip.information@utoronto.ca

St. George (downtown) campus: http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/uhip
Mississauga Campus: www.utm.utoronto.ca/international/insurance ​
Scarborough Campus: www.utsc-isc.ca/upon-arrival/health/​​​

Accommodation

Housing Services provides student-friendly listings of both residence options and off-campus accommodations advertised by landlords and by students seeking roommates. It also serves as a year-round, source of current housing information.

Student Housing Service, University of Toronto
Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 203
214 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z9
416-978-8045
housing.services@utoronto.ca

St. George (downtown) campus: http://housing.utoronto.ca/
Mississauga Campus: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/housing/
Scarborough Campus: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~residences/

Residences

Information on U of T and independent residences that accommodate graduate students is available at          http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hs. If you are interested in staying at a U of T residence, you should confirm your interest and rank your residences of choice on MyRes (https://myres.utoronto.ca) as soon as possible.

Graduate House

This award-winning residence offers apartment-style suite accommodations for 436 full-time graduate and second-entry professional faculty students. For further information, contact:

Graduate House
60 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3L1
Phone: 416-946-8888 Fax: 416-946-8887
information.gradhouse@utoronto.ca
http://gradhouse.utoronto.ca/

Massey College

This is an independent residence community of senior academic scholars and full-time graduate students, operating under its own policies and guidelines. www.masseycollege.ca

Student Family Housing

Priority for unfurnished apartments is given to those residing with their dependent children and for childless couples in a permanent relationship. To apply, you must confirm your interest and rank your residence of choice on MyRes (https://myres.utoronto.ca) as soon as possible. Waiting periods will vary depending on the type of accommodation requested.

Off-Campus Housing

Housing Services' Housing and Roommate Finder service provides students with listings of rooms and apartments for rent, as well as fellow U of T students who are looking for roommates. The service also provides resources such as a five-step video series to help demystify the housing search process. If you are coming from outside Toronto, you can find temporary housing while searching for more permanent accommodation. Housing Services can provide a list of temporary accommodation, most of which is located within 45 minutes from the downtown St. George campus by public transportation.

Landlords usually advertise units about four to six weeks in advance of the date of availability. Since private accommodation is not inspected by U of T, quality cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, you are advised to meet with potential landlords and inspect the premises before entering into any agreement.

Cost

Off-campus living generally costs about $700 per month for a room in a shared unit, $1,000 per month for a bachelor apartment, $1,250 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, $1,650 per month for a two-bedroom apartment and over $2,000 per month for three bedrooms or more.

Academic Calendar

The School of Graduate Studies Calendar is available on our website at www.sgs.utoronto.ca/calendar. The academic calendar contains policies and degree regulations applicable for the years in which you are enrolled in your graduate program. Please contact the department directly if you require immediate information on the program in which you have been offered admission.

For International Applicants

Prospective international students must ensure that they obtain a study permit issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) from a Canadian embassy, consulate, or high commission outside Canada before beginning their studies in Canada. Prospective international students from many countries will also need to obtain an entry visa in order to enter Canada. See a list of these countries at www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp.

It is not possible to change from visitor to student status within Canada. However, you may apply for extensions to your study permit from within Canada before the expiry date, with the correct documentation provided. For information on the application process to obtain a study permit and required documentation, visit www.cic.gc.ca.

The following information is provided at the request of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Prospective international students must submit this document as well as the offer of admission letter with their application for a study permit and, where applicable, the entry visa.

Duration of Program

Programs vary in length according to discipline and department. The following is the expected amount of time required for a graduate student to complete his or her degree.

Master's Programs: The average duration of time to complete a master's degree is two years.

Doctoral Programs: Doctoral programs normally have a minimum duration of four years.

The Last Day on Which a Student May Register

September Admissions

Most courses begin during the second week of September. We recommend that you pay your fees by August 25, 2017 to allow time for payment to be processed by the deadline for registration and to avoid late registration fees. The last day to register is Friday, September 15, 2017. In extenuating circumstances, late registration is permitted until the last day of September, but the availability of courses may be limited for those who register late. A late registration fee will apply.

January Admissions

Most courses begin during the second week in January. The last day to register is Friday, January 12, 2018. In extenuating circumstances, late registration is permitted until the last day of January, but the availability of courses may be limited for those who register late. A late registration fee will apply.

Tuition Fees for International Students

International fees apply to non-exempt international students. These include the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) premium. All international students must have health insurance coverage obtained through the University Health Insurance Plan at http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/uhip.

In accordance with the recommendations of the Ontario government, certain categories of international student are exempt from paying higher international fees. Instead, these students pay fees equivalent to those for Canadian citizens and permanent residents (landed immigrants). Students may qualify for fee exemptions in a number of ways, related to their sponsorship and source of financial support. Detailed descriptions of fee exemptions are available on the Student Accounts website at www.fees.utoronto.ca.