International Applicants

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We welcome students from around the world. As one of the top research universities in North America, U of T attracts students from more than 170 countries.

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Located in downtown Toronto, one of the most dynamic, multicultural and ethnically diverse cities in the world, we are only minutes away from major Canadian heritage institutions and leading employers in Canada’s business centre. Considered one of the world’s most vibrant cities, Toronto is the ideal place to pursue your graduate studies and launch your career.

Applying to the Faculty of Information

The educational backgrounds of applicants who earned their degrees at non-Canadian institutions, are assessed in terms of equivalency with a University of Toronto degree. Applicants educated outside of Canada, or whose first language is not English, should also make note of English Proficiency Requirements.

Support Services

Academic culture can vary greatly from one country to another, and many students need time to adjust to new rules and expectations. All our incoming students are invited to attend a comprehensive set of orientation workshops / events in the Summer leading up to the Fall Term they are admitted into. For more information on our Faculty and programs, we invite you to browse our digital handbook:

Each of our students will also have a dedicated academic advisor assigned to you during your time at the Faculty. So, there will always be someone that you can touch base with if you have any questions during your time with us. Connect with your advisor by emailing the Student Services team at

Please also take the opportunity to review our International Student Experience page, put together by our International Student Engagement Team, on anecdotes of our international students’ experience at the Faculty, faculty members that are doing research on an international scale, and frequently asked questions!

As an International student, you may have questions pertaining to study permits and / or work permits. Unfortunately, the Faculty is not a keeper of these ever changing regulations and information. The University has licensed immigration advisors on hand to advise and inform on these procedure. For more information, visit the Centre of International Experience (CIE) website, which offers support for international students, including information about:

If you have other housing related concerns or questions, University Family Housing — FAQ.

If you have any questions, try the ASKme Anything system, and find out 9 new things international students need to know):