Financial Aid Information for International Students (on a Student Authorization)
The University of Toronto selects the most outstanding undergraduate admission applicants as University of Toronto Scholars. These scholarships valued at $6,000, may be held in any program of study at the University, and in conjunction with any other award that student may be offered. In no instance is the amount sufficient to cover a student’s total university cost.
A separate application is not required for most scholarships. Outstanding candidates for admission are considered automatically for entrance awards. Selection is based on the candidate’s overall academic record, with particular emphasis being placed on the most recent results. Because many outstanding students apply to the University each year, the competition for admission scholarships is tight.
International students from Hong Kong should consult the University of Toronto Hong Kong Scholarships web site for information on specific awards for which they may be eligible.
The University identifies outstanding undergraduates completing 1st, 2nd and 3rd years as University of Toronto Scholars. The Colleges and Faculties also award scholarships at the end of each year of study on the basis of the students’ performance in each year. Most of these awards do not require an application.
Students with financial need may apply for grant assistance, (also called bursaries) provided acceptable academic standing has been maintained. Applications are available after registration in September from the student’s Faculty or College. Grants normally range in value from $400 – $1,000.
International students are eligible to be considered for grant assistance. However, because Canada Immigration requires all international students to show that they have adequate resources before admitting them to Canada, a grant will normally be awarded only if there is evidence that the student’s circumstances have changed since his/her arrival. In no instance is the amount sufficient to cover a student’s total university costs.
Financial support is available to highly qualified graduate students from a variety of sources at the University of Toronto. Full-time graduate students are assisted each year through the University of Toronto Fellowship program and numerous other departmental award programs.
In addition to fellowship support, departmental research funding may be available, especially to excellent students in the physical and life sciences. Teaching assistantships are also offered by a large number of departments.
Graduate grants and bursaries are available to full-time graduate students on the basis of need. Funding is limited and is primarily for emergencies. First year students are normally not eligible for consideration. Students with scholarship support are not eligible for bursary funding. Application is through the Graduate Coordinator/Chair.
For more information, see http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca
International students are not provided with health insurance through the Ontario government. Students must enroll in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) .
Full-time international students may apply for work on the campus of the University of Toronto. Students may also seek work outside the University of Toronto. The Centre for International Experience can provide you with information about working in Canada.
Tuition Fees and Books Costs: Foreign student tuition fees range from $11,160 to $40,000, depending on the program of study. For information on a specific program, see the University of Toronto’s tuition fee schedule . Book costs range from $750 to $1,400. Additional costs for instruments, field trips, etc. may be incurred.
Living Costs: The cost of living in Toronto is very high. Your choice of accommodation is a major factor in determining your total living expenses. The cost of other necessities varies from student to student depending on what one can afford and individual preference.
Board & Lodging:
Residence Costs: consult the U of T Housing Service look under Residence
Off-campus Costs: consult the U of T Housing Service look under Off-campus Housing
University Health Insurance Plan: $567
Other Living Expenses: transportation, personal effects and other miscellaneous items can be included.
The Centre for International Experience provides a wide range of information to international students. (It does not, however, provide financial assistance). Their address is:
33 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada