International Students

Application Deadline

International applicants applying tothe Rehabilitation Sciences Institute must submit their application by the application deadline. For September entry the deadline is January 1.

International Degree Equivalencies

Applicants educated at non-Canadian institutions should note that their educational background will be assessed for equivalency with a University of Toronto degree. The International Degree Equivalencies list will help you determine the equivalency of your international degree to a University of Toronto degree. Qualifications from a number of educational systems around the world are listed and the academic standings indicated are normally accepted as equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B grade average.

Language Requirement

Students who have received their previous degree from a university  where English is NOT the language of instruction must complete one of the following tests within the two last year. If you have taken any of these tests more than two  years prior to application, you must take the test again.

English Proficiency

  • Proficiency in the English language is required and must be established by all applicants from universities outside of Canada where the language of instruction is not English. However, a university education in English may not be considered sufficient (i.e. TOEFL/TWE is still required for graduates from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh).
  • Your application will not be considered without proof of English language proficiency.
  • A satisfactory English proficiency test result must be available prior to the application deadline.
  • The test score can be no more than two years old. Please indicate your score on your application.
  • Applicants must request their original test score be sent directly from the testing service to thethe University of Toronto.

The TOEFL examination is offered in two formats: the traditional paper-based format (only offered on specific dates in a limited number of countries), and the Internet-based format (IBT). Applicants in countries where the Internet-based testing is not available must register for the paper-based TOEFL which includes the Test of Written English (TWE) component. The Internet-based tests automatically include an essay rating component which is similar to the TWE. All applicants must satisfy a minimum score requirement on the TOEFL and on the TWE/Essay Rating component to be considered for admission. The table below lists the minimum TOEFL score requirements set by each of the four SGS academic divisions.

Students must arrange for their score to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services) by the testing agency. The institution code for U of T is 0982. There is no need to specify a department.

Visit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for more info.

Minimum acceptable TOEFL/TWE scores

Paper-based test    Overall score: 600 TWE: 5.0     
Internet-based test       Overall score: 100 Writing score: 22 Speaking score: 22

Codes for TOEFL/TWE:

0982 (University of Toronto)

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

  • Minimum Score: 87

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum Score: 7.5

U of T School of Continuing Academic Preparation

Supervision and Funding Requirements

International applicants MUST have confirmation, in writing, of an RSI graduate supervisor and a guaranteed source of funding from a recognized international funding agency, or a government scholarship from their home country, or guaranteed funding from the prospective supervisor BEFORE the application can be considered.

The minimum annual stipend for international students in RSI is $15,000 plus tuition and incidental fees.

International applicants should contact their own government or Canadian Embassy Consulate for information on sponsorship through international agencies and Canadian government programs. Many international students come to the University of Toronto with support from their own governments or other agencies. However, international students must ensure that adequate support is provided since employment opportunities for Visa students are limited.

Below is a list of a few agencies that have been helpful to students in the past:

For more information on visas and immigration, visit. Centre for International Experience

International Fees Exemptions

If you are not a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or a Native Person, you must pay the international student fee unless you are exempt in one of the categories defined here. If you qualify for and claim exemption under one of these provisions, you must present supporting documentation to your Registrar's Office at the beginning of the session.

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