Admissions FAQs

COVID-19 admission-related FAQs

I’m a high school student who applied to U of T. Is my school being closed going to affect my application?
The University of Toronto is aware of the current closures of schools around the world. We will work with local education ministries in the best interests of students. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will update our communication and notifications as needed. You should continue to monitor your Engineering Applicant Portal and email regularly for any important updates. 
I'm an applicant and my school is currently closed. What happens if I can't provide final grades or my exams are cancelled?
School jurisdictions around the world are adjusting their evaluation and assessment methods and submitting results to universities accordingly. We will accept the adjusted assessment methods as determined by your educational jurisdiction in order to meet our conditions.
 
In the event that your school board or testing agency is unable to send us final transcripts or exam results by the document deadline, please e-mail us at ask@ecf.utoronto.ca. Please take advantage of any supplementary learning materials that may be provided to you so that you are as well prepared as possible for university studies.
I heard that U of T is cancelling classes. Does this mean my application is delayed?
U of T is not cancelling classes at this time. As of Monday, March 16, classes will not meet in-person. We do not expect the cancellation of in-person classes to have any impact on our admissions process. You should continue to monitor your Engineering Applicant Portal and email regularly for any important updates. 
Will my offer of admission be revoked due to the current situation?

We understand that school closures and the introduction of other measures in response to the current coronavirus situation have impacted students from many regions. At present we do not anticipate that any school situations, including exam delays and extended school closures, will prevent students from enrolling at U of T. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will update our communication and notifications as needed. 

I am an international applicant. Will I be able to begin classes in the fall if travel restrictions are still in place?

The current situation is evolving rapidly and the University is monitoring events closely. We are committed to finding ways to allow newly enrolled students, including international students, to begin their studies at the University of Toronto in the 2020-21 academic year if restrictions continue to be in place. 

English language testing was cancelled in my country. How should I provide proof of my English language facility?
If your English language test has been cancelled we encourage you to complete the TOEFL online test. If the test has not been made available in your region or you are unable to complete that test, please contact the U of T Engineering Admissions team at ask@ecf.utoronto.ca to discuss alternatives.
What happens if I can't provide final grades or my exams are cancelled?

School jurisdictions around the world are adjusting their evaluation and assessment methods and submitting results to universities accordingly. We will accept the adjusted assessment methods as determined by your educational jurisdiction in order to meet our conditions.   

In the event that your school board or testing agency is unable to send us final transcripts or exam results by the document deadline, please e-mail us at ask@ecf.utoronto.ca. Please take advantage of any supplementary learning materials that may be provided to you so that you are as well prepared as possible for university studies. 

Do I need a study permit? Even if classes start online in September.

Studying remotely does not require a study permit. It is legal for students to start their program without a study permit. However, if you’re not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and plan to study in Canada for more than six months you will have to apply for a study permit. You should apply for your study permit onlineas soon as you get your letter of acceptance. 
 
We recommend that you register for one of the webinars offered by our International Student Immigration Advisors. Visit the website of our Centre for International Experience (CIE) for detailed information about the application process: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/task/getting-a-study-permit/ 

I have applied to live in Residence. Will I be able to live in residence 2020-21?

We are planning to have students in residence this fall and look forward to welcoming you when you arrive. We want you to have a rewarding experience and know that for some students, residence is an important part of the university experience.  
 
Your health and safety is our top priority and planning is underway to determine the appropriate physical distancing measures in residence following the guidance of our local public health officials.  As we prepare for your arrival, we are also focused on delivering a residence experience to help you transition into University.  We know you have lots of questions about your residence experience and we will keep you updated when we have new information.    
 
Our process for accepting residence this year is designed to help you maintain your residence space even if you are not able to arrive on campus in September. More details will be provided here when available.