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Application Deadline

International applicants applying to a graduate program in the Institute of Medical Science must submit their application by the application deadline, March 1. Early application is encouraged.

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.  You can check your international degree equivalency on the SGS web site on the Admission Requirements page under International and Exchange Students at


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 last year. If you have taken any of these tests more than one year prior to application, you must take the test again.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE)

These two tests are taken together. Minimum scores are as follows:


Internet Based Exam

Paper Based Exam     


Overall - 93 (100 effective Sept. 2015)
Writing Score - 22
Speaking Score - 22



Not applicable


See the TOEFL website for more information.

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

A minimum score of 87 is required. See the MELAB website for more information.

Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)

A score of 5 is required. See the COPE website for more information. 

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic

A score of 7.5 is required with at least 6.5 for each component. See the IELTS website for more information. 


International Students Entrance Award

Funding Opportunity for International Applicants to our Doctoral Stream program.

The Institute of Medical Science International Students Entrance Award is offered to new incoming international applicants. For more information on this award, click here.  To download the application form, click here.

Supervision and Funding Requirements

International applicants MUST have a confirmation, in writing, of an IMS 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 the MSc program is $17,340 living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees. The minimum annual stipend for international students in the PhD program is $19,380 living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees.

 Employment of non-Canadian students is usually not permitted in Canada.

Student Authorization (Visa)

All international applicants once granted an offer of admission must ensure that they hold a valid Student Authorization from Citizenship and Immigration Canada in order to study in Canada. In some cases a Temporary Resident Visa is required before entering Canada. Under no circumstances should a student leave for Canada until confirmation of acceptance of admission to the University of Toronto is received, and holds a valid entry visa and student authorization.  Prospective students should contact the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate as soon as they receive an offer of admission.

You can also visit the University of Toronto International Student Centre website for information on obtaining a study permit.

International Student Fees

International fees apply to non-exempt international students. It includes the University Health Insurance Plan premium. All international students must have health coverage, which they must obtain through the University Health Insurance Plan.