International applicants applying to a graduate program in the Institute of Medical Science must submit their application one month earlier than the domestic student deadline. Earlier 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 www.gradschool.utoronto.ca/Admission_Requirements.htm
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
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. See the IELTS website for more information.
International Students Entrance Award
New 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 Students MUST have a confirmation, in writing, of their IMS graduate supervisor and a guaranteed source of funding from a recognized international funding agency, a government scholarship from their home country, or guaranteed funding from the prospective supervisor BEFORE their application can be considered by the Admissions Committee.
The minimum annual stipend for international students in the MSc program is $17,000 living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees. The minimum annual stipend for international students in the PhD program is $19,000 living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees.
Employment of non-Canadian students is usually not permitted in Canada.
Student Authorization (Visa)
All international students 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 for admission to the University of Toronto and an entry visa and student authorization has been received. It is impossible to change a visitors visa to a student authorization while in Canada. 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 International Student Centre website for information on obtaining a study permit or work visa in Canada.
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 may be required to obtain through the University Health Insurance Plan.