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Ryerson International University Foundation Program

Program Overview

The Ryerson International University Foundation Program (IUFP) helps international students achieve guaranteed admission to specific undergraduate degree programs at Ryerson and provides academic readiness programming and a smooth transition to university studies (excluding Engineering programs).

The International University Foundation Program (IUFP) provides a foundation year for applicants who need additional academic support to meet the overall competitive and/or subject prerequisite requirements for their chosen undergraduate program of study. Applicants must meet Ryerson’s English language proficiency requirements. It is also designed for international students who are interested in building strong academic and personal foundations before transitioning into full-time studies in Canadian universities/colleges.

The IUFP is eight months (two semesters) long, with an optional summer semester. It includes a combination of university credit and non-credit courses. Students in the program have the opportunity to earn between four and six university undergraduate degree-credits. Some or all of these credits may count towards the graduation requirements of a student's undergraduate degree program. In addition, students will benefit from learning essential university success strategies through non-credit foundational university academic preparation courses. The curriculum is complemented by an array of extracurricular opportunities, including mentorship, networking, career planning, social events, and cultural integration. The undergraduate degree program of choice begins the following September.

Students also have access to one-on-one academic advising throughout their time enrolled at Ryerson University.

Semester One

CSSH 205 Academic Writing and Research
CYSG 110 Academic Preparation

AND

CSSH 100 Inquiry and Problem Solving
CYSG 150 University Academic Foundations 1

* If it is determined that upgrading in mathematics and/or science is required to meet entry qualifications to the undergraduate degree program of choice, the applicable courses will be supplied by the ILC and academic support will be provided by the IUFP.

Plus:

  • Learning Lab: Supervised Assignment Session
  • Office hours with instructors
  • One-on-one meetings with Academic Leadership Coordinator and/or Student Success Facilitator
  • Extracurricular activities and experiential learning
  • Mentorship
  • Social and cultural integration events
Semester Two

CSSH 105 Critical Thinking
CYSG 350 University Academic Foundations 3

AND

ONE elective from:

CENG 112 Zap, Pow, Bang: Pop
CYSG 250 Academic Foundations 2

OR

CGMS 200 Introduction to Global Management
CYSG 160 Academic Foundations 4

OR

A degree-credit course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies and
A corresponding support class

* The elective will be determined in consultation with Program Coordinator during academic advising appointments. Depending on enrolment numbers, not all courses will be offered.

Plus:

  • Learning Lab: Supervised Assignment Session
  • Office hours with instructors
  • One-on-one meetings with Academic Leadership Coordinator and/or Student Success Facilitator
  • Extracurricular activities and experiential learning
  • Mentorship
  • Social and cultural integration events
Semester Three (optional) During the Spring/Summer semester(s), students will have the option of taking up to two additional degree credit elective courses through The Chang School’s offerings. Additional costs will apply.

N/A

Tuition and Fees

Fees for 2018 - 2019: $32,000 (CAD)

How to Apply

Application forms, document submission and related instructions are available on the How to Apply page. When you select the IUFP on the application form, you must also select the "Subject of Major Interest". This is the undergraduate degree program you would like to pursue after successful completion of the IUFP (select 4-year, full-time programs only).

You will be required to submit documents (e.g. academic transcripts) as outlined on the Document Submission page. If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide the documents in the original language, as well as certified/notarized literal English translations.

For guaranteed consideration, applications and complete documentation must be submitted no later than June 1 for the fall term. Applications received after this date will be considered subject to space.

Admission Requirements

Admission selection is determined based on academic performance and any additional supporting documentation that may be required. Selected applicants will be required to participate in an informational session prior to the start of classes. Academic admission requirements are available on undergraduate program pages. International curricula requirements are also available.

The IUFP is specially designed for applicants who demonstrate aptitude for success at the university level but whose applications would not be selected for undergraduate study at Ryerson due to competition. The IUFP provides qualified students with the opportunity to join the Ryerson community and enjoy success in their studies with continued support.

"It's a totally different campus. It's very much like a big city but you also get the close community feel that you don’t necessarily get in the States."

David
International student from the U.S.