ECTS and Ryerson Credits
Unlike the ECTS, there is no common transatlantic credit system mutually acceptable throughout the whole of North America. There are also discrepancies between Canadian universities which makes measuring the values of student workload difficult.
We recommend that our partners review course outlines to determine course content, evaluation methods, assignments and other details that will help determine equivalencies.
Short course descriptions for each program/school can be found here (Faculty of Communication & Design)
Recommended Course Load at Ryerson
Your semester at Ryerson will be made up of a series of courses (subjects, papers, modules) within a specific discipline.
Exchange students usually take four courses each semester. Students will take a combination of required/core courses and professional/professionally related courses. Course outlines are provided to each student during the first class of the semester.
Short course descriptions for each program/school can be found here.
Four courses equals between 12-18 hours per week class-time. However, it is expected that for each hour spent in class students will spend a minimum of 6 additional hours on private and group study (reading, researching, preparing for assignments, presentations, tests and exams).
Thus, 1 course = 3 hours lecture + 6 hours (minimum) preparation/study time = 9 hours x 12 weeks = 108 hours x 4 courses = 432 hours per semester.
Your home university may require you to submit a formal learning agreement or study plan before coming to Ryerson for your exchange. If your home university requires this, see the helpful tips below on how to choose courses.
Often, the courses you select and the learning agreements you sign change once you arrive and finalize your timetable. This is normal.
Building Your Timetable
Once you accept your Offer of Admission from Ryerson University, you will be contacted by an Academic Coordinator with a list of the courses offered in your program/school specific to your exchange semester at Ryerson.
- The list of available courses for the Fall semester and how to register will be sent to you mid-July.
- The list of available courses for the Winter semester and how to register will be sent to you mid-November.
Please note that all exchange students are required to meet with your FCAD Academic Coordinator during the first two weeks of the semester for final approval of all courses.
Student in Image Arts (Photography, Film)
Students taking courses in the School of Image Arts (Film, Photography) please be advised that due to the emphasis on production, all courses will be determined when you arrive. Students are encouraged to test all classes to determine appropriate level and fit with individual academic programs and goals.
There is a mandatory School of Image Arts orientation during the first week of classes with the Academic Coordinator. At this time, students will receive all the resources necessary to select their courses and register.
Courses at Ryerson
Core courses are organized in years and by semester:
Year 1: Semesters 1 (Fall)* & 2 (Winter)*
Year 2: Semesters 3 (Fall) & 4 (Winter)
Year 3: Semesters 5 (Fall) & 6 (Winter)
Year 4: Semesters 7 (Fall) & 8 (Winter)
*Exchange students do not have access to courses in semesters 1 and 2.
If you are planning your exchange at Ryerson during the Fall semester, you should be looking at courses in semesters 3,5,7.
If you are on exchange during the Winter semester you should be looking at courses in semesters 4,6,8.
If for example, you are planning on exchange for the Fall semester and you want to take BDC 401, this will not be available since it is only offered during the Winter semester. Similarly, if you are planning on exchange for the Winter semester and you want to take BDC 301, it will not be an option since it is only offered during the Fall semester.
Professional/Professionally related courses
This category makes up the bulk of courses offered in all FCAD programs. Unfortunately, not all classes in this category are offered every semester and are subject to change each year. In other words, the list of Professional and Professionally related courses are only a list of possible courses and will vary from what is actually offered.
When submitting course requests to your Ryerson Academic Coordinator, we recommend that you have at least 5-10 options.