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Updated June 14, 2021


Notice for all upcoming travel:

The safety of Ryerson community members is of utmost importance. Ryerson has suspended all future university-sanctioned international travel and in-person activity abroad for students until the end of the fall 2021 semester. Ryerson urges faculty members to carefully consider any upcoming travel plans. When possible, consider cancelling your plans entirely, or postponing to a later date and delaying financial commitments. 

For more information for students, visit our Safety Abroad page.

For more information for faculty and staff, visit our International Risk Management page.

Update: Ryerson University’s readiness plan to welcome international students

As was announced by the federal government earlier this fall, all post secondary institutions must have a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their provincial government to be able to welcome international students.

Effective November 17th, Ryerson's readiness plan has been approved by the federal and provincial governments. 

In addition to Ryerson University’s approved COVID-19 readiness plan, international students must be eligible to enter Canada through possession of a valid study permit or letter of introduction issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For more information related to travel to Canada please visit this webpage, external link. If you are unclear about your eligibility to enter Canada, please contact International Student Support at

Date: November 17, 2020

What is Global Learning?

Our Vision

Ryerson International’s vision for global learning at home and abroad refers to activities that engage with the diversity of the world’s cultures, knowledge systems, worldviews, perspectives, and nations (i.e. diverse ways of knowing and being). 

Our hope is that these activities are shaped by Ryerson’s unique vision to advance equity and community inclusion, alongside our community’s commitment to prepare students to face the world’s interconnected, global challenges while respecting and engaging with diverse, multifaceted perspectives and approaches.

  • Focus of student learning: To engage with today’s complex and interconnected social, cultural and economic challenges both at home and abroad.
  • How analysis is approached: Assess how we are all implicated in these challenges in different ways, while centring analysis that is systemic, multi-layered and multi-voiced (i.e. avoiding simplistic solutions). 
  • Framing of the learning process: Engage and learn with/from diverse knowledge systems and perspectives, while nurturing local and global community building and critical reflection.
  • How we relate with others: Committed to creating and maintaining equitable, sustainable and balanced partnerships with the organizations and communities that Ryerson collaborates with, placing special attention and care in contexts shaped by heightened power imbalances. 
  • Historical legacies: Incorporate an understanding of global social justice that accounts for the ongoing harm produced by the legacies of imperial and colonial relations on a global scale.
  • Solidarity not dependency: Centre dispositions of co-learning, co-creation and solidarity, and move away from dispositions of paternalism and dependency.
  • Nation to nation: Recognize that global learning does not only equate movement of students across nation-state borders, but also an engagement with indigenous nations and knowledges across Turtle Island and the world.
  • Inclusive and accessible: Welcoming to all Ryerson students, providing our diverse student body with programming that they are able to identify with, contribute to and participate in. 
  • Collaboration with our community: Respect and encourage input from Ryerson students, staff and faculty members, many of whom have their own understandings of global and intercultural learning based on lived experience.

If you are a faculty or staff member searching for information on global learning, please visit the Ryerson International website.

If you are a full-degree international student interested in applying to Ryerson, please visit the International Admissions website.

If you have been accepted as an international student to a degree program at Ryerson, please visit the International Student Support website.