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Ryerson International University Foundation Program

Prepare for Your Studies in Canada
Toronto is one of the world's most diverse and livable cities. It's the perfect place to begin your undergraduate studies in Canada, and the faculty at Ryerson will be with you every step along the way.

The IUFP at Ryerson

The International University Foundation Program (IUFP) is an eight-month program designed for international students who want to strengthen their academic and personal foundations while learning to navigate university life in Canada.

The program provides a foundation year for applicants who need additional academic support to meet the overall competitive and/or subject requirements for admission into their chosen undergraduate program of study. Students who successfully complete the IUFP gain guaranteed admission to their program of choice (excluding all Grades Plus programs and programs in the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Sciences) with at least four undergraduate course credits in September of the following year.

All applicants must meet Ryerson’s English language proficiency requirements. For students who possess the academic requirements required for their program but lack English language proficiency, please take a look at our ESL Foundation Program.

Studying in Canada

Thriving in a Canadian university takes more than good grades. The goal of the IUFP is to develop students into independent learners who are strongly connected to the Ryerson community and to the city of Toronto as a whole. We want to help make your transition to university - and to a new country - a smooth one.

That is why our curriculum is complemented by an array of extracurricular opportunities, including mentorship, networking, career planning, social events, and cultural integration. IUFP students will continue to be supported even after completing the program through one-on-one academic advising and campus events.

We are committed to ensuring your success in Canada, from the day you enrol in the IUFP to the day you graduate.

"The IUFP helps you succeed and leads you to where you want to be. The program is welcoming and everyone working with students wants the best for them. This is a wonderful opportunity"

Heaven Brown
International student from the U.S.

What You Need to Know

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 (e.g. Liberal Studies requirements).

In addition, students will benefit from learning essential university success strategies through non-credit academic preparation courses. The undergraduate degree program of choice begins the following September.

Other components of the program include:

  • Learning Labs (supervised study sessions)
  • Meetings with instructors
  • Advising appointments with student success facilitator
  • Access to peer mentorship
  • Extracurricular activities and experiential learning (e.g. Social and cultural events)

Classes by Semester

Semester One

CLNG 121 Language and Society
CYSG 110 Academic Preparation

AND

CPHL 214 Critical Thinking 1
CYSG 350 University Academic Foundations 3

* If upgrading in mathematics and/or science is required to meet entry qualifications to the undergraduate degree program of choice, the applicable courses will begin in this semester and continue in the next semester.

Semester Two

CSOC 203 Social Class and Inequality
CYSG 150 University Academic Foundations 1

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

One Table B Upper Level Liberal Studies course
One corresponding support class

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

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.

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.

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

*The fees for 2019-2020 have yet to be confirmed.

Ryerson offers over $4 million in entrance scholarships to help you succeed, including the International Secondary School Merit Scholarship. Visit our Scholarships and Awards page to learn about all the funding available to you.

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.

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