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Incoming Exchange Students


Ryerson University boasts a wide variety of programs that participate in exchanges. Incoming students benefit from a real-world, relevant curriculum that lets them practice while they learn.

For more information regarding the academic aspect of your exchange, please contact the appropriate faculty/program specific student exchange contact.

To learn more about Ryerson’s academic programs before applying, visit Ryerson’s faculty pages.

To be eligible to participate in an exchange at Ryerson you will need to have: 

  • Currently registered at an institution that has an exchange agreement with Ryerson University.
  • Completed at least one academic year with a full course load at your home university.
  • The ability to conduct written and group work in English.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or 70% equivalent.

Step 1

Be nominated by your home institution. In order to be nominated for exchange, you must apply to your home institution's exchange program first. Contact your home institution's International Office for details. Once you have been accepted into the exchange program at your home institution you can then proceed to apply to Ryerson.

Step 2

Once you have been nominated, a Ryerson Exchange Coordinator will invite you to apply for Ryerson's Inbound Exchange program via an online application portal. In this application you will upload your transcripts, study plan and portfolio (if applicable).

For information regarding the academic curriculum of each program at Ryerson, please visit the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Note that the academic calendar does not confirm course offerings for specific semesters of study (i.e. fall or winter terms). The courses available to students during their exchange at Ryerson will be provided by their academic exchange coordinator prior to the start of their semester.

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Ryerson University hopes to facilitate a smooth process of sending and receiving exchange students with exchange partner institutions. We take pride in providing an engaging experience for all exchange students choosing to come to Toronto to study at Ryerson.

Sending Exchange Students to Ryerson?

The documentation listed in the How to Apply section above should be sent to the respective faculty exchange coordinator as a single PDF file. Applications will be processed once all supporting documents have been received and will be reviewed by the relevant academic departments for approval.

Nomination Period:

  • Fall Term (September through December) – January to February
  • Winter Term (January through April) – July to August

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Term (September through December) – Beginning of April
  • Winter Term (January through April) – Beginning of October

For more information including exact dates for the current academic year, please visit our exchange program fact sheet. Please note that each exchange partner university is associated with specific academic units at the university. If you are unsure as to the participating academic units in your agreement, please ask us by emailing

Please send applications and required documentation directly to the appropriate student exchange contact depending on each of the nominees host faculty at Ryerson. 

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