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Academic Exchange Information Sheet 2019-2020

Exchange Contact Information

Type of Inquiry  Contact Details
General Inquiries
Ryerson International 
General Information for Parnters, (particularly multi-faculty agreements) Exchange Inquiries for:
Faculty of Community Services
Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
Samantha Larocque
Student Mobility Officer
Ryerson International 
416-979-5000 x3645

Partnership Agreement Inquiries and Spot Allocation for Multi-Faculty Partners

Suhair Deeb
Ryerson International
416-979-5000 x6679, opens in new window

Faculty Exchange Coordinators

Faculty Contact Details
Faculty of Arts Jill Careless
416-979-5000 x4798
Faculty of Communication and Design  Sandra Chung
416-979-5000 x7924
Faculty of Science Salwa Saeed
416-979-5000 x3248
Ted Rogers School of Management  Kristy Holzworth
416-979-5000 x6725, opens in new window
Faculty of Community Services / Faculty of Architecture & Engineering Samantha Larocque
416-979-5000 x3645

Ryerson Mailing Address

Ryerson University 
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 2K3 Canada

Ryerson International Courier Address

Ryerson International
11th Floor
1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1Z3 Canada

Ryerson University 

  • Located in downtown Toronto
  • Over 45,000 students from 146 countries
  • More than 100 undergraduate, master’s and PhD programs offered in six faculties, including:
    • The Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada’s largest business school
    • The Faculty of Communication and Design, which offer several programs unique in Canada
    • The Faculty of Community Services, offers professional programs addressing health and social issues

Application Process 

  1. Partner universities must nominate their students for exchange by filling out the nomination form that will be sent to all partners during the nomination period (see below).
  2. Nominated students will be asked to complete an online application that will be sent to them via email.

Applications will be processed once all supporting documents have been received and will be reviewed by the relevant academic departments for approval.

Semester and Deadlines 

Exchange students can study at Ryerson during the fall and/or the winter semester. See the Academic Calendar for more significant dates (calendar is typically released in the summer).

  Fall Semester 2019 Winter Semester 2020
Nomination period January 21- March 1, 2019 July 22 - September 1, 2019
Application period

March 1- April 1, 2019

September 1 - October 1, 2019


August 28, 2019 (tbc)

January 8, 2020 (tbc)

Minimum English proficiency guidelines are the same as the requirements for our Undergraduate Admissions. Please see the English Language Requirements page for specific scores for TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, CAEL and PTE. We use these results as guidelines, while responsibility remains with the home university to ensure that the students who are nominated for exchange at Ryerson have a sufficient level of English proficiency.

Exchange students are required to take a minimum of four courses and a maximum of six (depending on the academic program). Students must select a Ryerson undergraduate program and choose courses offered through that program when completing the Study Plan.

When preparing a study plan, students should choose eight-10 courses per semester to allow for flexibility during the enrolment process, as course conflicts may arise, others may fill up quickly or some may not be offered every semester.

The appropriate exchange coordinator at Ryerson will guide the student through the enrolment process; students do not enrol in courses on their own. For a course list, see the Academic Calendar.

All courses are conducted in English.

The Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) offers programs that are unique in Canada and have been identified as top in their field both nationally and internationally: fashion communication, fashion design, image arts: film studies, image arts: photography studies, interior design, journalism, media production, professional communications, graphics communication management, the School of Performance, creative industries.

Faculty of Arts (FOA): arts and contemporary studies, politics and governance, psychology, international economics and finance, English, history, sociology, geographic analysis, environment and urban sustainability, criminology.

Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM): hospitality and tourism mangement, business management, retail management, business technology management, accounting & finance.

Faculty of Community Services (FCS): social work, nutrition and food, early childhood studies, urban and regional planning.

Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS): architectural science, civil engineering.

Faculty of Science (FOS): chemistry, biology, biomedical sciences.

For a full list of all academic units within each faculty visit the faculty listings website.

Important Notes 

For entry into Canada, students will require a Visitor’s Visa, or an eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) if they are from a visa-exempt country. In some cases they may require a Study Permit (study for more than 6 months or to work on-campus). Off-campus work (including placements/internships) is restricted to those with a valid Work Permit. For the most up-to-date visa information, students should contact the nearest Canadian visa office or visit the following Immigration and Citizenship website, external link, opens in new window.

International exchange students in the Province of Ontario are legally required to purchase the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). Exchange students to Ryerson may do so when they arrive on campus. Exemptions to this requirement are very rare even if students are otherwise insured for their stay in Canada.

Finding accommodation is recommended prior to arrival and is the responsibility of the exchange student. Exchange students staying for the Fall & Winter semesters or the Winter semester only, may apply to the on-campus residences, opens in new window. However, there are often many more applicants than spaces available.

Visit the Off-Campus Housing website, opens in new window for more information. There are several non-Ryerson-affiliated residences near campus, opens in new window. Students should search and apply for these residences well in advance of their arrival in Toronto. Ryerson International will share information regarding sublets/rooms for rent from outgoing exchange students when possible.

While private accommodation may be found in Toronto upon arrival, appropriate and affordable options can be difficult to come by, particularly during the late August/early September ’Back to School’ period, as standard private residential leases are one year. Those who choose to search for private accommodation upon arrival should arrive in Toronto several weeks prior to the start of the semester in order to have sufficient time to secure convenient and affordable accommodations. For up-to-date accommodation information, please visit the Pre-Arrival Manual: Coming to Ryerson website. 

The amount that a student should budget will depend on their lifestyle. However, students should anticipate an absolute minimum of $1,200 per month for basic living expenses while in Toronto. One of the most expensive aspects of living in Toronto can be housing. As mentioned, affordable housing is in high demand, so students should begin searching as soon as possible. Ryerson’s Off-Campus Housing Office is a great resource for finding affordable housing.

Examples of expenses include:

  • Rent: $800 - $1,600 per month. Average rent for apartments within walking distance of Ryerson are $1,000 or higher. You can find cheaper apartments further away from Ryerson. However, you should be expecting to pay at least $800 a month.
  • Housing utilities (internet, electricity, water etc): $100 - $165 per month
  • New textbooks: $50 - $200 a book
  • Groceries: $250 - $350 per month
  • Average lunch: $8 - $15 per meal
  • Cell phone: $40- $80 per month
  • Subway: $3 for a one-way ride or $129 per month
  • Health Insurance: $208 per term (subject to change)

Following the exchange, the relevant exchange coordinator will forward an original transcript to the International Office at the exchange student’s home institution. Please note that students with outstanding fees (e.g. unpaid UHIP fee, library late charges, etc.) will not be issued a transcript until these are paid.