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Every Arts & Science student is a member of a college. Think of your college as your home in the familiar neighbourhood that is the university. All the colleges provide advising and support services for students. Academic advising, as well as counselling on financial and personal matters, is available through your college registrar's office. Also, each college provides its students with academic support services such as writing skill centres, math aid centres, libraries and computer facilities. And remember, no matter which college you belong to, you have access to all the courses and programs offered in Arts & Science.
The Registrar’s Office of each student’s college is the focal point for information and advice of all kinds, and should be consulted as soon as any problems of an academic or personal nature are encountered.
Most of the Colleges offer academic support services, such as Writing Laboratories to provide students with assistance in writing assignments, essays and reports; Mathematics Aid Centres; tutorial services; etc. For further information, see the individual College listings or consult the College Registrar.
Students with complaints or problems relating to the teaching of courses (lectures, tutorials, evaluation, work-load, etc.) that they cannot resolve with the instructors concerned, can obtain advice and assistance either from the Associate Chair/Undergraduate Secretary of the particular Department, or from their College Registrar.
The Departments and College Program offices should be consulted for advice on courses and programs they sponsor. They also have web sites giving more details of courses and programs than is possible in the Calendar. First-year students are particularly urged to consult program sponsors during the Fall-Winter Session for details on enrolling in programs. (All students must enrol in at least one Specialist or two Majors or one Major + two Minor program(s) upon passing four courses.)
Students registered in Divisions other than Arts & Science who have problems with Arts & Science courses should go for advice either to the departmental Undergraduate Secretary or to the registrar of their own Faculty or School.
Innis College-Office of the Registrar
2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5
416-978-2513 phone/416-978-5503 fax
Hours: Monday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m., Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m.
New College-Office of the Registrar
300 Huron Street, Room 107, Toronto, ON M5S 3J6
416-978-2460 phone/416-978-0554 fax
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m. (until 4 p.m. in July-August); Wednesday also 5-6 p.m.
St. Michael’s College-Office of the Registrar & Student Services
Room 207, 121 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3C2
416-926-7117 phone/416-926-7266 fax
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 1:30-4:30 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Trinity College-Office of the Registrar
6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1H8
416-978-2687 phone/416-978-2831 fax
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m. , Tuesday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4:30 p.m. (until 4 p.m. in July-August)
University College-Office of the Registrar
15 King’s College Circle, Rm. 157, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
416-978-3170 phone/416-978-6019 fax
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; 1:30-4:15 p.m.
Victoria College-Office of the Registrar
Northrop Frye Hall, Room 106, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
416-585-4508 phone/416-585-4459 fax
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,: 9:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Summer hours (July & August): Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Woodsworth College-Office of the Registrar
119 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1A9
416-978-4444 phone/416-978-6111 fax
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (4:30 p.m. in July & August); Tuesday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. in July & August); Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Office of the Faculty Registrar
The Office of the Faculty Registrar works closely with departments and colleges concerning virtually all matters relating to Arts & Science students: it coordinates counselling, registration and enrolment, student records, transfer credit, petitions, final examinations and graduation. The Office of the Faculty Registrar, located in Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Room 1006, can provide general information about registration and enrolment, course listings, building and classroom locations, etc. It is also the location of the University of Toronto Transcript Centre, which produces transcripts for all divisions of the University.
You can also get useful information about Arts & Science from the Faculty Registrar’s web site (www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current). In addition, if you have questions about any aspect of your undergraduate experience, you can e-mail the Faculty Registrar at email@example.com.
Office of the Faculty Registrar/University of Toronto Transcript Centre
100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
416-978-3384 phone/416-978-2487 fax
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. (until 4:30 p.m. in July-August)
Your College Registrar is a reliable first-stop whenever you have questions, concerns or are facing issues that are getting in the way of your success.
The Academic Success Centre is here to help you manage academic expectations and gain confidence in your learning. Develop and strengthen your skills in time management, self-management, reading, writing, note-taking and exam preparation. Build coping skills to deal with stress, anxiety, procrastination and perfectionism. Make an appointment with a learning strategist at the front desk or call 416-978-7970. Drop-in hours and first year study sessions with peer mentors are also available. The ASC study space is open to all students Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. www.asc.utoronto.ca.
If you have a disability, Accessibility Services is your home base for support. It is important to contact the office as soon as you are accepted to U of T so that accommodations for your needs are in place before classes start. All information about your disability is confidential and won’t be shared with units outside of Accessibility Services without your consent. www.accessibility.utoronto.ca. 416-978-8060.
Tutors are available at First Nations House to help aboriginal students develop their research, essay writing and study skills. Tutors can also help students find academic support in specific fields of study, such as math and science. www.fnh.utoronto.ca. 563 Spadina Av. 3rd Fl.; 416-978-8227.
If you’re facing challenging personal circumstances that are affecting your academic performance, feel free to seek emotional and psychological support from U of T’s Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS). www.caps.utoronto.ca. 214 College St. Main Fl.; 416-978-8070.
Want to learn how to tap into the hidden job market, maximize your LinkedIn profile or meet professionals working in careers you are interested in? Check out the Career Centre! They have a range of workshops, events and career exploration programs like the Extern Job Shadowing Program, Explore It and In the Field that connect you with professionals working in a variety of careers. You can also drop in and meet one of their Peer Career Advisors or visit the Career Learning Network (cln.utoronto.ca) for hundreds of on and off-campus, paid and volunteer positions. www.careers.utoronto.ca. 214 College St. Main Fl.; 416-978-8000.
International students must get a work permit if they wish to work off campus, are required to work in a co-op placement as part of their program or want to work in Canada after graduating. Contact the Centre for International Experience for assistance with work and post-graduation work permit applications. www.cie.utoronto.ca. 33 St. George St.; 416-978-2564.
Diversity and equity are fundamental values at the University of Toronto. Students from every background are supported by policies and resources that help create an inclusive environment and one that actively works against discrimination.
The Sexual and Gender Diversity Office offers support and information to students who are “out” or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. The office also works with students, faculty and staff to provide training and education on issues related to sexual diversity, anti-heterosexist programming, and events and programs for the LGBTQ community at U of T. www.sgdo.utoronto.ca. 21 Sussex Av.; 416-946-5624
The Sexual Harassment Office handles harassment complaints based on sex or sexual orientation and provides guides for undergraduate and graduate students. www.sho.utoronto.ca. 215 Huron St.; 416-978-3908.
The Status of Women Office aims to improve the status of all women by identifying and removing barriers and inequities. www.status-women.utoronto.ca. 27 King's College Circle; 416-978-2196.
The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office provides complaint management and resolution for issues related to discrimination or harassment based on race, ancestry, place of origin, religion, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship or creed. You are also welcome contact the office if you are seeking a forum to discuss ideas that will strengthen U of T’s diverse community and its commitment to an equitable environment. www.antiracism.utoronto.ca. 215 Huron St.; 416-978-1259.
U of T’s Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice was created to provide a place for students, staff and faculty of all spiritual beliefs to learn to respect and understand one another. The Centre facilitates an accepting environment where members of various communities can reflect, worship, contemplate, teach, read, study, celebrate, mourn and share. www.multifaith.utoronto.ca. 569 Spadina Av.; 416-946-3120.
Accessibility Services provides services and resources to students with all types of disabilities, such as physical, sensory, medical, mental health, learning and temporary. www.accessibility.utoronto.ca. 416-978-8060.
The Family Care Office provides free confidential information, guidance, referrals and advocacy for students, staff, faculty and their families. You can take advantage of free workshops, support groups and seminars. The Resource Centre contains practical information on a broad range of family care issues, from pregnancy and infant care to lesbian and gay parenting, from special needs children to caring for elderly family members. www.familycare.utoronto.ca. 214 College St. Main Fl.; 416-978-0951.
The Community Safety Office addresses personal and community safety issues for students, staff and faculty across all three campuses. The office provides assistance to students, staff and faculty who have had their personal safety compromised, develops and delivers educational initiatives addressing personal safety, promotes and delivers self-defense courses on campus, and coordinates and responds to critical incidents on campus. www.communitysafety.utoronto.ca. 21 Sussex Av.; 416-978-1485.
Your learning experience is by no means limited to the campus. There are many reasons to volunteer in the University of Toronto community or for one of the hundreds of causes in the Greater Toronto Area — you’ll not only gain invaluable skills that will better prepare you for the working world but also become more well-rounded and enjoy the fulfillment of helping others.
At U of T we provide you with opportunities to get involved in community work through volunteer postings, the Centre for Community Partnerships, volunteer chapters, volunteer fairs and initiatives led by student groups.
Regularly checking volunteer postings is the perfect way to get a feel for the wide range of opportunities that exist. Whether you’re looking for experience in a specific area or are hoping to get ideas on how broaden your horizons, feel free to review postings throughout the school year. Off-campus volunteer jobs are posted on the Career Learning Network at the Career Centre. On-campus volunteer jobs are posted on Ulife.
The Centre for Community Partnerships: www.ccp.utoronto.ca. 569 Spadina Av.; 416-978-6558.
Career Learning Network (Career Centre): cln.utoronto.ca. 214 College St.; 416-978-8000.
The University of Toronto respects and upholds all students' rights but also entrusts you with certain responsibilities and expects you to be familiar with, and follow, the policies developed to protect everyone's safety, security and integrity. http://uoft.me/rights.
U of T is committed to fairness in its dealings with its individual members and to ensuring that their rights are protected. In support of this commitment, the Office of the University Ombudsperson operates independently of the administration, being accountable only to the Governing Council, and has unrestricted access to all University authorities. http://ombudsperson.utoronto.ca. 416-946-3485.
The University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice was created to provide a place for students, staff and faculty of all spiritual beliefs to learn to respect and understand one another. The Centre facilitates an accepting environment where members of various communities can reflect, worship, contemplate, teach, read, study, celebrate, mourn and share. The Centre is also home to the offices of the Campus Chaplains’ Association and offers facilities, such as a main activity hall for large events, a mediation room with a “living wall” for quiet contemplation, meeting spaces and ablution rooms. www.multifaith.utoronto.ca. 569 Spadina Av.; 416-946-3120.
University of Toronto Housing Services is a year-round source of current off-campus housing, on-campus residence, and student family housing options. The off-campus Housing Finder is available to U of T students, providing listings for both private and shared rental housing.
Housing Services also provides a list of temporary housing near campus, tenant resources including legal information, one-on-one or group housing help sessions for all U of T students, and assistance for housing emergencies. www.housing.utoronto.ca. 214 College St. Rm. 203; 416-978-8045.
Wellness refers to your overall physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social condition, not simply the absence of illness. So when you’re not feeling your best, there are a number of services on campus to help you get back on track.
Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers assessment, treatment and referrals for a wide range of emotional and psychological issues. www.caps.utoronto.ca. 214 College St. Main Fl.; 416-978-8070.
The Health Service offers students the same services as a family doctor’s office and more. The Health Service team includes family physicians, registered nurses, a dietician, support staff and a lab technician that provide confidential, student-centred health care, including comprehensive medical care, immunization, diagnostic testing, sexual health care, counselling and referrals. Services are available to all full- and part-time students who possess a valid Tcard and have health insurance coverage. www.healthservices.utoronto.ca. 214 College St. 2nd Fl.; 416-978-8030.
Specialized counselling is provided to students who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, or physical or psychological abuse in a relationship. Call the Assault Counsellor directly at 416-978-0174 for an appointment. Workshops are also provided on healthy relationships and verbal self-defence skills for women.
The Professional Experience Year (PEY) Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to gain industry experience in a field related to their academic program. The PEY program consists of a 12 – 16 month, full-time, paid internship, beginning between May and September and ending the following year. The length of the internship allows sufficient time for students to undertake substantive projects and to be involved in challenging and productive work. As a result of the experience, students return to their studies with a greater understanding of their discipline from a practical, hands-on perspective. Students registered in the PEY program also participate in a developmental program, consisting of a variety of small and large group workshops, as well as individualized consultations tailored to the student’s needs and goals. The objective is for students to acquire knowledge and gain insight that will remain invaluable to their ongoing career development, beyond the academic years.
Registration in the PEY program is open to eligible full-time Arts & Science students, completing their 2nd or 3rd year of study. In addition, students must be in good academic standing and should have a minimum cumulative average (CGPA) of 2.0 (C). An application fee will be paid by the student at the time of registration into the PEY program. A placement fee will be paid by the student if and when they secure a PEY internship, and at that time they will be registered in the course, PEY500Y1Y. Incidental fees to maintain student status and the accompanying benefits will also apply. Tuition fees are not paid for the period that the student is on their PEY internship. Neither the application fee, nor the placement fee is refundable. Students who secure a PEY internship will return to full-time studies following the completion of their 12 – 16 month internship.
For further information, contact the Engineering Career Centre/PEY Office at 416-978-6649, or visit www.engineeringcareers.utoronto.ca.
Each year the University appoints a well-known Canadian writer to work with students, faculty and staff interested in creative writing. For further information, contact the Department of English, 416-978-3190.
The Arts and Science Students’ Union (ASSU)
The Arts and Science Students’ Union (ASSU) represents over 23,000 full-time undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St. George Campus. ASSU is an umbrella organization with over 60 student Course Unions. Getting involved with a Course Union is the best way to be directly involved in your education and it’s an excellent way to meet other students in your discipline. ASSU offers many services including past term tests, locker rentals, photocopying, faxing and cheap pop. ASSU runs a volunteer tutoring program called Project: Universal Minds, where university students go into local high schools and tutor students in English, Maths and Sciences. ASSU also awards financial needs bursaries and extra-curricular involvement scholarships. Also, if you have any problems with your courses or instructors go to the ASSU office and discuss your options in complete confidence. ASSU is in Room 1068 Sidney Smith Hall; telephone 416-978-4903.
Web site: assu.ca
The Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students (APUS)
All part-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto are members of APUS. The role of the Association is to ensure its members have access to a broad range of services, programmes and resources within the University. This is achieved by representing part-time students throughout the decision-making process of the University, and of governments, as well as by acting as a voice for the concerns of its members. APUS offers a number of scholarships and bursaries, as well as other cost-saving services and events and programming to part-time students throughout the year. The APUS office, in Room 1089 of Sidney Smith Hall, is open days and evenings during the summer and winter sessions. For further information please telephone 416-978-3993, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.apus.utoronto.ca.
The First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs) program in the Faculty of Arts and Science is designed to improve the transitional experience for first-year students. Now in its tenth year, the program offers FLCs in nine areas: actuarial science, commerce, computer science, economics, international relations, life sciences, math, philosophy and social sciences. FLCs (pronounced “flicks”) provide first-year students with the opportunity to meet classmates, develop friendships, form study groups, and develop academic and personal skills, as well as introduce students to the resources, opportunities, culture, and treasures of the campus and its surrounding community. There is no cost to participate in the FLC program and students who successfully complete the program will receive a non-academic notation on their transcript.
The 25 students in each FLC will be enrolled in some of the same courses and will meet regularly outside of class time for valuable and engaging activities. Each FLC group is facilitated by an upper-year student Peer Mentor and an Assistant Peer Mentor, under the guidance of an Advisor (from the college, department, or program); these individuals are the FLC Team. Further information on how to get involved in the FLC program as a Peer Mentor can be found on the FLC website. Some of the interesting and fun topics that may be covered in FLC meetings include: time management, study skills and strategies, academic integrity, getting involved on campus, mastering tests and exams, choosing a program of study, better health for better GPA, and career explorations. There will also be social activities, community service and much more! Students interested in joining the FLC program should be motivated to learn and develop themselves personally and socially, as well as academically. You can find more detailed information about the “flick” program on the FLC web site: www.flc.utoronto.ca.
First-Year Initiatives Coordinator
For students with particularly noteworthy academic results, there are three specific forms of recognition:
Recognition of Exceptional Academic Achievement: “Dean’s List”
This designation is given to degree students in the Faculty having a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.50 or higher, at the end of the Fall-winter or Summer Session in which the fifth, tenth, fifteenth and twentieth course taken for Faculty of Arts & Science degree credit, has been passed. Note that transfer credits from secondary school or other post-secondary institutions do not count for Dean's List consideration.
The Dean of the Faculty sends a signed certificate to each eligible student. Certificates are sent to students' Mailing Address on ROSI in late July (for those who satisfy the criteria at the end of the Fall/Winter session) and in late October (for those who satisfy the criteria at the end of the Summer session). There is no monetary value. Students who satisfy the criteria but do not receive the certificate by the dates above for the appropriate session should write to the Faculty Registrar, Faculty of Arts and Science, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George St., Toronto ON, M5S 3G3 or at email@example.com. Dean’s List certificates are not issued at the end of the Fall term.
Recognition of Exceptional Academic Achievement: “High Distinction” and “Distinction”
Students who graduate with a Cumulative GPA* of 3.50 or above are described as graduates “With High Distinction”. This achievement is noted on the diploma and transcript.
Students who graduate with a Cumulative GPA* of 3.20 to 3.49 are described as graduates “With Distinction”. This achievement is noted on the diploma and transcript.
* Note: the Cumulative GPA must be based on at least 5.0 credits taken for Faculty of Arts & Science degree credit.
The Faculty offers many academically-based scholarships and other awards to exceptional degree students. Full details of these scholarships are available on the Faculty web site at www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/scholarships.
The Centre for International Experience (CIE) - The World Could Be Yours!
Arts & Science students in all departments are encouraged to participate in the international and Canadian study abroad opportunities offered through the Centre for International Experience's Student Exchange Program. These exchanges allow you to experience new cultures and languages in an academic setting while earning credits towards your U of T degree. Exchanges may be for one term or a full year or summer, and most are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Cost: The cost of an exchange includes your U of T tuition plus incidental fees, along with the cost of living and studying abroad. While on exchange, you are still eligible to receive government assistance such as OSAP. There are also many specific scholarships and bursaries run by various U of T offices, and the CIE itself administers a needs-based and guaranteed bursary program; for exchange students who qualify, this bursary will usually cover at least the cost of airfare.
Eligibility: In general, undergraduate or graduate U of T students who have completed at least one year of full-time studies, with a minimum CGPA of 2.25, are eligible to apply. You must also achieve a minimum annual GPA of 2.5 for the year during which you apply. A few exchange programs do have higher GPA cutoffs, and others have special language requirements.
Destinations: Arts & Science students may choose from over 135 universities in the following locations: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (South), Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, and the West Indies. Please check our website for an up-to-date listing of our exchange partners.
Application: Applications for most programs are due mid-January to late February, but you should always check the CIE website regarding the specific exchanges that interest you.
For more information, please contact the CIE:
Cumberland House, Room 209
Telephone: (416) 978-1800
Note that students participating in an exchange through the Centre for International Experience will have their credits finalized for transfer upon return. You are eligible to participate in up to three terms of exchange. You can arrange your exchange semesters in multiple ways — you may do a full year and additional semester or three consecutive summers or three separate semesters in up to three locations! The maximum amount of transfer credits you may earn through exchange is 7.5 (provided you don't have more than 2.5 transfer credits already on admission or on Letter of Permission). In order to be considered for full transfer credits, you must complete the equivalent “full course load” at the host institution. Note that this term does not refer to the minimum full time load at an institution. To find out what constitutes a full course load at your host university, please refer to the CIE webpage for that host institution. Studying at another institution does bring a degree of academic risk. Although the Faculty of Arts & Science cannot guarantee that the courses you choose will receive full credit, we will do our best to ensure you receive a fair assessment. If you have provided detailed outlines and received transfer credit recommendations from the relevant Departmental contact for transfer credit prior to your departure, then the risk is negligible.
Summer Abroad Program - Where will you be next summer?
Prepare yourself for a future in the global village by participating in one of the highly rated Faculty of Arts & Science Summer Abroad programs. These programs are designed to enrich students’ academic lives by providing an exciting and educational international experience.
Locations: Administered through Woodsworth College, the 2014 programs are offered in:
Check the Summer Abroad web site in the fall to see the 2015 program list!
Courses: Students take specially designed University of Toronto undergraduate degree credit courses, relevant to the location, for a period of 3 to 6 weeks. The courses have field trips that complement and highlight the academic materials. Courses are taught predominantly by University of Toronto professors and, with the exception of language courses, are offered in English. Typically, full-year second and third year courses are offered in disciplines such as history, political science, management, literature, film, architecture, fine art, religion, and languages. The Science Abroad program allows students in various science disciplines to earn a full-year research credit while gaining laboratory experience overseas. Most courses do not have prerequisites.
All Summer Abroad courses and grades show on students’ transcripts as regular U of T credits and are calculated into their CGPA.
Application: All University of Toronto students in good standing are eligible to apply. Students from other universities are also welcome to apply.
Applications are available in early January. The application deadline for all programs is February 14. Late applications will be accepted if space and time permit.
Financial aid is available for most programs. The application deadline for awards offered through Woodsworth College is February 3.
For further information please contact:
Professional & International Programs
119 St. George Street, 3rd Floor
International Course Module
Director: Anne-Marie Brousseau, Associate Dean, Undergraduate,
Administrative Contacts: Mary-Priscilla Stevens, Director, International Programs and Partnerships or Deborah Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org (416-978-0359)
The Faculty of Arts & Science’s Internationalized Course Modules (ICM) program provides an opportunity for faculty members to incorporate an intensive international experience into the framework of existing undergraduate courses. Arts & Science (St. George) faculty members, or students with support of a faculty member, propose modules in the Spring for the following academic year. Proposals are selected in late May and ICMs take place over Reading Week the following February.
Students’ participation in the ICM is incorporated into their final course grade. In many cases, ICM participants share their experiences with the wider Arts & Science community through publications, presentations or web-based resources. A limited number of ICMs are available and the program is only available to Arts & Science (St. George) degree students enrolled in the course in which the module is proposed.
The ICM is designed to enhance students’ classroom learning in a wide range of areas through the application of course content to relevant resources around the globe. Past ICMs have examined the role of international organizations in post-conflict Kosovo, geologic history through the fossil, rock and structural record of the Chilean Andes, communal labor practices in Ghana and urbanization in China.
For additional international research opportunities, please see information on Research Excursions: 398H0/399Y0 Courses.