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Registration FAQs

General Information Questions

  1. Can I audit courses at the School of Continuing Studies?
  2. Can I attend the first class to see if I like it before I register?
  3. How many students are in each class?
  4. What do I get when I complete a course?
  5. Can you give me my instructor’s contact information?

Admissions Information Questions

  1. Do I have to be a University of Toronto student or alumnus to apply for courses at the School of Continuing Studies?
  2. Can I apply the courses I take at the School of Continuing Studies for credit towards a degree program at the University of Toronto?
  3. Will I gain admission to the University of Toronto if I take courses at the School of Continuing Studies?
  4. Do I have to register in a certificate before taking courses?
  5. Will the courses I take at the School of Continuing Studies affect my GPA at the University of Toronto?
  6. I have a degree from another country. Can your institution do an evaluation of my degree?
  7. Can I get a student visa if I study at the School of Continuing Studies?

Registration Information Questions

  1. How do I register?
  2. Is there a deadline for registration?
  3. Where can I find your School’s application forms?
  4. When will I get my course location?
  5. Can you provide directions to my course location?

Answers for General Information Questions

  1. Can I audit courses at the School of Continuing Studies?
    Auditing is not allowed for courses offered by the School of Continuing Studies.

  2. Can I attend the first class to see if I like it before I register?
    You must have registered and paid for a course in full before you can attend any classes. However, if you are not satisfied with your course for any reason, you may withdraw before stated deadlines for a complete refund. Check Withdrawal Deadlines for the deadline that applies to your course.

  3. How many students are in each class?
    Class size varies considerably and depends on the level of student/instructor interaction. Language and Creative Writing courses, for instance, have a very high level of interaction and as a result class size is limited. We recommend in all instances that you register early to avoid disappointment.

  4. What do I get when I complete a course?
    For courses that are graded, you will receive a Grade Report which documents your final grade. For courses that are not graded, you may choose to receive an official letter verifying your attendance. To qualify you must sign the attendance record at each class and have attained a minimum of 75% class attendance (80% for full-time English Language courses).

  5. Can you give me my instructor’s contact information?
    If your instructor has provided their contact information at the first class, and you have misplaced this information, call us at 416-978-2400 (press 2) or email learn@utoronto.ca. If an instructor has not agreed to release contact information to students, we will contact the instructor on your behalf.

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Answers for Admissions Information Questions

  1. Do I have to be a University of Toronto student or alumnus to apply for courses at the School of Continuing Studies?

    No. All adults are welcome to apply for courses at the School regardless of prior academic background.

  2. Can I apply the courses I take at the School of Continuing Studies for credit towards a degree program at the University of Toronto?
    No. Courses taken at the School of Continuing Studies do not carry University of Toronto degree credit.

  3. Will I gain admission to the University of Toronto if I take courses at the School of Continuing Studies?
    No. Acceptance into the University of Toronto cannot be attained by completing courses at the School of Continuing Studies. You must apply for admission to degree programs, either through the Office of Admissions and Awards or through the School of Graduate Studies.

  4. Do I have to register in a certificate before taking courses?
    You do not have to register in a certificate before enrolling in courses that are requirements in the certificate program. When you have satisfied all certificate requirements in the prescribed time limit, you simply fill out the Certificate Request Form, send it to the School by email, fax or mail, and then wait for the certificate to be mailed to your preferred address.Although it is not necessary to register in a certificate before enrolling in courses, we do recommend that you notify us of your intention to pursue a certificate when you register for your first course.  We will be able to track your progress and notify you of any updates or changes to the program.

  5. Will the courses I take at the School of Continuing Studies affect my GPA at the University of Toronto?
    All courses taken through the School of Continuing Studies are non-degree, non-credit. Final grades achieved for the School’s courses will not affect your GPA for degree studies at the University of Toronto.

  6. I have a degree from another country. Can your institution do an evaluation of my degree?
    Yes. The Comparative Education Service provides assessments of international academic qualifications and compares them to those offered in Canada, which helps employers to better understand our clients’ credentials. Please visit http://learn.utoronto.ca/ces.htm to print out an application and to review the document requirements.

  7. Can I get a student visa if I study at the School of Continuing Studies?
    Our full-time English as a Second Language Program is the only course or program offered by the School that may entitle you to qualify for a student visa. Check with the nearest Canadian visa office to make sure you have enough time to get the proper documents, if required. View the Citizenship and Immigration Canada web site for more information.

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Answers for Registration Information Questions

  1. How do I register?
    You have several options to register. If you are paying by Visa, MasterCard or American Express, you can register online at learn.utoronto.ca, call us at 416-978-2400 (press2) or fax a completed Registration Form to 416-978-6666. You may also mail the Registration Form to Student Services, 158 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2V8, or drop-off your Registration Form at 158 St. George Street. If you mail or drop-off your form you have the option to pay by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cheque or money order.

  2. Is there a deadline for registration?
    There are no deadlines for registration in our courses. You can register right up to the first day of the course, provided space is available. We receive and process all applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

  3. Where can I find your School’s application forms?
    All School of Continuing Studies’ forms can be found online by clicking here, or you may call us at 416-978-2400 (press 2) and we will send the form(s) to you by email, mail or fax.

  4. When will I get my course location?
    Your course location is provided to you at the time of registration. Location information, including the building name, building address and room number appears on your confirmation of enrolment notification that is emailed to you when you register.   If the location is listed as TBA (to be announced) a separate notification will be emailed to you when the classroom booking has been finalized.

  5. Can you provide directions to my course location?
    Click here for maps for all three University of Toronto campuses. If you need further direction, please call us at 416-978-2400 (press 2).

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