Experiential and International Opportunities

Experiential Opportunities

Experiential learning courses require a minimum of 10 hours per 0.5 credits, and 20 hours per 1.0 credits of experiential learning.

Experiential learning is learning by doing through carefully chosen experiences that are supported by reflection, critical analysis and synthesis, and includes feedback on the effectiveness of students’ learning efforts.

Experiential learning can occur inside or outside the classroom and will typically involve a relationship that goes beyond an individual instructor and student. Within the classroom, lab or tutorial, experiential learning can take place in laboratory experiences that involve student-initiated projects and experiments, participation in case studies, role-playing, simulations or debates, in circumstances that require students to reflect on what they have learned in these experiences.

Experiential learning often promotes strong relationships between academic studies and either career exploration or community involvement through creative interactions with a business, community group, research project or the physical environment. Outside the classroom, experiential learning can occur in field trips, service learning, courses that involve assisting faculty with research projects, internships and practicum.

Research Opportunity Program (ROP)

The Research Opportunity Program (ROP) provides an opportunity for students to earn 0.5 - 1.0 credit by participating in a faculty member's research project.

The ROP is an instructor-based approval program. Each 299Y5, 399Y5 and 499Y5 course will bear the three-letter designator of the academic discipline concerned, i.e., ENG399Y5SOC399Y5 etc. Not all departments will necessarily participate in the ROP each year.

Registered University of Toronto undergraduate students in a degree program are eligible to submit an application and participate in the ROP. Visiting students and exchange students from partner institutions may also be eligible to participate in the ROP with approval from the Experiential Education Unit, Office of Vice-Principal Academic and Dean.


  • Students are permitted to accept and complete more than one ROP299/399/499 course, as long as they are not within the same term.
  • Students are encouraged to review all prerequisites and instructor preferences prior to the time of application.
  • Students are encouraged to speak with an Academic Advisor in the Office of the Registrar or the Undergraduate Advisor for the program concerning prerequisites, exclusions, or program/degree requirements.

The ROP application and approval process is done online through the ROPAPP using a student's UTORid. For more information, please visit www.utm.utoronto.ca/rop.

Professional Experience Year (PEY)

The Professional Experience Year (PEY) provides students with an opportunity to gain work experience in fields related to their programs of study. Successful applicants will spend 12 to 16 months working in a related industry. PEY does not qualify for degree credit, but will appear on a student’s transcript as PEY200Y5 as a record of its completion.


Full-time students with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, with a minimum of 10.0 credits, and a maximum of 15.0 credits. This internship period normally occurs after second or third year.

Application Process

Applications will be available in September at the U of T Mississauga Career Centre, William G. Davis Bldg, Room 3094.

For specific departmental requirements, contact the department. Students must seek approval from their department chair before applying to PEY. Students pay a non-refundable application fee at the time of application. The PEY program strives to provide opportunities for all students registered in it, but cannot guarantee employment.


If a position is accepted, a placement fee will be required from the student at the time of fall registration, no later than the first Friday after classes begin in September. Incidental fees granting part-time student status and allowing continued access to university facilities and services are also required at fall registration.


For further information, contact the Professional Experience Year Office at 416-978-6649.

International Opportunities

International Exchanges

Students from all faculties and departments are encouraged to participate in the exchange programs offered at U of T’s partner institutions and co-ordinated through the Centre for International Experience. These exchanges allow students to experience new cultures and languages in an academic setting while earning credits towards their U of T degree.

Exchanges may be for one or more terms, typically up to a full year. International exchanges are available around the world. Funding support is available for many international opportunities.

More information is available at:

Student Exchange Program
Centre for International Experience
33 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2E3

Tel: 416-978-1800
Email: student.exchange@utoronto.ca
Website: www.utm.utoronto.ca/international/outbound-opportunities

Summer Abroad

Administered through the University of Toronto’s Woodsworth College (Faculty of Arts & Science), the Summer Abroad programs are designed to give students an exciting and educational international experience.

Students complete a University of Toronto undergraduate degree course, equivalent to 1.0 credit, in three to six weeks. Courses are relevant to the host site, and include field trips that complement the lectures, enabling them to observe and experience what they study in the classroom. Most instructors are University of Toronto professors and, with the exception of language courses, all teaching is done in English.

Typically, Summer Abroad courses are at the second- and third-year level, and are offered in disciplines such as environmental studies, history, political science, literature, art, management, architecture, criminology, archeology and languages. Hands-on research experience in international laboratories is offered through the science Abroad program. Most courses have no prerequisites, and all University of Toronto students in good standing are eligible to apply. The courses and grades show on students’ transcripts as regular University of Toronto credits and are calculated into their cumulative GPA.

For further information contact:

The Professional & International Programs Office
Woodsworth College, University of Toronto
119 St. George Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON
M5S 1A9

Tel: 416-978-8713