There are three ways current U of T Scarborough students may receive transfer credit from another degree-granting postsecondary institution. You can complete courses at another university in the following ways.
Outbound Exchange Opportunities
Formal university partnerships with institutions outside of Canada. Outbound exchange programs are strongly recommended for students interested in an international academic experience. Students on a formal exchange are highly supported by U of T Scarborough and the Learning Abroad Office. For information about outbound exchange programs, please visit the Registrar's Office website to explore your options.
The Explore Program is an intensive five-week French language bursary program during the Summer session at various institutions across Canada. It is designed to help you discover another region of Canada, meet new people, experience different cultures and ways of life, and exchange ideas while improving your knowledge of French. Learn about the requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Explore program.
Letters of Permission
Students interested in studying at another degree-granting institution in Canada may apply for a Letter of Permission. This will confirm your eligibility to be a visiting student and receive transfer credit for the courses that you may take at another Canadian university.
Deadline to Apply
It is your responsibility to check directly with the host university for information concerning their application and registration deadlines.
|Applications open: May 15
|Application and documentation deadline: July 31
|Applications open: September 15
|Application and documentation deadline: November 15
|Applications open: January 16
|Application and documentation deadline: March 15
Letter of Permission (LOP) FAQ
here are firm deadlines by which you must apply for a LOP and late applications are not accepted. The deadlines to submit your application and all required documents are listed within the application.
If the deadline has passed, you can apply for post-admission transfer credit once you complete the courses. Please note, with post-admission transfer credits, there is no guarantee you will receive transfer credits as the assessment takes place after you complete the course.
You should also take into consideration when the courses are scheduled to start and whether the institution at which you want to take courses has an application deadline for visiting students.
Please carefully review the requirements and ensure you meet the conditions. The application form and its eligibility requirements can be found here: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/regoffice/transfer_credit/
Your LOP application can include a maximum of 3.0 credits per term and must include only the courses you intend to take. Students must abide by the rules and regulations as outlined in the Academic Calendar, including the 3.0 credit load maximum per term.
If you are interested in completing more than 3.0 credits, please contact the Registrar’s Office for more details.
Students may not receive more than 5.0 full credits through a Letter of Permission or post-admission transfer credits. See the Maximum Number of Transfer Credits Allowed chart.
A course syllabus from within the last 5 years is acceptable, but an updated syllabus is preferred. It should include information such as the institution name, course code and name, course description, learning objectives, weekly topics and readings, assessments and tests, etc.
Generally, approved LOPs will not be sent until after all criteria are met, including the verification of academic standing, number of credits completed, and UTSC course offerings and course enrollment for the requested LOP term. This means the approved LOP will be sent to students after UTSC course enrollment has begun for the requested term.
To apply for a LOP, students must have completed a minimum of 4.0 credits at UTSC at the time of application.
Note that LOPs will not be reviewed until a completed application is submitted, which includes the application, payment, and any required course outlines or other documents.
If your LOP has been issued and the deadline to apply for a LOP has not passed, you can submit a new application with the new course(s). Keep in mind, students must abide by the rules and regulations as outlined in the Academic Calendar, including the 3.0 credit load maximum per term.
If the deadline has passed, you can apply for post-admission transfer credit once you complete the courses. Please note, with post-admission transfer credits, there is no guarantee you will receive transfer credits as the assessment takes place after you complete the course
Before transfer credits can be awarded, we must first receive an official final transcript from your host institution. Please request for a transcript from your host institution immediately after you complete the course(s). Transcript received at a later term will not be accepted. Please follow up with them regarding the status of your transcript.
Once received, it may take approximately 4 weeks for your transfer credits to be viewed on Degree Explorer or ACORN.
Post-Admission Transfer Credit
Students who take courses at another institution without following Letter of Permission or Outbound Exchange Opportunities may still be eligible for transfer credits, however the transfer credit assessment will only take place upon completion of the course(s). Therefore, there is no guarantee that coursework completed at another institution will transfer to your U of T Scarborough degree program.
Our policies are subject to change at any time. Please check carefully to review the most up-to-date application for our active policies and practices. The policies listed on your application at the time of submission will be used to consider your transfer credit request.
Deadline to Apply
|Applications open: December 15
|Application and documentation deadline: January 31
|Applications open: April 15
|Application and documentation deadline: May 31
|Applications open: August 15
|Application and documentation deadline: September 30
Expectations for Letter of Permission and Post-Admission Transfer Credit
To be eligible for transfer credit consideration, courses taken outside of the University of Toronto must be developed, assessed and delivered at accredited degree-granting universities. Courses offered through third-party affiliations on behalf of host universities will not be eligible for transfer credit assessment.
Students must meet the following minimum criteria before their request for a Letter of Permission or post-admission transfer credit. Review the full list of expectations and eligibility criteria on the respective applications.
Students must be eligible to enrol and must have completed at least 4.0 credits as a UTSC student.
Students must be "In Good Standing" with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 1.60.
Students may not have any administrative holds (financial or other), or grade notations of GWR or SDF on their record.
Students may not receive more than 5.0 full credits through a Letter of Permission or post-admission transfer credits. See the Maximum Number of Transfer Credits Allowed below.
Students may not receive more than 1.0 full credit at the C or D level.
Students enrolled in a Management Subject POSt are not eligible to receive credit for program requirements, with the exception of MGTA01H3 or MGTA02H3.
Students who are not enrolled in a Management Subject POSt are eligible to receive generic credit only, for courses equivalent to those restricted to Management students.
Letter of Permission and Post-Admission Transfer Credit Fee Structure
Maximum Number of Transfer Credits Allowed
University of Toronto Scarborough awards a maximum of 5.0 post-admission transfer credits (through the Letter of Permission or Post-Admission Transfer Credit application); the number for which you are eligible may be reduced if you have already received on-admission transfer credits.
If you received transfer credit(s) at the time of admission to U of T Scarborough, follow the chart below to determine how many post-admission transfer credits you may be eligible for:
Transfer credit received on admission
Potential post-admission transfer credits (LOP/PATC)
0.0 to 5.0
10.0 or more