University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) students who wish to study at another accredited “degree-granting” institution within North America and have those credits transferred to their UTSC degree must receive permission in the form of a letter of Permission (LOP) PRIOR TO TAKING THE COURSE(S).

LOP Application Deadline: Three weeks prior to the start of classes at the host university. Check directly with the host university for information concerning their application and registration deadlines.

Letters of Permission are not routinely approved. Give reasons why the Letter of Permission is necessary. Explain the importance of the particular courses selected and the reasons for choosing the particular post-secondary institution.

If the course of study is intended to meet program requirements, consult the relevant Program Supervisor and keep any correspondence for your personal records.

Compile and send the Host University’s detailed course outlines, URL or Catalogue descriptions to Carol Farquhar, Admissions and Transfer Credit Assessor: Farquhar@utsc.utoronto.ca

GUIDELINES for assessing eligibility for Letter of Permission:

  1. Equivalent of at least 3.0 full credits in progress or completed and be in good standing at UTSC.

  2. Courses requested must be undergraduate Arts, Science, Management, or Economics courses.

  3. A maximum of 5.0 full credits may be obtained on a Letter of Permission. Only 1.0 credit at the senior level (C or D level) will be permitted on a Letter of Permission. If a student has received 5.0 or more transfer credits upon admission, it is unlikely that a Letter of Permission will be approved.

  4. Letters of Permission are not normally granted for study at institutions within Toronto and surrounding regions.

  5. Letters of Permission are not normally granted for on-line courses, particularly if the student lives in Toronto and surrounding regions.

  6. Upon completion of the course and receipt of official transcript directly from the Host University, transfer credit is assigned for those courses where a final grade of at least one above a passing grade – whatever a passing grade is at the host university is achieved. The grades are NOT recorded on U of T transcripts and are not included in any grade point average. Student’s final grades are taken into consideration when considering eligibility for scholarships and/or awards. Student’s academic standing may be affected if the academic performance while on LOP is poor.

  7. "No credit" will be recorded on the transcript if you do not meet this standard.

  8. Arrange for the host university to send an official transcript to U of T Scarborough promptly after completion of the course(s). If you do not register or withdraw with/without academic penalty, you are required to submit a letter confirming this from the Registrar of the host university. If you fail to do this, U of T Scarborough will not release your transcripts and you will not be permitted to register for subsequent sessions. The notation of “no credit” or “failure” will be entered on your transcript. Read the "Study at Other Universities" section of the Calendar for more information.

  9. NOTE: Students who are taking final courses for their degree during the Winter Session will not be able to graduate in June. Grades are not received in time to process for June.

I have read and understood the steps involved in the Letter of Permission application process and I understand that should my request be approved, I must adhere to the above noted conditions.


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