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How do I choose an appropriate course?

There are several factors that could affect your enrolment. Follow these steps to check if you’re eligible to enrol in a particular course:


Is it a Faculty of Arts & Science course?

When you apply to our program, you can only be considered for courses offered by the Faculty of Arts & Science. If you’re interested in studying at other divisions (Mississauga campus, Engineering courses etc.) please consult our frequently asked questions.


Is it a Rotman Commerce course?

Unfortunately, as a visiting student you’re not permitted to enrol in courses offered by the Rotman Commerce program. There are a number of reasons for this, including small class sizes and different tuition fee schedules. 


Is the course affected by an Enrolment Control?

Search for the course on the Timetable Builder. Some courses are affected by an Enrolment Control. If so, select Show Explanation in the Enrolment Controls column to check the enrolment controls of a particular course, including priority enrolment or any restrictions. If you’re interested in a course that has an Enrolment Control, contact our office for assistance.


Does the course have prerequisites, corequisites or exclusions?

Browse through the Timetable Builder to see which courses are available. Click the More Course Information dropdown at the top of each course you’re interested in to see if there are any prerequisites, co-requisites and exclusions that apply to that course.

In that case, you’ll need to contact the academic department for each course to demonstrate that you’ve met the prerequisites, co-requisites or exclusions. Some departments will require that you send them an unofficial version of your transcript. Make sure to do this well before the start of classes so that you aren’t removed from your courses.

You can find a list of all academic departments and units on the Faculty of Arts & Science website.


Have you taken the course before?

As a visiting student:

  • You cannot retake a course that you’ve previously taken for credit at U of T.
  • You cannot retake a course that you’ve previously taken and passed at your home institution.

Are you within the credit limitations?

As a visiting student:

  • You cannot take more than 2.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCEs) during the Summer session.
  • You cannot take more than 3.5 Full Course Equivalents (FCEs) during the Fall/ Winter session.
  • You cannot take more than 5.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCEs) as a visiting student during your undergraduate degree studies overall.

Is there space in the course?

Make sure that the courses you list on your letter of permission still have available space. Check the Timetable Builder to find courses with available space. 

Keep in mind that one or more of your preferred courses may be full by the time you attempt to enrol. Admission to the Visiting Students Program does not guarantee enrolment in specific courses.