International Students

Did you know that one in four U of T Engineering students are from outside of Canada? Toronto and U of T are truly global communities where the world comes together. 

Brianna MacDonald, First Year Advisor, Intercultural Learning and Experience, and Irma Berardi, Undergraduate Student Advisor, Years 1 & 2 (International), Engineering Science, are available to help you transition successfully as you navigate this exciting time. In addition to academic advising, they can help you grow your intercultural understanding and global awareness through:

  • The First-Year E-Buddy Program is an optional peer-mentorship program that supports your transition to the Fall Term. Our E-Buddies are upper-year students who can answer your questions about life at U of T Engineering. You will get to know a friendly face before classes start and connect with fellow students. All international students will be invited to participate in sessions in June. The program will be offered online and will involve informative workshops and informal meet-ups.
  • Exploring your cultural and global identities as a domestic or international student in the U of T Engineering community.
  • Recognizing the multiple ways that a person’s culture can influence their behaviour and expectations in academic and personal contexts.
  • Applying frameworks of intercultural communication to how you can successfully collaborate with academic teams and engineering community members.
  • Creating your own intercultural competency and global learning goals to better engage with both your local and global communities.
  • An International Engineering Student Welcome Guide containing important information on transition resources, summer workshops and programs will be emailed to all incoming international students in June.

To connect with Brianna, send an email to To connect with Irma Berardi, email

Brianna MacDonald

Brianna MacDonald

Irma Berardi

Irma Berardi

If you studied at a Canadian high school on a secondary institution study permit, you should apply for a post-secondary study permit. You can begin your studies at U of T with a secondary institution study permit if it is still valid:

Centre for International Experience 


Located close to the engineering buildings on the south side of campus is the University of Toronto’s Centre for International Experience (CIE). The CIE supports our diverse community of international students and facilitates experiences for all students looking to go abroad. Throughout the year, CIE hosts a number of events that will connect you with other students and services at U of T. CIE events are posted at the Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network’s website.

Here are some CIE resources that you might wish to explore in the summer months:


Before you arrive in Toronto, there are some things you’ll need to prepare for — everything from organizing your travel documents to finding a place to live. Check out the CIE’s Pre-Arrival information to ensure you’re prepared.

International Student Experience Ambassador

Have questions before you arrive at U of T later this summer? Connect with an ISE Ambassador by email, on Facebook or via a one-on-one video chat.

Advising for International Students 

CIE’s advisors can provide personalized consultation to international students on immigration and transition to life as a U of T student. 

Health Insurance 

International students are automatically enrolled in two separate health care plans: your basic healthcare plan — University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) — and your Supplementary Healthcare Plan. 

Health care in Canada can be expensive, but UHIP will help cover the costs of medical services at clinics and hospitals, such as visits to a doctor or emergency room, blood tests, X-rays and more. 


Students sit in front of the Centre for International Experience at the University of Toronto.