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Hi there!

I’m currently a first year architecture student at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and am thinking of applying for an exchange at UofT next year. Unfortunately I have been ripping my hair out for the past month trying to figure out how courses and things work over there… if it’s not too much of a bother, would you mind answering a few questions please? How many FCEs do you have to gain/complete in a session? What are the core courses for second and third year students? I have looked at the Daniel’s website (many times) but I’m still a bit confused, the core courses courses currently listed under their Bachelor of Arts majoring in Architecture tag and the courses listed in their time table don’t seem to match up. Is their an academic calendar of some sort for the Daniel’s faculty?

Thanks so much 🙂


Hey there, future Torontoian!

Indeed, U of T’s department websites can be a bit daunting and confusing at times, but that’s why you have aska, so there’s no need for ripping out your hair anymore! 🙂

U of T’s academic year is divided into two sessions: the fall session lasting from September to December, and the winter session, lasting from January to April. According to the Centre for International Experience, if you choose to study in lovely Toronto for an entire year, you’ll need to take between 3.0 and 5.0 FCEs. If you come for only one semester, however, you’ll be taking between 1.5 and 2.5 FCEs and will only be able to take the courses available during the term you’re studying here.

Luckily for you, a good number of the second-year courses from the Architectural Studies program have no perquisites. ARC213H1 Architectural Design I and ARC221H1 Architectural Representation I, on the other hand, do require enrollment in U of T’s Architecture program. I suppose you can deem these two the core courses as without them, you’ll be limited to the second-year courses that lack perquisites. But since your program at the University of Auckland is the same as what you want to take here, you can probably work something out to get into the courses with restrictions by talking to either Barbara Muniz, the Exchange Officer for Inbound Students, or the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design directly.

For now, you can refer to the Faculty of Arts and Science calendar to see the courses that they recommend second-year students take. Unfortunately, the Architecture Studies program is in a transitional state at the moment, moving from the Faculty of Arts and Science and to its own personal Faculty, so the website may be a bit wonky right now.

I know the process does seem quite troublesome, but don’t let the currently messy faculty website deter you from any future adventures at the University of Toronto. We have a beautiful campus, a multicultural and diverse city, and, most importantly, Tim Horton’s, the world’s greatest coffee shop, so you definitely won’t regret studying here.

cozy in canada,



aussies love aska, aska loves aussies

I am currently in my first year at the University of Melbourne in Australia, and I am looking at going on exchange at the University of Toronto next year (second semester here – first semester over there), and I am looking for what individual subjects that I can do. Is there a list somewhere? Also, where is the best place to stay? On campus in a dorm, or off campus?




Hi Chris, or should I say, G’day! (I know, that?s terrible, but you’re gonna get it a lot)

Toronto is an awesome place to do an exchange and we have a good relationship with your Uni and many others. So welcome! You may have already found it, but there’s lots of information for potential exchange students available from the Centre for International Experience.

U of T has literally hundreds of programs, so it can be a bit intimidating glance at a list of subjects. It?d be easier to point you to information relevant to you if I had a better idea of what you’re studying, but information about each program is buried deep under hyperlinks on the Programs of Study page. Most of that information is more germane to students looking to do their whole degree here.

For an exchange student looking to pick courses for one semester, you’re probably better off taking a glance at this year’s Calendar? from the Faculty of Arts and Science. Unless you’re in a professional faculty like Engineering or Music, this is the pool from which you’ll pick your courses. It has descriptions of every course offered? by the Faculty of Arts and Science, though not all of the courses in the calendar run every year. It can be a fun read if you?re a nerd like me, so have at it!

Hope that helps and hope to see you on this side of the Commonwealth!



What happens when an aussie crosses the street?

I’m an Australian guy studying at University of Melbourne, and I’m currently applying for a semester’s exchange in UofT in 2012. I’m having
difficulty trying to find course descriptions, mainly the fact that the information in the “2011-2012 Fall/Winter Timetable Listings” doesn’t have
all the information I need (for example, my university requires lengthy descriptions, contact hours, assessments tasks, reading list etc. ) and the timetable seems to only provide a two sentence insight into the subject. I need the information for cross-accreditation of subjects into my course at my local university.Does you know where I can find this information? The subject information I’m looking for is mostly for courses in the Rotman Commerce program. I’ve looked around in Google and found this: which is exactly what I need, but it’s pretty old and it was the only one I could find. If you could help it would be greatly appreciated!



I was going to start this off with a cheese, how’s life down under? Cookin some shrimp on the barbee?

but then I could just see how the conversation would ensue:

Good. How’s life in an Igloo?

Cold. Is your pet kangaroo well?

Fine thanks. Sorry for bumping into you.

That’s ok it was probably my fault. Have they gotten all the prisoners off the island yet?

and so on until every canadianism and aussieism (I personally didn’t understand a thing on this page) was unleashed.

Check out this page. Scroll down and you can use the dropboxes to find the course outline you are looking for. If your school won’t accept the dates on some of the outlines, I would find out who the professor is and email them. OR contact Rotman Commerce directly and they may either have a syllabus on file or can put you in contact with someone who does.

I hope this helps, eh

forever Canadian,


Putting your mouth where your money is.

Ok so I got accepted to the Italian studies program, and I know I will do well given my Italian background and all. 3rd year I absolutely HAVE to go study abroad for a year exchange. I wanna know if anyone has done it (not summer exchange) and if the process is hard and the marks you need to have to be considered. Thanks!!


I have no personal experience with the exchange program, but I do like Giada de Laurentiis and ricotta (…what can’t you do with it?!). So, I hope that some of our Askastudent voyeurs step out of the shadows to help you get to Siena.

I am assuming that you have scoured every pixel of the ISXO website, right?

Here you’ll find that a CGPA of 2.25, and an annual GPA of 2.5, are required to be considered for an exchange.

The other requirements are generally straight-forward (statement, resume, etc.). The 2 reference letters are significant, because one must be academic – and that ain’t easy in U of T undergrad. Be proactive. Suck up to your Italian teacher’s NOW!! Bring them i dolci e un espresso. Conspicuously complain about the thickness of American pizza crust, and brag about the 2 lion statues you just bought for your front lawn.

I did notice that the courses at this university are not offered in English. So, I hope that your Italian background is more than just an obnoxious inclination to pronounce Italian word with a thick accent. You know what I’m talking about… like when you’re third-generation Italian-Canadian friend orders bruschetta at a restaurant.

“Hi, I’d like a coke with no ice and an order of broo-skett-tah please.”

The actual application form is available online, and it does a good job of summarizing the requirements:


Buona fortuna!!


the future is decided by teenagers

Okay, I don’t know if you can help me…I was just wondering about something.
After undergrad, I really want to try to get into an Ontario law school.
However, I really screwed up some of my first year marks…meaning I failed two
of my courses. I intend to obtain a great average for my last three years. Will
those two first year marks stop me from getting into law school? I know
different law schools have different requirements, but none of their
requirements specifically address this issue. It’s been nagging my mind! Help!ladylaw (more…)


law and order

Hey Askastudent!!! i love this site, its totally hilarious and informative at
the same time =)

I was just wondering what you’ve heard of the law program at UofT. How hard is
it to get in? I am considering completing a specialist in criminology, then
doing a masters in crim, then law school… i hope!

My gpa in first year was 3.6. I haven’t been volunteering, nor have I joined
any extra curricular clubs in my first year.

In your opinion, would joining a club or two and volunteering help in spice up
my application for a masters program/law school?

thanks a million (more…)


laws are always holding us back, man…gravity…no bazookas…

I am planning on going to law school and I am thinking of staying an extra year in undergrad (after my 4th year) before applying to law school. I am only in second year right now, but so far my marks have not been so good and I’m worried that they will hinder my prospects of getting in. I’ve heard that some people stay an extra year to increase their gpa (UofT’s law school considers the gpa of your last 3 years of undergrad). So is it possible to stay an extra year like that? Is it frowned upon by law schools?
Thank you!

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