The Institute of Medical Science welcomes students from all over the world.
International applicants applying to a graduate program in the Institute of Medical Science must submit their application by the application deadline. For September entry the deadline is March 1 and for January entry the deadline is September 1. Early application is encouraged.
International Degree Equivalencies
Applicants educated at non-Canadian institutions should note that their educational background will be assessed for equivalency with a University of Toronto degree. You can check your international degree equivalency here.
Students who have received their previous degree from a university where English is NOT the language of instruction must complete one of the following tests within the last year. If you have taken any of these tests more than one year prior to application, you must take the test again.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE)
These two tests are taken together. Minimum scores are as follows:
Internet Based Exam
Paper Based Exam
Overall – 100
See the TOEFL website for more information.
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
A minimum score of 87 is required. See the MELAB website for more information.
Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)
You must achieve a minimum total of 86. The three tests must combine to at least 86; your writing score must be at least 32, and your Reading and Listening scores must both be at least 22. Your Oral Proficiency Assessment Band = 7. See the COPE website for more information.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic
A score of 7.5 is required with at least 6.5 for each component. See the IELTS website for more information.
International Students Entrance Award
The Institute of Medical Science International Students Entrance Award is offered to new incoming international applicants in our doctoral stream programs. For more information on this award, click here. To download the application form, click here.
Supervision and Funding Requirements
International applicants MUST have confirmation, in writing, of an IMS graduate supervisor and a guaranteed source of funding from a recognized international funding agency, or a government scholarship from their home country, or guaranteed funding from the prospective supervisor BEFORE the application can be considered.
The minimum annual stipend for international students in the MSc program is $17,340 living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees. The minimum annual stipend for international students in the PhD program is $19,380 living allowance plus tuition and incidental fees.
Student Study Permit (Visa)
All international applicants once granted an offer of admission must ensure that they hold a valid Student Authorization from Citizenship and Immigration Canada in order to study in Canada. In some cases a Temporary Resident Visa is required before entering Canada. Under no circumstances should a student leave for Canada until confirmation of acceptance of admission to the University of Toronto is received, and holds a valid entry visa and student authorization. Prospective students should contact the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate as soon as they receive an offer of admission.
You can also visit the University of Toronto Centre for International Experience website for information on obtaining a study permit.
International Student Fees
International fees apply to non-exempt international students. It includes the University Health Insurance Plan premium. All international students must obtain health insurance through the University Health Insurance Plan.