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International Students

The Institute of Medical Science welcomes students from all over the world.

 International Students

Application Deadline – International Applicants *UPDATED*

Given the impact of COVID-19 to our institutional operations, as well as the necessary services related to international institutions, we will be accommodating submission of late applications (only those already initiated by March 1) and supporting documentation, such as: original transcripts, English language scores, etc. We are currently monitoring the situation closely, and will announce a new deadline when we have more clarity. Given the situation, we hope you will be able to complete your application package at your earliest possibility. Please check back for further updates.

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.

Language Requirement

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
Writing Score – 25
Speaking Score – 25



Not applicable


See the TOEFL 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 $19,566.75 living allowance plus tuition fees. The minimum annual stipend for international students in the PhD program is $21,741.30 living allowance plus tuition 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.