Apply For Exchange


Tips for Applying

Congratulations! You have chosen your destination and are ready to start your application. The tips below will help you make your submission the best it can be.

CIE Student Portal


You will be asked for the 'Term From' and 'Term To' when you are choosing your schools in the CIE Student Portal. Please use the academic calendar from the university you are applying to in order to determine these dates.

Course List

You will be asked to submit a list of courses you want to take while on exchange when you are choosing your schools in the CIE Student Portal. This list is only meant to give an idea of the types of courses you would like to take. You will be given an opportunity to formally choose your actual courses once you are nominated.

Supporting Documents


You will need to upload a current resume as part of your application. The text below comes from the exchange selection committee;

Your academic and work history are important, but we want to hear about your other experiences as well. Try to include some information showing that you are well rounded, mature and capable of living away from home for an extended period of time. This might include volunteer positions, language proficiency, hobbies, scholarships, as well as any previous international experiences you have had.

The UTM Career Centre can help with your resume. They have a number of tips and example resumes, you can book time to go over your resume and also watch out for their regular Resume Critiques or Blitzes.

Questionnaire Form

To participate in any CIE exchange program, you must upload the Questionnaire Form as part of your online application. In the Questionnaire, you will be asked about the following: 

  • How studying at the institution will complement your U of T academic program: consider course offerings and their pertinence to your program, the study environment, etc.
  • How studying at the institution may help you with your post-U of T endeavours
  • Any key skills and experiences that would enhance your likelihood of success as an exchange student or researcher abroad.
  • Summer research applicants may be asked about their research interests and experience and include information about their prospective supervisors or projects at the host institution, if available.

Your statement of interest should be carefully checked for spelling and grammatical errors. It will be read by the selection committee at the CIE.

This tip sheet about writing a personal statement from the UTM Career Centre is useful. Make sure you have someone you trust carefully read over your submission to check for errors and coherence before you submit it.

Interim Grade Report

Are you a first-year students who has grades for less than 4.0 credits and are enrolled in Y-credit courses? Are you a student factoring in-progress Y-courses into their CGPA to meet requirements? If so, you will need to have your professor(s) in your Y-credit courses complete an Interim Grade Report.

Download the Interim Grade Report here. Bring the completed and signed copy to the IEC before the application deadline.

International Experience (IE) Awards

The International Experience (IE) Awards do not cover the entire cost of CIE programs and are intended to assist students with financial needs in going abroad. Students should have explored all sources of funding opportunities before applying (e.g. family support, savings, external funding).


  • IE Awards are only available to current University of Toronto students participating in a CIE exchange program.
  • IE Awards are open to both domestic and international students.
  • You must have submitted a CIE Outbound Exchange application.
  • Students who have not received CIE funding in the past will be prioritized.

IE Awards Deadline:

2018-2019 Exchange Program (Full Year/Fall/Winter [Round 1]/Summer [Round 1]): January 14, 2018

Terms and Conditions:

  • Award values will be up to a maximum of $6000 (which includes needs-based funding).
  • The amount of funding available is limited.
  • In determining awards, CIE will prioritize funding to students with the highest financial need and who have not participated in a CIE international opportunity before.
  • Applications do not consider personal expenses such as entertainment and personal travel.
  • Students should consider all personal costs to determine if a program is right for them.
  • Funding will be allocated on a needs basis and may be awarded from any of the available award options as determined by the Awards Committee.
  • Students awarded funding agree to use it toward the agreed activity and to abide by the terms and conditions of specific awards.
  • Students will complete a confirmation of arrival form and return this to the Awards team.
  • If a student withdraws from an activity or the award is inappropriately used, all or part of the award will be returned to CIE.

2018-2019 IE Awards Form


  • Please review the application form questions first before submitting.
  • You are advised to first draft your answers in a Word document and then copy and paste your answers into the form. You will not be able to save the form at any point before submission.
  • Applications should be based on your first choice for exchange programs.
  • You must complete ALL sections of the application.
  • ALL exceptional expenses or circumstances must be explained in full.
  • Expense calculations should consider reasonable economic options available (e.g. shared housing, lowest airfare).
  • Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.
  • Submit your completed application using the online form below by January 14, 2018.

Click here for more info about the International Experience (IE) Award. 


If you haven't already, start your application online using the CIE Student Portal.

If you have questions or concerns, please email us and we'll get back in touch shortly or drop by the IEC between 12:30 - 4:00 from Monday to Friday for a chat about your options.

Have Questions? Feel free to speak to our UTM Global Mobility Coordinator or post your questions on our Facebook Group.