Geography Opportunities

Out of the 120+ institutions U of T is partnered with, the Department of Geography has identified these six (6) partners as the most meaningful and valuable to students in Geography programs.  Partners were selected due to their world rankings, research collaborations, unique program offerings, and distinct geographical areas.  

Lund University

Lund University is ranked as Sweden’s top university and the only university in Sweden to be a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and Universitas21. Two major research facilities are currently under construction at Lund University; a world leading synchrotron radiation laboratory and ESS, which will be home to the world’s most powerful neutron source. Lund was voted the best place to live in Sweden due to being a safe city filled with the healthiest and youngest population in the country. 

Did You Know?

  • One of the most popular meals in Sweden is meatballs with potatoes and lingonberry sauce
  • Alumni is the creator of Bluetooth technology
  • Lund University was the place where the actual number of human chromosomes was first identified

Lunch University

Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

Physical Geography: Introduction to the Global Environment (NGEA01)
Population, Settlement and Economic Geography (SASA18)
The Climate System (NGEA21)
Hydrology (NGEA20)
Geographical Information Systems (GISA21)
Climate Change and its Impacts on the Environment (NGEN01)
GIS and Remote Sensing with focus on the Environment (NGEA05)
Synoptic/Mesoscale Meteorology (NGEA17)
Human Geography: Social, Economic and Environmental Challenges for Cities, Landscapes and Regions (SGEM13)
Theory and Methods of Physical Geography (NGEA07)

Please visit Lund University's course selection page for a more extensive list of courses available to exchange students.

National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore is ranked first in Asia and twelfth in the world and is internationally respected for its high-quality research in science, technology, and the humanities. It houses three out of five of Singapore’s Research Centres of Excellence with focuses on quantum technologies, cancer, and mechanobiology. 

Did You Know?

  • "The Deck” on campus is one of the only food courts in Singapore to be given the “Eco-Foodcourt label.” It was given this award based on its sustainable takeaway packaging,  water-saving devices, recycling of used cooking oil and waste plastic bag tax, and use of natural light
  • There is a “Hug Me” Coca-Cola machine on campus that dispenses a bottle of coke when you hug the machine
  • The British Council voted Singaporeans as having the fastest walking speed in the world. At an average of 18 metres in 10.55 seconds, they walk as fast as bees fly


Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

Please note it is not possible to link directly to syllabi at the National University of Singapore. If you input the course codes below into the following page you will be able to view them: 

Weather and Climate GE2228
Climate, Water and Environment GE2219
Ecological Systems GE3221
Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing GE2215
Gender, Space and Place GE3206
Geographies of Social Life  GE3241
Political Geographies: Space and Power GE4217
Facing Global Environmental Challenges GEK2017
Cities and Regions: Planning for Change GE3204
Natural Hazards GE3231

Find modules avaialbe to incoming exchange students here

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong is located on a beautiful 137.3-hectare campus which the largest and greenest in Hong Kong. The Chinese University of Hong Kong is a forward-looking comprehensive research university looking to bring together China and western countries. 

Did You Know?

  • There is a folklore of “The Gate” that stands in front of the library on campus that any undergraduates who walk underneath the gate will not graduate successfully
  • Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world
  • There is a bun festival every year between April and May where residents of Cheung Chau Island build a tower of buns to keep hungry ghosts who live on the island happy


Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

Economic Geography (GRMD 2321)
Weather and Climate (GRMD 2221)
Natural Hazards and Human Responses (GRMD 3404)
Soil Science (GRMD 3209)
Remote Sensing of Environment (GRMD 2104)
Hydrology and Water Resources (GRMD 4202)
Natural Resource Management (GRMD 2402)
Natural Hazards and Human Responses (GRMD 3404)
Sustainable Development (GRMD 2401)
Tourism Planning and Management (GRMD 3224)

University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is a member of the Russell Group meaning that are committed to the best research as evident by their Research Excellence Framework in 2014 measuring 83% of their research activity was rated world leading or internationally excellent. Twenty-five Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied at the University of Manchester.  Compared to any other UK universities, more international students study at the University of Manchester with a total of 154 nationalities represented.  

Did You Know?

  • The world’s first stored-program computer was built at the University of Manchester and ran its first program on 21st June 1948. It had a memory of 32 words
  • One of the most popular areas of the City is known as 'the curry mile', with over 70 restaurants with Asian dishes.
  • Home of Emmeline Pankhurst who began the campaign that brought women the vote. She hosted the first ever meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union at the now, Pankhurst Centre
  • Liverpool Road train station is the oldest surviving terminal railway station. Opened on 15 September 1830, it was one of the first two railway passenger terminals in the world


Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

Atmospheric Physics & Weather (EART20281)
The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History (HSTM20092)
Seismic and Volcanic Hazards (EART30242)
The Frozen Planet, Satellites and Climate Change (GEOG31262)
Environmental Investigative Methods (EART20162)
Environmental Change and Human Impacts (GEOG20301)
Green Planet - Plant Ecology and Global Change (GEOG20292)
Geography of Life (GEOG30351)
Remote Sensing in Action: Mapping and Monitoring Land Cover Change (GEOG20381)
Cimate Change and Carbon Cycling (GEOG30181)

Browse courses units availabvle on University of Manchester's Non-EU exchange page

University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales is located in Australia’s largest city, Sydney. The University of New South Wales has produced more technology entrepreneurs and millionaire alumni than any other Australian university.

Did You Know?

  • Students are involved with the Sunswift Solar Racing Team who are creating Australia's first road legal Solar car
  • The Sydney Fish Market is the third largest fish market in the world
  • To help raise awareness of inclusion and diversity the rainbow Basser Steps were created on the Kensington campus

New South Wales

Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

Geomorphology (GEOS3731)
Environmental Change (GEOS3761)
Geographic Data Analysis (GEOS3821)
Natural Hazards (GEOS3621)
Advanced Techniques in Remote Sensing (GEOS3811)
Urban Environments (GEOS2641)
Australian Climate & Vegetation (GEOS2711)
Geographies of International Migration (GEOS3651)
Coastal Resource Management (GEOS3921)
Remote Sensing Applications (GEOS2811)

Use the class search page for more detailed information on classes avaialble for exchange students

University of Queensland

Located in Brisband, with 300 days of sunshine every year the University of Queensland is one of Australia’s safest, friendliest, and multicultural cities. The University of Queensland is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas21 and the founding member of the Group of Eight which is a coalition of research intensive Australian universities.  They have a strong focus on teaching excellence having won more Australian Teaching and Learning Council Awards than any other country. 

Did You Know?

  • In 2008, the university originated the Three Minute Thesis competition for students completing a higher degree by research. It challenges participants to present their research in just 180 seconds, in an engaging form that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the research area
  • Queensland receives an average of 261 days of sunshine per year
  • Queensland is home to some of the oldest dinosaur tracks still remaining on Earth

University of Queensland

Examples of Courses You Can Take: 

Biogeography & Geomorphology (GEOS2103)
Climatology & Hydrology (GEOS2101)
Geographical Information Systems (GEOM2001)
Advanced Remote Sensing of Environment (GEOM3001)
Environmental Hazards (GEOS3106)
Climate Change and Environmental Management (ENVM3115)
Human Mobility and Migration (GEOG2001)
Global Population Issues (GEOG2205)
Coral Reef Processes & Management (ENVM3202)
Meteorology (GEOS3108)

Discover more courses that you are able to take at the University of Queensland here