Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the dates to drop my ROP course?  I can't drop it on ROSI, how can I remove the course from my record?
A: The dates to drop are the standard dates set by the Office of the Registrar for all courses.  Students cannot remove ROP courses on their own, instead they are required to write to the ROP Coordinator requesting to be removed from their ROP course with an explanation.  Students are required to copy their ROP supervisor/instructor on this message as well.

Q: Am I required to take ROP courses in both sessions (summer + fall/winter) in order to earn 1.0 credit? 
A: No, ROP courses are designated as "Y" courses in both the summer and fall/winter sessions and as such students successful in completing their ROP course will earn 1.0 credit.

Q: Will my application be accepted based on prerequisites only? 
A: No, students are selected based on a number of criteria such as: the application, resume, cover letter, grades, completion of specific courses, how you interview, etc.  The instructor has full discretion for the selection of students into his/her ROP project.  Be sure to review the Course Prerequisites here along with the specific requirements the instructor is asking for (this can be found in the project descriptions) prior to submitting your application.

Q: What do I include under "Qualifications" & "Interests" in the online application form? Can I just copy and paste these sections from my resume?
A: The "Qualifications" and "Interests" sections in the online application form are a way for you to express in more detail what would set you apart from other candidates/applicants.  Your resume is a concise tool for providing the reviewer (i.e. Instructor) with an idea of what your experience is, but is not a method for you to go into further detail.  These sections provide you with that opportunity.

Q: Do the Summer ROP courses only run for one month? 
A: No, the Summer ROP courses take place during the entire Summer session from May-August.  Additionally, Fall/Winter courses run the entire span of the Fall/Winter session from September-April.

Q: I'm graduating in June, can I still register in the ROP? 
A: Unfortunately no, only currently registered Undergraduate University of Toronto students may participate in the ROP during the times in which the courses are operating.

Q: Will I only earn 0.5 credit if I take PSY299Y? 
A: No, according to the prerequisites, students registered in the Psychology Major program may only use 0.5 (half) of the 1.0 (full) credit earned through successful completion of PSY299Y toward their program requirements.

Q: Am I able to apply for a ROP course that is not part of my program?
A: Yes, students are permitted to submit application to ROP courses that do not correspond with their program(s).  It is recommended that you speak with an Academic Advisor in the Office of the Registrar to discuss your Program/Degree requirements and whether the ROP is the right fit.

Q: Can I take more than one ROP course?
A: Students will not be permitted to accept more than one 299Y5 course however, they will be permitted to accept more than one 399Y5 or 499Y5 course, as long as they are not in the same discipline.

Q: Is there a cost associated with the ROP? 
A: Yes, the course fee for the ROP is the standard full-year course rate. 

Q: Do I need to submit a Cover Letter & Resume/CV? 
A: Yes, all students are required to submit a Cover Letter & Resume when applying to the various ROP projects. Get tips on how to write an effective Cover Letter & Resume here. 

Q: How long does the process take?
A: Deadline for submission of applications through the ROPAPP is determined annually, be sure to check the deadline dates in advance. Instructors will have two-three weeks to choose who they want for their projects. They might do this by interviews or phone calls - it is up to each instructor to choose as he or she sees fit.

Q: How can I increase my chances for getting one of the positions?
A: Fill out your online application carefully and include a CV/Resume. You could also talk to the instructor between now and the application deadline indicating how you would be suitable for the position.

Q: How will I know if I am officially accepted?
A: The instructor will issue an "invitation" to participate in his/her course.  This will come in the form of an approved online application with the terms of the contract having been included.  You will be required to "validate" the contract by entering an alpha-based code which in essence will serve as your electronic signature.  This "signed" contract will go back to the instructor and finally to the Chair for signature.

Q: How do I register?
A: Approved students will be automatically registered in their ROP course during the normal registration period in the Summer and Fall/Winter.

Q: Does the 299Y/399Y/499Y course count for degree credit?
Q: Can it count toward a program?
Q: Can it count for a distribution requirement?
A: Arrange to meet with an Academic Advisor in the Office of the Registrar to go over your Program/Degree requirements to ensure that the ROP is the right fit.

Q: How many can I apply for?
A: We ask you to limit your applications to a maximum of FIVE (5). Please remember, however, that you can only accept ONE (1) invitation per semester.

Q: I am not a registered student at the University of Toronto, can I apply?
A:  Only currently registered University of Toronto undergraduate students may access and submit application through the ROPAPP for ROP courses.