FAQs and Helpful Tips


  1. Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Helpful Tips


Frequently Asked Questions

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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 all sessions (Summer, Fall, Winter and Fall/Winter) to earn 1.0 credit? 
A: ROP courses are offered as "Y" courses in the Summer, Fall, Winter and Fall/Winter sessions, so students successful in completing their ROP course with a "Y" designation will earn 1.0 credit.

Half credit (0.5 FCE) ROP courses are also offered beginning in the Fall of 2019, so be mindful of the course designation ("H" or "Y") when submitting your application.

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 their ROP project.  Be sure to review the Course Prerequisites along with the specific requirements from the instructor (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.

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Q: Am I able to apply for an ROP course that is not part of my program?

A: Yes, students are permitted to submit applications 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 299 course. However, they will be permitted to accept more than one 399 or 499 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 by visiting the Career Centre

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

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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 signed by the instructor with the terms of the contract having been included.  You will be required to "validate" the contract by entering an alpha-based code which will serve as your electronic signature.  This "signed" contract will go back to the to the Department Chair for signature.

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

Q: Does the 299/399/499 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.

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Helpful Tips

  • Participation in the Research Opportunity Program is voluntary and students will not be paid for their participation.
  • There is a course fee for the ROP which is the standard fee for a half or full-year course.
  • Students are required to submit a Cover Letter & Resume with their application(s).
  • There is no final exam in this course. However, for most courses, students are expected to keep a journal to record meetings, progress of the project and what was learned.
  • Students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisor and can be evaluated in other ways deemed suitable by their supervisor.
  • Departments participating in this program will have a "_99H" or “_99Y” designation after their department code for this course (i.e. CHM299Y; BIO399H).
  • Students will be notified via email regarding the status of their submitted applications.
  • Students will not be permitted to accept more than one ROP course per academic session.
  • The Experiential Education Unit will register successful students in their ROP course during the normal registration period for the Summer, Fall, Winter and Fall/Winter.
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