About this Pathway
The U of T Mississauga Refugee Pathway (UTMRP) offers recent refugees who may meet traditional admission requirements, but who do not have access to required documents, the opportunity to create a basis of admission on which to be considered for entry to undergraduate degree studies at the University.
We understand that many refugees coming to Canada have unique situations and varied educational backgrounds. For example some students:
- have not completed high school but are ready to attend a local high school;
- have completed high school and are now ready to enter university level studies;
- have started degree studies in their home country and are now needing to transfer;
- have completed degrees and are looking how to transfer the credentials or continue on with a graduate/professional level of studies.
We can work with you to help them determine the best pathway that suits your academic goals.
Admission & Program Requirements
To qualify for the UTMRP, you must meet the following criteria:
- Age: Be at least 18 years of age in the year the pathway begins
- Status: Be a Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee1
- Academic: Letter explaining the circumstances that have prevented you from providing final, official transcripts for a direct application to undergraduate studies
- Language: Meet current University of Toronto English Language Requirements
Once in the program, you must also achieve strong grades in both your fall (first) term and winter (second) term courses to continue into undergraduate degree studies at U of T Mississauga
- A final average of 73% or better in each of your fall and winter terms will lead to full-time admission to U of T Mississauga
- A final average of 63% - 72% in each of your fall and winter terms will lead to part-time admission to U of T Mississauga
- A final average of 62% or below will lead to your withdrawal from the Pathway
How to Apply
To apply, complete the UTM Refugee Pathway Application and we will be in contact with you soon to discuss next steps. Applications for the September 2023 intake will open in February.
“I have not completed high school.”
If you have not yet completed high school, we recommend you connect with your local school board to get registered for school. In the meantime, check our Undergraduate Program page for admissions related questions. Additionally, we encourage you to visit us and schedule a Campus Tour.
“I have completed high school and have access to my final official transcripts.”
If you have completed high school in your home country and have access to the final, official transcripts, you can apply directly to U of T Mississauga. Visit the International Students page for details.
“I have completed high school and do not have access to my final official transcripts.”
If you have completed high school in your home country but do not have access to your final, official transcripts, please contact us as each situation is unique.
“I have started my degree at a previous university and have access to my final, official transcripts.”
If you have started your degree in your home country and have access to your final, official transcripts you can apply directly to U of T Mississauga. Visit the International Students page for details.
“I have started my degree at a previous university and do not have access to my final, official transcripts.”
If you have started your degree in your home country and do not have access to your final, official transcripts please contact us as each situation is unique.
“I have completed my undergraduate degree in my home country.”
If you have already completed your undergraduate degree in your home country and are looking for graduate studies, check out our Professional and Graduate Programs page.
If you are looking for an educational credential assessment report that will show how your academic achievements earned outside of Canada compare to credentials earned in Canada, check out the University of Toronto’s Comparative Education Service (CES).
If you have any questions about the UTMRP, please contact our U of T Mississauga Pathways Team:
¹ A Convention Refugee is a person who is outside of their country of nationality or habitual residence and who is unable or unwilling to return to that country because of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, political opinion, nationality or membership in a particular social group (See United Nations 1951 Geneva Convention).