Visiting Students Registration Guide

The University of Toronto Mississauga will consider applications from visiting students who are working towards an undergraduate degree and are in good standing at an accredited North American university. Visiting university students will need to have permission from their home university to transfer U of T Mississauga credit(s) to an undergraduate degree program at their home institution. If your university has an exchange agreement with the University of Toronto, a visiting student application may not be necessary – please check with your university.

U of T Mississauga degree students are given priority to enrol in courses prior to the non-degree visiting students’ registration date, and some courses are restricted at all times to U of T Mississauga students. 

If you wish to pursue a University of Toronto degree, contact the Recruitment & Admissions Office at U of T Mississauga at 905-828-5400. Approval as a non-degree visiting student is not the equivalent of university admission, nor does it imply future acceptance as either a degree student, or a non-degree student at U of T.

All registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified students. Acceptance of your application does not guarantee you a spot in your preferred course(s). Returning U of T Mississauga visiting students must re-apply and pay the application fee for each session in which they wish to enrol and must have earned at least 60% in previously taken University of Toronto courses in order to re-enrol.

Non-degree Students

Non-degree students are students with permission to register in courses at the University of Toronto at the discretion of the head of the academic division, usually the Dean or as delegated.

Non-degree students have no admission to, or association with, a program of study. Accordingly, they have no ongoing rights to register for courses. Registration in a particular course remains a matter of divisional discretion in every case.  The policy governing non-degree students is the Governing Council policy “Association, Admission and Registration”.

Questions? Contact the Office of the Registrar at 905-828-5399 and identify yourself as a non-degree visiting student.

Application Requirements

  • Must be in good standing at a North American university
  • Must be working towards an undergraduate degree
  • Must have permission from your university to attend
  • Must meet prerequisites (consult undergraduate depts.)
  • Must have achieved a “C” in any previously taken U of T courses

Important Dates

Click here to view important dates.

Application and Registration Process

  • Choose your courses
    • Use the Timetable and Academic Calendar to pick your courses
    • Review the enrolment controls on the timetable to ensure you are eligible to take the courses you want.
    • Consult with the undergraduate department offering the course to make sure you have the appropriate prerequisites.
  • Apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP)
    • Contact your registrar’s office to request an LOP. This letter confirms your eligibility to take the course, and usually assures that your U of T Mississauga course will fulfill your program/degree requirements. This letter must be signed, on university letterhead, and submitted along with your application.
  • Complete the Visiting Student Application (the earlier the better)
    • Pay the non-refundable $60 fee online (credit card) or in person (credit/debit card)
      • Deadlines:
        • By May 1 for Summer Session classes (F/Y courses that begin in May)
        • By July 1 for Summer Session classes (S courses that begin in July)
        • By August 1 for Fall Term or Fall-Winter Session classes (F/Y courses that begin in September)
        • By (Date to be announced) for Winter Term classes (S courses that begin in January)
  • Submit documentation
    • Original Letter of Permission
    • Unofficial university transcripts
    • Unofficial high school transcripts (if applicable)
  • Check your email regularly for updates
  • Get approved
    • You will be emailed with your application status, and if approved, you will receive your student number and further info.
  • Apply for student loans (if applicable)
    • Consult advisors in your financial aid office for details about eligibility and how to apply while being a visiting student.
  • Contact AccessAbility, if needed
    • If you have a physical or learning disability that requires accommodation, contact the AccessAbility Resource Centre at 905-828-3847 as soon as possible so that your needs can be accommodated by the start of classes.
  • Get informed
  • Get your student identification card (TCard) and UTORid
    • Your UTORid is your login you will use for all online services. You will get this when you get your student card.
  • Set up your utoronto email address
    • You will get instructions when you get your TCard
    • This email is the official method of communication from the university, and only this one will be used after the start of classes.
  • Log in to ACORN
    • Use your UTORid and password to log in.  
    • ACORN help
    • Update your contact and personal information, and add your utoronto email address.
  • Enrol in courses on ACORN (dates)
  • Pay or defer fees (dates)
    • Consult the Office of the Registrar about eligibility and steps to defer fees if you’ve applied for government loans.
  • Confirm your schedule and check the online timetable for any updates
  • Review your course syllabi on the online timetable one week before classes begin.
  • Start classes (dates) and make sure to attend all lectures, tutorials and practicals in order to succeed.
  • Order transcripts
    • When you complete your course(s), order a U of T transcript for your home university via ACORN.

Management and Commerce Courses

Upper-year Management and Commerce courses are not available to visiting students. First-year Management and Accounting are only available to visiting students during the Summer Session and are restricted during the Fall/Winter.

Courses with Prerequisites

Please note: If you are planning to take first-year Mathematics (ie: MAT135Y5, MAT102H5), Chemistry (CHM110H5, CHM120H5), Biology (BIO152H5, BIO153H5) or Physics (PHY136H5, PHY137H5) courses you will need to provide us with an unofficial copy of your high school transcript. This is because these courses require certain Grade 12/senior level courses as pre-requisites. In some cases, a 70% grade is required in those high school pre-requisites. Please be sure to review pre-requisites in the online Course Timetable or the Academic Calendar.

If you are planning to take upper-year courses with prerequisites, you should contact the Academic Advisor in the department the course is offered through to confirm you have previously taken courses that are similar enough in content to the UTM prerequisites. Departmental Advisor contact information can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Note: ACORN will allow you to enrol in courses without the proper prerequisites, but they will be checked at a later date, and you can be removed from courses at any time if you lack the required prerequisite.

Full-time/Part-time Status

Fall/Winter: Students enrolled in 3.0 credits or more for the Fall/Winter are considered full-time, 2.5 credits or fewer are considered part-time. To be considered full-time for OSAP purposes, please consult the Office of the Registrar.

Summer: Students enrolled in 1.5 credits or more for the Summer are considered full-time, 1.0 or fewer are considered part-time. To be considered full-time for OSAP purposes, please consult the Office of the Registrar

Maximum Course Load

Fall/Winter: Students can take up to a maximum of 6.0 credits during the Fall/Winter Session and a maximum of 3.0 credits in each term.

Summer: Students can take up to a maximum of 2.0 credits during the Summer Session and a maximum of 1.0 credit in each term.

Credit/No Credit

Visiting students are not eligible to take courses on a Credit/No Credit basis.

Supporting Student Success

Contact the Office of the Registrar

Questions? Need to hand in documents?