Covid-19 Updates: Health & Safety

International Foundation Program

The International Foundation Program (IFP) for the 2020-2021 Fall/Winter and 2020 Summer semesters will continue as scheduled. 

Information by Faculty

Going on Campus?

Remember to submit your required self-assessment before you visit any one of the three U of T Campuses. Find out on the UTogether 2020: Covid-19 self-assessments page. Complete your self-assessments on UCheck.

Applications for undergraduate programs are the University of Toronto are now open on the OUAC. For information on how to apply to U of T, check our How to Apply page and the Admissions website. Please pay close attention to all application and document deadlines.


For admission updates, please continue to check the Admissions website here: Admission Update Regarding Coronavirus Covid-19

What’s new for 2021?

While we’re excited to invite students back to spend their summer with us, everyone’s health and safety is our utmost priority. As such, the summer programs will look a bit different than you may be used to. We will be offering a reduced course and session selection to allow for the proper safety precautions. In addition to our usual in-person programming, we will be offering Virtual International Summer Academy which includes a variety of online courses.

Please note that due to the nature of the current global situation, all in-person programming may be cancelled or moved online. Our team will keep any registered students as updated as possible.

We will be offering a reduced course and date selection to ensure that we can provide a safe environment for the in-person summer experience. We will also be offering a limited date selection with a week-gap between the two sessions to allow for deep cleaning in the residence, between sessions.
The health and safety of our students is our main priority. Our team is devoted to ensuring that we can provide the same enriching and fun programs in a safe manner. Here are a few things we are changing for this year:

  • Small class and program sizes
  • Distanced rooms in residence
  • Increased deep cleaning protocols for shared spaces
  • Following all regulations set forth by the University of Toronto and the Government of Canada


What is the University of Toronto doing to ensure a safe campus environment?

For information on what the University of Toronto is doing to keep a safe environment at all three campuses, please visit the UTogether2020 website.


Travelling in 2021 may be challenging so it is crucial to plan ahead. Continue to check both your country’s travel advisories and the Canadian Immigration website at for updated travel restrictions, requirements and visa information.


The International Programs Office will continue to monitor the travel restrictions to and from Canada and will keep all registered students updated. If you are unable to attend due to a travel restriction, please contact the International Programs Office for additional assistance.

All cancellation policies remain the same. For the cancellation policies, please visit the Dates & Fees pages:

What happens if the programs are cancelled due to Covid-19? Will we receive a refund?

In the case that the In-Person Programs are cancelled in 2021, all registered students will receive a full refund, including the non-refundable deposits/registration fees.

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Message from the Director


For 25 years, the International Programs Office has operated with a dedicated emphasis on student experience and safety.  This persistent emphasis guides us as we come against the grim challenge of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and evaluating the factors whether to continue our summer program offerings.    


Like you all, the University of Toronto and the International Programs Office have been observing the global impact of COVID-19.  Travel logistics and travel restrictions have become increasingly difficult to navigate; travel-related self-isolation is necessary however challenging; physical and social distancing cannot be ignored and is the responsible action required.    


Given the extensive impact and the uncertainty moving forward, we have made the incredibly tough decision to cancel our summer programs for 2020.  In these unprecedented circumstances and keeping with the recommendations from public health officials, we are acting to reduce the concentration of people on campus, and in our residences, and ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, instructors, faculty, and staff.  These programs include the Youth International English Programs, International English Programs (18+), Pre-University Programs, Engineering University Preparation Program, and the Daniels Architecture Bootcamp.  The International Foundation Program (IFP) for the 2020-2021 Fall/Winter and 2020 Summer semesters will continue as scheduled.  


We understand, and share, the deep disappointment this brings.  Even though we won’t get the opportunity to meet you in person this summer, we still want to stay connected!  To stay positive and support each other as a global community, we will reach out to you and your family with online events and programming in the coming weeks.   


When the time is right and it is safe for us to come together again, we hope to welcome you to the University of Toronto in 2021.     


Stay safe and healthy,


Hong Si
Director, International Programs, New College
University of Toronto

The University of Toronto has continued to carefully assess the global COVID-19 pandemic, consider the advice of public health authorities and the safety of our community. We want to assure you that our response is guided by the need to ensure the health of our community, and the continuity of our academic and business activities.  


At this time, the University of Toronto’s operations continue, and all three campuses will remain open with measures in place. The University of Toronto and the International Programs Office are also working on contingency and continuity plans in the case that the situation worsens.   


As of March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada will be closing borders to most non-citizens and non-residents. There will also be a requirement for any travellers arriving in Canada to self-isolate for 14 days. We understand that this will cause concerns for any students considering and planning to attend our programs this year.  The International Programs Office currently does not foresee this situation affecting our programs, however, our team will be closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as new information becomes available.  


For the most up to date information from The University of Toronto, please follow this link, but for any program-specific inquiries please contact the International Programs Office directly.  


The International Programs Office is currently working remotely. If you wish to contact us, please send us an email at, or any of the program-specific emails, and our team will be happy to assist you. 


If you have any further concerns about the programs, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our very best to get back to you in a timely fashion.  


We hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and strong during this challenging time, and we look forward to seeing you at our programs! 

International Programs Team

Registration Deposits

As of today, March 23, 2020, until further notice, we will no longer be requiring students to submit a deposit to register for the 2020 Youth International English Program and the 2020 Pre-University Programs. Students may complete the application through the portal here.

The International English Program will still require a $175 registration fee for registration.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding deposits, please contact us at