The IFP format merges undergraduate university courses with intensive academic and language support. Designed for international students who need to improve their language, academic, and cultural proficiencies before undertaking the rigours of a full-time undergraduate degree, the IFP develops students’ skills in genuine higher education contexts. The integration of English language learning and academic support with first-year university courses facilitates specific skills development required of full-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto.

Successful Completion of the IFP

IFP students must complete all courses, including the degree credit-course; the discipline-specific course; and the language and academic development courses. Throughout the IFP, continual assessment raises student awareness of their standing and provides opportunities to improve their performance. Those who do not successfully complete all courses will have their offers withdrawn.

During the IFP, students take the one of the courses listed below and earn one full credit towards their undergraduate degree.

FACULTY

Arts & Science
Applied Science & Engineering
Architecture, Landscape & Design
Music

Fall/Winter IFP

History Course – IFP100Y1 | Credits: 1.0
Engineering Course – APS113Y1 | Credits: 1.0
History Course – IFP100Y1 | Credits: 1.0
History Course – IFP100Y1 | Credits: 1.0

Themes in World History – IFP100/1/2Y1Y

This course surveys the development of human societies from their origins to the present using examples from across the world. Topics may include the environment; cultural development and interaction; the creation and nature of belief systems; political, economic and social structures; gender relations; and the relationship between global patterns and local developments. This course counts as one full credit within the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, or the Faculty of Music.

Engineering Strategies & Practice – APS113Y1

Part 1 of APS113Y1 introduces and provides a framework for the design process. Students are introduced to communication as an integral component of engineering practice. The course is a vehicle for understanding problem solving and developing communications skills. This first course in the two Engineering Strategies and Practice course sequence introduces students to the process of engineering design, to strategies for successful team work, and to design for human factors, society and the environment. Students write team and individual technical reports and give presentations within a discussion group. This course counts as a half-credit (0.5 credits) within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Part 2 of APS113Y1 introduces and provides a framework for the design process, problem solving and project management. Students are introduced to communication as an integral component of engineering practice. The course is a vehicle for practicing team skills and developing communications skills. Building on the first course, this second course introduces students to project management and the design process in greater depth. Students work in teams on a term-length design project. Students will write a series of technical reports and give a team-based design project presentation. This course counts as a half-credit (0.5 credits) within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Using readings, lecture content, assignments and requirements from their degree course, students learn how to interpret information presented through a variety of written and oral mediums; construct arguments supported by evidence; and present ideas in small group and tutorial environments.

Students take the following concurrent courses:

Academic Listening & Speaking – IFP010Y1 / IFP011Y1*

Term: Fall & Winter

The focus of this course is effective listening and note-taking; clear speaking; and critical thinking – skills that are essential for success at university.

Critical Reading & Writing – IFP020Y1

Term: Fall & Winter

*For IFP Arts & Science, Architecture and Music Students Only

Students will critically engage with and respond in writing to both scholarly and non-scholarly texts from a variety of fields and disciplines in preparation for undergraduate study.

Written English Discourse* – IFP012Y1*

Term: Fall & Winter

*For IFP Engineering Students Only

Students will critically engage with and respond in writing to both scholarly and non-scholarly texts from a variety of fields and disciplines in preparation for undergraduate study.

Academic Literacies & Identities – IFP030Y1

Term: Fall & Winter

Success at university involves understanding and actively participating in complex academic culture, mastering such skills as information literacy, communication in and outside of the classroom, participating in extra-curricular activities, and understanding the protocols of university work and culture. This course is designed to help build these academic literacies, as well as reflect on our identities within the university.

University Skills & Strategies – IFP013Y1*

Term: Fall & Winter

In this course, students learn about university skills required to fulfill academic requirements. Class time and assignments focus on the transferability of skills across all courses, critical thinking, effective research, academic integrity, and working in an academic environment successfully.

*IFP Engineering Stream course codes

IFP students take discipline-specific courses which correspond to their admission stream. These courses serve as an introduction to the academic requirements of first year courses in their admitted field of study. These courses, taught by instructors from specific departments, introduce the necessary vocabulary, assignment types, and evaluations used in their area of study.

Students select their discipline-specific course from a variety of choices:

Reading and Writing in Mathematics – IFP050H1

Term: Winter

Students will be introduced to problem solving in the sciences in the areas of cell and molecular biology, chemistry and the life sciences. The goal of this course is to provide students with a strong background in scientific method and introduce them to key concepts in modern biology.Students will gain practice with preparing for labs, DNA labs, Scientific Method labs, and writing scientific reports.

Accounting, Finance, and Statistics in Commerce – IFP060H1

Term: Winter 

This course is an introduction to vocabulary and concepts in accounting, finance, and statistics, through writing, reading, calculations, research, and constructing arguments with business-related concepts. The course focuses mainly on income and balance sheets, interest, changes in the value of money over time, and the use of random variables in statistical analysis. The first half of the course will focus on Statistics, with an introduction to Accounting, while the second half will be devoted to Finance.

Problem Solving in the Sciences – IFP070H1

Term: Winter 

Students will be introduced to problem solving in the sciences in the areas of cell and molecular biology, chemistry and the life sciences. The goal of this course is to provide students with a strong background in scientific method and introduce them to key concepts in modern biology.Students will gain practice with preparing for labs, DNA labs, Scientific Method labs, and writing scientific reports.

Information in the Digital Era – IFP080H1

Term: Winter 

In our current age of digital information, we consume news, entertainment, and even educational materials through online channels, quite often through rapid-fire shares on social media. This can make it difficult to not only find what we’re looking for, but also separate conflicting messages about what’s true. In this course, we will explore how information is produced, shared, and conveyed to the public; the impact digital media (e.g. Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Wikipedia, Instagram, etc.) has on individuals, organizations, and communities; and ways in which we can both critically assess and responsibly express ideas using digital tools. Students will use transferable skills that are important for disseminating information and successful communication in all academic disciplines.

Challenges to Global Equity – IFP090H1

Term: Winter 

The global political environment is increasingly caught between the emerging notions of human solidarity and aspirations to universal rights and equality on the one hand, and the realities of deep, abiding and enlarging gaps between rich and poor within and between countries on the other. This course discusses some of the key challenges, opportunities and limits to narrowing the gulf between aspirations for the attainment of global equity and current realities that signal its opposite. It does this through a political science lens and pays attention to both theoretical and empirical debates in comparative politics and international relations.

Engineering Foundations in Mathematics* – IFP014Y1

Term: Fall & Winter

To be confirmed

Applied Music** – IFP015Y1

Term: Fall & Winter

To be confirmed

*IFP Engineering stream only
**IFP Music stream only