Study Permits for Academic English

International students must have valid post-secondary (university) study permits to study at the University of Toronto.

If you are an international student already in Canada, you can start your program of study at U of T with your valid secondary school study permit. Students transitioning from high school to a post-secondary institution (university) in Canada do not need to change their secondary school study permit to a post-secondary study permit before starting their study program at the university.

However, you must apply to extend your study permit before your secondary school study permit expires. You must show us proof that you have a valid study permit on the first day of Academic English class. We will check your study permit when you get your U of T student identification card (TCard).

You may apply for this permit yourself or ask for assistance from the International Student CentreYou do not need an agent to apply for you.

It may take a long time to receive your study permit if you apply from your home country. If you cannot arrive in Canada in time to start the Academic English Program, you must submit satisfactory English language test scores by the deadline stated in your offer of admission.

Travel Advice:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may experience a longer than usual processing time if you are planning to submit your study permit application from outside of Canada. For more information, please refer to the following websites:


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Academic English Overview

This summer language program is for qualified students who need to satisfy their English proficiency condition.
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Admission Criteria for Academic English

Learn about the admission criteria for the Academic English program.

Financial Aid for Academic English

Learn more about our financial aid options for Academic English.
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Housing for Academic English

Students can stay on campus in residence during the Academic English program.

Academic English Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Academic English.
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Register for Academic English

For students who have received an offer of admission to U of T Scarborough.
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Contact Academic English

Contact information for Admissions and Student Recruitment.