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Study engineering at the University of Toronto

Known for the most distinguished engineering programs globally! Here’s why


The University of Toronto is ranked among the world’s greatest universities as it offers transformative educational experience, profound knowledge, skills and competencies to successfully deal in a dynamic environment. Counted among the top 25 universities in the globe by Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings, U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities Rankings, Shanghai Ranking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities,  and National Taiwan University World University Ranking,* it is a popular choice among international students across the world for its diversity of courses, comprehensive excellence, commitment and affordability. Besides, the institution has three campuses, each of which is a global centre of research and teaching. 

If you have been considering to enrol in an engineering program at the University of Toronto, here’s all you need to know:

The most popular engineering programs

In total, the university runs more than 700 undergraduate and 200 graduate programs with the help of its top-ranked research faculty, providing you with the best opportunity to learn from the best. 

  • Undergraduate programs: The university’s undergraduate portfolio comprises of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering and Mineral Engineering

  • Masters programs: Their most popular engineering courses at masters level include Aerospace Science Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Material Science Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Eligibility criteria 

Your academic history and grades will be an important part of the application during admissions in your desired engineering program. While good scores in subjects such as physics, mathematics and chemistry go a long way, ensure that you check the exact requirements on the university’s website. You can always reach out to your IDP counsellor who can help you understand the criteria in detail.

Here are some of the most common eligibility requirements:

I. For undergraduates 

  • Either – CBSE awarded All India Senior School Certificate or CISCE awarded Indian School Certificate 

  • For applicants with state board results, it’s important to show proof of an exemplary performance in Class 12 as it will be considered on an individual basis

  • For engineering aspirants, it’s mandatory to present Class XII Mathematics results to get enrolled

  • All students applying to the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering need to present Senior Level courses in Mathematics (including Calculus), Physics and Chemistry

  • A minimum band of 6.5 (overall), with no band less than 6 in any module is required in IELTS to prove  English language proficiency skills

  • To get enrolled in your desired engineering department, you need to pay an Online Student Profile Assessment Fee of $60 while submitting your OUAC application

II. For IB Board students

  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with Higher and secondary level English is required 

  • You should have a total score of 27 (not including bonus points) 

  • If you are currently enrolled in an IB Diploma program, then predicted IB results (1-7 scale) along with confirmation that you are completing the full IB Diploma is mandatory

  • A current transcript including any mid-term/mid-year results available along with completed online self-reported grades form is required

  • Final results sent electronically by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) are compulsory 

  • For engineering programs, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are mandatory subjects

III. For post-graduates 

Although you’ll be admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies, you’ll need to satisfy additional admission requirements for certain specific engineering departments, such as: 

  • A completed undergraduate degree equivalent to a four-year university of Toronto program with a minimum final-year grade point average (GPA) of a mid-B (3.0 out of 4.0, or 75%). Although the Competitive admission averages are typically near or above 80% (A–)

    Note: Qualified grades must be achieved during the final two years of undergraduate study.  

  • If your primary language is not English and you’ve graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, then to prove your English language proficiency skills, you need a minimum IELTS score of 7 (Academic) with no band less than 6.5 in any module 

  • High academic standard equivalent to a mid-B or better i.e., the average grade in the final year or over senior-level courses

Tuition Fee 

The minimum annual tuition fees you’ll have to pay to pursue an undergraduate engineering course is $60,440 and masters course is $59,230. However, for a co-op program, the fees you need to pay will levy from second year onwards (per term.) But, do check with the university about the exact fee for your chose program.

Note: An additional cost will be incurred to purchase the UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) i.e., approx. $720 per year (mandatory to study or work at the University)

Scholarships available for international students

To pursue your desired engineering course at the University of Toronto, here are some scholarship programs to consider at an undergraduate level.

  • Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Admission Scholarships: This scholarship is primarily offered in the first year and the amount rewarded is variable up to $7,500 (maximum) depending upon credentials. You don’t need a separate application to apply for this scholarship, as an international student you’ll be automatically considered while applying for your desired engineering program

  • U of T Engineering International Scholarships: The university has 15 awards, each of this is variable up to $25,000 (maximum) in addition to $10,000 summer study abroad bursary (x4 years and is renewable). You don’t need a separate application to apply for this scholarship, as an international student you’ll be automatically considered while applying for your desired engineering program

*Recommended: Do check with your IDP counsellor about the deadlines and details, it may vary owing to the current pandemic

With an impressive employability rate of 92.7%, the University of Toronto ranks at the 15th position in the world as per 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, which had surveyed 600 top global universities to reach this conclusion*. 

If you are still confused, reach out to our international education experts and clear all your queries. 



Updated on November 24, 2020

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Shilpi Singh

Shilpi Singh is a skilled professional with over 13 years of experience and extensive knowledge of Canadian institutions and Education in Canada. Under her role of Client Relations Manager (Canada) at IDP, she is the central point of contact for client institutions and IDP Canada staff. In her role, she ensures that all IDP staff and students are updated with latest institution policies, requirements or any process related to education in Canada. 


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