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International Experiences - Experiential Learning Hub

Learning Type:

International Experiences


An international experience allows students to turn the world into their classroom. The University of Toronto offers a diverse range of opportunities for students to go abroad. Students may be interested in a course exchange, a research placement, an international co-op work term, or an international academic internship.



  • Eligibility criteria will vary depending on the international experience chosen.


  • From a week-long program to opportunities that allow students to spend a full year abroad, there are various length and timing options available.

Recognition and / or compensation:  

  • Course-based international experiences will offer course- or program-credit. Co-curricular international opportunities may provide recognition through the Co-Curricular Record. If a student is participating in a co-op opportunity abroad, they will have an employment contract and compensated by the third party organization.


  • Inclusion in EL is achieved when an experience supports learning for all students. In keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the University of Toronto has a commitment to an equitable learning environment for people with disabilities. It is important to engage in an interactive process to determine the optimal and most appropriate accommodations for individual students engaged in experiential learning.
  • If a student requires an accommodation related to an international experience, you may wish to connect with one of the accessibility services offices at the University of Toronto. Staff at these offices will advise you on the disclosure of accommodation requirements as well as support you through the process of determining and negotiating effective accommodations for the student’s individual circumstances.
  • Student support offices strive to create a safe and comfortable community where students have opportunities to discuss navigating barriers, find peer support and learn about various academic and social opportunities. 



  • Students will apply their knowledge and skills in a global classroom. 
  • In an international experience, students experience a different academic environment, learn new skills and knowledge while also connecting with students and professors with diverse backgrounds.

Ideal time to participate:  

  • This will depend on students’ academic, professional, and personal goals. Book an appointment with a Learning Abroad Advisor through the Learning Abroad’s contact form to find the best fit.

How to access / locate opportunities:

  • The University of Toronto’s Learning Abroad website allows students to browse through a wide variety of international experiences. Students can search by length of experience, country, area of study, language and program type. The site also provides helpful tips and resources for planning an international experience including information about potential funding opportunities.

Resources for Faculty, Staff and Librarians

Next Steps for Partners/External Organizations

  • These types international learning opportunities for students generally include established parameters and expectations for participating organizations. These expectations will be outlined by the course instructor or staff administrator coordinating the initiative.
  • If an organization is interested in supporting an international experience, reach out to Learning Abroad or the academic unit that is of most interest.