International Exchange


MIE encourages exchange opportunities for both inbound and outbound students. Below are guidelines to help students satisfy exchange program requirements.


  • Choose a Program – Examine the provided list of partner universities with which MIE and the Centre for International Experience (CIE) have exchange agreements.
  • Apply – Submit an application for exchange through CIE. Students will be required to submit an academic reference letter, statement of intent, questionnaire form, resume, and bursary application (optional) upon applying for exchange.
  • Conditional Nomination – If selected, students will receive a conditional nomination from CIE. Students will be notified of the result of their bursary application at this time. Students can view the status of their application on CIE’s Student Portal.
  • Transfer Credit Assessment – Upon receiving notice of conditional nomination, students should drop into the MIE Undergraduate Office, MC109 to discuss the transfer credit assessment process. Students will be required to submit a Transfer Credit Form and provide a syllabus/course description for each course they wish to have assessed.
  • Placement Confirmation – Once officially accepted, students will receive an admissions letter from the host institution. Bursary funds will be released once CIE receives notice that the student accepted the offer of admission.
  • Pre-Departure Requirements – students must satisfy certain requirements prior to going on exchange.
  • Study Plan – Once enrolled in courses, students should submit a Study Plan to the MIE Undergraduate Office.
  • Exchange – Students should go on exchange (obviously).
  • Transcripts – Upon completing their exchange program and prior returning to the University of Toronto, students should have a transcript from the university at which they studied sent over to CIE. The MIE Undergraduate Office will then work with CIE and the APSC Registrar’s Office to ensure the appropriate transfer credits are rewarded.
  • Review – Students should review their transfer credits on ROSI and study plan to ensure they are still on the right path to graduate.

Presentation slides from November 23, 2017 Information Session

The major challenges for students studying abroad are not centred on academics, but rather adapting to (and finding a place within) a new culture. While abroad, students may encounter language difficulties, unusual social customs, difficulties in making new friends, and fitting in their new environment. Students intending to go abroad for studies must embrace the diversity experienced in their newly adopted society, respect its values and traditions,  and be proactive in creating new friendships to alleviate some of these challenges. Here are some tips to lessen the culture shock and avoid being lonely:

Be positive, civil and treat your classmates with respect

Be proactive and socialize with your classmates

Join clubs with other students who share your interests

Participate in sports events and social gatherings

Take part in festivities and enjoy the new culture

Make use of international student services for additional assistance

Professor Shaker A. Meguid’s presentation Studying Abroad Made Simple (PDF).

Some of the Partner Universities stated below are applicable for third year MIE students wishing to study abroad:

Country Partner Institution Open to: Minimum GPA
Australia University of Sidney all 3.00
China Beihang University APSC 2.25
China Chinese University of Hong Kong all 2.25
China Peking University all 3.00
China Tsinghua University all 3.00
Japan Kyoto University all 3.00
Japan University of Tokyo all 3.00
Korea (South) Yonsei University all 2.50
Norway University of Oslo all 2.25
Singapore National University of Singapore all 2.25
Sweden Lund University all 2.25
Switzerland ETH-Zurich Federal Institute of Technology all 3.00
Turkey Bogazici University APSC, ArtSci, UTM, UTSC 2.25
UK (England) University College, London all 3.20
UK (England) University of Manchester all 2.70
UK (Scotland) University of Strathclyde all 2.25

Note: CIE’s exchange partners are not limited to the institutions above, for a full list please click here.

The MIE Undergraduate Office is pleased to announce the creation of pre-approved academic year-long transfer credit pathways for the following universities:

Country Institution Available for: Minimum GPA
Singapore National University of Singapore Mec, Ind 2.25
Switzerland ETH-Zurich Federal Institute of Technology Ind 3.00
UK (England) University College, London Mec 3.20
UK (England) University of Manchester Mec 2.70
UK (Scotland) University of Strathclyde Mec, Ind 2.25
For additional information, please contact the MIE Undergraduate Office, MC109 (

  • Read the exchange website carefully
  • Prepare all documents in a timely fashion
  • Understand your rights and obligations to UofT, MIE and the host University
  • Read and get acquainted with the host culture
  • Clear understanding of the effect of the study abroad on the degree requirements
  • Understand that he/she is our ambassador abroad
  • Plan the trip well in advance (accommodation, insurance, travel, courses, etc.)
  • Ensure financial viability

The MIE International Exchange Scholarship is open for undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at U of T. The applicants must have a minimum cGPA of 3.0 and enjoy good academic standing. The travel grant is for $2,000 (maximum), and is one-time only irrespective of the duration of stay at the partner (host) university.
Mitacs is now accepting applications for competitive international research opportunities, including student travel to and from Canada. To learn more, visit the Globalink Mitacs website.

Please note that if you are not a citizen of the country you are visiting for exchange, you will require a residence permit. For most countries, you need to apply for a residence/study visa well in advance of your entry.

International Exchange Programs


Applications for 2018 Summer Intensive Program, Nagoya University, Japan
Deadline: February 16, 2018

Submission of undergraduate and postgraduate Applications for the above program is now open and will proceed as follows:

If you are interested in NUSIP, you will need a permission code from MIE. To obtain the permission code, interested students must submit:

  • One page (Font 12, Times Roman, 1 inch border all round) brief resume: containing the following: Personal particulars including email and telephone; department; current year of study; GPA in all years of study in U of T; Awards; If on probation list all; ability to self-finance NUSIP expenses including all associated travel,
  • One Paragraph no more that 10 lines: Why you selected NUSIP; Your suitability for and desire to attend this program; Your Expected outcomes of this particular exchange, and
  • A copy of your transcript.

Once  received, applicant students will be interviewed, and a permission code will only be made available to the successful students. Please do not approach NUSIP or Nagoya University if you do not have a permission code.

The 2018 summer program at Nagoya University will provide students with a rare opportunity to connect with and play a role in automobile technology. The program offers academic credits towards students’ engineering degrees and beyond the core curriculum, students may further supplement their practical know-how with enrichment as they are exposed to the authentic environment of the automobile factory and research centre. A Japanese language course is also offered.

Please send your complete application to Carla Baptista, undergraduate counselor:

Fourth Year Fifth Year
Study at U of T, pick from a diverse list of electives. Enter Master of Engineering program, consisting of 10 courses, or 7 courses and a project.


Step 1: Apply through SCUT

Step 2: U of T Application form: A) UG Exchange Application, B) Graduate Studies Application


What’s the 3+2 Exchange Experience Like?

“It’s a great experience to study in U of T. MIE offers a wide range of courses given by great professors during which you’ll have lots of opportunities to cooperate with people from all over the world. You’ll be able to solve problems from different perspectives and improve your English ability a lot.”

Xiaohan (Lily) Luo

 [Currently not being offered for 2017-2018 Exchange]

Students may attend Globex on their own accord, but will not receive any recognized/ transfer credits from MIE/ U of T. 

The Global Educational Exchange (GLOBEX) program is an initiative for educational exchange and research collaboration between the College of Engineering at Peking University and other engineering institutions. GLOBEX is considered an educational summit, with faculty and students residing across the globe congregating at Peking University. The program is designed to deepen the growing partnership between the participating institutions by providing a framework for exceptional students and faculty to attain a global educational, research and professional experience. All parties subscribe to the policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. The GLOBEX agreement is governed by the principles of equality, inclusiveness and mutual benefit.For additional information, please review the following documents:


JUACEP started at Nagoya University in 2011 as a government-granted program for graduate students to nurture global view under research-based education between Nagoya and US partner universities. It is going to expand to Canada 2018. The course sponsors students from University of Michigan, UCLA and University of Toronto, allowing them to conduct research activities at Nagoya University.

Student Experiences as Exchange Students

Contact information

Centre for International Experience MIE Undergraduate Office MIE Graduate Office
Cumberland House, Room 204
33 St. George Street
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2E3
Tel: 416-946-3138
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
5 King’s College Road
Toronto, ON. M5S 3G8
Tel: 416-978-6420
David Duong
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
5 King’s College Road
Toronto, ON. M5S 3G8
Tel: 416-978-2805

The Centre for International Experience is responsible for facilitating student exchange programs and helps with non-academic matters relating to studying abroad, such as guidance on visa requirements, accommodation, tax office, medical care, etc.

The MIE Undergraduate Office will help facilitate the transfer credit assessment process, and assist in developing a study plan for students.