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Letter of Permission and Post-Admission Transfer Credit

Note for Summer 2021: Letters of Permission and Post-Admission Transfer Credit will not be granted if an equivalent course is being offered at Daniels or the Faculty of Arts & Science.

A Letter of Permission is prior confirmation that a course you intend to take at another university is acceptable for a Daniels or Faculty of Arts & Science credit. 

If you complete courses at another institution without a Letter of Permission, there is no guarantee that the course(s)  will transfer to your Daniels degree. Should you receive transfer credit for these courses; they will be awarded as Post-Admission Transfer Credits. 

With a Letter of Permission

You are advised to obtain a Letter of Permission prior to beginning studies at Canadian or American universities. It will confirm your eligibility to be a visiting student and receive transfer credit for the courses that you may take at another university. 

If you are enrolling in a study abroad program in China, note that only courses taken at the following institutions will be considered for transfer credit assessment:

  • Portland State University, OR
  • Texas Wesleyan University, TX
  • Bridgewater State University, MA
  • Eastern Michigan University, MI
  • Seminole State College of Florida, FL
  • Framingham State University, MA

A Letter of Permission indicates whether or not you are eligible for transfer credit, the course equivalencies and exclusions (where relevant), and any restrictions or conditions that may apply upon successful completion of a course at a different institution. Upon completion of course work on a Letter of Permission, you must arrange with the host institution to have an official transcript sent directly to the Transfer Credit Section of the Daniels Faculty. Upon receipt of the official transcript, the Letter of Permission is re-evaluated and you will be notified of the transfer credits you have received.

In some cases, the Daniels Faculty may require additional information in order to grant a Letter of Permission or to award credit upon completion. Letters of Permission can take up to four (4) to six (6) weeks to process.

Without a Letter of Permission

Daniels students who wish to study at another university are encouraged to do so via a Letter of Permission (for Canadian or American Universities) or formal Learning Abroad and Exchange Programs (for institutions outside Canada).

Students who take courses at another institution without following one of these processes may still be eligible for transfer credit but there is no guarantee that the course completed at another institution will transfer to your degree within the Daniels Faculty at U of T. The transfer credit assessment will only take place upon completion of the course(s). In this case, you will be required to apply for a Post-Admission Transfer Credit Assessment.

Summer studies in China: You may take courses through the following partner institutions: 

  • Fudan University
  • Peking University
  • Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)
  • Shanghai University 

Only courses taken at the above mentioned partner universities will be considered for transfer credit without China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) verification. If you take courses at universities in China other than Fudan University, Peking University, SUSTech or Shanghai University, you must submit CHESICC verification before transfer credit(s) can be awarded.

For credit weight equivalency, please visit the Learning Abroad website. It is important that you check the credit weight equivalency prior to enroling in courses as the credit weight may differ between institutions. For example, in order to receive 1.0 full credit equivalent from either Fudan University or Peking University, you must enrol in 6.0 units. Check Transfer Explorer for previously assessed credits.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to request a Letter of Permission you must;

  • Be pursuing an undergraduate degree in the Daniels Faculty
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 1.50 
  • Be in good financial standing with the Daniels Faculty
  • Obtain a final mark of 60% or higher in the courses taken at the other university (provided that the passing mark in these courses is 50%)
  • If you had completed 6.0 credits at the 100-level prior to Fall 2020 and are requesting transfer credit at the 100-level for courses completed in Summer 2020 or earlier, these transfer credits would not count for degree credit and would be added as “extra
  • Have not previously received transfer credit for a same/similar course(s)
  • Your request must be for courses offered by an accredited university
  • Have completed a minimum of 4.0 credits by the academic session for which you are requesting a Letter of Permission

You are not eligible if;

  • You owe money to the University of Toronto
  • You are ineligible to register in the Daniels Faculty because you are on academic suspension
  • If you are on academic probation
  • If you have already completed your degree requirements
  • If you have already received 10.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCE) on-admission transfer credits or 5.0 FCE post-admission transfer credits, or
  • If you have received a combination of on-admission and/or post-admission transfer credits that total 10.0 FCE

Note for Summer 2021: Letters of Permission and Post-Admission Transfer Credit will not be granted if an equivalent course is being offered at Daniels or the Faculty of Arts & Science.

Request a Letter of Permission

Before Applying for Transfer Credit

Before you apply for transfer credits, with our without a Letter of Permission, review the following information:

  • Course content – If the course content is similar to a course offered by Daniels, the Faculty of Arts & Science, or other divisions at U of T, you may not be approved for transfer credit.
  • Type of course – Transfer credits are not granted for courses that are practical, clinical, or pedagogical, or for internships.
  • The grading rubric – Transfer credits are only granted for courses with a final numerical mark. Courses graded on a pass/fail system are not eligible for transfer credit.
  • 100-level courses – If you had completed 6.0 credits at the 100-level prior to Fall 2020 and are requesting transfer credit at the 100-level for courses completed in Summer 2020 or earlier, these transfer credits would not count for degree credit and would be added as “extra”. There are no restrictions for 100-level transfer credits for courses completed in Fall 2020 or later, but keep in mind that you need a minimum number of credits at the 200-level or higher to complete your degree requirements.
  • 300- and 400-level courses – You are allowed to use only 1.0 credit in transfer credit at the 300- or 400- level towards your degree requirements (Note that transfer credits received for courses taken as part of an Exchange or Learning Abroad program are exempt from this policy).
  • Your CGPA – Transfer credits will appear on your U of T transcript but they will not count towards your CGPA.
  • Graduation –
    • June graduation: The deadline to submit all required documentation and official transcripts for a Letter of Permission is May 15. The deadline to submit all required documentation and official transcripts without a Letter of Permission is May 1. 
    • November graduation: The deadline to submit all required documentation and official transcripts for a Letter of Permission is October 15. The deadline to submit all required documentation and official transcripts without a Letter of Permission is October 1. 

Deadlines

If you are applying for a Letter of Permission, you will have to apply in the session before your course is scheduled to start. It can take up to 6 weeks to produce a Letter of Permission once we receive your completed application. Please note that Letter of Permission requests for the Summer Session begin in January and Fall/Winter Session requests begin in May. Make sure to submit your application and all required documents well in advance of the deadline below:

Session Application & Documentation Deadline
Fall (September-December) July 1 - Applications are now closed
Winter (January-April) November 1 – Applications are now closed
Summer (May-August) April 1 - Applications are open

Application

You will have to submit separate applications for:

  • Each university to which you are applying (note that only one Letter of Permission is granted per session)
  • Each session in which you are taking courses 

If you wish to revise or change the courses listed in your application for a Letter of Permission after it has been issued, please contact transfer@daniels.utoronto.ca with the subject line "Letter of Permission - change".

To apply for a Letter of Permission or for an assessment of courses that you completed without a Letter of Permission, you must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the Letter of Permission application or the Post-Admission Transfer Credit Assessment (one application per 6.0 credits)
  • Pay the assessment fee (Letter of Permission: $40, Post-Admission Transfer Credit Assessment: $30). Pay the fee from your Daniels account. Log into your Daniels Account and look for an "ORSS Services" tab on the top-left of the screen, which has a list of different payments that can be made. Once you have made the payment, please email the receipt/proof of payment (a screenshot is okay) to transfer@daniels.utoronto.ca
  • Check Transfer Explorer (Canadian universities only) to see if your course is available. If the course is available in Transfer Explorer, you do not have to provide a detailed course outline
    If it is not listed in Transfer Explorer, you will  need to provide a detailed course outline. Email all course outlines/web links to transfer@daniels.utoronto.ca 
    • Subject line: Course outlines for Letter of Permission/Without Letter of Permission
    • Include your first and last name and your U of T student number
    • List all courses separated by subject areas and attach course outlines in PDF format (1 PDF per course), or include links to online course outlines
    • For each course, include the following information:
    • Number of hours
    • Length of the course
    • Grading scheme
    • Number of essays, tests, and exams
    • Reading list 

Please email the completed request form, proof of payment, and course syllabi (unless exempted by a Transfer Explorer match) to transfer@daniels.utoronto.ca with the subject line "Letter of Permission" or "Post-Admission Transfer Credit Assessment".

Your Letter of Permission or Post-Admission Transfer Credit Assessment cannot be finalized until you have submitted all of the required documentation listed above. Note that there is no guarantee that course(s) completed at another university without Letter of Permission will transfer to your Daniels degree program.

If you have applied for a Letter of Permission, once it is produced it will be sent directly to you at your University of Toronto email address, and you are then responsible for sending a copy of the Letter of Permission to the host university. If you decide not to use the Letter of Permission, notify the Office of the Registrar & Student Services at transfer@daniels.utoronto.ca. Keep in mind that receiving a Letter of Permission does not guarantee that you will be able to enrol in the course(s) at the host university. 

Assessing Transfer Credits

Some factors taken into consideration during the assessment of courses for Letter of Permission and Post-Admission Transfer Credit Assessment include:

  • Content (must be appropriate for the type of curriculum and programs offered in the Daniels Faculty or Faculty of Arts & Science and must not overlap with previous coursework)
  • Level and type of instruction
  • Credit weight of the course
  • Academic structure at the host institution
  • Type of academic program through which the course was taught
  • Grading system used by the host university
  • If the course completed had any studio component, then samples of completed studio work may be required

A maximum of 1.0 300/400 level transfer credit may be used towards the fulfillment of the 300/400 level degree requirement for students on Letter of Permission or by Post-Admission Transfer Credit Assessment.

You are allowed to complete a maximum of 2.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCE) on a Letter of Permission during the summer session.

Note for Summer 2021: Letters of Permission and Post-Admission Transfer Credit will not be granted if an equivalent course is being offered at Daniels or the Faculty of Arts & Science.

After Course Completion

A final mark of 60% or higher (provided that the passing mark in these courses is 50%) is required for transfer credit. After you have completed your course(s) and received your final marks, you must arrange for the host university to send your official transcript directly to the Office of the Registrar & Student Services at the Daniels Faculty. Note that copies issued to you (even if sealed) will not be accepted. Upon receipt of the transcript, your Letter of Permission or Post-Admission Transfer Credit Assessment will be reviewed and all eligible courses will be added to your academic record. 

Digital Transcripts: Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are only accepting electronic/digital transcripts. We require the host institution to send your electronic transcript to transfer@daniels.utoronto.ca. When requesting your transcript, please include your first and last name and your U of T student number.

For all other inquiries, email registrar@daniels.utoronto.ca.

Safety Abroad

All U of T students participating in University-sanctioned international activities have access to the Safety Abroad Office (SAO) and emergency services.

The Safety Abroad Office works with students, staff and faculty to minimize risk by:

  • Providing Safety Abroad Workshops
  • Monitoring international security situations
  • Assisting students with emergencies abroad
  • Offering a 24-hour emergency line

We strongly encourage all Daniels students, engaging in any type of studies internationally, to register with the Safety Abroad Office. 

IE Awards+

International Experience Awards were up until now only available for students going on exchange through CIE. From now on, students who decide to go on a learning abroad experience, such as research, courses, or professional experience, organized or coordinated by any division at U of T, will be able to be considered to receive an IE Award+ (all faculties included).

IE Awards+ are based on financial needs and follow the same assessment as regular IE awards. Please note that CIE is able to grant only one award per student and per year.

DEADLINES:

– Summer opportunities: May 1

– Fall and Full Academic Year opportunities: September 1

– Winter and Full Calendar Year opportunities: January 1

Details and application form are now live on the Learning Abroad website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Visit: Office of the Registrar & Student Services, Room 100

Emailtransfer@daniels.utoronto.ca

Phone: +1-416-946-3897