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Inbound Exchange

The Creative School is a global centre of media and creative invention. With 26 degree programs that are shaping the future of their fields, students enjoy a global experience in the heart of downtown Toronto to emerge as some of the most in demand and employable graduates anywhere.

“Exchange was extremely valuable for my personal development. It gave me the opportunity to grow as a person, gain independence, and make new friends…[The people] I connected with made my exchange experience better than I could’ve imagined.”

Phoebe Humphrey, Inbound Exchange student from Australia

Getting Started

Every year, The Creative School welcomes 100+ students to study with us through the exchange program. To study on exchange at The Creative School, there must be an existing bilateral exchange agreement with Toronto Metropolitan University. For a list of our current exchange partners, please visit Our Valued Partners page.

The Creative School Programs

When exchange students apply to study at The Creative School, they are placed into one of our undergraduate programs as determined by the university’s bilateral Exchange Agreement with the partner institution. 


Students can study on exchange for four months in the Fall Semester (September to December), four months in the Winter Semester (January to April), or for the full eight months (September to April).



Key Information

Toronto Metropolitan University's academic year is divided into two semesters. Students may study for four months in the Fall (September to December) semester, four months in the Winter (January to April) semester, or eight months (September to April).

View the academic calendar here:

To participate in the exchange program, students must: 

  • Have completed at least one full academic year with their home institution.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 or 70% equivalent

Please note that students are not required to submit a portfolio. 

In addition, we do not require students to submit proof of English proficiency. The home institution is responsible for ensuring that nominated students meet Toronto Metropolitan University’s English language requirements. As a rule of thumb, students should have the minimum IELTS level in order to successful at Toronto Metropolitan University:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 92-93
  • MELAB: 90
  • CAEL: 70
  • PTE: 60

When exchange students apply to study at The Creative School, they are placed into one of our undergraduate programs as determined by Toronto Metropolitan University's bilateral Exchange Agreement with the partner institution. Students will have priority access to courses offered in those programs. Students will also be able to enroll in courses outside of their program area but those courses will be subject to availability and permission from the program department. Please note that the most updated course offerings will be made available to students two to three months prior to the exchange semester.

Students typically enroll in four courses which is considered a full course load at Toronto Metropolitan University. We don’t recommend more than four courses as there will be a considerable amount of in-class and out-of-class classwork and studying. 

Students are supported by a designated Academic Advisor from the program department who is their first point of contact for course enrollment (adding or dropping courses) and any academic inquiries. The Academic Advisor will email students a list of available courses two to three months before the start of the semester. The course list will comprise available courses, which are considered suitable for students' level, and would provide important disciplinary knowledge/skills within the field of study. 

Students will also be asked to shortlist back-up courses. Where possible, students will be registered in their preferred classes. Due to availability and timetabling conflicts, it is not always possible to honour all preferences, which is why it is important to have back-up options. Successful course enrolment will be dependent on a number of factors: availability, scheduling, class capacity and prerequisite requirements. 

Students are permitted to make changes to their timetable (adding or dropping a course) during the first two weeks of classes. To do so, they should speak with their Toronto Metropolitan University Academic Advisor. It is highly recommended for all students to meet with their Toronto Metropolitan University Academic Advisor during the first week of classes to discuss their final timetable

Inbound students’ home institution is responsible for determining the credit worth of each course and how the credits transfer back to the home institution. Generally, one Toronto Metropolitan University course is equivalent to about four to six ECTS.

Transcripts will be sent directly to the home university one to two months after the end of the semester. 

Home institutions that are determining credit equivalency should consider the following:

  • There are 12 weeks of teaching in a semester.
  • There are typically three hours of lectures per week. This does not include time needed for self-study, working on assignments, exams, group work, etc.  

Students should expect to put in a few extra study hours per course outside of class. Outside of teaching hours, a typical student is required to complete multiple components for any one course: class participation, mini assignments, a group project, a midterm essay/project, and a final exam/assignment. Hours of study are dependent on the course and how much time the student commits to the completion of all assessment components.

Courses may be divided into a lecture and lab. For larger courses, students are divided into smaller sections. Within these sections, students will get to know their classmates fairly quickly as the sections meet every week. For each course, expect to be in class for two to three hours per week. For example, if students are taking four courses, expect to be in classes for eight to 12 hours per week.

It is common for a course to be graded on multiple components: participation, mini assignments, midterm essay, group project, and final exam.

The exam period usually lasts two weeks. Exam schedules are posted online one month before the last day of classes. The format of exam and final assessments will be determined by the course instructor.

Please note that there are no rewrites, resits, or retakes to make up for a failed exam.


For the grading guideline, please visit:

Please note that student grades are usually released two to three weeks after the end of the exam period.

Planning for your exchange at The Creative School in Toronto? Read our Pre-Arrival Guide to help you plan for your study abroad. it contains helpful information such as: 

  • Immigration
  • Housing/Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Finances
  • UHIP (Mandatory Health Insurance)
  • Living in Toronto

When students receive their Offer of Acceptance, they will also receive all of this information to help them best prepare for their international semester.

How to Apply



Students should contact their home exchange office regarding their interest in studying on exchange. Students must be selected and nominated by their home institution in order to study in one of the programs covered by our exchange agreement. Partner exchange offices must submit their nomination to us during the following periods below. Please note that instructions and the online nomination form are directly emailed to partners in advance of these dates.

Fall Term (September Entry) - Nomination Period: February 12 - March 29, 2024

Winter Term (January Entry) - Nomination Period: July 15 - August 30, 2024

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Once the nomination period concludes,  students will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to complete the application form. The online application period is below:

  • Fall Term (September Entry) – Application Period: March 11 - April 19, 2024
  • Winter Term (January Entry) – Application Period: August 12 - September 20, 2024
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Receive An Offer

Students will receive the official Offer of Acceptance letter through email approximately 3-4 weeks after the application period closes. The offer email will include information about next steps, including housing, course selection, orientation dates and more. 

For September-entry students, students will receive their offer in May or June.

For January-entry students, students will receive their offer in October or November.

For more information, please contact our International Coordinator at