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International Students

The Chang School is situated in the heart of downtown Toronto: one of the most diverse cities in the world. We welcome international students as an important element of this diversity, helping build a culture of global engagement through students sharing their experiences and viewpoints, whether in-person or virtually.

By attending a Canadian post-secondary institution, you'll receive an outstanding quality of education in a culture that embraces diversity. 

If you’re an international student, you can enrol in many university-credit courses offered through The Chang School without formal admission to Ryerson University.

Degree Options

With certificates that can be fully or partially completed online, you may be able to use part or all of the credits towards your degree.

Part-Time Degree Programs

Flexible and part-time degree programs include:
Early Childhood Studies BA (fully online)
Nursing BScN (fully online)
Computer Science BSc (Honours)
Public Administration and Governance BA (Honours)

Pathway to Degree Programs

Certificates that ladder up to a degree include:
Business Management (fully online)
Computer Programming Applications
Data Analytics, Big Data and Predictive Analytics (Fulfills partial admission requirements for the MSc program in Data Science and Analytics) (fully online)
Graphic Communications
Health Services Management (fully online)
Image Arts (with specializations in Film Studies or Photography Studies)
Information Systems Management (fully online)
Occupational Health and Safety (fully online) and Advanced Safety Management (fully online) combined with Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership (fully online)
Public Administration and Governance (fully online)
Public Administration and Governance, Advanced (fully online)
Social Sciences and Humanities Foundations

Degree Credit Courses

How to Tell If a Course Is Degree Credit

When using our Course Search tool, be sure to select “Degree Credit” or “Certificate and Degree Credit” in the Course Category dropdown menu.

Each course description page lists the Credit Type under the course title. Look for courses that say Degree Credit or Certificate and Degree Credit.

Course Codes

Chang School course codes are the same as those listed in your Ryerson undergraduate program curriculum, with a ‘C’ added in front of the undergraduate course code.

For example, Ryerson University’s ACC 100 – Introductory Financial Accounting is CACC 100 – Introductory Financial Accounting when taken through The Chang School.

Visit How to Enrol in a Course for detailed instructions.

Note: Not all Chang School courses are accepted for credit towards their Ryerson counterparts. Please follow up with the appropriate faculty for more information.

Admission Requirements

Taking an online course or certificate program does not guarantee your admission to a Ryerson undergraduate degree program. Learn more about Admission Requirements.

Some courses do require an interview or prerequisite courses before you enrol, so be sure to carefully read course descriptions for details.

Upon successful completion of some certificate programs, and subject to normal program admission criteria and procedures, you may apply for advanced standing in a related degree program at Ryerson.

Upon successful completion of some certificate programs, and subject to normal program admission criteria and procedures, you may apply for advanced standing in a related degree program at Ryerson.

Proof of English Language Proficiency may be required. Visit English Language Requirements for details.

Admission requirements vary by undergraduate program. Applicants who have completed any post-secondary studies should also visit University/College Transfer Students.

For any questions related to admissions, please refer to the Service Hub.

International University Foundation Program (IUFP)

The International University Foundation Program (IUFP) is designed for international students who have met Ryerson’s English language proficiency requirements but do not yet meet the overall competitive and/or subject prerequisite requirements for their chosen undergraduate programs of study.

For more information, visit the IUFP page.

International Student Support Office

Ryerson’s International Student Support Office can help with your transition to Canada. They also offer support related to immigration, health insurance, and working in Canada.

International Tuition Fees

As an international student, you will be charged a different fee than Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, unless you qualify for an exemption based on your status. If you qualify for an international fee exemption, you are still required to obtain a Study Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

For information on fee and immigration categories, visit Fees Categories at the Office of the Registrar.

To claim an exemption, you must take your original document to the ServiceHub when you enrol in your courses. This document must be issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). A lawyer’s documentation is not acceptable.

International Students Fee Rate

The fees displayed online are in Canadian funds and are the Regular Fee Rate. The International Fee Rate for Chang School students is three (3) times the regular student tuition fee for credit courses.

Note: The International Fee applies to degree-credit courses only.

How to Calculate the International Fee

  1. Start with the course fee and subtract the ancillary fees and the material fee (where applicable). The material fee will be stated in a note following the course description. Please note that all Business courses are subject to a $2.00 ($0.50 for ITM students) material fee even though this is not noted in individual course descriptions. The result is the regular tuition fee.
  2. Multiply this amount by three (3), and the result is the tuition portion of the international fee.
  3. Once the tuition portion is calculated, add back the ancillary fees and the material fee, where applicable. The result is the total international fee payable for your course. (Visit Non-Tuition Related Fees and Service Charges for more information about ancillary and material fees.

The Enrolment FAQ has helpful information about requisites, financial matters, policies, and more.

Contact Us

Need more information? Contact our Academic Advisor, Dave Dalrymple at or sign up for a virtual drop-in session. Sessions will take place from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. every Thursday.

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