The University of Toronto and India
Located in one of the world's most diverse cities, the University of Toronto has a long history of collaboration with students and faculty with ties to India. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is home to more than 500,000 Indo-Canadians; here, you'll find the third largest South Asian marketplace in North America (after Jackson Heights in New York and Devon Avenue in Chicago) as well as numerous Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi restaurants, cafés, and shops. The first North American city to host the prestigious International Indian Film Academy Awards in 2011, and consistently ranked one of safest cities in the world, Toronto is a true hub of finance, fashion, technology, and culture.
Every year, our campuses welcome students from all across the globe. Students from India choose the University of Toronto for our strong international rankings, our globalized curriculum and international learning opportunities, our diverse program options and for the chance to live in the City of Toronto. Students and faculty also choose U of T because of our environment of innovation. Our accelerators, courses, programs, and networks help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable ventures. And our community has been successful: in the past five years alone, more than 150 research-based startups have launched from our campuses.
Non-Canadian students studying at U of T are able to work in Canada and gain valuable global experience while studying. After graduation, international students also have the opportunity to stay and work in Canada for up to three years. This means that graduates can choose to bring home what they learned in Toronto or stay in Canada for three more years to continue to grow their global careers. And our students have the valuable skills and qualities for the modern economy — University of Toronto alumni rank among the top in the world for their global employability.
- Dr. Pradam P. Bhojvaid Director, Forest Research Institute
- Dr. Deepa Khushalani Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
- Margaret MacMillan Warden, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford
- Frederick Banting Co-discover of insulin and Nobel laureate
- Sergio Marchionne CEO of Fiat S.p.A. and the Chrysler Group
- Jeff Skoll Founder & Chair, The Skoll Foundation; first President of eBay Inc.
I see my time at university as the defining moment of my life. It was a period of self-discovery and filled with several opportunities. I got the opportunity to work on the MINGA project, where we planned for a year to visit a school in Guatemala and helped to make them sustainable; I led the fundraising division for this initiative. The leadership opportunities I had at U of T, such as captaining the Table Tennis team, starting the Cricket Club, and working as a Residence Don and a Peer Academic Leader made me realize that at some point in my life I had to start something of my own—and, more importantly, gave me the confidence to believe that I can.
After a few years of work in chemical manufacturing, I realized that my calling was in food and more importantly manufacturing. I started my company, Aussee Oats Milling Pvt. Ltd., and currently serve as the Managing Director, supplying to major brands like Nestlé and Kellogg's, among others. My courses in Negotiations and Small Business Management helped equip me with the skill set to succeed.
A leader in the Mumbai business community, Raghav Gupta graduated from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in Finance and Major in Economics (Hon. B.Com., 2008).
While trying to decide between universities, I chose U of T over other leading universities in the U.K. where I had also secured admission because of the flexibility and wide selection of programs and the substantial scholarships that U of T offered. The chance of living in a vibrant, diverse city such as Toronto was an added bonus. Having been made to feel welcome from the moment I stepped foot on campus, I decided to become an Orientation Week Leader myself at Victoria College so that I could make incoming students feel as included, comfortable and excited as I had been made to feel! It was as an Orientation Leader that I made some of my best and lifelong friends at U of T.
During my undergraduate degree at U of T, I took several pre-law courses as part of my Ethics, Society & Law major which helped crystalize my decision to go to law school. I am currently pursuing a L.L.B. degree from the University of Mumbai and working alongside as a paralegal. The research and drafting skills I acquired in my pre-law courses at U of T have proved to be invaluable assets in my career.
Currently living and working in Mumbai, Aditya Thakore graduated in 2016 with a Double Major (Hon. B.A.) in Environmental Studies and Ethics, Society & Law from Victoria College, St. George campus.
We welcome applications from well-qualified students from across India. Admission to the University of Toronto is competitive. You will be considered on your academic history; some programs require supplementary applications, auditions or profiles. We strongly encourage prospective applicants to apply early and submit all necessary documents as early as possible. If English isn't your first language, you may be required to submit proof of English facility.
If you are not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protect person, you will need valid documents to live and study in Canada. You can apply for a study permit once you've received an offer of admission from the university. We recommend beginning the immigration process as early as possible because it can sometimes take a few months to complete. Our Centre for International Experience is available to help international students navigate the immigration process and answer any questions.