COVID-19 FAQ

Update June 16th: Six ways U of T plans to keep students, faculty and staff safe on campus this fall

Update May 28th: Canada will accept incomplete study permit and PGWP applications. For incoming students, please visit GPLLM New Admits Page for additional information on your next steps.

Update May 19th: A message from U of T President Meric Gertler

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We hope that you and your families are in good health and spirits in these extraordinary and challenging times. While all University buildings are closed to the general public as part of our country’s ongoing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Faculty of Law continues to be engaged with our current students, and in the delivery of our various programs. We welcome all students who are interested in our Global Professional Master of Laws (GPLLM) program to reach out to a member of our admissions team.

This page provides a wealth of information about the University's emerging plans for the Fall 2020 semester and is intended to answer some of the questions raised by our incoming and prospective students to the extent that we are able. Much still remains uncertain. While Ontario has begun a staged approach to reopening the province, it is difficult to predict which stage we will be in when September arrives. As more information becomes available, we will update this page. The websites referred to below are also regularly updated and thus worth checking frequently.

If you have any further questions about the 2020 fall term, please see the University’s website for the latest COVID-19 updates and FAQs which is updated regularly for further details.

 

What can I expect in September?

As the Faculty of Law develops our reopening plans, we are committed above all else to the health and safety of our entire community. We do not expect teaching and learning to be fully back to normal by September. While we recognize the value of on-campus and face-to-face instruction, as conditions allow, there is good reason to believe that limitations imposed by public health officials, including physical distancing and travel restrictions, may continue into the Fall. With this in mind, we are considering different scenarios for teaching next year that will balance our commitment to ensuring the high-quality learning experience expected of a U of T education with the practical realities that some of you are wrestling with.

What can we tell you right now?

The Faculty of Law is firmly committed to delivering all of its academic programs in fall 2020. In planning our programs for the fall, we will need to work within whatever constraints the University considers appropriate, which will in turn depend on the guidance of Public Health authorities, among other things. The Faculty's goal is to keep faculty, staff and students safe, while offering as much in-person teaching as we can. We are currently developing different models that allow for a combination of in-person and remote teaching in the hopes that that will be possible. While we are eager to welcome those of you who are able to come to Toronto (or are already here), we understand that for some of you, it may simply not be possible to relocate to Toronto in September. Accordingly, students will not be required to attend classes in-person during the fall semester if they cannot do so for a COVID-related reason.

Where do I find more detailed information about the University's plans for the fall term?

If you would like to keep abreast of the University’s position on COVID-19, please refer to the University’s website for the latest COVID-19 updates and FAQs.  Please also refer to the COVID-19 updates from The School of Graduate Studies.  The Vice-Provost Students website also contains a wealth of information.

I am an international applicant/admittee. Will I be able to begin classes in the fall if travel restrictions are still in place?

The current situation is evolving rapidly and the University is monitoring events closely. We are committed to finding ways to allow newly enrolled students, including international students, to begin their studies at the University of Toronto in the 2020-2021 academic year if restrictions continue to be in place.

Can I defer my offer of admission?

If you are unable to begin your studies this fall, you may request a one-year deferral of your offer of admission. Deferrals are not guaranteed and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Deferral requests that are approved do not always include deferral of entrance scholarships awarded. Ensure that you have satisfied the conditions of your offer and paid the admission deposit.

What technology do I need for remote or online learning?

The University of Toronto, has outlined the minimum technical requirements (computer specifications), recommended accessories, internet connection and frequently asked questions about learning remotely.

Can I get my TCard and U of T email address before arriving on campus?

Yes. You can authenticate your TCard and get your U of T email address before arriving. Having these tools will make it easier for you to connect with U of T and access resources. For full information, visit the TCard website. You can pick up your physical TCard when you arrive on campus.  You can also find details about registration, transcripts, tuition fees, etc. on our Next Steps page.

Will classes be offered in person in Winter 2021?

We hope that students who begin their studies in the Fall will have the opportunity to pursue all of their courses safely on campus during the winter semester. That said, it is possible that the Public Health guidance may still prevent in-person gatherings in Winter 2021.

 

Still need to speak with someone?

We are keen to support our incoming students during these challenging times. If you have questions that are not addressed on this page, or you wish to speak to someone, please don't hesitate to contact us as set out below.

  • If you are a prospective student and wish to speak with a member of our recruitment team, please contact us here.
  • If you are a current or newly admitted student, please email us at gpllm@utoronto.ca