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The IFP format merges undergraduate university courses with intensive academic and language support. Designed for international students who need to improve their language, academic, and cultural proficiencies before undertaking the rigours of a full-time undergraduate degree, the IFP develops students’ skills in genuine higher education contexts. The integration of English language learning and academic support with first-year university courses facilitates specific skills development required of full-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto.

Successful Completion of the IFP

IFP students must complete all courses, including the degree credit-course; the discipline-specific course; and the language and academic development courses. Throughout the IFP, continual assessment raises student awareness of their standing and provides opportunities to improve their performance. Those who do not successfully complete all courses will have their offers withdrawn.

Degree Courses

During the IFP, students take the one of the courses listed below and earn one full credit towards their undergraduate degree.

Faculty Fall/Winter IFP
Arts & Science History Course
IFP100Y1 Credits: 1.0
Applied Science & Engineering Engineering Course
APS113Y1 Credits: 1.0
Architecture, Landscape, & Design History Course
IFP101Y1 Credits: 1.0
Music History Course
IFP102Y1 Credits: 1.0

Language and Academic Skills Development Courses

Using readings, lecture content, assignments and requirements from their degree course, students learn how to interpret information presented through a variety of written and oral mediums; construct arguments supported by evidence; and present ideas in small group and tutorial environments.


Students take the following concurrent courses:

Academic Listening & Speaking
IFP010Y1 / IFP011Y1*
Critical Reading & Writing
Written English Discourse*
University Skills & Strategies
IFP030Y1 / IFP013Y1*

*IFP Engineering Stream course codes

Discipline-Specific Courses

IFP students take discipline-specific courses which correspond to their admission stream. These courses serve as an introduction to the academic requirements of first year courses in their admitted field of study. These courses, taught by instructors from specific departments, introduce the necessary vocabulary, assignment types, and evaluations used in their area of study.

Students select their discipline-specific course from a variety of choices:

Applied Concepts in Economics
IFP040H1 Term: Winter
Reading and Writing in Mathematics
IFP050H1 Term: Winter
Problem Solving in the Sciences
IFP070H1 Term: Winter
Information in the Digital Era
IFP080H1 Term: Winter
Challenges to Global Equity
IFP090H1 Term: Winter
Engineering Foundations in Mathematics*
IFP014Y1 Term: Fall & Winter
Applied Music**
IFP015Y1 Term: Fall & Winter

*IFP Engineering stream only
**IFP Music stream only