Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

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Useful Information
  • How to apply

    As an established and growing presence on the global stage, the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing welcomes students of substance from the international community. As part of our mandate to improve nursing and health care around the globe, the U of T Faculty of Nursing encourages interest from international students.

    Undergraduate Applicants

    English Language Requirements
    Are you required to present proof of English facility? What tests or qualifications are acceptable as proof of English facility? What test scores or final grades are required to meet admission requirements for English facility? The University of Toronto’s English Language Requirements website will help you answer these questions.

    Graduate Applicants

    English Language Requirements
    If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, then you must demonstrate your facility in English. This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application. Please visit the School of Graduate Studies site for a list of acceptable tests and scores.

    Visa applicants and internationally-educated applicants utilize the same application process as all other applicants, which is our School of Graduate Studies online application.

    Degree recognition
    Graduates of recognized academic institutions outside Canada should hold an appropriate bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as assessed by the University of Toronto. Use the International Degree Equivalencies tool to see which international credentials are required for masters and doctoral admissions at U of T.

    Requirements & Resources

    Academic Records/Transcripts
    Applicants must provide, in officially sealed envelopes, official copies of their complete academic records, including all courses and grades from each university attended, and bearing official seals. Applicants should arrange for their record(s) to be sent directly to the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing from the issuing institution(s). Applicants who submit their records themselves must ensure that the officially sealed envelopes remain unopened. An official English translation must accompany all international non-English documentation.

    View our current fee schedule for international students.

    International Offices
    University of Toronto, Centre for International Experience

  • Working in Ontario

    As a Nurse

    Have you completed a nursing program outside of Ontario? To become licenced to practice nursing in Ontario, please visit the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

    As a Student

    International students registered at the University of Toronto as full-time students with valid study permits are eligible to work on campus for a limited number of hours per week. Student who wish to work on campus must apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN). For more information about working on campus and obtaining a SIN visit the University of Toronto’s Centre for International Experience (CIE). You will also find information on the CIE’s website about working off-campus, as a co-op student, and after graduation.

  • Centre for International Experience

    The Centre for International Experience  (CIE) provides a range of information and services to international students studying at the University of Toronto. Take some time to explore their website and view their podcasts. We have provided a number of links in the sections that follow to specific pages that we think you will find particularly helpful.

    Study Permit, Entry VISA

    The Centre for International Experience has a website and pre-arrival webcast that provide information on travel documents required for entry to Canada, what you can expect at customs, and what you can bring with you. For a list of countries and territories whose citizens require a VISA, in addition to a study permit, to enter Canada as a visitor please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

    Health & Health Insurance

    The Centre for International Experience has a website and pre-arrival webcast that provides information on health care in Canada, the University Health Insurance Program (UHIP) enrolment and start dates, how you can use your insurance, and where to pick up your UHIP card.


    The CIE’s Next-Steps Checklist  is a useful guide to help you think about things you will need to do before you leave your home country and things you will need to do shortly after arriving at U of T.

    Student Advising

    International Student Advisors at U of  T  provide a range of services, which are available to all international students. Services include information about study permits, entry visas, inviting family to visit you in Canada, working in Canada, obtaining a Social Insurance Number, filing income taxes, and permanent residency. The student advising office is located at Cumberland House, 33 St. George St.


    Orientation activities take place in the week or two leading up to the start of classes in early September and will allow you to meet your new classmates and get oriented to the university and its resources. Visit the CIE’s website for more information about orientation activities.

    Mentorship Program

    CIE’s iConnect Mentorship Program connects globally-minded University of Toronto undergraduate and graduate students. Visit the CIE website to find out more and to register for the program.

  • International Visiting Doctoral Students

    We welcome visits from international doctoral students who are registered full-time in recognized PhD programs in Nursing at non-Canadian universities. Potential students should have completed most of their program requirements, including data collection. Visiting students may spend up to one year under the supervision of one of our professors, working on individually tailored learning objectives.

    The Global Affairs Office  and the PhD Coordinator will work to ensure that visits are carefully planned and arranged to facilitate specialized training, learning opportunities and collaboration. Objectives and a study plan for visits must be included in the student’s request along with a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Application Form. The study plan and objectives will be further developed in discussion with the supervisor at the home university, and the host supervisor at the LSBFON once the student has been accepted.


    Faculty researchers at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing  have expertise in a range of research methods and specialities and interested students are encouraged to visit the following link to review the profiles of professor, associate professor and assistant professors:

    The PhD Coordinator will provide assistance in determining potential supervisors.

    Application and Fees

    The University of Toronto requirements and details of the application process are found in the International Visiting Graduate Student Research Mobility Agreement . Visiting students do not pay tuition fees, but the School of Graduate Studies charges administrative and incidental fees. An administrative fee is also charged by the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. No funding or internal scholarships are available for visiting doctoral students. Please also note that space for visiting students is limited.

    Planning your visit

    The Global Affairs Office can assist students in obtaining the required letter of invitation for study permit purposes and be a resource before and during their learning experience at the faculty.

    What You Can Expect as a Visiting Doctoral Student

    • Access to audit courses, with the supervisor’s approval
    • Access to the University of Toronto’s virtual and physical library collection (included in SGS fee)
    • Study/work space within the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    • Internet (including wireless) access
    • Student services at the University of Toronto such as health, equity, campus security and international student services, as well as recreation and health facilities at the Athletic Centre and Hart House (included in SGS fee)
    • English language skills acquisition through School of Continuing Studies English Language Academic Preparation Course (additional fees may apply)

    Expectations and requirements

    For more information please contact the Global Affairs Office.

  • Dean’s Scholarship for International Students

    Bloomberg Nursing attracts top students from around the globe and the faculty recognizes what international students undertake in moving to another country to study.  With that in mind, the faculty has created three new Dean’s Scholarships that honour the achievements of one undergraduate, one MN/NP and one PhD international student beginning in fall 2013.

    See here for details on the application process and the award.

    Bluma Appel Community Trust Award

    Created to entice top international PhD students to join the faculty, the award places emphasis on their contributions toward further enriching the University of Toronto’s learning environment.  Two recipients will be recognized for their ground-breaking research that shapes health care institutions globally, and their key skills in transferring knowledge to future nurses who will manage and lead in health care settings.

    See here for details on the application process and the award.

    Read the profile of international PhD student and grant recipient O’Brien Munyao Kyololo here.

    Read the profile of BScN recipient for the Dean’s Scholarship for International Students Yume Kobayashi here.

  • Information on Accommodation, Transportation, Banking & Money, Food & Shopping, Medical Building Access and much more can be found here.


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Mailing Address
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto
155 College Street, Suite 130, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1P8 Canada
Office Hours
Monday to Friday: 8:45 am - 5 pm
July & August: 8:45 am - 4:30 pm