COVID-19 U of T Engineering Graduate Students FAQs

 Last Updated: 

  • November 23, 2020 - An announcement from Dean Yip regarding University operations under new restrictions to limit spread of COVID-19. You can view the announcement here. Added question, "Is the St George Campus open?" under Student Services / St. George Campus section. Added question, "How do the new restrictions effective Monday, November 23, impact research facilities?" under Graduate Research Students section.
  • November 20, 2020 - An announcement from Dean Yip on regarding delaying the start of Winter Term classes by one week. You can view the announcement here. The University will open on Monday, January 4, 2021, as planned. Essential services and supports will be available. The first day of classes for graduate-level engineering courses will be Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. SGS Sessional Dates remain the same. Research labs will be running as of Jan. 4, 2021. Research-stream graduate students should speak to their supervisors for the plans in their individual groups. FAQ has been updated, “When do graduate courses start for Winter 2021?” under Courses section. “When will research labs open in Winter 2021?” under Graduate Research Students section
  • October 05, 2020 - Updated, "My research or program was severely impacted by the pandemic. Am I eligible for a program extension and a tuition relief?" in Financial Aid section
  • September 24, 2020 - Added question, "How will U of T Engineering courses be delivered in the 2021 Winter Term? " in Courses section
  • September 9, 2020 - Added question, "Where are students permitted to eat on campus?" in General Section
  • August 31, 2020 - Added question, "How do I enter Canada as an international student?" in International Students Section; Added, "How will my Post-Graduation Work Permit be impacted if I am a new student beginning my program online?" in International Students Section

This page serves to supplement the notices posted by the University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-Provost, Students, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and School of Graduate Studies.

The SGS Dean, Joshua Barker also sent a message to graduate students on March 17, 2020, you can view this letter here.

On May 14, 2020, another letter was sent by Dean Barker, you can view this letter here.

Please find frequently asked questions (FAQs) that are specific to graduate students taking courses with U of T Engineering below. This page will be continually updated as more information is available. If your questions are not answered below, please email us directly at


Student Services / St. George Campus




MEng Guide to Working from Home

Graduate Research Students


Placements, Internships and Other Program Requirements

Summer 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Convocation



International Students

Financial Aid

Getting Involved with Student Community

Resource List

Feeling Distressed?

A list of UofT and Community mental health resources and contacts.

My SSP | 1-844-451-9700. Outside of North America, call 001-416-380-6578.

My Student Support Program (MySSP). Culturally-competent 24-hr mental health and counselling services in 146 languages for all U of T students. Chat about school, health, general life concerns for free.

Good2Talk Student Helpline | 1-866-925-5454
Professional counseling, information and referrals helpline for mental health, addictions and student well-being.

Student Life

Many events/Workshops and services are available online or by phone:

  • Events include: Mindful Moments, productivity workshops, de-stress events
  • The Centre for International Experience - addressing the needs for International Students
  • Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre - Peer-to-peer chats, big or small!
  • Academic Success
  • Accessibility Services
  • And more!

Accessibility Services

Moving courses to an online format can affect students with accessibility needs. The Accessibility Services team is available via phone or email and is posting updates as they become available. 

Canadian Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) - Canadian government financial support for students.

SGS Emergency Grant:

Emergency assistance grants are available for domestic and international students impacted by COVID-19 and who need immediate short-term financial relief because of unexpected expenses.

GECoS Mental Wellness Commission

The Engineering Graduate Student Mental Wellness Commission Facebook Group shares resources, tips, and events (in the future) for UofT engineering grad students.

UofT Central Hub

For most up to date information and resources on COVID-19.

School of Graduate Studies website

Updated information relevant to the graduate community during the COVID-19 outbreak. Information on academic activities, final oral examinations and more can be found on this site.

Faculty of Arts and Science - Sources of Government Support

A document developed by Faculty of Arts and Science. Information found on their document may be helpful for engineering graduate students as well.

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