What will I learn?

The International University Foundation Program (IUFP) is an eight-month (two semester) program designed for international students who want to strengthen their academic and personal foundations while learning to navigate university life in Canada.

The program provides a foundation year for applicants who need additional academic support to meet the overall competitive and/or subject requirements for admission into their chosen undergraduate program of study. Students who successfully complete the IUFP gain guaranteed admission to their program of choice (excluding all Grades Plus programs and programs in the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science) with at least four undergraduate course credits in September of the following year.

Which department am I in?

Ryerson University

Study options

Full Time (8 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$33,620.00 (US$ 24,818) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020


Ryerson University

350 Victoria Street,


Ontario (ON),

M5B 2K3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for Ryerson ESL Foundation Program consideration, you must be academically qualified and competitive for admission to the undergraduate degree program you wish to pursue. You will be offered placement in the Ryerson ESL Foundation Program based on your academic qualifications, subject to competition. Upon successful completion of the Ryerson ESL Foundation Program, you will enroll in your selected degree program. Throughout the Ryerson ESL Foundation Program, your progress will be assessed so that you can identify areas for improvement. English language requirements: IELTS: 5.0, TOEFL iBT: 68-82; MELAB score of 70-74; CAEL score of 50 and PTE score of 50.

For international students

The IUFP is specially designed for applicants who demonstrate aptitude for success at the university level but whose applications would not be selected for undergraduate study at Ryerson due to competition. The IUFP provides qualified students with the opportunity to join the Ryerson community and enjoy success in their studies with continued support.

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About this uni

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education.

  • Career-driven education experience
  • Wide selection of undergraduate academic subjects
  • Co-operative education opportunities and internships
  • Dedicated entrance scholarships for international students