The Faculty of Law welcomes Visiting Scholars, Researchers and Students (primarily Doctoral) who are interested in conducting research and working with members of the faculty for a limited period of time.  Each year, the number of visitors and inquiries from prospective visitors has grown.  Office space is very limited and while the Faculty of Law is generally not in a position to provide office space or other benefits, we make every effort to provide on-line and library access and opportunities for collaboration with faculty.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants may submit their application to visit the Faculty if the following criteria are met:

  • The visit is temporary and for periods ranging from one week to twelve months.
  • The applicant is not paid by funds administered by the University of Toronto but has obtained his or her own funding for all travel and accommodation expenses.
  • The visit does not involve auditing courses, unless an agreement exists between the University of Toronto and the visitor's home institution.
  • The applicant will be engaged in full-time research.
  • The applicant should demonstrate oral and written English proficiency or will be supervised by a faculty member who is proficient in the candidate's primary language. 
  • The applicant is encouraged to contact faculty who might be interested in the visitor's project and ask whether they would serve as their contact person.
  • The applicant is recommended by a faculty member.

Application Process

Applications can be submitted any time but will be considered four times a year:  March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.  Under extenuating circumstances, an applicant may submit a request to have an application evaluated outside of these time frames, especially if the applicant hoped to arrive soon and planned a brief (under two months) visit.

Applications should be e-mailed to associatedean.law@utoronto.ca.  All candidates will be notified after the evaluation process.  Successful applicants will receive an official letter of invitation from the Associate Dean. 

An application consists of:

  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • 250 - 500 words describing the research the student proposes to do during his or her visit;
  • a letter of reference from supervisor (students only);
  • a covering letter, specifying:
    1. the visitor's institutional affiliation and status;
    2. the beginning and ending dates of the planned visit; 
    3. what level and kind of funding the applicant has to support the visit; and
    4. at least one University of Toronto faculty member who has been contacted or who works most closely in the same research area as the applicant.

The Letter of Invitation

The invitation letter can be used as necessary at the visitor's home institution or for any visa requirements.  The Associate Dean's Office will provide the visitor with:

  • Information on how to obtain a temporary library card (T-Card) for the duration of the visit, providing full library privileges.Wireless access at the Bora Laskin Law Library or through Eduroam Wireless Services.
  • An invitation to attend special lectures and workshop series that are listed on our website. 

FAQs

Will I be provided with wireless services?

Yes.  Eduroam, or educational roaming, is a secure worldwide access service which allows faculty, staff and students to access wireless services at any participating institution by logging in with their home institution credentials.  Visitors to the University of Toronto from Eduroam-enabled institutions must make similar arrangements to configure and test before leaving their home institutions. Not all institutions are Eduroam-enabled.  Visitors should contact their home institution's IT support for assistance. More information regarding this service can be found at: https://wiki.bc.net/atl-conf/display/Services/Canada+eduroam

The Bora Laskin Law Library also provides wireless service.

Where is the Bora Laskin Law Library located and what are the hours of operation?

The library is located at 78 Queen's Park.  For hours of operation please visit http://www.law-lib.utoronto.ca/visitors.htm.

How do I find out about any special lectures and workshops?

Special lectures and workshops take place throughout the academic school year.  Most workshops take place from September to the end of March.  Visit the Special Lectures and the Workshops pages for more information, or the Calendar of Events for what is happening during a particular period of time.

Are there on-line maps of the campus available?

The University of Toronto has three campuses.  The Faculty of Law is located in downtown Toronto on the St. George campus.  On-line maps are located at http://www.utoronto.ca/campuses/maps.htm

What information do I need to obtain a visa?

Refer to the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship website at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp 

How do I obtain medical coverage during my visit?

Canada does not pay for hospital or medical services for visitors. Health insurance must be purchased to cover any medical costs.  For further information regarding how to fill out the necessary forms, please write to associatedean.law@utoronto.ca

The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) website is http://www.uhip.ca/ 

The plan covers the hospital and medical services of non-resident students, employees and short-term university visitors (see definition below) at Ontario Universities and affiliated colleges and their families.

Short-term university visitors: Individuals who are at a participating university for a brief, defined period of time, not necessarily related to an academic term, that is:

  • visiting scholars 
  • post-doctoral students 
  • international researchers 
  • conference participants

The UHIP Premium Rates table is located at: http://www.uhip.ca/_uploads/en_PremiumTable.htm

Can you recommend any places where I can live during my visit?

You will find below a brief list of places that offer temporary accommodation for visitors close to the University of Toronto's downtown campus.

1.  Visiting Faculty Housing (VFH) program

Housing units are available for rent to new and visiting faculty members who are  looking for short-term accommodation (approximately 3 to 12 months).  Visit the  website at:  http://www.library.utoronto.ca/newcomers/.  If you meet the  eligibility criteria and are interested in applying for VFH, please complete the  online application form under the "Application for Housing" section  (http://www.library.utoronto.ca/newcomers/application-new.htm). 

 Faculty Housing Coordinator
 University of Toronto
 229 College Street, Suite 215
 Toronto, Ontario  M5T 1R4
 Canada

 Tel:  (1) 416-946-5671
 Fax:  (1) 416-978-1081

 New Faculty email:  newfaculty.realestate@utoronto.ca
 Visiting Faculty email:  visitingfaculty.realestate@utoronto.ca

2. Lowther Suites

Offers furnished apartments close to the downtown campus.  Detailed information is available at http://www.lowthersuites.com/

3. Glen Grove Suites & Condominium Residences

Offers locations in downtown Toronto with fully equipped kitchens.  Tell them you will be visiting the  University of Toronto Faculty of Law so that you can get the University rates. For  more information, please visit:  http://www.glengrove.com/

4. 89 Chestnut Residence

Offers hotel-like accommodation for both students and  non-students.  For information, view their web site at  http://89chestnut.com/accommodation/info.html

5.  The Bulletin

The Bulletin is the University of Toronto's faculty and staff newspaper. You can  download the current issue at http://www.news.utoronto.ca/bulletin.html and view the accommodation section for rental in houses near the campus.