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University of Toronto and Europe

  • Europe is a hub of research and student mobility activity for U of T. European countries are among U of T’s top collaborators by number of co-authored publications, including the United Kingdom which is U of T’s 2nd largest partner in the world. Top areas for joint publication include medicine, astronomy and physics, biochemistry, earth and planetary sciences, and neuroscience. U of T faculty members have several active research collaborations with a range of international partners in Europe, including CNRS, University College London, and University of Manchester (see Partnership Highlights). Our exchange partnerships with Sciences Po, King’s College London, Goethe-Institut, ETH Zurich, and the University of Copenhagen are among the most active at U of T. Global learning opportunities are facilitated by joint degree programs with Sciences Po, Hertie School of Governance and Bocconi University. U of T’s engagement in Europe is guided in part by both the International Leadership Council, comprised of U of T alumni in Europe and the President’s International Council, comprised of  U of T faculty with expertise in the region.  

    Please note: The regional pages on this website provide but a snapshot of the rich and deep relationships that the U of T community enjoys with many countries, institutions, communities and partners around the world. 

  • Across the University of Toronto community, staff and students engage in collaborative work with many European institutions. The below highlights the ones with which we currently have a strategic, institutional partnership that includes joint funding and programmatic opportunities. U of T, through the Office of the Vice-President, International, builds institutional partnerships with peer institutions where there is evidence of strong, existing faculty-to-faculty engagement and collaboration already in place.

    University College London 

    UCL and  U of T have a Strategic Global Partnership, which has been fostered since 2014. This partnership is built on shared interests and strengths in city-building and health sciences and a similar philosophy underlining their approach to internationalization. UCL and U of T have deepened its partnership through multiple centrally-funded activities, including: joint calls for teaching/research proposals, joint research workshops on affordable housing and AI, and graduate exchanges in child healthBoth institutions have a commitment to contributing solutions to the many complex, global challenges we face today through various international fora.  

    The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) 

    In 2016, U of T and CNRS signed a four year agreement to foster scientific collaboration and research exchange. Both institutions have provided funding to support several projects a year in a wide range of disciplines, including biology, religion, mineral engineering, communication & culture, environmental sciences and health policy. CNRS and U of T are jointly supporting a cluster of researchers from various institutions undertaking a comparative global study of Islam and the politics of secularism. U of T and CNRS are both committed to providing opportunities for PhD students to participate in global research opportunities.  

    University of Manchester 

    The partnership between U of T and the University of Manchester is built on similarities at the institutional level, like a commitment to internationalization and linkages to health networks and industry partners. It is supported by linkages at the city level as well, including linguistically diverse and multicultural populations, a commitment to foster innovation and creativity as recognized by inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, and a commitment to urban sustainability.U of T and UoM have contributed matching funds to support collaborative research initiatives in areas of mutual strength and shared interest. These areas include cancer, cities, biomaterials, and quantum technology.  

    For U of T faculty members interested in funding opportunities for research collaborations with European institutions, please visit the International Partnerships tab on the U of T Global homepage  

    For U of T students interested in global learning opportunities in Europe please visit the U of T in the World tab on the U of T Global homepage 

Degree students

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Student mobility

Inbound & Outbound


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Joint publications