Canada: Ryerson University (Toronto)
Sinds april 2018 is er een overeenkomst tussen onze Faculteit Digitale Media & Creatieve Industrie (waar CMD een onderdeel van is) en de Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) van de Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Aangezien deze overeenkomst recentelijk tot stand gekomen is, zijn er nog wel een aantal aandachtspunten. Zo wordt op dit moment nog gewerkt aan het helder krijgen van de vakken (courses) die CMD studenten daar kunnen volgen. Er worden binnen deze faculteit zeer veel vakken aangeboden (allemaal in het Engels natuurlijk) waar CMD studenten (mogelijk) aan deel kunnen nemen.
Ons advies aan jou is om onderstaande informatie te lezen en te oordelen of je er iets interessants tussen ziet. Je kunt dan contact met ons opnemen (firstname.lastname@example.org) en dan kunnen we in een persoonlijk gesprek met jou de mogelijkheden bekijken. We kunnen dan bijvoorbeeld contact opnemen met FCAD en laten weten dat er een CMD student is die interesse heeft. Per studiejaar (semester) kunnen we ongeveer twee CMD studenten naar FCAD sturen.
Information for exchange students
At Ryerson, courses are categorized into “Core Courses” and “Open Elective Courses”:
Core Courses: These are program-specific courses which are required courses taken by our domestic students in the full-time program. The same core courses are generally offered year-to-year. Exchange students have some priority enrolling into “Core Courses” within their own program.
Open Elective Courses: These courses are open to ALL Ryerson students. Please note that not all these courses are offered year-to-year. On average, less than 50% of the listed courses will be offered during your study term. Also, courses may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Availability of courses won’t be known until August. Click here for the full list: Open Elective Table.
It is recommended that students take mostly Core Courses within their own program as these classes provide deep disciplinary knowledge and practice within the field of study.
Inbound students typically choose from a “menu” of courses specific to their program of study. These courses are a combination of “Core Courses” and “Open Elective Courses”. This list is customized for inbound students 3 months before the students' arrival and no earlier.The list comprises of courses available for inbound students, are considered suitable for their level, and would provide important disciplinary knowledge/skills within the field of study.
Students will be contacted by their Ryerson Academic Coordinator about course selection about 2 to 3 months prior to the start of their exchange semester. That will be around May to June for students studying in the Fall semester, or around November to December for students studying in the Winter semester. Students will complete a Course Selection Form and email it back to the Academic Coordinator with their preferred courses. Students may be asked to list “backup” courses in case their preferred courses are full or unavailable.
The Academic Coordinator will personally enrol the students into courses so that students won’t have to navigate our university’s complicated enrolment system. The Academic Coordinator will hold onto course preferences but won't actually enrol the student until the enrolment system is open. Students will be enrolled anytime between August and the first week of September for Fall students and anytime between November and the first week of January for Winter students.
When it comes to course enrolment, there is never any guarantee of getting into every course due to a few important factors: availability, scheduling (times and dates), class capacity and whether you meet prerequisite requirements. However, we will do our best to enrol students into their preferred courses.
It is important that students meet with their Ryerson Academic Coordinator during the first week of classes to discuss their timetable. Students may discuss any issues or changes with their Academic Coordinator at that time.
It is recommended that students take no more than 4 courses. Ryerson courses tend to have a heavier workload compared to schools abroad. The workload of a typical class consists of class participation, mini assignments, a group project, a midterm essay and a final exam. Students are expected to show up to every class and there will also be a considerable amount of studying and group work done outside of class time. As a result, students should enrol into a maximum of 4 courses.
There is a course add/drop period from August 19, 2019 to September 13, 2019 for Fall students. During this time, students are able to change their courses. If a student is not registered in their courses by the first week of classes, this is normal. Students will have time to finalize your timetable during the first two weeks of classes. The final timetable needs to be established no later than September 13, 2019.
Taking Courses From Another Program
Enrolling into Core Courses from programs outside of your own program can be challenging. Core courses from another program is harder to get into and more restrictive because they are typically reserved for full-time domestic students. Yes, students can take some Core Courses from other programs. However, there's no guarantee of being able to successfully enrol into those courses due to space and availability. Therefore we caution students in taking Core Courses from outside of their own program. Your timetable may not be finalized until you arrive at Ryerson.
If you are interested in taking courses from a different program, we recommend that you choose from the “Open Elective Table”. There are less restrictions to take these courses. These courses are offered to ALL Ryerson students. Please note that not all these courses are offered year-to-year. On average, less than 50% of the listed courses will be offered during your study term. Also, courses may be cancelled due to low enrolment. The availability of courses won’t be known until August.
Tip: It is always easier if students choose courses within their program. If students choose mostly core courses from within their own program, they will confidently know what their final timetable will be. It doesn't mean that students can't choose courses from other programs. But they need to understand that their ability to enroll into those courses is subject to availability, scheduling (times and dates), class capacity and whether you meet prerequisite requirements. If students choose to mix some Open Elective Courses into their timetable, their timetable will not be finalized until August or the first week of classes.
- Students must enrol into ONE program (e.g. Creative Industries or New media... or others). They get priority to choose courses within that program! If the student chooses a course which requires a "pre-requisite course", the student may have to provide a transcript to demonstrate their knowledge/skill proficiency before being allowed to take the course.
- CORE courses are usually the same year-to-year.
- Students can take CORE courses from other programs. However, there's no guarantee of being able to successfully enrol into those courses due to space and availability.
- There is no restriction for students to take OPEN electives from other programs, as long as that course is offered during the semester. These courses are available for all students to take across the university.
- OPEN elective courses are not released to staff until March every year.
- OPEN elective courses will be made publicly available to students in August. If there is a course that the student really wants to take and wants to know whether or not it's offered in the Fall semester, I can check for them on request.
- Unlike CORE courses, OPEN elective offerings and PROFESSIONALLY-RELATED offerings vary year-to-year.
- The list attached are customized by the Academic Departments based on available 3rd and 4th year courses for that semester. This is not a comprehensive list. This is only a list of courses that the Academic Department knows are available and/or recommends students to choose from. If students want to take a course not listed on the document, they will have to speak with the Academic Coordinator during course enrolment period to discuss this.