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Competitive, out-of-town, modified schedules and International

Opportunities that fall outside of the PAS matching schedule are defined as:

  • Competitive
  • Off Schedule
  • Outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)


  1. applicants may be competing with students from other educational institutions, OR,
  2. require a schedule other than the typical September – April academic year, OR
  3. are located outside of the GTA.

Competitive Practicums/Practicums located outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

A competitive practicum cannot be guaranteed.  FIFSW students will be interviewing with students from other academic institutions for a limited number of spaces.

Questions? Contact Sun Ooi, Practicum Coordinator at

Off-schedule (block) Practicums

Typically, the Practicum course is offered from September to April, with students attending 3 days per week.  Occasionally, a field instructor may offer a practicum for a U of T MSW student on an alternate schedule.  Practicum attendance is increased to 4 or 5 days per week, and students complete the required number of hours over a shorter duration.  These opportunities may be of particular interest to students whose schedule allows flexibility.

Questions?   Contact Mindy Coplevitch, Practicum Coordinator at


In all of these cases, students may pursue the opportunities listed below AND participate in the PAS matching process. However, if successful, the competitive match is confirmed and the student does not participate in the PAS assignment process.

If a student is offered a practicum at a competitive site, as a courtesy to the site, students are required to respond to the offer within one week.

If you do not wish to apply for one of these opportunities, or you apply and are unsuccessful, you will be included in the regular matching process.

Presentation Materials from Q&A Session September 24, 2019

Summer Practicum Opportunities 2020 - students in both years

Sherbourne Health – YEAR 2 – CLOSED

York Region CAS – BOTH YEARS – open until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday January 28, 2020

University Settlement, Mandarin or Cantonese Speaking – BOTH YEARS – early submissions encouraged (accepting applications until March 2020)

University Settlement, Multiservice Indirect – YEAR 2 – early submissions encouraged (accepting applications until March 2020)

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care  – open until 5:00 p.m. Sunday March 1, 2020

The 519 – BOTH YEARS – open until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday March 10, 2020

Ontario Shores, Whitby – BOTH YEARS – open until 5:00 p.m. Friday March 13, 2020

Child Development Institute, Haliburton – BOTH YEARS – open until 5:00 p.m. Friday March 20, 2020

Dr. Angela Fountain Summer Day Treatment, Oshawa – BOTH YEARS – open until 5:00 p.m. Friday April 3, 2020

Practicum I Opportunities January 2021 – May 2021

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care – open until 5:00 p.m. Thursday October 1, 2020

Practicum II Opportunities September 2020 – April 2021

Victim Services Toronto – open until Monday February 3, 2020

York University Student Counselling and Development Services – open until 11:59 p.m. Saturday February 29, 2020

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care – open until Monday June 1, 2020

International Study Opportunities

For information about potential financial support, please visit the Centre for International Experience website.

Students approved for a Practicum exchange outside of Canada are required to register with the Centre for International Experience (CIE).


International students require a Study Permit as well as a Co-op/Work Permit in order to attend Practicum I (SWK 4701) and/or Practicum II (SWK 4702). To obtain your Co-op/Work Permit, submit an application on the Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship website.You will be required to submit a Letter of Confirmation from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, which you should have received with your acceptance package.

The University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work has partnered with the following social work programs to facilitate spring/summer semester practicum courses:

1. Hebrew University, Israel * opportunity still available for Year 1 summer 2020*

School of Social Work at Hebrew University

Fact Sheet on MSW Study Opportunity at Hebrew University, Israel.


2. University of Melbourne, Australia

School of Social Work at the University of Melbourne

Fact Sheet – Melbourne University – Year 2 Practicum Summer 2020.


 3. University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Social Work at University of Edinburgh

Fact Sheet – University of Scotland – Year 1 Practicum.



Where Practicum I is offered: The student completes Year 1 classes first. Practicum I (approximately 67 days) is completed in the following spring/summer semester.  The student will participate in the Practicum 2 interviewing/matching process for September remotely.

Where Practicum II is offered: The student completes Practicum II (approximately 75 days) in the spring/summer semester after all class work is completed. Convocation would therefore occur in November, following successful completion of Practicum II.