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Outbound Exchanges

The student exchange program allows you to study abroad for a term or full academic year at one of 70 exchange partner institutions around the world. Apply by January 26, 2024 to study abroad in 2024-25 (late applications for Winter 2025 exchanges accepted until May 15).

We support you every step of the way with support and guidance before, during and after the application process, as well as with pre-departure sessions and gatherings for returning exchange students.

Visit the International Opportunities Fair on Tuesday November 7, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to meet exchange students and learn more about the program! Drop-in to the Concourse in Waterloo.

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Why Study Abroad? 

Travelling abroad has many personal benefits like learning about other cultures, meeting people from around the world, and challenging yourself. There are also career benefits as you can network while abroad, as well as demonstrate to employers that you are resilient and a capable problem-solver.

Studying abroad helps you gain a new perspective about your field of study and experience a new way of learning.

Maya Khemlin in an alley. Maya’s favourite part of exchange was meeting different people with various personalities, cultures, and backgrounds. It great to go into a situation without knowing anything or having much planned because it is a fresh start.

Read about Maya's exchange experience.

Explore Exchange Opportunities

Take your interest further by exploring and researching about exchange opportunities with our partner (host) institutions, and determining your eligibility for exchange.

Amy Zhou in Times' Square, Hong KongAmy recommends that anyone thinking of going on exchange to just do it, because you do not want to miss out on all that the world has to offer.

Read about Amy's exchange experience.

Plan Your Exchange

Going on an exchange is an exciting process that not only requires you to be open to new experiences but also involves careful planning by getting all the information you need to make informed decisions to have a successful experience abroad.

Apply for an Exchange

When you're ready to apply, you'll find the application and all supporting documents in Journey, Laurier's system for travellers.

Prepare to Go Abroad

You will receive a detailed pre-departure training and checklist after you accept your exchange institution offer. This checklist includes preparation of student visa documents, credit transfer processes, and personal document preparations.

During and After Exchange Processes