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Outbound Exchanges

Winter 2021 Outbound Student Exchange Program Update

We have made the difficult decision to cancel outbound student exchange for the winter 2021 term. We understand that many students will be disappointed by this decision and we will continue to work closely with all impacted students to provide counsel and advice.

We have updated our frequently asked questions with more information on the cancellation of winter 2021 outbound exchanges, what the next steps are and what you should consider. 

Fall 2020 Outbound Student Exchange Program Update

We have made the decision to cancel outbound student exchange for the fall 2020 term. This was a difficult decision to make and we understand that many students will be disappointed.

Review our list of frequently asked questions to find out how this decision impacts you and what options you have for future exchange opportunities.

About the Student Exchange Program

Broaden your perspective and develop lasting intercultural skills that will help you excel in today's world. The Student Exchange Program is an opportunity for you to experience the social, economic and political climate of various countries, and to improve your language skills and cultural knowledge.

Applications are due from January to May to go abroad the following academic year. You can also apply to go on exchange during the summer with our summer semester abroad opportunities.

Why Should You Go On Exchange?

  • Personal development: You will become more aware of your own cultural values, practices and biases; return with an increased sense of self and independence, sense of humour and open-mindedness.
  • Professional opportunities: International skills and experiences look great on a resumé, and could help foster academic and career opportunities.
  • Build your network: You will build lasting friendships and professional relationships with fellow students, professors and employers from all over the world.

Discover more reasons why studying abroad is a great option for achieving your personal, professional and academic goals.

Information Sessions

We continue to plan ahead to future student exchange terms and are hosting information sessions for exchange during the 2021/22 academic year. Information sessions are hosted each year on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. It is mandatory to complete the information session before you apply for the student exchange program. 

At each session, you will learn more about the exchange program and the topics covered will include:

If you are unable to attend an information session in person, self-register for the Student Exchange Program Course on MLS and view a recording of our webinar. Once you submit the required task (indicated in the session) you will gain access to the application documents within a few business days. 

Upcoming Information Sessions

All information sessions will be hosted virtually on Zoom, and are listed below.

Registration is now required for Waterloo exchange info sessions (updated September 24, 2020).

Registering is quick and easy by clicking the link below.  Provide your name, @mylaurier.ca email address, and student ID number, and you'll be emailed the zoom link.  You are welcome to register in advance, or the day of the info session. 

Info sessions are 1 hour long.

If you are unable to attend an information session in person, self-register for the Student Exchange Program Course on MLS and view a recording of our webinar. Once you submit the required task (indicated in the session) you will gain access to the application documents within a few business days.

Passcodes aren't needed to join the sessions.

If you are unable to attend an information session in person, self-register for the Student Exchange Program Course on MLS and view a recording of our webinar. Once you submit the required task (indicated in the session) you will gain access to the application documents within a few business days.

Returning to Canada

Just returned from an exchange? Get involved in our International at Home events and student leadership programs.