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Outbound Exchanges

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.

If you were planning on going on exchange for the fall 2020 term, review our list of frequently asked questions to find out how this decision impacts you and what options you have for future exchange opportunities.

Winter 2020 Outbound Student Exchange Program

We are still planning for students to go on exchange for the winter 2021 term. If you were accepted to go on exchange in winter 2021, review our frequently asked questions for more information on how to prepare for your exchange term and what you should consider.

We are no longer accepting applications for exchange in winter 2021.

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.

Students who applied for exchange by the January 29 deadline will hear about their exchange placement on Friday, Feb. 28 by 4:30 p.m. Applications received after the January 29 deadline will be processed starting in early March. 

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

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. You do not need to register for an information session unless it is a webinar. You can register for the webinar sessions below.

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) to the drop box you will gain access to the application documents within a few business days. 

Upcoming Information Sessions

All in-person information sessions in Waterloo and Brantford are complete and applications for the 2020/21 academic year have closed.

Returning to Canada

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