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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. As an exchange student, you'll pay tuition to Laurier and earn credits towards your Laurier degree. While studying abroad, you'll have the opportunity to build your intercultural skills and knowledge, experience new social and cultural environments, and create lasting friendships.

We also 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.

Plan for Outbound Exchange in 2022/23

It's never too early to start planning to go on exchange! Attend an information session to learn more about exchange and the application process, and submit your application by the following deadlines:

  • Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022: Final deadline for fall 2022 exchange applications and first deadline for winter 2023 exchange applications.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022: Applications due for summer semester exchange in summer 2022.
  • Friday, Feb. 25, 2022: Exchange placements released.

See more key dates and deadlines for going on exchange in 2022/23, as well as for future terms.

You can also learn more about the student exchange program at our International Opportunities Fair on October 27.

Outbound Exchange for 2021/22

The health and safety of our students is important to us, and we continue to monitor the information provided by Health Canada, Global Affairs Canada and Canada Travel to help us make decisions about outbound student exchange. Based on the information provided, for the 2021/22 academic year:

  • Winter 2022 outbound exchange will proceed on a case-by-case basis. We will connect with students individually to discuss their exchange.
  • Fall 2021 outbound exchange has been cancelled. We will work closely with all impacted students to provide personalized guidance.
  • Summer semester exchange opportunities have been cancelled for summer 2021, but we plan to offer summer semester exchange in summer 2022

Review our frequently asked questions for more information on outbound exchange for 2021/22.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are hosted each year to provide you with more information about the outbound exchange program on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. It is mandatory to complete the information session before you apply for the student exchange program. 

Outbound Exchange Application Process

Find out how to apply for an outbound student exchange. Our application information provides you with all you need to know about the process of researching our partner institutions, submitting your application and required documents, and accepting your offer.

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

Returning to Canada

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