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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 2023/24

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:

  • Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 (by 4 p.m.): Final deadline for fall 2023 exchange applications and first deadline for winter 2024 exchange applications. 
    • Update: Academic reference not required for 2023/24 applications, only the non-academic reference is required.
  • Tuesday Feb. 28, 2023: Application results release for those who applied by Jan. 27.
  • Wednesday March 8, 2023 (by 4 p.m.):  Deadline to accept or decline exchange institution placement offer (was previously March 7)
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2023: List of exchange spaces still remaining is released in Journey's "announcements". Round 2 applicants can begin applying. 
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2023 (by 4 p.m.):: Round 2 applications due for Winter 2024 exchanges.
  • Monday, May 15, 2023 (by 4 p.m.): Round 3 (final) application deadline due for Winter 2024 exchanges.

See more key dates and deadlines for going on exchange in 2023/24, as well as for future terms. 

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 travellers.

Returning to Canada

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