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Outbound Exchanges

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.

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 (available mid-October 2018). 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

Information sessions for students wishing to go on exchange for the 2019/20 academic year are posted below for both Waterloo and Brantford campuses. You do not need to register for an information session.

  • Oct. 30: 10:30-11:20 a.m., Arts 1C16
  • Nov. 5: 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Room update to 2-106 DAWB (no longer P119 or P224)
  • Nov. 15: 2:30-3:20 p.m., Arts 2C4
  • Nov. 28: 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m., BA208 (Bricker Academic Building) - A BBA Advisor will be available to answer course-specific questions from BBA students, but the session will still be relevant to students in all faculties.
  • Dec. 4: noon-12:50 p.m., Arts 1C16
  • Dec. 14: noon-1 p.m., webinar (register now)
  • Jan. 10: 10:30-11:20 a.m., Arts 2C4

All information sessions will be held in DC 136.

  • Nov. 2: 10-11 a.m.
  • Nov. 12: 2-3 p.m.
  • Dec. 6: 10-11 a.m.
  • Dec. 14: noon-1 p.m., webinar (register now)
  • Jan. 8: noon-1 p.m.

Returning to Canada

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