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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. 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 2020/21 academic year are posted below for both Waterloo and Brantford campuses. All in-person information sessions are drop-in sessions. For the webinars, please register using the links below.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., International Opportunities Fair, Concourse, International Opportunities Fair
    • Drop in to meet with exchange students and learn more about our exchange partners
    • Attending the fair doesn't count as attending an info session. You will still need to have already attended an info session, attend the info session on Jan. 15 or watch a recording of an info session on MyLearningSpace.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 10:30 - 11:20 a.m., CC-101 (Career Centre)
  • If you're unable to attend an in-person info session, you can also watch a recording of an info session through MyLearningSpace, in the course Student Exchange Program (see instructions above)

All in-person information sessions will be held in One Market, OM 310-1. The webinars can be accessed from any device and from any location.

Winter 2020 information sessions:

  • Thursday, Jan. 9 from 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 3 - 4 p.m.

Returning to Canada

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