Outbound exchange program
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Applications to Go Global are now OPEN. The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 11:59pm.
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Apply for Exchange
The three-step process to apply:
- Identify three partner universities that you would be open to attending
- Apply to Go Global with your top three partner university choices
- Once accepted to Go Global, you’ll be nominated to apply directly to the university you were matched to
Go Global has over 180 partner universities in 50 countries worldwide. For the most current information on partner universities, refer to the link below. Note that this link will take you to our Vancouver website as they host the content.
See the map below for a visual of where all of the partner schools available to UBC Okanagan students are located, and then find out more by searching for them on our Partner University School page.
Based in the heart of north-east Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is located in a thriving region. Campus is just a short walk from both the beach and the city centre, and the University is less than a 90-minute drive from the Cairngorm Mountain Range. Aberdeen is big enough for that dynamic city experience, but small enough to explore and make friends. It’s easy to feel at home here.
During your exchange, you can stay on-track with your home degree while exploring other courses which interest you. Aberdeen has pre-med and pre-law programs for students who wish to explore future careers while abroad. Exchange students can also pursue independent research in STEM and the humanities while they are at Aberdeen. The only limit to what you study at Aberdeen is your imagination!
Location: Canberra, AU
Ideal for students from:
Management, Economics, Anthropology, Art History, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology
Australian National University
ANU is a world-leading university in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Our location points to our unique history, ties to the Australian Government and special standing as a resource for the Australian people.
Our focus on excellence in research and education ensures our graduates are in demand the world-over, well-prepared to address complex contemporary challenges.
With approximately 25,000 students ANU is ranked first in Australia and 24th in the world. It is a perfect place to internationalise your degree for a single semester or a full year.
Home to Monash’s five campuses, Melbourne is consistently named one of the world’s most liveable cities, and has also been commended in the first ever QS Best Student Cities survey as Australia’s best city for students.
Monash is ranked in the top one per cent of world universities – 84th in the world – according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2019). We’ve built our reputation on career-focused degrees, the highest academic standards and research that makes a difference.
Monash Malaysia was the University’s first international campus. Located 18 kilometres from the bustling centre of Kuala Lumpur, the campus has more than 5000 students. Monash Malaysia has a vibrant, global atmosphere – about one quarter of the student body is international.
The Go Global exchange program provides students with an opportunity to:
- Make the most of their UBC education
- Experience international issues and ideas in the real world
- Immerse in a new culture and get a fresh perspective
- Connect meaningfully with people in a host country as a student, not just as a tourist
- Challenge new environments, gain confidence, and strengthen life skills
- Take courses outside of what is available at UBC
Exchange opportunities are open to almost all faculties. There are a variety of eligibility requirements around grades, UBC credits completed, and academic standing. Art students are able to go in their second, third, or fourth year. Management, Science, and Human Kinetics students are able to go in their third and fourth year.
Students can take part in a summer experience at any point after having completed 30 UBC credits.
Each faculty has slightly different considerations to take into account in regards to Go Global. Some major have additional considerations, however the below lists will help with some basics.
- Very few restrictions for degrees in this faculty
- Although students from FASS can go abroad in their second year, it is not usually recommended to do so. Most degrees have 2nd year requirements which, if not obtained abroad, will delay degree progression (e.g. PSYO 270/271)
- In addition to Go Global, your program advisor may be able to suggest some strong exchange options for you
- Degree-specific considerations are important
- ex/ VISA has less flexibility than ENGL
- The best time to go abroad for Media Studies is 2nd semester of Third Year
- It is encouraged to reach out to academic advising or your program advisor/coordinator if you are uncertain on how to meet any of your degree requirements while abroad
- Best time to go abroad to avoid delays in degree completion, regardless of pursuing CIE/Exchange, is:
- For 4-year degree plans: second semester of 3rd year
- For 5-year degree plans: second semester of 4th year
- Students have two options for how to study abroad:
- Coordinated International Experience (CIE)
- Fewer exchange options (~18 partner schools)
- Generally unlimited space at each of the partner institutions
- Semester abroad counts as a co-op term
- Two-thirds of your courses should be ENGR-related
- General Exchange program
- Greater selection of exchange opportunities (~200 partner schools)
- Generally a larger selection of non-ENGR coursework available at partner institutions
- More flexibility available in the courses that you can take
- Coordinated International Experience (CIE)
- For CIE it is mandatory, and for Exchange it is highly encouraged, to work with an Academic Advisor during course planning and articulations
- Human Kinetics
- Degree is well suited for exchange at any point in third/fourth year
- If wanting to take HMKN coursework while abroad, it is recommended to go to a partner institution in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, or the United Kingdom
- If wanting to take elective coursework, many more options are available – it is encouraged to reach out to our office to discuss how this might work with your degree
- Limited ability to take part in Go Global programming
- 3cr of elective coursework which could be completed during any summer
- Global Health Practicum in 4th year
Nursing Go Global Guide
- Limited ability to take part in Go Global programming
- Master’s of Social Work
- Generally not able to go on exchange. Please speak to your supervisor to determine whether exchange is plausible for your degree
- Students can go abroad in summer at any time, but cannot earn upper-level MGMT credit in the summer between first and second year (e.g. only elective credits can be earned in the first summer session)
- The earliest that students can go abroad in the Winter Session (Sept-Apr) is the first semester of third year
- MGMT 360 is a unique course to UBCO and cannot be taken abroad
- Students studying abroad during their fourth year need to ensure that they earn credit for MGMT 490 either at UBCO or while abroad
- Some degrees work well to go abroad for one or two semesters, while others will require a bit more planning
- Specific degree requirements (e.g. specific 21-credits of upper-level BIOL for ZOOL Majors) can be satisfied through unassigned courses (BIOL 3rd) with approval from the degree program advisor
- In addition to conversations with Go Global and Academic Advising, it will be important for you to consult your program advisor, especially for degrees with a high level of course-specific degree requirements
- Computer Science
- Students need to be at UBCO for a full year to complete COSC 499. This course may be available during the summer session.
Having trouble narrowing down which schools to apply to? Try reviewing some student reports! Learn about other students personal accounts of their experience at partner schools to see if they are a good fit for you.
Students on exchange can study at hundreds of universities around the world. While the options are seemingly endless, we can help you ensure that you select a university that fits your needs best, both academic and personal.
The following questions relate to key criteria for exchanges and can help guide you in choosing the right university for a great Go Global experience. It is recommend that you work through these questions before you conduct a partner university search.
Although it might seem scary at first, you can learn a lot about yourself by pushing beyond your comfort zone. This is a chance for you to get lost and then find yourself in an entirely new setting. Are you looking for a new culture or new courses? Below are some questions you should consider when trying to decide on your choices for your partner universities.
- Is there a country or area of the world that has always sparked your interest?
Size of city
- Do you want to be in a big city, a university town, or a small town?
Size of campus
- Does campus size or style matter?
- Do you want to experience a campus similar to or different from UBC’s Okanagan campus?
- What is the cost of living? Does it fit your budget?
- Going on exchange is not as expensive as you may think. For more information on financing your exchange, check out the money matters section.
- What are my personal goals for exchange?
- What do I want to get out of the experience?
What learning outcomes do you want to achieve while away? Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself academically.
Length of stay
- Do you want to go for Term 1, Term 2, both terms, a split-year (Term 2 then Term 1), or a summer?
- How does the partner university’s terms compare to UBC’s terms? If you would like to go on exchange in Term 1 and return to UBC for Term 2, check the term dates of your partner university. Some universities’ fall terms end in January (after Term 2 has begun at UBC).
Language of instruction
- Do you want to be in an English-speaking country? You can often study in English in non English-speaking countries.
- Do you want to study another language? You have many options for this, depending on your language proficiency (PDF). For example, you can study French in France or study in Spanish in Spain.
- What are your academic goals for exchange?
- Would studying in a specific location benefit your degree? You could practice Japanese in Japan, study earth science in Iceland, or see original Renaissance art in-person.
- Would studying at a specific university benefit your degree? Some of our partner universities are agricultural universities or social science institutions, while others offer a broad range of programs.
See how courses transfer back by looking through the course equivalency database.
As part of our agreement with partner universities, students receive UBC credit for all academic courses taken abroad.
We suggest you keep the following in mind when you search for courses on partner university websites.
Unique course offerings
- Partner universities will often have courses that are not offered by UBC.
Courses in English
- Many universities offer courses in English. For example, English is the language of instruction at Koç University in Turkey, and universities in Scandinavia, Mexico, and Korea offer a wide selection of courses in English.
Courses in other languages
- If you want to take courses in a foreign language (excluding language courses), you will have to meet language proficiency requirements.
- Download and fill out the language proficiency assessment form (PDF) if you are planning to take courses in a foreign language at an exchange university.
Different academic structures
- Faculties and departments at our partners may be structured differently than at UBC. For example, at UBC we have separate faculties for Forestry and Land and Food Systems, but at the University of Copenhagen, they are departments within the university’s Faculty of Life Sciences.
- The terminology surrounding academic programs may be different than UBC’s. For example, in the UK courses are modules and majors are courses. In addition, credit systems can vary.
- Some subject areas may not be open to exchange students at your partner university, or there may be a limit to how many courses you can take in a particular department. To find out if such restrictions exist at your partner university, refer to the partner university’s exchange website.
Over $1 million in scholarships and awards will be awarded this year to UBC students participating in international learning programs through Go Global.
While you’re learning abroad, you remain a UBC student and are eligible for UBC awards, scholarships, and financial assistance. This includes student loans (exchange students only), affiliation scholarships, and faculty- or department-specific awards.