Eligibility

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Eligibility for undergraduate students

Grades and academic standing

  • Achieve 70% in your most recent academic term of full-time studies (as defined by your faculty) prior to applying for exchange, or
  • Achieve 70% in your last two terms (prior to applying) with a full-time course load as defined by your faculty (for those students who do not meet the condition above)
  • You must maintain a 70% average prior to your exchange departure
  • Be a UBC student in good standing (e.g. not being under academic probation or discipline)
  • Some of our partner institutions consider your cumulative average in addition to your term average

Note: These criteria are set to ensure that you are prepared to thrive academically while on exchange. However, we understand that there are cases when your average may drop below this standard but you are still able to demonstrate academic preparedness to participate. We do consider exceptions to these criteria. See below for appeals.

Academic year level

  • Complete 30 credits at UBC prior to going on exchange (speak with a Go Global Advisor directly if you do not meet this requirement).
  • Have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your exchange.
  • Completed English requirements
  • During your exchange your academic year level will be:
    • Arts: Second, third, or fourth year
    • Science and Human Kinetics: Third or fourth year
    • Engineering and Visual Arts: Third year
    • Management: Second semester of third year or either semester fourth year
    • Media Studies: Fourth year
  • Students from any faculty may take part in a summer exchange at any time
    • Management students cannot complete MGMT credit abroad until the summer after second year

English/writing requirements

Complete the English/LPI or writing requirement as required by your faculty prior to going on exchange.

Academic accommodation

Speak to your exchange advisor six weeks prior to applying if you require academic or other accommodations abroad.

Cross-campus eligibility

If you will be submitting your application while studying at UBC’s Okanagan campus, but intend to apply to transfer to the Vancouver campus, inform your Go Global Advisor.

Ineligibility

You are ineligible to go on a Go Global experience if you:

  • Won’t be coming back to UBC for at least one term (this policy can be appealed by meeting with a Go Global Advisor)
  • Are a transfer student who hasn’t completed 30 credits at UBC
  • Are a visiting student
  • Have already done an exchange
  • Management students who plan to pursue accounting

Eligibility appeals

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you must explain your reason for appeal to the Go Global Office (goglobal.okanagan@ubc.ca). Send this by email anytime until one week prior to the application deadline. If you do not seek prior approval, you will not be considered for an appeal.

Eligibility for graduate students

Approval

Once accepted and matched to your partner institution, obtain pre-approval of your study plan as well as written permission from your supervisor to participate in the exchange.

Note: Graduate students have priority in matching.

Academic standing

Be a UBC student in good standing.

Credit

Seek approval (prior to going on exchange) in writing from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and your department for all coursework that you plan to take abroad. Transfer no more than 12 credits from the host institution.

Research

Identify a sponsor at the host university.

Academic accommodation

Speak to your Go Global Advisor six weeks prior to applying if you require academic or other accommodations abroad.

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Exchange goals

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.

Country/region

  • 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?

Costs     

  • 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.

Personal benefits

  • 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.

Language training

  • 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.

Academic benefits

  • 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.

University lingo

  • 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.

Course restrictions

  • 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.