Study Abroad - Exchange Checklist
Interested in doing an exchange? UG students must have second year standing to apply to go on exchange (typically students do their exchange in their third year of studies), but that doesn’t mean you should wait until then to start doing research and getting prepared! Below we’ve outlined some recommendations that will help set you up for a successful exchange experience.
1. Meet with your Academic Advisor & check eligibility requirements.
It’s important to meet with your Academic Advisor to determine how an exchange will fit into your degree. Also be sure to view the eligibility requirements so that you can work towards those in your first two years at UG. Generally, the requirement is that students have a 3.0 Overall GPA when they apply, but depending on your program, a higher GPA may be required.
2. Research UG’s 88+ Partner Institutions
Students often start their research by finding out where they can go on exchange. UG has many exchange agreements with schools all over the world- we call these Partner Institutions. On your application, you will be asked to select your top 3 choices. Some factors you may consider while doing your research are:
- the language(s) of instruction
- the school’s academic strengths (some of our partner institutions are world-famous in certain specializations)
- your travel interests
- the local culture and climate
Be sure to carefully read the partner information to see if there any restrictions for exchange- some schools only accept undergraduate students, students from certain faculties, etc. This is all indicated on the legend of the Partner Institutions page. The online application will not allow you to apply for institutions that you are not eligible to attend.
3. Attend Pre-departure orientatio
At many of the sessions there will be an opportunity to meet UG students who have just returned from exchange or to meet a representative from a partner institution.
If you can’t make it to one of our events, student blogs and stories are a great way to learn about other students’ experiences.
4. Stay connected with the IPO