Exchange Program .... for VIU students going abroad
LIST OF OUR EXCHANGE PARTNERS
Click here if you're an exchange student coming to VIU.
To learn more and talk to students who have been abroad, attend our information sessions:
- "STUDY AT CECINE BUSINESS SCHOOL" in Spain on Wednesday, January 23 at 11:30 in B250 R308
- "STUDY IN EUROPE" information session on Thursday, January 24 at 11:30 in B250 R140
On this page:
- What is an exchange program?
- Am I eligible to apply?
- Where can I go?
- What if I want to study somewhere else? - "Visiting students"
- Will my courses transfer back to VIU?
- What does it cost?
- Is there any financial assistance?
- What are my responsibilities?
- Application procedure
- For more information
An exchange program allows you to study at a partner university for one or two semesters while earning you credit towards your program at VIU. You pay your tuition and other university fees to VIU and none to the partner university.
To be considered for an exchange program you must:
- Be a current Vancouver Island University student and have completed approximately 30 credit hours before the application deadline, of which a minimum of 12 credit hours have been completed at VIU (some exceptions apply).
- Have achieved a minimum GPA of 6 or higher (on a scale of 10) in the past two full-time semesters (B average).
- Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant (international students may be considered based on available space and the regulations of the host institution).
- Be planning to return to VIU to complete your degree or diploma.
Exceptions to the above may be considered if space is available in the exchange program.
You can study at one of our exchange partners overseas. Where you go may depend on your program major/minor (do they offer courses relevant to your field of study?) or personal preference.
Sometimes students want to study at an overseas university that VIU does not have an exchange agreement with. In this case, students may be able to study abroad as a "Visiting Student" and pay tution at the overseas institution instead of to VIU. Studying as a visiting student will affect a your eligibility for student loans.
Most courses taken abroad transfer back as "unassigned" credit. These credits may be used to fulfill general elective requirements. If a course taken abroad is similar to a course offered at VIU, it may be awarded assigned credit.
You will pay tuition for 5 courses, plus student/activity fees, to VIU for each semester you are abroad. You are responsible for all other costs of the exchange-travel, accommodation, food, insurance, personal expenses and so on.
- International Education Stipend - The International Education Department at VIU encourages education abroad by providing eligible VIU Students with an International Education Award of $750 or $1000. Conditions apply.
- We provide a variety of links for Scholarships & Funding as well as Awards & Grants that will help you to achieve your financial goals abroad.
- StudentAid BC - Students on StudentAid BC funding may be able to continue their funding to include education abroad. Please contact the Financial Aid office for more information.
Preparing for an exchange program will take a significant amount of time and effort on your part. Steps to follow:
- Arrange to meet with the Education Abroad Manager: email@example.com.
- Check out the list of partners.
- Determine which partners have courses that will fit into your program at VIU.
- Apply by the deadline (Oct 5 and Feb 5).
After you have been accepted
- Complete the necessary paperwork.
- Obtain a passport and any required visas or permits.
- Arrange accommodation overseas, purchase your flight ticket.
- Attend the required pre-departure orientation sessions.
Application forms available from the Reception desk in Building 255. You may apply up to a year before you want to go on exchange.
Application deadlines: Oct 5 & Feb 5. Late applications will be considered if space is available.
Your application must contain all of the following:
- Completed exchange application form
- Unofficial transcript
- Current CV or resume
- Copy of your current program timetable (for purposes of scheduling an interview)
Interviews with all applicants will be held shortly after the deadlines listed above. If you are accepted as an exchange student by VIU, you will then be asked to fill out an application for the host school and work on selecting courses.
Audrey Hansen, Education Abroad office
Centre for International Education, Bldg 255