Exchange collage of photos of students around the world

Consider adding some international to your degree! Carleton University offers exchange opportunities with approximately 170 partner institutions in more than 30 countries around the globe. An exchange program allows you to attend a university abroad while paying Carleton tuition and earning credit toward your Carleton degree.

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Why should you consider an exchange? Your time abroad will allow you to:

  • gain in-depth knowledge and experience of another culture;
  • experience your academic subject or worldview through a new lens;
  • challenge yourself by developing flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances;
  • develop transnational competencies, cross-cultural communication skills, and analytical skills of value to future employers.

Application Deadlines

Applications have now closed for outgoing exchange (2017-2018). No late applications are accepted.

Interested in applying for exchange for the 2018-2019 academic year? We recommend you review the Exchange Roadmap below for some great tips on how to begin researching the exchange program. Applications for the 2018-2019 exchange program will open in November 2017. Information sessions for the 2018-2019 program will run throughout the Fall 2017 semester.


Exchange Roadmap

Interested in doing an exchange? Carleton 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 Departmental Advisor & check eligibility requirements.

It’s important to meet with your Departmental 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 Carleton. Generally, the requirement is that students have a 7.0 Overall GPA when they apply, but depending on your program, a higher GPA may be required. You can find this information and more on the exchange application procedures page.

Some students find that exchange is not right for them. There are opportunities beyond exchange for students to intern, work, or study abroad- more information can be found on our International Opportunities page.

2.  Strategize to ensure a successful completion of your degree

To incorporate an exchange into your degree, some strategies you may consider are:

  • Saving your electives for your exchange semester/year (this may make it easier for you to transfer back courses)
  • Taking summer courses
  • Plan to stay for an additional semester or two to wrap up your degree

These decisions are all something your Academic Advisor can help you work through.

3. Research Carleton’s 170+ Partner Institutions

Students often start their research by finding out where they can go on exchange. Carleton 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.

4. Take a language course

We have many partner universities that hold classes in English, so learning another language is not a requirement to go on exchange. However, if you are interested, taking a language course can be a fun elective that will help you prepare if you want to travel to a country where English is not the first language! Alternatively, you can join conversation groups through the Language Resource Room.

5. Attend an information session

Exchange Information Sessions are half an hour in length and typically run from September to December every year- the fall 2016 exchange information session schedule is now available. At many of the sessions there will be an opportunity to meet Carleton students who have just returned from exchange or to meet a representative from a partner institution. You can also attend the Exchange Fair in the University Centre, Atrium, which takes place annually in early October- you will have the opportunity to learn about our partner universities around the world, and meet students who have been on exchange.

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- you can also check out the Sprott blogs for business students who have gone abroad.

6. Stay connected with the ISSO

The ISSO is your hub for connecting you with international opportunities. Check our website frequently or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to hear about opportunities.


Looking for an opportunity to go abroad to intern or volunteer? Check out our Opportunities to Go Abroad page to learn more about the exciting programs that the ISSO has to offer.