Dates and Deadlines for 2022-2023 Exchange Students

The Pre-Departure Orientation will take place through a series of modules on Brightspace, where students will watch videos, complete quizzes, and submit important documents. Modules will be available on April 1st (modules 1-4) and April 15th (modules 5 – 9) with a deadline of May 15th, and are as follow:

  • Welcome (module 1)
    • Outline the purpose of the orientation, share learning outcomes, review deadlines
  • International SOS Learning Modules (module 2)
    • Students will be required to complete modules created by International SOS related to various risks and risk mitigation strategies associated with international travel
  • Travel Risk Management (module 3)
    • Students will review a presentation from Carleton’s Risk Management Office
    • Students will complete a ‘Travel Risk Management’ plan confirming their knowledge of entry requirements, local resources (ex. hospital and consulate information), their itinerary, and familiarity with their travel destination
  • Medical and Travel Insurances (module 4)
    • Students will be asked to upload proof of medical and travel insurance coverages
  • Transition and Wellness (module 5)
    • Students will review a video presentation from Berak Hussain, International Student Counsellor related to supporting their transition into a new area and culture. Students will be receive information on resources, such as Empower Me to utilize if needed while abroad.
  • Awards and Scholarships (module 6)
    • Students will be provided information on awards and scholarships available to students pursuing exchange
  • Course Equivalencies (module 7)
    • Students will be provided information on the course equivalency process from the Registrar’s Office
  • Staying Connected (module 8)
    • Students will be asked to submit their information to the CU Travel Registry, International SOS app, and reminded that they should monitor their Carleton cmail address while abroad
  • Liability Waiver (module 9)
    • Students will be required to review and upload a signed copy of the liability waiver

The Exchange Team is organizing a synchronous session on April 29th at 1pm. In this session, they will be reviewing information on applying for a study visa, updating passport, securing housing, and provide reminders on tuition payment and the course equivalency process. The session will also be recorded and uploaded to Brightspace.

What is an International Exchange?

This option allows students to pursue the equivalent of full-time study at one of Carleton’s partner universities overseas. Students pay tuition to Carleton while on exchange and can transfer credits toward their Carleton degree. This option is administered by the International Student Services Office (ISSO). You may go on exchange in either the Fall or Winter term, or both, though for BGInS students the Winter term is normally preferred.

Decide if an International Exchange is right for you

Exchange Considerations Academic Requirements Financial Considerations

Fall, Winter, Fall and Winter


Full-time at the undergraduate level

Note: Students must have enough credits remaining to study full-time at a partner institution


Paid to Carleton for the term(s) that you study abroad


One or two terms (12 weeks or 24 weeks)

Year Standing:

3rd year standing (2nd or higher at time of application)

Students must have completed at least 4.0 credits at Carleton at the time of application .


Over $5,000. Students are responsible for the cost of travel, accomodation and living expenses

Group vs Individual:

Student should be comfortable travelling as an individual


A 7.0 CGPA is required at the time of application


Worldwide, must be outside of Canada

Travel planning:

Student makes their own travel plans

Work or Academic:


**Transfer Students May not be possible to go on exchange within the regular amount of credits required for an Honours degree (20 credits)

Application Procedure for International Exchange

1) Visit the ISSO website for complete application instructions after attending a mandatory Exchange Information Session.

2) Thoroughly research your host institution/country of choice. Review the ISSO’s list of partner institutions in order to be able to rank your top three choices on your application. Ensure that your preferred institutions are open to BGInS students.

3) Visit the International Exchange Course Equivalencies database to gain knowledge on how your desired courses may transfer back to your Carleton degree. Please note that the database is to be used as a guideline only as part of the research process.

How to Obtain Course Credit for International Exchange

A database on course equivalencies with international institutions can be found on the Registrar’s Office website.

Please note that the start and end dates at a partner institution may not match with Carleton’s calendar.  It is the student’s responsibility to research the exchange term dates.

Application Timeline

The International Exchange application is open in the academic year preceding your intended exchange year. The deadline to apply for a winter 2022 exchange is October 15, 2022 

Exchange Information Session Schedule

Required Documentation

All students participating in an exchange program must fill out and complete supporting documentation, which can be found here.

Note: Only students who have received written confirmation that they have been accepted into the exchange option should submit these forms.