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.
The International Exchange Presentation from the 2019 IER fair is available here.
Dates and Deadlines for 2019-2020
September 17 to December 3, 2019: Attend one mandatory Exchange Information Session. Following the attendance of one of these sessions, students will need to set up an advising appointment with the BGInS Exchange Coordinator.
October 2, 2019 – Attend the Exchange and Study Abroad Fair.
October 7, 2019 – Applications for the International Exchange open.
December 4, 2019 – Applications for the International Exchange close at 4:00PM. No late applications will be accepted.
April 2019 – Pre-Departure Information Sessions take place; attendance is mandatory.
Fall 2020 and/or Winter 2021 – Students are overseas on exchange
|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)
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
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
2) Schedule an advising meeting with the BGInS Exchange Coordinator.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) Apply for your exchange online on Carleton Central.
6) If you are successfully nominated to a partner institution for exchange, you will be responsible for tracking and submitting any applications, course selections, etc. as required by your host institution by their set deadlines.
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.
Students going on international exchange must complete the Carleton travel registry and the applicable forms and documents for international exchange.
Note: Only students who have received written confirmation that they have been accepted into the exchange option should submit these forms.
How to Obtain Course Credit for International Exchange
- Students will gain credit from the foreign university to be used as credits toward your Carleton degree.
- A database on course equivalencies with international institutions can be found on the Registrar’s Office website. The database is meant as a guideline only, and students should read the disclaimer for outgoing international exchanges.
- In addition to consulting the database, students are encouraged to research course offerings at their preferred institutions, as there are procedures in place to have courses not listed in the database assessed for potential Carleton equivalencies.