Plan your exchange

What is the eligibility criteria?

CIE is a competitive program. This eligibility criteria exists to ensure that students are prepared to thrive academically while studying abroad.

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the CIE program. The student must:

  • Be a full-time student in good academic standing as defined by the UBC Faculty of Applied Science.
  • Be in their third or fourth year of their degree and align their exchange semester with the recommended timing for their program. (View program specific information)
  • Have achieved at least a 70% average (or 80% average for Bachelor of Environmental Design students) in the most recent academic term of full-time studies. Note: some institutions require a more competitive average (i.e. ETH Zurich 85%)
  • Have maintained 70% average (or 80% average for Bachelor of Environmental Design students) prior to participating in CIE program.

Term 1 (Fall term) grades will be considered in Round 1 (December deadline). Term 2 (Spring term) grades will be considered in Round 2 (May deadline).

* Due to the exceptional circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, for the Round 2 application period, students who choose the Cr/D/Fail option for their Term 2 courses (and have fewer than 9 credits with percentage grades) will have their Term 1 grades considered for CIE eligibility. For students with 9 or more credits with percentage grades in Term 2, only Term 2 grades will be considered.

Please contact your CIE advisor to discuss possible appeals or exceptions to the requirements outlined above, and prior to applying if you require academic or other accommodations abroad.

If you are on a Co-op term, grades from your last term of academic study where at least 12 credits were completed will be referred to. 

How much does exchange cost?

Going on exchange is not as expensive as you might think, in fact, a term abroad could easily be in line with your usual expenses at UBC. Your choice of destination country and the cost of living in that region are particularly important to consider along with your budget, as these choices significantly influence the overall cost of an international experience.

The Go Global Fee ($415.00) is an administrative fee required for all students applying to go on exchange. Other known costs include; airfare, accommodation, insurance, visa applications, living expenses. Estimates of local costs at our different partner institutions can be found in student reports collected from students featured on individual partner institution profile pages of the Go Global website. Your Enrolment Services Advisor (Vancouver), or Student Services (Okanagan), can offer help in planning your finances abroad.

All students who successfully begin their exchange will receive the $1000 Applied Science International Experience Award. View the funding pages on the Go Global of your campus (Vancouver)(Okanagan) to explore other awards you may be eligible for.

When you are abroad you will be charged the UBC tuition rate for 15 credits per term, regardless of how many credits you choose to study while abroad. You do not pay tuition fees to the partner institution. Travel and accommodation arrangements are also coordinated independently. Some partner institutions will reserve spots at their residences for international and exchange students. Please consult the partner institutions websites when selecting your destination preferences for information regarding housing options.

Important timelines

There are two deadlines each year to apply to go on exchange;
Round 1 – mid December. Applications for Term 1, Term 2, or Full Year placements for the following academic year. (Eg. Apply in December 2020 to go abroad in the 2021/2022 academic year)
Round 2 – June 4th. Applications for Term 2 for the following academic year. Only seats which were not allocated during Round 1 will be available to apply to.

After applying, it may take up to 6 weeks to receive your partner institution allocation. Don’t worry, if we can’t allocate you to one of your top preferences we will work with you to find another partner institution, or you will be given a full refund of your application fee.

Once you have been allocated to a partner institution, the next step is to complete your application to your host university to enroll as an endorse exchange student from UBC. Your host institution will walk you through this process. This usually begins around 4-6 months before the start of your exchange.