How to apply

Step 1: Research. Explore different partner institutions, read testimonials from past CIE students, investigate possible accommodation options at each destination, consider your budget in relation to the region you want to travel to, and see how the term dates will work with your program. Applied Science students have the option to apply for universities beyond the designated CIE partners. You can view the list of universities that UBC has a university-wide agreement with on the Go Global partner database.

Step 2: Draft your study plan for your most preferred host institution. If you would like additional courses that are not currently included on the CIE course mapping page assessed, please complete the Course Evaluation Request form and email it to the CIE Advisor.

Step 3: Discuss your study plan with your departmental advisor. Clarify how the transfer credits you earn abroad will apply to your UBC degree, and how your plan fits with your degree progression.

Step 4: CIE and Go Global work together on exchange applications, so you will submit your application through the “Gateway” portal paying close attention to the Round 1 and Round 2 deadlines. As part of the application, you will be asked to submit study plans for the exchange partners you would like to apply for. If you are applying for Go Global partner universities, please submit study plans for your top three preferences (your plans do not have be signed by your department). If you are applying to a CIE partner as your top choice, submit only one study plan that has been approved by your department.

Step 5: After you have been accepted, you will receive instructions from Go Global on how to apply to the host institution as an official nominee of UBC. The partner institutions make the final decision on whether or not you are accepted at their institution. In the rare case that you are not accepted by the partner institution, we will help you seek another CIE opportunity.

How do the application deadlines work?

The Round 1 deadline is for term 1, term 2, and full year exchanges for the following academic year. The Round 2 deadline is to allocate any remaining term 2 spaces. You need to apply for exchange in the academic year before you want to go abroad. Please find application deadlines from Go Global website.