Here are some of the key benefits students have provided as feedback:
FCAD’s international exchange program recognizes the importance of encouraging students to develop their global perspective. Students who participate in the exchange program experience new cultures in different teaching and curricular environments, which positively impacts their personal growth and career prospects.
"When you go on exchange, you have the opportunity to develop your international network, deepen your cultural understanding, and broaden your knowledge of the world."
It is recommended that you attend an information workshop or meet with the FCAD exchange coordinator before applying for the exchange.
Admission to the FCAD exchange program is highly competitive and meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an interview.
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following minimum academic requirements:
Not everyone who applies will be interviewed.
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When you go on exchange, you pay tuition fees to Ryerson University for a full course load - not the international student fees to the host university you choose. Ryerson tuition fees for students going on exchange are subject to the standard established methods, payment deadlines and service charges, as if the student was spending the academic session at Ryerson.
Tuition does not cover additional expenses such as books, stationery, lab equipment, or other standard required fees required at the host university.
Students going on exchange are responsible for finding their own accommodation. However, some of our partner universities have their own residence hall accommodations with fixed costs.
Students are responsible for their own travel expenses when going on exchange.
Most exchange destinations require mandatory health insurance while studying. Additional travel insurance is also strongly recommended.
Many countries require a student visa for international exchange. Students are responsible for all visa applications and fees. Costs vary from country to country and from year to year.
Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD) students participating in the FCAD International Exchange Program may apply for a travel bursary by completing the application (TBA) and submitting it to the FCAD Exchange Office
Some FCAD schools/programs have scholarships that are specific for students who have or are planning on going on exchange. Details and requirements for scholarships vary and may be subject to change.
Rebel with a Cause Award - $1,000 for a journalism student traveling abroad.
David & Anna Bulmash Innovation Award for Exchange - $3,000 for a GCM student traveling abroad.
RTA School of Media
Henry White Kinnear International Exchange Student Award
IMA - Photography
Roloff Beny Foundation Photography Award
Ann Le Ber Travel Award (details can be found via School of Interior Design)
If you receive student loans, check with the Student Financial Assistance before applying for exchange. While all exchanges are approved by the Financial Aid Office, the difference in start and end dates of our partner universities can sometimes result in a reduction in student loans. the OSAp guidelines for exchange students can be found here.
If you receive a scholarship or bursary, check with the Financial Aid and Awards Office before applying for exchange to make sure your payment amount will not be affected.
Courses may be called subjects, units or modules depending on the host university. Exchange partner universities may permit you to choose courses from various faculties whereas others provide a specific course list or program.
The host universities may also have a minimum and maximum number of courses or credits that you can take. Some courses are taught over one semester, other courses may be taught over one year.
Workload while on exchange
The number of courses equivalent to your program at Ryerson varies by university. For example:
European universities: 30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points equals a full-time semester.
UK universities: 60 credits is the equivalent of 30 ECTS credits or a full-time course load. However, some UK universities will require only have 3 courses per semester, while some may require 4-5 courses. It will depend on the program and the university.
A complete list of course-load requirements at partner universities can be found here.
Credits are transferred through the transfer credit application process after the final exchange university transcripts are received by the FCAD exchange office. Students must pass the approved courses and have completed a full-time course load at your host university to have the credits transferred. Credits from you exchange do not affect GPA at Ryerson University.
FCAD program-specific exchange information workshops are held every fall semester. The workshops are an opportunity to ask questions and start developing a general understanding of what to expect in terms of the application and selection process.
All second year students will be contacted with date/time/location details once they are determined.
Students are encouraged to start exploring the FCAD exchange partners early. A list of FCAD exchange partners can be found here.