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Applying for an Exchange

Are you interested in applying for an exchange program? Here are the steps in the application process.

  1. Register for a Learning Abroad Info Session.
    These sessions are offered year round, with large and small group sessions depending on the time of year. Due to the volume of inquiries, students are asked to attend a session first before booking individual meetings with the Exchange Coordinator.
  2. Research your options.
    Think seriously about what you hope to gain from the exchange experience. This will determine the most important factors for evaluating your options. Research the Exchange Universities affiliated with your program, brainstorm your options, talk with friends/family/past participants. Estimate your costs and learn more about the exchange destinations. 
  3. Apply to the exchange program.
    Your application has two parts. First, complete the online application on the Ryerson International website. Next, prepare your Letter of Interest. This is a 1.5 – 2 page letter, single space, business formatted letter that is addressed to the Chair of your program. In this letter you want to communicate why you are an excellent candidate for the exchange program. Simply put, you are explaining: Why an exchange? Why me? Why now? Why this school/country/program, etc. Ask someone who will give you honest feedback to read your letter, and double check it for typos, grammar and style. Don’t forget to sign the letter.

Submit the signed Letter of Interest and a printed / signed copy of your online Application by the last Friday in January to the Exchange Coordinator in the Student Experience Centre, POD 344J.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview in February and will be notified of conditional acceptance by mid-March.

Application to go abroad on exchange for the Fall 2018 semester or Winter 2019 semester are due January 31, 2018. Download this document for guidelines and important information on the application process.