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There are two ways in which you can study abroad and earn academic credits towards your Ryerson degree: through an Exchange program or a Study Abroad program. With an Exchange program, a formal arrangement exists between Ryerson and the international host university. With the Study Abroad program, you can study at an international university that does not have a formal agreement with Ryerson. Here are the key differences between the Exchange program and the Study Abroad program.
|Exchange Program||Study Abroad|
|You apply to specific universities that have a formal, program – to – program exchange agreement.||You apply to any university that hosts study abroad students, with permission from your Academic Program (see below).|
|Spaces are limited at each university, top candidates are selected by application and interview.||You apply directly to the host university for acceptance.|
|You need to have a min 2.5 GPA to be eligible to apply.||You must meet the host university’s eligibility requirements.|
|Regular tuition is paid to Ryerson (5 course units per term). Tuition fees are not paid to the partner University.||Tuition is paid directly to the host university.|
|You’ll work with your Program Academic Advisors prior to departure to get approval for courses you take on exchange. Courses are transferred upon receipt of an official transcript.||You’ll select your courses and obtain your Program Department's approval, using the Ryerson Letter of Permission (LOP) form, to ensure that course(s) will be credited towards your degree upon return.|
|Depending on your program, you can go for the Fall or Winter semester or for a full year.||You can go for the Fall, Winter or Spring/Summer term.|
|Administrative help is available through the Faculty of Arts Exchange Coordinator in the Student Experience Centre.||
Administrative help is available through the host university's international office.
Students are eligible for OSAP while on Exchange
Students attending non-exchange partner universities are not eligible for OSAP.
Students must plan ahead prior to the experience.
Students must spend more time and effort planning for a study abroad experience than for an exchange.