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Faculty of Communication & Design

The 2019-20 FCAD Exchange Application Period for Winter 2020 exchange is now CLOSED.

Deadline: Complete the online Exchange Application Form by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

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Welcome to Outbound Exchange

Why Go On Exchange

In our increasingly globalized world, integrating an overseas study component is an invaluable educational experience for post-secondary students. FCAD’s International Exchange Program recognizes the importance of encouraging students to expand 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.

Here are some of the key benefits of going on exchange:

  • Higher satisfaction with undergraduate experience
  • Developed greater resilience and adaptability
  • Cultural awareness
  • Higher employment rates following graduation

Ryerson outbound exchange students submit their FCAD exchange application in the Winter semester of their 2nd year of studies and will actually be away on exchange in the Winter semester of their 3rd year. Key dates below will help you understand the application timeline and the pre-departure preparation that all successful students will undergo before going on exchange.

Key Dates 2019-20

September to December 2018: Multiple information sessions are held for students to learn about the FCAD Exchange Program. In addition, each FCAD school will have an information session specific to their program. All second-year student will be contacted with information session dates, location, and time.

End of January 2019: Deadline to apply to the FCAD Exchange Program. 

February to March 2019: Students will be interviewed by the Program Department. Please note that not all students who will be accepted into the Exchange Program are required to interview. 

April 2019: Successful candidates are emailed a conditional offer. Multiple information sessions are held for successful candidates to learn about next steps (formal application procedures, independent research, etc.)

April to September/October 2019: Successful students prepare to submit their formal application to the host Institution.

Mid-October 2019: Successful students attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session. 

October to December 2019: Students receive the formal Offer of Acceptance by the host university to study at the university.

January/February to June/July 2020: Ryerson outbound exchange students are away on exchange.

*Information about the 2020-21 FCAD Exchange Program will be released in August 2019. 

All FCAD outbound exchange students will be away on exchange in the Winter semester, with the exception of MMU which is only offered to students in the Fall semester.

FCAD Exchange Partners

School of Fashion

 
Amsterdam University of Applied Science (AUAS)Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) (Available to FC & FD)  
Auckland University of Technology [AUT] (Available to FC & FD)  
Fu Jen Catholic School (Available to FD only)  
Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Available to FC & FD)  
KEA - Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (Available to FC only)  
Kingston University London (Available to FD only)  
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) (Available to FC & FD) - FALL exchange only  
Nottingham Trent University (Available to FC & FD)  
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) (Available to FC only)  
RMIT University (Available to FC & FD)  
University of Technology, Sydney (Available to FC & FD)  
University of South Wales (Available to FC & FD)  
VIA University College - TEKO Design + Business (Available to FC only)  

 

School of Image Arts

 
Auckland University of Technology [AUT]  
Curtin University  
Edinburgh Napier University  
Hochschule der Medien (HdM Stuttgart: Stuttgart Media University)  
Hong Kong Polytechnic University  
London South Bank University (LSBU)  
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)  
Nanyang Technological University  
Nottingham Trent University  
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)  
RMIT University  
Roskilde University  
University of South Australia (UniSA)  
University of Technology, Sydney  
University of South Wales  
University of Westminster  
VIA University College - TEKO Design + Buiness  

 

RTA School of Media

 
Auckland University of Technology [AUT]  
City University of Hong Kong  
Curtin University  
Edinburgh Napier University - Available only to New Media Students  
Danish School of Media and Journalism (Copenhagen Campus)  
Hochschule der Medien (HdM Stuttgart: Stuttgart Media University)  
London South Bank University (LSBU)  
Nanyang Technological University  
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)  
Roskilde University  
RMIT University (Melbourne Campus)  
RMIT University (Vietnam Campus) - Available only to New Media Students  
University of South Australia (UniSA)  
University of Technology, Sydney  
University of Westminster  

 

School of Journalism

 
Artevelde University College *NEW*  
Auckland University of Technology [AUT]  
City University London  
Curtin University  
Edinburgh Napier University  
Danish School of Media and Journalism (Arhus Campus)  
Hogeschool van Utrecht (HU: University of Applied Sciences Utrecht)  
London South Bank University (LSBU)  
Nanyang Technological University  
RMIT University  
University of South Australia (UniSA)  
University of Technology, Sydney  
University of Westminster  

 

School of Interior Design

 
Auckland University of Technology [AUT]  
Curtin University  
Edinburgh Napier University  
Hong Kong Polytechnic University  
Istanbul Technical University  
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) - FALL exchange only  
Queensland University of Technology  
RMIT University  
Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) - FALL exchange only  
University of South Australia (UniSA)  
University of Technology, Sydney  

 

School of Graphic Communications Management

 
Artevelde University College  
Danish School of Media and Journalism (Copenhagen Campus)  
Hochschule der Medien (HdM Stuttgart: Stuttgart Media University)  
Linköping University  

 

School of Creative Industries

 
Amsterdam University of Applied Science (AUAS)  
Auckland University of Technology [AUT]  
Curtin University  
Danish School of Media and Journalism (Copenhagen Campus) *NEW*  
Edinburgh Napier University  
Hochschule der Medien (HdM Stuttgart: Stuttgart Media University)  
KEA - Copenhagen School of Design and Technology  
London South Bank University (LSBU)  
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)  
University of Leeds  

 

School of Professional Communication

 
Artevelde University College  
Curtin University  
Hochschule der Medien (HdM Stuttgart: Stuttgart Media University)  
Hogeschool van Utrecht (HU: University of Applied Sciences Utrecht)  
Karlstad University  
Nanyang Technological University  
RMIT University (Vietnam Campus only)  
Roskilde University  
University of Westminster  

School of Performance

 
Edith Cowan University - Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
 
London South Bank University (LSBU)  

 

This list is updated as of February 6, 2019.

 
University-Wide Exchange Opportunities

In addition to FCAD-specific exchanges, all Ryerson University students are eligible to apply to the Ontario Universities International (OUI) exchange program to study in China, India, Germany, or France. Each program offers the possibility for exchange with more than ten partner universities. The programs offered include both full semester and summer programs.

Scholarships are provided to all approved participants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

The deadline to apply for the OUI semester long exchange is the same as FCAD's Exchange Program, however early applications are strongly encouraged. Please note that OUI has a separate application process. Students can find more information on Ryerson International's University-Wide Exchange Opportunities webpage.

If you have any questions regarding the OUI Program, please contact Ryerson International at ri@ryerson.ca.

How much will it cost?

Important: Students are expected to do research in advance so that they are aware of the financial costs of participating on exchange.  Students should budget accordingly so that they have proper financing before applying to the exchange program. 

Research the Cost of Living

Numbeo is a website that provides current and timely information on world living conditions including cost of living, traffic, crime and pollution. Use Cost of Living Calculator to compare the cost of food, good and services in Toronto vs. another city. Click here

Budget/Cost Calculator

It is highly advised that students use this spreadsheet to calculate the expenses of going on exchange (flights, accommodation, food, tuition, etc). You should expect a total cost of between $12,000 to $15,000 for your exchange semester (tuition included). Download the spreadsheet here.

Cost Comparison By Partner Universities

This document provides a helpful guide for estimated costs for living expenses during a 4-month period. Click here.

Tuition

When you go on exchange, you pay Ryerson tuition fees to Ryerson University for a full course load (you do not pay international student fees to the host university). Ryerson tuition fees for students going on exchange are subject to standard established methods, payment deadlines and service charges, as if the student was spending the academic term at Ryerson.

Tuition does not cover additional expenses such as books, stationery, lab equipment, or other standard required fees required at the host university.

Accommodation
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. 

Travel
Students are responsible for their own travel expenses when going on exchange.

Insurance
Most exchange destinations require mandatory health insurance while studying. Additional travel insurance is also strongly recommended.

Visas
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.

OSAP, scholarships & bursaries

Student Loans

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.

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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.

Course Approval

  • Once you have been approved for the exchange in April, students are required to meet with your academic coordinator to review and discuss your academic advisory report and determine what will be approved for transfer credits once you return.
  • Students are required to review and confirm your study plan and finalized timetable with your academic coordinator as well as any changes that occur during the course registration at your host university.
  • Courses not approved by your academic coordinator are not guaranteed to be transferred back to Ryerson.
  • FCAD students are eligible for an upper-level liberal credit for successfully passing and completing your academic semester abroad.

Grades
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.

Where can I get more information?

Fall Semester Information Workshops

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.

 

FCAD Exchange Coordinator

exchange@ryerson.ca

Students interested in Exchange must meet eligibility requirements (see "Eligibility" tab). Students must complete the FCAD Exchange Application Form by the deadline. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered nor accepted.

In the online Exchange Application Form, students will be asked to complete the following:

Top 3 Choices: Students will be asked to select their top 3 exchange institutions of choice as well as the specific stream/module/programme they are interested in enrolling into from each of those universities. See the "Exchange Partners" tab for a list of university partners.

Statement of Intent: Students must write a 500-700 word statement about their academic and career goals and how it fits in with their interest to go on exchange. 

Academic Reference: The online application requires the name and contact information for one academic reference. We recommend that you email your reference letting them know that you will be applying for the exchange program and ask if they would act as a reference. References are not required to submit a letter. Please provide name and contact information only.

As the FCAD Exchange Program is very competitive, the decision of the FCAD International Office on the allocation of spaces is final and there is no right of appeal. 

I've applied to the Exchange Program, What's Next?

Preliminary Assessment: The Interview Process

Your application will be evaluated by your departmental/faculty exchange committee. Applications are ranked by academic requirements (CGPA). Only the most competitive applications will proceed to a review of the applicants' Statement of Intent.

Students will be interviewed by the Program Department in February/March. Please note that not all students who will be accepted into the Exchange Program are required to interview. 

Conditional Offer of Acceptance

Conditional Offers are contingent on the number of applicants vs. available exchange spaces. Successful students will be notified with a Conditional Offer of Acceptance by early April.

Preparing Your Host University Application

Students who receive the Conditional Offer will be nominated by Ryerson to the host universities in late-March (for Fall exchange) or late-August (for Winter exchange). FCAD will be holding multiple information sessions to share "Next Steps" with students who received a Conditional Offer. From April to September/October, students should be preparing their formal application to be submitted to the host university by September/October (deadlines vary). 

Pre-Departure
 
Students who received an Offer must attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session in April (for Fall exchange) or October (for Winter exchange). Students will be notified of the date and time. 

Admission to the FCAD exchange program is highly competitive and meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an interview.

To be eligible for Exchange, applicants must meet the following minimum academic requirements:

  • Second year of a full-time FCAD program
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.5
  • Clear academic standing (i.e. non-probation)

Before You Apply

It is recommended that you attend an Information Session or meet with the FCAD International Coordinator before applying for Exchange.

CONTACT US

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the FCAD International Coordinator at exchange@ryerson.ca.