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Semester Exchange

On November 18th the Provost and Vice-President, Academic announced that due to the Government of Canada's lifting of the world-wide "avoid non-essential travel" advisory, external link, effective immediately, the University is pleased to resume travel support for outbound student activities for fully vaccinated individuals. Read the full University-Sanctioned International Activity Update online. 

Ryerson student on exchange poses on cliff's edge with mountain range in the background on a sunny day.

Find Out Where You Can Go On Exchange:

The deadline to apply to for exchange for Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 is January 31, 2022. Applications will open during the first week of November, 2021. Please see the How to Apply section of this webpage. 

Getting Started

Interested in going on exchange? Then your first step should be to learn the basics of how exchange works: 

You should also:

Your next step should be to find out what host institutions (i.e. university you will go to) are available for exchange in your program. Start by checking out our searchable database of exchange opportunities:

If you have several options open to you, make a list of your top three destinations. When choosing a host institution, start by looking at the following pages:

  • Pay attention to the application deadline! The deadline to apply for the fall 2022 and winter 2023 semesters is January 31, 2022
  • When you apply, check out your passport situation. Now would be a good time to obtain a passport, external link, opens in new window or renew your passport, external link, opens in new window (your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the date you plan to return to Canada - if it will expire before then, make sure to renew it!) 
  • Apply - Read and follow the instructions for your faculty!

How to Apply

Ryerson Exchange Program

The deadline for Ryerson students to participate in exchange for the Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 semesters is Monday, January 31, 2022. 

The Exchange Application Form will be available as of the first week of November, 2021. 

Application instructions for the University-Wide Exchange Program, carried out by Ontario Universities International (OUI), are included below this section.

As part of your online application for exchange, you will need to submit the following documents: 

  • Academic and Non-Academic Reference Contact Information: The name and contact of one academic reference (must be a professor) and one non-academic reference. Make sure to let them know that you will be putting down their name as a reference. They will not need to submit a letter - just their contact information. 
    • Please note: FCAD students are not required to submit references.
  • Letter of Motivation: A one-page (max) letter outlining why you want to go on exchange - i.e. what are your personal, professional and academic goals in going on exchange to your selected host institutions, and how will participating in exchange help you achieve those goals?
  • Faculty Specific Supporting Documents: Each faculty may have additional requirements (for example, portfolio, CV, etc). Check with your faculty exchange coordinator.

Complete the 2022-2023 Outgoing Student Exchange Application Form, external link, opens in new window.

You will be prompted to upload the required documentation specific to your academic program and faculty.

Students who submit their applications on time will be contacted for an interview by their exchange coordinator. 

While the format of the interview is different for each faculty, the basic goal of these interviews is the same: to evaluate how ready you are to go on exchange as a candidate. Interviews will look at the thought and research you’ve put into selecting your exchange destination and your academic preparedness for exchange. 

You should contact your faculty exchange coordinator for more details about your faculty interview process. Make sure to prepare for your interview to give yourself the best chance of being accepted.

Ontario Universities International Exchange Program

In addition to the program-specific exchanges, all Ryerson University students are eligible to apply to the Ontario Universities International, external link, opens in new window exchange program to study in China,, external link, opens in new window India, external link, opens in new window, Germany, external link, opens in new window, or France, external link, opens in new window. Each program offers the possibility for exchange with more than ten partner universities in the country. 

The deadline to apply for the OUI semester long exchange is January 31, 2022.  Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Decide which OUI exchange destination (China, India, France or Germany) you will apply to and select your top three OUI host institutions for that destination. 

Ensure that you are eligible to participate by reviewing the eligibility guidelines found on each country program’s website. You also must meet the Ryerson criteria of a minimum CGPA of 2.5 or higher with a clear academic standing.

On each of the country specific program websites you will find a list of participating universities. It is your responsibility to research their academic offerings and determine what universities may be suitable for you. To assist you in the process you may be able to meet with your program’s academic advisor and/or exchange coordinator.

Each country program has a distinct online application. Read carefully through the application guidelines of the applicable OUI program linked below. Once you complete and submit the online OUI application, you will receive by email an automatically generated pdf file showing all the information you have provided. A copy of the OUI application file and required supporting documents, must be uploaded to your Ryerson's 2022-2023 Outgoing Student Exchange Application, external link, opens in new window in the "References & Supporting Documents" page. For questions or concerns regarding the OUI application requirements, please email Samantha Larocque (global.learning@ryerson.ca). 

FAQ

A formal exchange takes place when a signed exchange agreement exists between institutions. This allows selected students to go on an ‘exchange’ between Ryerson and a partner/host university. 

You will remain registered at Ryerson for the duration of your exchange and will pay full-time tuition to Ryerson. The courses you take at your host university will be transferred back to Ryerson and will count towards your degree requirements.

To participate in an exchange you must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for your faculty. Contact your faculty exchange coordinator for more information.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 with a clear academic standing and remain so until their departure date.

Yes! International students at Ryerson can go on exchange as long as you meet the general eligibility requirements (see Can I participate in an exchange F.A.Q) to participate. Just remember that while you are away you will still be paying full-time tuition to Ryerson.

Attending a university that does not have an official exchange with Ryerson is usually referred to as “Study Abroad.” This means that you will need to apply to the institution directly. You will pay international student fees to that university.

Credit for overseas studies is granted on your Ryerson transcript only if you meet the Letter of Permission (LOP) requirements, opens in new window. You must complete an LOP application for the courses you wish to take while studying abroad prior to departure.

Check out the exchange partner universities available to your program using our searchable exchange database:

Depending on your program, you can go on exchanges for either one term or for an entire academic year. Some programs limit exchange to the winter semester. 

Universities around the world can have very different semester schedules. Make sure to check the semester dates for the universities you are thinking of going to ensure that you are able to return on time for the following semester. You also want to consider if a university's semester schedule will impact your ability to work during the summer or winter breaks.

With proper academic planning, you will receive transfer credits for the courses you took while abroad that will count towards your degree here at Ryerson, allowing you to graduate on-time and according to plan. The earlier you start planning for exchange the better! It’s never too early to talk to your faculty exchange coordinator and academic program advisor about going on exchange. Give yourself as much time as possible to plan your course selection to allow for an exchange.

You will need to discuss your degree requirements with your academic advisor upon acceptance to the Exchange Program to ensure that you are selecting transferable courses. All exchange students are expected to enroll in a full-time course load, as determined by the host university and Ryerson (typically three to five courses, depending on the university).

Courses you take while on exchange at your host institutions will be recorded on your transcript on a “Pass/Fail” basis. This means your final grades at your host institution will not be transferred back and your Ryerson GPA will not be affected.

However, while your exchange grades will not appear on your Ryerson transcript, many graduate schools require that you submit a copy of your exchange transcript. This means your exchange grades can be considered when applying for graduate programs. If you plan on attending Graduate school, it’s important that you maintain good grades and academic standing while on exchange. You may wish to request extra copies of your transcript from your host university for your graduate program application purposes as well.

Cost can vary widely based on your exchange destination and length of your exchange. However, with smart financial planning, exchange can be surprisingly affordable! Tuition fees are paid to Ryerson ( i.e.you get to skip expensive international student fees), making it one of the most affordable ways to live and study abroad. You will be responsible for all other exchange-related costs, including airfare, textbooks, accommodation and health insurance - but again, with proper planning the cost of exchange can be at the same level, if not cheaper, than living in Toronto.

Check out our Financing Your Participation section for more information and tips on financial planning for exchange.

Planning at least one year prior to departure is ideal. January 31st is usually the deadline to go on exchange for the following academic year. i.e. if you want to go on exchange in the Winter of your third year, you need to apply by January of your second year.

Most students start preparing their exchange applications towards the end of their first year/ start of their second year. This gives you time to talk to your faculty exchange program coordinator, research the best program to fit your needs, and do some course planning so that you have enough flexibility to take courses abroad.

For Ontario students, you can receive OSAP while you are on exchange. Check with Student Financial Assistance before applying for more details. Note that the difference in semester start and end dates at host institutions can sometimes result in a change in student loan amounts.

For out-of-province students, you should check with your provincial student loan organization to verify if you can continue to receive loans and bursaries while abroad. Many provincial programs will continue to provide funding for students in exchange programs. Student Financial Assistance may be able to provide you with more information.

Share your stories! Tell us about your adventures and challenges, or even just your everyday observations through our Global Learning Experiences Blog, opens in new window or on our Instagram, external link, opens in new window. Every year we also run a photo contest, so don’t miss your chance to participate!

Housing options differ from host university to host university. Some universities offer guaranteed on-campus housing to exchange students. Some of them ask that you search for housing on your own. You should look at the websites for inbound exchange students at the host universities you’re interested in applying to to see what their housing options are.

Whether you live on-campus or off-campus however, you will need to cover the cost of housing yourself. Make sure to research housing costs for the cities of the host institutions you’re interested in as rent be a significant portion of your expenses.

The majority of our exchange partners offer programs in English, including in many countries where English is not the primary language spoken. If you do speak another language well enough to study in it, living abroad and studying in that language can dramatically increase your fluency and skill level.

Have a question that's not answered above? Contact our office at global.learning@ryerson.ca.

Who to Contact?

General Inquiries: global.learning@ryerson.ca

Faculty

Contact Name

Title

Email

Faculty of Arts

Jill Careless

Experiential Learning Coordinator/ Community Liaison

jill.careless@ryerson.ca

The Creative School

Sandra Chung

International Coordinator

exchange@ryerson.ca

Faculty of Science

Salwa Saeed

Recruitment and International Engagement Coordinator

salwa.saeed@ryerson.ca

Ted Rogers School of Management

Kristy Holzworth

International Programs Coordinator

trsmexchange@ryerson.ca

Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Samantha Larocque

Student Mobility Officer

global.learning@ryerson.ca

Faculty of Community Services

Samantha Larocque

Student Mobility Officer

global.learning@ryerson.ca