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Exchange Opportunities

Study abroad at one of our many partner institutions and immerse yourself in another culture. You will learn from new perspectives and gain valuable intercultural communication skills. An international experience also looks great on a resumé, showing future employers that you have the ability to collaborate with a diverse range of people, navigate other cultures, and learn professional skills in a new environment.

Some faculties have their own informational websites and exchange coordinators who can offer you one-on-one advice and support.

For advice on exchange opportunities, please don’t hesitate to contact us at rihelp@ryerson.ca

Exchange Destinations

Find out what exchange destinations are open to your program through our searchable exchange database.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2020 for Ryerson students to participate in exchange for the upcoming fall 2020 and winter 2021 academic terms.

Application instructions for the University-Wide Exchange Program, carried out by Ontario Universities International (OUI), are under that tab.

Find out what the eligibility requirements are for your specific program. All programs require a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 or higher with a clear academic standing.

Review the exchange opportunities available to your specific academic program in the Faculty Specific Information Tab. The only exchange programs that are available to all students are the University-Wide Programs carried out by Ontario Universities International (OUI), all other opportunities are program specific. Research the universities you are interested in and select your top 3 choices.

It is essential that you contact your exchange coordinator well in advance of the deadline for more details regarding the application procedures for your specific program.

You should schedule an appointment to discuss your options with your program or faculty specific contact.

Complete the online Outgoing Student Exchange Application form, external link, opens in new window.

The application form requires the name and contact information for one academic reference. We recommend that you email your reference in advance, letting them know that you are applying for the exchange program and asking them for permission to use them as a reference. References are not required to submit a letter. Please provide contact information only.

The online application will prompt you to include the following:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Supporting Documents
  • References (depending on program)

After submitting your application, you will be contacted for an interview.

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. The programs offered include both full semester and summer programs . 

The deadline to apply for the OUI semester long exchange is the same as Ryerson’s regular exchange program (January 31st, 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year), however early applications are strongly encouraged.

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. You should select your top 3 university choices for the country that you are applying to.

Each country program has a distinct application form and process. Review the instructions found on each program website, complete the necessary forms and gather the additional supporting documentation (which may include things like reference letters from faculty members, language assessment, letter of Intent, academic transcript, CV, etc).

For the semester-long exchange, please submit your completed OUI application package to your faculty/program-specific exchange coordinator or Ryerson International before the deadline (early applications are strongly encouraged).

After submitting your application, you will be contacted for an interview.

Each exchange is open to specific faculties and academic programs. Some are multi-faculty, while others are unique to only one program. See the Faculty Specific Exchange Info tab to find the list of current exchanges and eligible programs.

Exchange spots are highly competitive. You must meet certain eligibility requirements before being allowed to participate. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 with a clear academic standing and remain so until their departure date. Your specific program might also have additional application requirements (i.e., a portfolio).  

A formal exchange takes place when a signed agreement exists between institutions. This allows selected students to go on an ‘exchange’ between Ryerson and the partner university. Exchange students remain registered at their home university, and they pay tuition as usual to that home university and credits gained on exchange are transferred back to the university.

Each exchange is open to specific faculties and academic programs. Some are multi-faculty, while others are unique to only one program. See the  list of exchanges for a full list of current exchanges and eligible programs.

Exchange spots are highly competitive. You must meet certain eligibility requirements before being allowed to participate. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 with a clear academic standing and remain so until their departure date. Your specific program might also have additional application requirements (i.e., a portfolio).

Students should take many factors into account when choosing a host institution for their exchange. Important considerations include lifestyle, weather, university standing and course load, as well as proximity to other countries or cities of interest. Carefully weigh academic and personal issues to determine the best country in which to spend your time abroad. Questions that students should explore include:

  • Is their program academically compatible with mine?
  • How much will it cost to live there?
  • What types of accommodation are available?
  • What are the term dates? (Different countries have different term dates compared to Ryerson.)
  • Do I need to speak a language other than English to study/live there?
  • How well do I deal with change and living experiences that are vastly different from what I’m living now?

Signing new exchange agreements can take over a year, as we want to ensure that all students involved will have the best possible experience. 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 host institution directly, paying 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, an application process that must be completed prior to departure.

Depending on the agreement Ryerson has with your chosen university, exchanges can last one term or as long as an entire academic year. Please note that universities around the world have very different semester schedules. Plan ahead to make sure that this does not impede your ability to work during the summer or winter breaks.

Students are expected to return to Ryerson to complete their degrees.

Do you have a stellar GPA and are concerned that time spent abroad will bring it down? Don’t worry, most courses taken abroad are recorded on a “Pass/Fail” basis, meaning they will show up as Transfer Credits on your transcripts.

However, while your grades on exchange will not appear on your Ryerson transcript, some graduate school applications require your transcript from your exchange semester. This transcript will include your grades and if you are intending to apply to grad school, you may wish to request extra copies of your transcript from your host university for your graduate program application purposes.

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 3-5 courses, depending on the university).

Participating in an exchange can be surprisingly affordable. Tuition fees are paid to Ryerson, meaning you get to skip international student fees. You are responsible for all other exchange-related costs, including airfare, textbooks, accommodation and health insurance.

It is important to note that going on exchange doesn’t limit your ability to apply for student loans. Check with Student Financial Assistance  before applying for more details. Note that the difference in start and end dates can sometimes result in a reduction in student loans.

A great resource available to all Ryerson students is RU DebtFree, opens in new window , which provides free financial literacy courses for all Ryerson university students. Sign up for a course and learn how financial planning can help prepare you for your time abroad! Check out our blog post on saving and budgeting for exchange, opens in new window .

Some more specifics:

  • Tuition: Exchange students pay tuition fees (full course load) to Ryerson, subject to the established methods, payment deadlines and service charges, as would be normal if the student was spending the academic session at Ryerson. Students are responsible for all other expenses such as books, stationery, laboratory equipment, etc.

  • Accommodation: The majority of the exchange agreements require students to be responsible for finding their own accommodation. However, some of the partner universities have residence hall accommodations with associated costs.

  • Living Expenses: Living expenses can vary depending on the location of your host institution, personal lifestyle and whether you choose to do additional travelling. We’ve created a google sheetper-term cost estimate, external link, opens in new window for our different partners to help you estimate the cost of exchange. However, you should still do your own research. Make sure to check out the exchange website of your host institution for details on living expenses, as well as cost-of-living reports for the cities they are located in.

  • Travel: Students are responsible for their own health insurance, travel expenses, and travelling arrangements.

  • Visas and immigration documentation: Students are responsible for covering the cost of their student visa, if a visa is required by the host country for the exchange.

  • Awards and bursaries: Some awards and bursaries are available for students who study abroad. However, none of these will finance your entire trip. Ensure that you have proper financing in place before pursing an international experience.

Ryerson is a member institution of the Ontario Universities International (OUI) Exchange Program, external link, which provides opportunities to students to study in China, France, Germany and India. The programs offered include both full semester and summer options.

For more information on these programs and participating universities, please follow the appropriate link below:

The deadline to apply for the OUI semester long exchange programs is the same as Ryerson’s regular exchange program - January 31st, 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

To apply, students must complete an application package for the specific OUI exchange program they will be participating in. Information on the documents required for each program application can be found at the links above.

You will need to submit a physical copy of your completed OUI application, plus a completed online Outgoing Student Exchange Application form , to your faculty/program-specific exchange coordinator by the deadline (early applications are strongly encouraged).

For the OUI summer programs, please see the Summer Programs section of the Global Learning website.

To stay connected to those back home, and to learn a bit more about fellow exchange students’ adventures abroad, we’ve created the Ryerson Interantional Student Blog, opens in new window. We will be contacting you to share your stories and experiences to include in the blog. Don’t miss the chance to participate and watch for our Photo Contest that we run each year.

Faculty/Program

Contact Name

Email

Faculty of Arts Jill Careless, Experiential Learning-Community Liaison jill.careless@ryerson.ca
Faculty of Communication and Design Sandra Chung, International Coordinator exchange@ryerson.ca
Faculty of Science Salwa Saeed, Recruitment and International Engagement Officer salwa.saeed@ryerson.ca
Ted Rogers School of Management Kristy Holzworth, International Programs Coordinator trsmexchange@ryerson.ca
Department of Architectural Science Dr. Paul Floerke, Interim Associate Chair External and Mobility Director

paul.floerke@ryerson.ca

Department of Early Childhood Studies  Maria Burgos, Student Affairs Coordinator mburgos@ryerson.ca

School of Nutrition

Zena Alrawdah, Promotions & Outreach Coordinator / Academic Advisor

zena@ryerson.ca

School of Social Work

Michelle Free, Student Affairs Coordinator

mfree@ryerson.ca

School of Urban and Regional Planning

Dr. Mitch Kosny, Professor

mkosny@ryerson.ca

Engineering Programs and Programs in the Faculty of Community Services that do not have a program specific contact Amie Shipman-Gervais, Student Mobility Officer, Ryerson International

Samantha Larocque, Student Mobility Officer, Ryerson International
rihelp@ryerson.ca
General Inquiries Ryerson International  rihelp@ryerson.ca