International Exchange Program
The World Awaits!
The Western International Exchange Program gives you the opportunity to study at more than 137 different institutions in 39 countries around the world.
International Exchange Program Photo Contest 2014
Going on an exchange is easier than you think. Exchange students:
- Pay regular tuition to Western instead of international fees.
- Are eligible to receive bursaries and scholarships to help cover costs.
- Receive assistance from International Learning staff every step of the way.
- Receive assistance from partner universities with course selection, accommodation, settling in and any concerns during the exchange.
International Learning staff and partner universities will guide you through the process before you go, during your exchange and on your way home.
*Please note that some study areas at Western have their own exchange programs:
Ivey Business School students interested in going on exchange visit the International@Ivey page.
Western Law students interested in going on exchange visit Law's International Exchange page.
How It Works
Partner universities with reciprocal agreements exchange students with one another and these students pay tuition to their home institution instead of international fees. Because each university has a limited number of spaces, students must apply to go on an exchange. Western's International Learning receives and reviews applications and offers placements to successful applicants. Students usually apply for an exchange program in their second year and go in their third year.
Who is Eligible to Go On Exchange?
Please note that applying to go on exchange does not guarantee a space. The exchange program is competitive; spaces are limited and subject to availability.
Eligibility is based on academic achievement in first and second year and your suitability as an ambassador for Western. Normally, successful applicants have an average of 70% or above and are in good academic standing. Students are evaluated based on their application, letters of reference and transcript. Failure to maintain a 70% average may result in the cancellation of your exchange.
- Most exchange programs are open to international students studying at Western.
- Graduate students are eligible for many of the exchange programs. Contact the International Exchange Coordinator for full details.
- Part-time students are eligible to apply but while on exchange all students must be registered as full-time students paying full-time tuition.
- Students from Western's affiliate colleges are eligible to apply.
Where You Can Go:
Our Partner Universities are listed in Atlas, Western's international experience portal. Search opportunities by country, institution, language of instruction, and more.