Top 3 International Student Exchange Programs in Canada

Thousands of international students make their way to Canada every year. There are currently over 530,000 international students in Canada, 60 percent of whom are planning to apply for permanent residence.

Take a look at the top 3 international student exchange programs in Canada in 2022.

Studying in Canada: Best Student Exchange Programs in 2022

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1. University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia has various study abroad programs under it’s Go Global exchange program for international students. Below are some of the discipline-specific exchange programs available at UBC for international students:

  • Study Law at UBC on exchange
  • Study Commerce at UBC on exchange
  • Study Engineering at UBC on exchange
  • Study as a graduate student at UBC on exchange
  • Study across disciplines at Okanagan campus

UBC is also partnered with Tec de Monterrey in Mexico, and invites a group of qualified students to study at the Vancouver and Kelowna campuses every year.

Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 exchange application deadlines

  • March 15, 2022: Nomination deadline (Early submission is highly recommended)
  • April 1, 2022: Exchange application deadline

For more information and application forms visit the UBC student exchange website here.

How to Apply

Step 1: Check if your English levels meet UBC standards

Step 2: Check course and programs available for international exchange students at UBC

Step 3: Complete and submit your online exchange application form as well as additional supporting documents like your transcripts and language test results

Step 4: Apply for Campus-Wide Login (CWL) account - apply for housing and pay fees

Good to Know

It’s important to make sure that you’ve budgeted for living and educational expenses while studying in Canada. Below is some of the expenses you should bare in mind before applying for your student exchange program:

  • Estimated Living Expenses: $6000 - $8000 CAD per term
  • Estimated Accommodation on-campus: $3,000 – $3,500 CAD per term

  • Estimated Grocery Costs: $2,000/term
  • Estimated Local Transportation - mandatory student public transit pass (U-Pass): $173.40 per term
  • Mandatory iMED insurance for international students: Single-term exchange - $315 CAD per term plus a $10.14 direct billing fee for iMED or Full-year exchange - $225 CAD plus a $10.14 direct billing fee for iMED.

  • Estimated Academic Expenses: $500 - $700 CAD per term (UBC exchange tuition is usually paid to your home institution unless stated otherwise)

Below is a sneak peek at what you can look forward to when enrolling in a student exchange program at UBC.

SOURCE: UBC Prospective Undergraduates

2. University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba offers tremendous opportunities for international students in Canada. The university has two campuses and offers more than 100 study programs. You’ll be able to complete one to two semesters as an exchange student at the University of Manitoba.

Manitoba has breathtaking natural landscapes and a vibrant culture, which means there will be plenty of things to do in between semesters and on weekend breaks.

Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 exchange application deadlines

  • March 15, 2022: Nomination deadline (Early submission is highly recommended)
  • April 15, 2022: Exchange application deadline

For more information and application forms visit the inbound student exchange website here.

How to Apply

Step 1: Check if your university is and exchange partner (Australia, Belgium, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine UK,

Step 2: Contact your university’s exchange coordinator - have them email your nomination form to the University of Manitoba's exchange coordinator (inbound.exchange@umanitoba.ca)

Step 3: Complete and submit your application - you’ll need to send some documents like your transcripts, a 5-course study plan, personal statement, and proof of English language proficiency

Good to Know

Although you won’t have to pay any tuition fees, you will have to pay student organization fees ($120 - 150 each term), lab fees, field trip fees as well as course books ($100-200 per course).

3. University of Calgary

The University of Calgary, located in Alberta, has a number of global partner institutions around the world that offer international student exchange programs in Canada. Over 200 international students make their way to UCalgary every year. There are a number of courses available for international students, from Accounting to Zoology, however there are some courses that are restricted for exchange students.

Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 exchange application deadlines

  • March 1, 2022: Fall and Full Year nominations (priority deadline)
  • March 15, 2022: Fall and Full Year applications (priority deadline)
  • March 30, 2022: Fall and Full Year nominations (regular deadline)
  • April 15, 2022: Fall and Full Year applications (regular deadline)
  • September 15, 2022: Winter exchange student nominations (final deadline)

For more information and application forms visit the UCalgary student exchange website here.

How to Apply

Step 1: Review academic restrictions

Step 2: Get a nomination from your home university

Step 3: Complete and submit your exchange application along with additional supporting documents like your application course list, transcripts and language test results

Step 4: Apply for online campus housing

Step 5: Register for courses

Good to Know

It’s important to make sure that you’ve budgeted for living and educational expenses while studying in Canada. Below is some of the expenses you should bare in mind before applying for your student exchange program:

  • Estimated Living Expenses ( on-campus): $1,303 - $2,150 CAD per month
  • Estimated Living Expenses ( on-campus): $1,524 - $3,070 CAD per month
  • Estimated Local Transportation - mandatory student public transit pass : $151 per term
  • Estimated Campus Rec Fee - mandatory recreation pass : $35.90 per term
  • Estimated Academic Expenses: $50 - $150 CAD

Want to find out more about what life could be like as an international exchange student in Alberta, Canada? Take a look at Eleanor Monk’s video diary of her time at UCalgary.

SOURCE: Eleanor Monk

What’s Next?

Student Visa

As an international student in Canada, you will be required to have a study permitif you plan on studying in Canada for longer than six months. If your student exchange program is only for one semester (four months) you may only need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to be able to enter Canada.

Working Holiday Visa: International Co-op (Internship)

Another visa option is to apply for a visa through Canada’s International Experience Class (IEC) program. This is the perfect option if you need a work placement or internship to complete your study program. You will need a valid job offer and be from one of the 35 participating countries to qualify.

Ready to start an adventure of a lifetime?

Make 2022 a year to remember! Check to see if you qualify for one of many international student exchange programs in Canada today by chatting to one of our student advisors!