• Do I have to be in a degree program to go on exchange?

      Courses taken on exchange are taught at a 300 level so most of our exchange opportunities are for degree students.  We do have short term Field Schools which are open to ALL Capilano students.  You can find a full list of programs available on the Short Term Program website

      Where will I live?

      Most of our partners will offer on-campus residence or assist with finding off-campus rental accommodation for exchange students.

      Am I eligible for StudentAid BC while participating on a full term exchange program?

      Students participating on an “international exchange” are eligible to apply for student financial assistance if all requirements below are met:

      • meet all basic eligibility requirement for Student Aid BC
      • the student’s home post-secondary institution must have a partnership agreement or international exchange policy with the international institution.
      • the international institution must be accredited as verified by one of the five accrediting bodies approved by StudentAid BC (see Chapter 1) to be eligible for student financial assistance.
      • transferability of all course credit(s) from the international institution must be approved and confirmed by the home post-secondary institution in advance of StudentAid BC funding and must be transferable (at a full-time equivalent) to the home post-secondary institution.
      • after the student completes the exchange, the home post-secondary institution must review the credits obtained, confirm transferability and promptly report any withdrawal and/or unsuccessful term as per standard StudentAid BC policy. Note: StudentAid BC recognizes that reporting of credit from the international post-secondary institution may take longer than the standard StudentAid BC policy that requires post-secondary institutions to report withdrawals and unsuccessful terms within six weeks.
      • tuition fees for the exchange are paid to the home post-secondary institution. See Chapter 2 for a definition of tuition fees and what can and cannot be included.

      This information can be found in the Student Aid Policy Manual 2014-2015

      For more information please visit www.capilanou.ca/financial-aid or www.studentaidbc.ca  

      What happens after I submit my application to the Study Abroad Office?

      Application and Selection

      January 29, 2016

      Exchange Application Deadline

      February 2016

      Exchange Interviews

      March 2016

      Letter of Offer sent

      Exchange Preparation

      March 2016

      Planning Session

      September 2016

      Nominations Sent

      September 2016

      Finalize Study Plan and Budget Worksheet

      October 2016

      Application to host institution

      November 2016

      Acceptance to host Institution

      December 2016

      Pre Departure Session

      Spring 2017

      Attend Exchange School

      Who can study abroad?

      Core criteria

      Both Canadian and international students are eligible to apply to Study Abroad for a full semester if they meet the following criteria:

      • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 at time of application
      • be enrolled as a full time student at time of application (9 credits)
      • have good academic standing and no history of relevant academic or non-academic misconduct*
      • completed a minimum of 60 credits prior to departure
      • are returning to Capilano for at least one semester after your semester abroad

      Other factors

      Keep in mind that study abroad placements are awarded on a competitive basis and are also subject to availability, so it is important to apply early and maintain as high an average as possible. In addition to grades, weight is also given to the following criteria.

      • Extracurricular activities – How involved are you in campus and community clubs and activities? Start now: join a club, get involved with international student activities and orientation, or volunteer in the community
      • Language level - How is your proficiency in the language(s) of the host country? Consider signing for a language class to prepare for your trip
      • Financial resources – What is your budget for studying abroad?
      • Capilano references – Do you have two solid academic references?

      *Students with a history may still apply to Study Abroad programs.

      Where can I study abroad?

      Capilano University partners with institutions abroad in Asia, Australia, South America and Europe.

      Check out Capilano's Exchange Destinations list to explore the more than 20 destinations you could select for your study abroad experience. If you note the column called “OPEN TO”, you can identifies the destinations open to either:

      • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies students (CMNS)
      • Bachelor of Business Administration students (BBA)
      • Bachelor of Communication Studies students (CMNS)
      • Bachelor of Legal Studies students (LEGAL)
      • Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts students (MOPA)
      • Bachelor of Tourism Management students (BTM)
      • Bachelor of Visual Communication students (IDEA)

      Please note the right side column with resources such as partner website and student reports. You should start your research here to see which University fits your goals.


      When can I go?

      Start planning early for the best Study Abroad experience

      Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits PRIOR to departure so you should be applying for Exchange when you're in your second year of studies

      But remember: studying abroad require more preparation than the usual overseas trip. In addition to visas and shots, you need to secure admission to a foreign university, plan your course work, arrange for accommodations, and fill out paperwork to have your credits transferred.

      For best results, start your research and planning ten months before you wish to study abroad.  The Study Abroad Office will support you through all the steps: but ultimately you are the one in charge.

      Be sure to email studyabroad@capilanou.ca, attend a Study Abroad info session or book an appointment to see a Study Abroad Advisor for more information. 

      How much does it cost?

      Financing your Study Abroad trip

      It is difficult to predict the actual cost of studying abroad as costs vary by country. For example, the cost of living will be higher in Western Europe than in China. Moreover, different locations within the same country may lead to different expenses: expect to spend more if you are living in a major urban centre than if you are living in a rural community.

      Some programs will be more expensive than others, depending on added features, such as support services, tours, etc. Some institutions may charge higher fees for textbooks, accommodation, and meal plans. Any additional traveling you may wish to do will also increase your total costs.

      In addition to asking the Study Abroad Office and past participants for information, you can conduct some research yourself on the web. Be sure to look into student discounts and any special rates that may be available.

      What exactly do I pay for?

      You are not required to pay application fees or tuition to your host institution. But are responsible to pay for:

      • Capilano tuition
      • Airfare
      • Accommodations
      • Extended medical insurance
      • Visa applications
      • Passport renewal
      • Living expenses
      • Textbooks
      Visit our Cost and Funding page for more information.

      What courses do I take abroad?

      Students will take an equivalent of 12 Capilano U credits abroad in the subject matter that they are currently studying at Capilano. For example, business students will take business courses and tourism students will take tourism courses at our partner institution. These 12 credits will either transfer back as unspecified course credit or specific course credit. Either type of transfer credit will count towards you upper level classes in your program unless specified otherwise.

      Students are required to see an academic advisor prior to applying for Study Abroad. This lets us determine if you are in the correct spot and have enough space in you planner for these 12 transfer credits.

      How likely is it to be accepted?

      Students are required to select 3 choices in their study abroad destination. We have certain destinations, such as the University of Hertfordshire, that is open to 6 different program areas where we can only send 4 students. It would be a greater challenge to receive a spot there versus to a destination where it would only be open to just one program area.

      We ask that students are flexible when selecting their choices and understand that no matter where you go, it would be a great opportunity.