COVID-19 Important Notice

For the latest visiting international student or exchange student program updates related to COVID-19, please visit COVID-19 FAQs for Inbound Exchange and Visiting (VISP) Students.

Accepting nominations and applications now!

Application Deadline
(for partners)
Application Deadline
(for students)
Summer 2021 February 1 February 15
Fall 2021 March 15 March 31

We’re thrilled to meet you and support you in making your study abroad exchange journey at CapU exceptional.

If you are currently studying outside of Canada and your home university is a partner institution to CapU, we invite you to apply as an exchange student. 

Connect with the study abroad team at your home university to begin your global adventure!

What you could study at CapU

Bachelor programs you can take as an exchange international student include:

*upon departmental approval

You’re welcome to mix and match courses within above-listed programs. Specific courses outside these programs are limited and seats are subject to approval.

Most importantly, be sure to work with your home institution to ensure that your credits earned at CapU are transferrable back to your home institution. We strongly recommend that you do this before arriving in Canada.

We also recommend that you take 9-12 credits (3-4 classes) per term. Full-time status at CapU is a minimum of nine credits. Check with your home university for their requirements though, as these may be different.

Key Dates

We are excited to receive your nomination from our partners and your subsequent application. In addition to the application deadlines, take a note of our term, orientation and exam dates.

Term (Semester)Term datesOrientation datesExam dates
Spring 2021 January 4 – April 22 January 4 April 13 – 22
Summer 2021 May 10 – August 20 May 2021 (date TBA) To be Announced

For more detailed information on academic dates, visit our Academic Schedule and Important Dates page.

How to apply

Submit proof of English Language Proficiency based on regular English Language Requirements or a letter of reference from your home institution that guarantees your level of English.

Submit post-secondary transcripts, including certified translation in English, where applicable. Scanned copies can be accepted at the time of application. High school documents are not needed.

Submit a Letter of Permission from your home institution. This letter must indicate the program that you are permitted to take at CapU and the term in which the program may be taken.

This option is only for students applying to the CapU IDEA School of Design and the Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication degree program. 

Email your completed application to

Once we receive your application, we will connect with you via an Acknowledgement Letter, which includes your student details such as CapU Student ID Number, email address, and user ID.

Visa and Study Permit

As per the current travel ban exemptions, only international students issued study permits or study permit approvals on or before March 18, 2020 can travel to Canada at this time.

If students do not have a study permit or were not approved for a study permit before March 18, 2020, they cannot currently come to Canada.

Note: Exchange students intending to study at CapU for only one term (less than six months) can study at CapU via online means from their home country without a study permit.

Before applying, students should find out if they need a study permit or visa.

Course registration

A CapU student registered in a minimum of 9.0 credits is classified as a full-time student. Most CapU courses have 3.0 credits.

Prior to registering for CapU courses, all your courses must be pre-approved through the Exchange Student Course Approval Form (pdf).

Following course approvals, you will register online on your own, using the myCap Schedule.

Fees and payments

At CapU, fees are charged on a per term basis. Each term is four months in duration.

In most cases, as an exchange student you will pay tuition to your home university. You should also plan for books and supplies.

As an incoming exchange student, you must be enrolled in health insurance, a private insurance company contracted by CapU.

This basic health insurance, costing approximately $2.00 per day, is mandatory and ensures you have adequate coverage for the duration of your stay, regardless of your individual extended health plans.

As an incoming exchange student, you must pay for a subsidized student transportation pass called U-Pass BC (approximately $170 per term).


CapU offers student residence close to campus. Rooms in residence start at $4,606 per term*, including meals. You will receive information about application deadlines with your Letter of Acceptance.

You also have other options for accommodation: host family in a homestay environment or fully furnished shared housing with other students, which you may contact directly.

*fees are subject to change without notice.

Study Abroad Ambassador (Buddy) Program

Upon arrival, you will be matched with a study abroad ambassador (buddy) who already experienced a term abroad at one of CapU’s partner institutions.

Our Study Abroad Ambassadors are a friendly and dedicated group of CapU students eager to extend their global adventure by introducing incoming exchange students to all the exciting aspects of living in North Vancouver and Canada and studying at CapU!

Transcript and Course Transfer

CapU uses a letter grade system to determine a student’s grade point average (GPA).

Upon successful completion of your exchange term, you may request your official transcript through your myCapU Account. For details, see Transcripts and Forms.

Our Study Abroad Team will also email a digital copy of the official transcript directly to your home institution.

Prior to arriving in Canada, be sure to work with your home institution to ensure the credits earned at CapU are transferrable back to your home institution.

Have a question? Contact the Study Abroad team

Our Study Abroad team is available by email, Zoom or MS Teams, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT.