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Accepting nominations and applications now!

Application Deadline
(for partners)
Application Deadline
(for students)
Fall 2021 May 15 May 31
Spring 2022 October 1 October 15
Summer 2022 February 1 February 15

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 the programs listed above. 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
Summer 2021 May 10 – August 20 May 6, 2021 To be announced
Fall 2021 September 7 – December 6 September 2 – 3 December 8 – 16
Spring 2022 January 5 – April 13 To be announced April 19 – 28
Summer 2022 May 9 – August 19 To be announced To be announced

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

How to apply

Here is the step-by-step process to apply to Capilano University as an incoming exchange student.

Take a look at the list near the top of this page to find out more about what you can study as an exchange student.

To complete your application, you must email the following items to studyabroad@capilanou.ca

  • Completed Capilano University International Application for Admission (pdf) – follow an Exchange Student Application Example (pdf) for some guidance. 
  • 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.
  • Post-secondary transcripts, including a certified translation in English, when applicable. Scanned copies are acceptable before the term start. High school documents are not required.
  • Exchange Student Course Approval Form (pdf)
  • Letter of Permission from your home institution. This letter must state that the applicant is currently a student in good standing at the home institution and has been permitted to spend a semester abroad as an exchange student at CapU; and indicate the program the applicant is approved to take at CapU and the term in which the program may be taken.
  • Portfolio. This requirement is only applicable to students applying to CapU's Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication degree program. 

After submitting your application to studyabroad@capilanou.ca, you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Any missing application documents and instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent from to your myCapU email.

You've already sent digital copies of your transcripts to studyabroad@capilanou.ca as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

Please send your official documents to CapU Main Campus.

Once your application is complete, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox.

  • This letter includes details such as course registration, accommodation, and orientation and may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.
  • Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.

You'll now need to start preparing for your first day at CapU.

Visa and Study Permit

If you intend to study at CapU for only one term (less than six months) as an exchange student, you may study at CapU via online means from your home country without a study permit.

Before applying for your visa/study permit and/or planning to travel to Canada:

Course registration

A CapU student registered in a minimum of 9.0 credits is considered 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). Our Study Abroad Team will support you through the approval process to ensure you are successful in registering for your courses.

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 guard.me 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. 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.

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.


Have questions?

Contact information for incoming exchange students

Wong and Trainor Centre for International Experience (CIE) – Study Abroad Office
604 990 7914
Library Building, room LB 127