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Outgoing exchange

The International Centre for Students (ICS) Exchange Program allows current students to study at one of our 70+ partner universities around the world while gaining credits at UVic and paying UVic tuition fees.

We coordinate outgoing exchanges for these faculties only:

  • Humanities
  • Fine Arts
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

Students in these faculties work with their undergraduate or graduate adviser to plan international exchanges:

  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Education
  • Human and Social Development
  • Law
  • Business
  • Graduate Studies

Why go on exchange?

  • immerse yourself in a new culture
  • make new friends and travel to interesting places
  • develop your skills in a second (or third!) language
  • experience independence and tackle new challenges
  • gain international perspectives in your field of study

How to apply

Your first step is to apply to participate in the UVic ICS Exchange Program. After you are accepted, we will lead you through the steps to apply directly to your chosen host university.

Application deadlines:

  • February 1 for first term or full year exchanges
  • August 1 for second term exchanges

You must...
  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the Faculty of Humanities, Science or Social Sciences at UVic
    • Economics: If you are a student in the Department of Economics, please refer to the department website for additional information specific to your program and exchange
    • French: If you are a student in the Department of French, please contact your department to discuss your exchange before you apply
    • Graduate Students: If you are a graduate student, please consult with your department before you apply
    • Students in departments outside of the tri-faculties (Humanities, Science and Social Sciences): If you are registered in Business, Law, Nursing, Engineering or other professional programs, please consult with your department before you apply
  • be registered as a full-time UVic student
    • in order to be eligible, students must be enrolled full time as defined by the UVic calendar. Students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning may have an accommodation to take a reduced course load and still be considered a full time student for academic purposes.
  • have completed at least one year of study at UVic (12.0 units) before you leave for your exchange
  • meet good academic standing as outlined in the current UVic Undergraduate Calendar
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have received a minimum sessional GPA of 2.0 in your most recent term

  • review our partner universities for detailed information about where you can study
  • check the exchange credit histories for our partner institutions
  • use the application documents as planning tools to help guide your research
Tip: Subscribe to the UVic Global Community Newsletter for advice and interesting stories written by and for outgoing exchange students.


  • connect with your Exchange Student Adviser, visit the ICS (Jamie Cassels Centre B202d) or email us
  • make an appointment with an academic adviser to discuss your exchange pertaining to your degree requirement, declaring your major, understanding your Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning report and exchange credits

Your first step is to apply to participate in exchange. After you are accepted into the program, we will lead you through the steps to apply to your chosen host university.

Apply for exchange

Prepare for departure

After you have been selected to participate in the UVic ICS Exchange Program, you'll work closely with us to prepare for your departure and upcoming cultural and academic experiences.

Returning home

Returning is just as much a part of the exchange experience as leaving. When you plan your departure, allow adequate time and energy for administrative details, travel arrangements, farewell parties and other important tasks.

Make sure you consider the steps that you will need to take both before and after your return.

Stay in touch

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