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International opportunities

See the world while you learn. Our international programs let you explore different cultures and gain a deeper understanding of the world.

International exchange

The International Centre for Students (ICS) coordinates exchange programs for students in the faculties of Humanities, Fine Arts, Science and Social Sciences. Study at one of our 70+ partner universities around the world while gaining credits at UVic and paying UVic tuition fees.

Recommended partner institutions for economics students

Eligibility & course prerequisites

In order to be eligible, you must:

  • have studied at least one year at UVic
  • be a full-time student
  • be in good academic standing
  • have completed ECON 203, 204, 225, 245 and 246 before you leave on exchange
  • have declared your major/program before you leave on exchange

Exchange normally takes place in year 3 or 4 of your studies. The exchange program is open to domestic and international students.

Testimonials from economics students on exchange

"The UVic exchange program provides a unique opportunity to experience new cultures and life as a student outside of Canada. Travelling to Copenhagen on exchange is one of the best decisions I have made as a student. The central location made flying to other countries extremely easy and allowed me to experience a wider range of cultures. From seeing the opera house in Vienna to hiking the Bernese alps in Switzerland, there was always something to do. Taking economics courses at the University of Copenhagen allowed me to gain a unique perspective of how other countries view North America’s policy system and economies in ways that I had not seen before." - Michael, exchange to University of Copenhagen, Denmark

"Exchange is all about the people. While studying abroad in Singapore I was so lucky to meet amazing people from all over the world and explore countries around South East Asia with them." - Amy, exchange to Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

"Being in the heart of Asia at the National University of Singapore is an amazing experience. From learning in world-class facilities, meeting extraordinary people from all around the world and travelling around Asia, there are many reasons to go on exchange." - Maxwell, exchange to National University of Singapore

"I would say the most valuable thing about exchange is creating connections across cultures and languages, and the amazing friendships that arise from it." - Jacob, exchange to Utrecht University, Netherlands


Work & volunteer abroad

By taking a paid job, an internship or a volunteer position abroad, you'll gain incredible experience and learn about a new country while you're at it.


Field schools

Field schools are experiential, intercultural short-term courses that take you out of the classroom, conducting hands-on study and research in locations across Canada and around the world.

Summer abroad

International summer programs offer UVic students the chance to broaden your degree, learn a new language and experience a different culture.

To be eligible to receive credit at UVic, you must obtain a letter of permission before beginning your summer program. For more information, contact your academic adviser.

Funding for international opportunities

UVic offers grants, awards and programs to students looking to participate in international experiences.