How to go on exchange

Are you ready to discover your passion and free yourself from the familiar? KPU Study Abroad provides students with the opportunity to visit new places, experience new cultures and learn new skills while earning KPU credits. You can combine study, travel and work towards finishing your degree while on exchange!

Step 1: Can I go on Exchange?

Deciding to go on exchange

Eligibility Requirement

To go on exchange you must:

  • have completed 24 university credits by the time you go on exchange (15 of those credits must have been completed at KPU)
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5 
  • be willing to return to KPU after your exchange for a minimum of 9 credits*

*May not apply to all students. Exceptions to this requirement may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Meet the Application Deadline

Semester Application Deadline (Dates are subject to change) 
Fall    February 15
Spring June 15
Summer  October 15

In order to meet the application deadline, students must complete the online application and supporting documents by the deadline! Any paperwork required can be dropped off to the KPU International office.

Portfolio Requirement

Whether you are applying to the Design or Fine Arts program, all applicants must submit a portfolio as part of the admission process.

  • Graphic Design
  • Product Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Arts Students
  • Interior Design

If you do not meet one of the above requirements, please book an appointment using Advisor Connect to meet with one of our International Exchange Coordinators to discuss your options.

Learn More about Exchange

Learn more about exchange

Learn about previous students that have gone to exchange programs.

Ready for Exchange, and need some advice! You are welcome to make a 30-minute one-to-one appointment to assist with in-depth questions regarding global learning opportunities. Now’s the time to contact our International Exchange Coordinator by booking an appointment through Advisor Connect to have your questions answered.

Have a quick question? Check our FAQs or contact KPU International.

Step 2: Deciding where to go

KPU International has active partnerships with over XX institutions in Europe, Oceania, the Americas and Asia. Every year, KPU sends over XX students abroad to over XX countries. We are committed to enhancing our international community and fostering cross-cultural experiences and learning opportunities.

When selecting your destination, it is helpful to consult each partner transfer credit database to learn about what courses have been pre-approved for transfer credit.

Having trouble choosing a destination? Check out KPU Study Abroad’s tips on how to decide where to go on Exchange.


Australia Rockhampton Central Queensland University
Australia Perth, Mount Lawley, Joondalup, and Bunbury Edith Cowan University
Australia Melbourne Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Australia Melbourne Swinburne University of Technology


Austria Vienna University of Applied Sciences Vienna
Belgium Ghent Ghent University
Denmark Herning, Holstebro, Horsens, Randers, Silkeborg, Viborg, Aarhus VIA University College
Denmark Aalborg, Hjørring, Thisted University College of Northern Denmark (University College Nordjylland)*
England Farnham, Epsom, Canterbury University for the Creative Arts
England Burnley, Westlakes, Cyprus University of Central Lancashire
Finland Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
France Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux INSEEC
France Paris University Paris II Pantheon-Assas
Germany Berlin HTW Berlin
 Germany Munich University of Applied Sciences Munich
Germany Regensburg University of Applied Sciences Regensburg
Iceland Reykjavík Reykjavik University
Netherlands Vlissingen Hogeschool Zeeland University of Applied Sciences
Netherlands Rotterdam Rotterdam Business School
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences*
Poland Warsaw SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Spain Barcelona Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering
Switzerland Basel, Brugg/Windisch, Muttenz and Olten University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland


Brazil São Paulo Mackenzie University*
Brazil Belo Horizonte Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais
Brazil Porto Alegre Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
Dominican Republic   INTEC (Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo)*
Mexico San Pedro Garza García University of Monterrey
Peru   Universidad Peruana de Ciencias (UPC)
Uruguay   Universidad ORT Uruguay*

Step 3: Application Requirements

Exchange Program Selection 

  • All Applications will be evaluated based on GPA and the supporting documents requested in this application.
  • Students must pick a 1st AND 2nd choice institution as part of this application.
  • Only complete applications will be accepted.


If you are unable to meet the requirements for the exchange program, we just might be able to figure something out. Please book a Study Abroad Advising appointment with an International Exchange Coordinator, through or by requesting a specific date and time through the email below:

Application Disclaimer

Please note that this Application form cannot be saved part-way, so be prepared to complete and submit it in one go. We recommend you work on your Application using a computer rather than a mobile device as it may be difficult to upload the necessary files and complete your application on a mobile device. 

Application Checklist

First and Second Choice Institution Decide which KPU Partner Institution is your first preference, and which institution is your second preference.
Preferred Semester(s) on Exchange Choose the 1 or 2 semesters you wish to study abroad for.

Personal Information

Download the following spreadsheet to fill in your personal details: Outgoing Exchange Applicant Details.xlsx

You will also be asked to fill out your budget worksheet, and your study plan (detailed below) in the same spreadsheet, so you will need to be ready to upload the file on the next section of this application. 

Budget Worksheet

Budgeting is an important step in planning your KPU Global Learning Experience. Each person's spending preferences will vary substantially, so it is important for you to work out a budget suited to your goals and needs.

The amount of money required for exchange varies greatly from country to country and from student to student. For reference information on costs and money-saving tips, read personal reports written by other students and research the living costs in the cities where your first and second choice institutions are located. 

Study Plan

Please look up at least 6 courses you are interested in taking at the partner institutions you identified as your first and second choice.

You are expected to visit an academic advisor within the Faculty/program you are enrolled prior to completing this form to determine what courses you have left to complete from your program. Academic advisors cannot tell you how the courses from exchange will transfer but you can use the information about your degree requirements to guide your decisions below. Please click here to book an appointment with an academic advisor.

  • You are not bound to your selections but you should become familiar with the academic program at your partner institution to ensure that your course choices will fit with your academic goals.
  • Choose a minimum of 6 courses that you would be interested in taking at your partner institution for each semester you plan on being on exchange.
  • See our partner profile pages for academic information about your study plan options As the course catalogue for your intended exchange term may not be published yet, please select your courses based on the most recent course listings available.
    e.g. If you're applying for a Spring semester exchange, try to find the previous year's courses at the partner institution that have an overlap with KPU's Spring Semester dates.
Statement of Interest 

In 500-750 words, please answer the four questions below on a separate document and be prepared to upload it in the application.

1. Why you have chosen your first and second choice partner institutions for exchange?

2. Explain how this international experience links to your educational and career goals. How will the international experience contribute to your current academic program?

3. What personal qualities and past experience do you have that will help you be successful in your international experience?

4. What do you expect to learn from this international experience, and how will you apply these lessons upon your return to Canada?

Your statement of interest should include both your first and second choice institutions and should be between 500-750 words. Include details about how the institutions and destination countries fit in with your academic, professional, and personal goals. Also outline the skills and experiences you have that will allow you to adapt to change and new situations.

References Forms You may choose either to provide 2 Faculty Reference Forms or a combination of 1 Faculty Reference Form and 1 Community Involvement (Volunteer Experience)/Work Experience Reference Form. These are submitted seperately from your online application, however you are expected to have them submitted to or KPU International (KPU Richmond - 1400 or KPU Surrey - Cedar 1145) by the same application deadline. 
unofficial Transcript

Please access your transcript online, and upload a screenshot/print-out of the pages in your application. 

To access your transcript online:

  1. Log into Online Self-Service
  2. From the Student menu, choose Records
  3. Choose Academic Transcript
  4. Set Transcript Level to "All Levels"; and Transcript Type to "Web Transcript"
  5. Click Submit

If you are a Design or Fine Arts student, please be prepared to provide your portfolio via one of these two options:

  • URL
  • File Upload

Step 4: Ready to go on Exchange! Submit an exchange application