Exchange - Before you Arrive

There is much to do before you actually arrive at KPU. This portion of our website will guide you through the steps so that you can best prepare yourself for exchange. First, determine whether you are an exchange student or a visiting student then use the links in the menu bar to find out more about what you need to know. 

Am I an Exchange or Visiting student?

Exchange and visiting students follow very similar processes to come to KPU. Please use the definitions below to identify which category you fit into.

Exchange Student

An exchange student is someone from one of KPU’s partner institutions who has been nominated by their institution to come on exchange to KPU. Exchange students pay tuition and fees to their home institution and not to Kwantlen.

Visiting Student

A visiting student is someone who is not from one of KPU’s partner institutions and who wishes to spend one semester or a year at KPU without earning a credential from KPU. Click here to learn more about Visiting Student. 

Now that you're sure you're an exchange or visiting student

Here is some important information you need to know in order to apply and come to KPU!

  1. Application Process - In order to come to KPU, you will need to submit an online application by the deadline.
  2. Course Selection and Registration - As part of your online application, you will need to include your course selections. Click to find out more information about this process.
  3. Entry Regulations/Visa Requirements - Each country as different visa requirements, you will need to check your status before coming to Canada.
  4. Accommodation - Need help finding a place to live? At KPU we do not have on-campus housing, but we can provide you with some helpful resources.
  5. Medical Insurance - It's important to have medical coverage while in Canada. All incoming international students are automatically enrolled in the 'KPU Temporary Medical Insurance Plan' upon registration in classes.
  6. KPU International Events - To help to become familiar with KPU and the Greater Vancouver Area, we have a variety of events available for you to join.
  7. KPU Dates and Deadlines - Check the semester date and deadlines so that you know what key dates to keep in mind.
  8. KPU Student Survival Guide - For more detailed information about studying at KPU, read through this student guide.

If you are an international student who wishes to study at KPU to earn a credential such as diploma or degree, please visit our Future Students website.

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