Step 1: Can I go on Exchange?
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)|
The study abroad application consists of an online application and additional supporting documents. All components of the application must be submitted by the application deadline for your application to be considered complete! Physical paperwork can be dropped off to the KPU International office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit a portfolio if you intend to apply for the Design or Fine Arts programs/courses only. Eligible programs include:
- 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
Step 2: Deciding where to go
KPU International has active partnerships with over 40 institutions in Europe, Oceania, the Americas and Asia. Every year, KPU sends over 50 students abroad to over 15+ countries. We are committed to enhancing our international community and fostering cross-cultural experiences and learning opportunities.
Why Go on an Exchange?
There isn't just one reason why you should go; there are many! Check out the benefits you would get out of going on Exchange.
Tips for Choosing your Exchange Destination
Check out KPU Study Abroad’s tips on how to decide where to go on Exchange.
Choose Where to Go
|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|
|Brazil||São Paulo||Mackenzie Presbyterian University|
|Brazil||Belo Horizonte||Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais|
|Brazil||Porto Alegre||Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul|
|Colombia||Cali||Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - Cali|
|Colombia||Bogotá||Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - Bogotá|
|Dominican Republic||Santo Domingo||INTEC (Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo)|
|Mexico||Guanajuato||Universidad de Guanajuato|
|Mexico||San Pedro Garza García||Universidad de Monterrey|
Jalisco: Guadalajara, Lagos de Moreno, Puerto Vallarta
Michoacan: La Piedad, Zamora, Uruapan
Queretaro: Santiago de Querétaro
|Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA)|
|Peru||Lima||Universidad Peruana de Ciencias (UPC)|
|Uruguay||Montevideo||Universidad ORT Uruguay|
|Uruguay||Montevideo||Universidad Catolica de Uruguay|
|China||Guangzhou||Guangdong University of Foreign Studies|
|Japan||Nagasaki||Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies|
|Japan||Nagoya||Nagoya Gakuin University|
|South Korea||Seoul||Hankuk University of Foreign Studies|
|South Korea||Seoul||Kookmin University|
|Taiwan||Taipei||Shih Chien University|
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 advisorconnect.kpu.ca or by requesting a specific date and time through the email below:
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.
|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.|
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.
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.
Please find more information and an example of the Budget Worksheet here: https://www.kpu.ca/exchange/go-on-exchange/money/budget
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.
Our office can help you go through the transfer credit evaluation process prior to your exchange, but each student is responsible for initiating the request first. We recommend you request evaluations as early as possible, to understand how your credits will be transferred before you depart.
|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 separately from your online application, however, you are expected to have them submitted to email@example.com or KPU International (KPU Richmond - 1400 or KPU Surrey - Cedar 1145) by the same application deadline.|
Please access your transcript online, and upload a screenshot/print-out of the pages in your application.
To access your transcript online:
If you are a Design or Fine Arts student, please be prepared to provide your portfolio via one of these two options: