Why go on an Asper exchange?

    • Differentiate yourself! Stand out to employers looking for Asper grads capable of thriving in diverse and dynamic environments
    • Expand your cultural horizons by immersing yourself in a new language, and way of life
    • Experience personal growth by building confidence, independence, adaptability, and intercultural knowledge

    • Enhance your academic profile with an international orientation at some of the world’s top ranked business schools
    • Have fun! You’ll quickly meet new people from around the world, and find a group of like-minded friends you’ll make close business and personal connections with
    • Some scholarship and bursary funding is available, and we offer many schools in countries with low housing costs
  • 60+

    English speaking partner business schools

  • 20+

    Different countries

  • >20%

    Asper undergrads students go on exchange

  • 30+

    Short-term summer programs available

Destinations

All exchange partners are open to undergraduate students, except where indicated for MBA students. Courses are taught in English at all institutions. Click here to read in-depth reports from Asper students who have attended our partner schools.

Australia

SP Jain School of Global Management (Sydney campus - 3rd and 4th-year students only)

University of Western Sydney

  • Experience Australian culture at Sydney's iconic The Rocks
  • Enjoy the dynamic nightlife with your new friends from around the globe

Belgium

HEC Liege

  • Absorb Belgian culture life on campus in leafy Liege
  • Enjoy living among gorgeous architecture, historic monuments, great food, and local festivals

Brazil

Fundacao Getulio Vargas

  • One of Brazil's highest ranked universities, located in its capital and largest city, Sao Paulo
  • Where better to escape Manitoba's winter than to some of Brazil's best beaches?

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)

  • Explore Brazil's south, where you can experience incredible architecture, and a vibrant arts and music scene
  • Porto Alegre is a perfect destination for history buffs and museum lovers

UNISINOS

China

Ningbo University

  • Immerse yourself in the local culture of one of China's oldest cities, dating back to 4,800 BCE
  • Enjoy weekend trips to nearby Shanghai, one of the world's largest and most dynamic cities

Croatia

Zagreb School of Economics and Management

Cyprus

Cyprus International Institute of Management (*MBA students only)

England

Leeds University

Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Explore one of the UK's largest cities, and immerse yourself in their many cultural activities
  • Soccer ("football"!) fans will love the chance to watch dozens of teams, including famed Premier League clubs Manchester United and Manchester City

Plymouth University

University of Bradford

  • Located in central England, Bradford is ideally situated for convenient travel to London, Edinburgh, and everywhere in between
  • Up to 4 Asper students may be eligible for approximately $7,000 in Erasmus+ funding for Winter 2022

University of Liverpool

  • Music fans will love Liverpool's live music scene, which gave rise to one of their most famous exports - The Beatles!
  • Enjoy all of Liverpool's museums, historic sites, and other attractions as one of Europe's Capitals of Culture

Finland

XAMK

  • Immerse yourself in quaint Mikkeli, where you can enjoy parks, lakes, and outdoor activities
  • Hockey fan? Get into Liiga while abroad, Finland's top tier league!

France

Ecole de Management de Normandie

  • Live in Caen, where you'll roam the 11th century streets travelled by William the Conqueror
  • Take the time to learn about D-Day, one of World War II's most important battles

European Business School, Paris

  • Hard to beat the experience of living in one of the world's most iconic cities: explore the the Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, the Left Bank... the list goes on!
  • Campus is located 1km from the Eiffel Tower, allowing you the once in a lifetime chance to study right beside one of the world's most famous sites

Excelia Group La Rochelle

Groupe ESC Troyes

Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier

KEDGE Business School

NEOMA Business School

  • Choose between two gorgeous campuses in medieval Rouen or Reims
  • Enjoy a relaxed pace in either town, while being able to easily access Paris as a weekend destination, or as a European travel hub

Germany

Fachhochschule Bielefeld

  • Take business courses in the heart of this hub of industry, home to German giants like Miele and Dr. Oetker
  • Is Bielefeld real? Conspiracy theorists doubt it, but we know it is, and they offer a fantastic student-focused exchange experience!

Fachhochschule Osnabrueck

  • This quaint student town offers a range of cultural and historic sites, with easy access to amenities
  • Ideally situated to visit beautiful Bremen and Hanover, and is a quick train ride to the Dutch border

Hochschule Heilbronn

  • Immerse yourself in this medieval student town on the Neckar River
  • Heilbronn is a stone's throw from Stuttgart, and the French border, allowing easy weekend getaways

Technical University of Munich

WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong (includes undergraduate and MBA)

  • Located in Kowloon, the heart of the city, you'll be immersed in a dynamic environment that blends Asian and Western cultures
  • City U's College of Business is one of Asia's top business schools, and the university is consistently ranked as one of the world's Top 50 Under 50

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hungary

University of Szeged

  • Experience life in a charming central European student town while enjoying some of the most affordable living costs on the continent
  • Students may be eligible to receive the University of Manitoba Hungarian Exchange Program Scholarship, worth approximately $2,000

Iceland

Bifrost University

  • Campus is located in a village an hour from Reykjavik, offering you the chance to immerse yourself in rural Icelandic life
  • Easy access to hiking and biking trails, lava fields, lakes, and mountains

India

CHRIST University

Ireland

National University of Ireland Galway

  • Ireland is a European hub for finance, pharmaceuticals, social media, and other sectors
  • Galway was Europe's 2020 Capital of Culture, and famous for student life

Israel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (includes undergraduate and MBA)

  • Campus offers panoramic views of the ancient city of Jerusalem
  • University is ranked #1 for academic excellence in Israel, is home to 8 Nobel laureates (including Albert Einstein!), and ranked top 100 worldwide

Japan

Akita International University

Waseda University

  • Immerse yourself in one of the world's most iconic and dynamic cities while living in metropolitan Tokyo
  • Ranked #1 of Japanese private universities, and #27 worldwide

Malaysia

Taylor's University

  • Enjoy student life in Kuala Lumpur, one of Asia's most dynamic and bustling cities
  • Malaysia is an ideal choice for budget-conscious students!

Mexico

Tec de Monterrey (ITESM)

  • If you're looking for a busy urban experience, you'll love what Mexico City has to offer: a historic centre, nightlife, sports, and access to parks and nature
  • Perfect for foodies, Mexico City offers hundreds of restaurants and easy access to some of the world's most iconic dishes

Morocco

Rabat Business School, Universite Internationale de Rabat

  • Explore Morocco's safe and multicultural capital, home to a large international diplomatic community
  • Low living costs mean you'll spend $3,000-4,000CAD on your exchange term in Rabat, including accommodation - leaving you funds to explore Spain, Portugal, Italy, and other parts of North Africa from home!

Netherlands

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

  • One of the most visited cities in Europe, Amsterdam has something for everyone: museums, festivals, nightlife, and is famously LGBTQ+ friendly
  • Love cycling? Take advantage of the city's cycle-friendly infrastructure, and buy an affordable bike for transportation during exchange

Rotterdam Business School, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

  • Enjoy historic museums, clean beaches, and some of the most distinct architecture in Europe
  • Music fans will love Rotterdam's festival and live music scene

Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University

  • Located near the German border, Nijmegen offers easy access to both Amsterdam and Cologne, with a lower cost of living than the bigger cities
  • Finance students can enjoy a block exchange with NSM finance majors each winter, allowing you access to finance courses, special events, and company visits

Poland

Warsaw School of Economics

  • Looking for a budget friendly destination? On campus accommodation at WSE costs approximately $800CAD per semester!
  • Warsaw is the perfect gateway to Europe, with airlines like Ryanair offering affordable flights across the continent

Kozminski University

  • Poland's top ranked private university, you'll be immediately immersed in the Erasmus student network, offering a range of programming just for exchange students
  • Ideal for foodies on a budget, Warsaw offers unlimited varieties of budget friendly restaurants and cafes

Portugal

Nova School of Business and Economics

Singapore

Singapore Management University

  • Campus is in the heart of the city, within easy walking distance of metros, cafes, shops, and cultural sites
  • Singapore is one of the world's cleanest and safest cities, and a travel hub for affordable travel around Asia

Slovenia

University of Ljubljana

South Korea

Pusan National University

Solbridge International School of Business, Woosong University

  • Located in Daejeon, you'll be only an hour away from Seoul, while enjoying lower living costs
  • A diverse and international university, Solbridge prioritizes exchange student clubs and activities

Sungkyunkwan University

Yonsei University

Spain

Universidad de Cantabria

  • Soak up life in beautiful Santander, where you can learn to surf on some of Spain's best beaches
  • Take a day trip to Bilbao, home of the world famous Guggenheim

Universitat de Vic

Sweden

Linkoping University

  • Enjoy living in one of Sweden's oldest towns, while experiencing rich culture and active student life
  • Access unique exchange coursework in areas like corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and Nordic Culture - all of which will transfer back to your B.Comm if pre-approved

Switzerland

Bern University of Applied Sciences

  • Explore the Swiss capital while enjoying many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Skiers and snowboarders will love the proximity to the famous Swiss Alps

Zurich University of Applied Sciences

  • There's no better place for business students than Europe's financial hub
  • Experience the contrast of living in Switzerland's largest city with the medieval charm of the Old Town

Taiwan

National Cheng Kung University

Turkey

Bilkent University

  • Experience living in Turkey's vibrant capital, Ankara, while you explore ancient ruins, cultural events, and phenomenal food
  • Budget a consideration? You'll receive FREE on campus accommodation, allowing you to spend less than $2,500 in living expenses per term!

United Arab Emirates

SP Jain School of Management (Dubai campus - 2nd year students only)

  • Immerse yourself in beautiful Dubai, one of the world's most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities
  • Love to shop? Dubai is a shopper's paradise, with thousands of markets, luxury shops, and more!

Short term summer programs

Can't do a full semester away from Winnipeg? A summer program may be perfect for you!

Students with limited flexibility for exchange transfer credit, or those who prefer not to be away for a full semester, can do a 2-6 week, 3-9 credit hour summer exchange program taught in English. Each partner school's program varies in start date, duration, content, credit hour value, and cost.

Please note that most schools charge a program fee, often referred to as "tuition," that is paid directly to the host institution. This is in addition to tuition and other student fees paid to the University of Manitoba. These program fees, and their inclusions, vary from school to school.

Costs

We offer schools located in countries with a range of living costs. Costs may depend on your school selection, as well as your living and travel habits.

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When budgeting for your exchange, consider the following. You might use this budget worksheet to help.

    • Tuition fees: all tuition and student fees are paid to the U of M as usual, in line with normal fee deadlines. For example, when a student goes on exchange for one term and takes 12 credit hours (minimum required), they will pay UM tuition for the equivalent as though taken at Asper
    • Books: exchange students are often not required to buy textbooks for their exchange courses, but be prepared in case it is necessary
    • Accommodation and food: varies depending on type of accommodation (on campus dorms, off campus apartment, homestay, roommates or none, etc.), and local living costs
    • Transportation: flights to and from your exchange, local transportation pass, any optional travel and excursions
    • Health insurance: all students are required to have comprehensive travel health insurance for the duration of their exchange. Some schools or countries may require exchange students to purchase local health insurance; in this case, ensure that you have sufficient coverage for your needs, and purchase additional if necessary. Students are responsible for researching the requirements of their host school or country. Dental insurance is also recommended
    • Host university fees: while tuition is paid directly to UM, students may be required to pay small nominal fees at their host university
    • Student visa or study permit: requirements vary by host country. You may be required to apply for a visa or residence permit. In some cases, you may need to apply in person at the country's local embassy, consulate, or High Commission, which may be located outside Manitoba
    • Extras: local phone plan, WiFi, laundry, other utilities, gym pass, etc.
    • Leisure: social and recreational activities
    • Optional travel costs: many students choose to travel during weekends, or before or after their exchange. Costs vary depending on style of travel, duration, location, etc.

Program eligibility

Asper students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at the University of Manitoba by the time they apply, complete at least 24 credit hours at the time of their exchange, and have a minimum degree GPA of 3.0. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Asper at the start of their exchange term. See UM’s Calendar for full admission requirements.

Academics and Exchange Courses

Read on for details on exchange transfer credit, courses taken abroad, and more!

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Credit Hour Requirement

  • All students are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours during a full semester exchange. Short term summer programs require a minimum of 3 credit hours
  • Failure to complete the minimum credit hour requirement will result in return of all scholarship or award funding given through the Asper Exchange Program
  • Tuition fees for courses taken above the 12 credit hour minimum will be charged upon return from exchange

Exchange Course Selection

  • All courses taken on exchange, as well as their allocations within the B.Comm, must be pre-approved by the Asper Exchange Coordinator to ensure credit transfer. Students must not register in any exchange courses without prior approval by the coordinator or, where necessary, course evaluation by the relevant department. Credit transfer is not guaranteed without approval
  • Students will meet one on one with the Asper Exchange Coordinator to discuss course selection and allocation
  • Students are encouraged to fulfil Business Options or Electives during their exchange for maximum credit transfer flexibility
  • Exchange courses may fulfil the Core International Business, Alternative Management, or Ethics requirement, subject to course availability at the partner school
    • International Business courses must include significant international business content
    • Alternative Management courses must foster broader debates, challenges, and developments in management; focus on social, political, economic, or environmental issues as they apply to management; focus on management primarily outside of the conventional for-profit sector; explore alternative approaches for thinking about or practicing management in the 21st century
    • Ethics courses must include significant ethics content

Credit Transfer

  • At the end of the exchange term, the partner school will send student transcripts directly to Asper. Students will be advised once the credit transfer process is complete, and all credits applied to their record
  • Students going on exchange in their final term must be aware that they will graduate at least one term later, due to the timing of the arrival of their transcripts
  • Students are responsible for researching their home school's grade conversion conventions
  • Refer to the International Grading Scale for each country
  • All grades, including failing grades, are transferred back directly to the student's record. Grades will be reflected on transcripts as letter grades, and there is no Pass/Fail option
  • All questions should be directed to the Asper Exchange Coordinator

Majors

  • All majors are eligible
  • International business majors may be able to do all or a portion of the major on exchange by taking the following thematic requirements:
    • 3 credit hours or equivalent of global/international management/business coursework
    • 3 credit hours or equivalent of either international marketing or finance coursework
    • 6 credit hours or equivalent of internationally themed or language coursework
    • If students cannot complete the full major on exchange, they may take a portion of the major at Asper and complete the balance on their exchange, or vice versa

How to apply

The following are required in addition to the online application form, which is linked here only during the January and July application periods:

Statement of Intent

  • A 1-3 page document discussing your motivation to go on exchange, why you are a suitable candidate, and any relevant experience you may have (note that prior international experience is not required for acceptance)

Resume

References

  • Separate from the online application, students must submit three references to asper.exchange@umanitoba.ca using the Student Recommendation Form
    • One academic reference from a former or current university level instructor
    • One professional reference (e.g. supervisor, Co-op Coordinator, volunteer coordinator, etc.)
    • One academic OR professional reference that meets the criteria above

Application Meeting

  • All students are required to have a minimum of one meeting with the Asper Exchange Coordinator and, where deemed necessary, an interview with the Associate Dean, International prior to acceptance into the program

Placement Fee

  • A non-refundable $150 placement fee will be due upon confirmation of acceptance to the Asper Exchange Program

Inbound students: Coming to Asper

The Asper School of Business is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the heart of the Canadian prairies!

Application Process

  • Contact the exchange team at your home university to discuss studying at the Asper School of Business on your exchange. If approved by them, they'll send us your nomination details.
  • Once we receive your nomination, we'll send you the online application form directly. You'll need to submit your transcript/record of grades, along with your English proficiency test results, if you are coming from a country from which we require this. 
  • Most incoming exchange students prefer to live on campus. Rooms can fill quickly, so you are encouraged to apply online as soon as you have been nominated to give yourself the best chance at securing a spot. You do not need to have been accepted to the University of Manitoba to apply.

Dates

  • Fall term (September start): nominations due March 15, applications due April 1
  • Winter term (January start): nominations due August 15, applications due September 1

Important dates for specific terms can be found here.

Courses and Registration

Inbound exchange students must take a minimum of two business courses per term at Asper. Due to space constraints, and that business students often do not have the correct pre requisites to take courses in other faculties, students are strongly encouraged to take courses through Asper only where possible. You can look at the university course offerings through Aurora, searching by the relevant department (e.g. marketing, finance, human resource management, etc.)

Prior to your arrival in Winnipeg, you will be contacted by Asper's Exchange Coordinator and asked to submit your course selections. Students should have approval from their home school for all courses they request to be registered in. All courses at Asper are worth 3 credit hours per term, often converted as 6 ECTS, and are 39 lecture hours per semester. 

Books

Most courses at Asper require the use of textbooks, which cost an average of $150 per course, and can be purchased at the campus bookstore. You may be able to find used books for lower costs, and are encouraged to sell your books at the end of your time in Winnipeg.

Exams

In person attendance for all exams is mandatory. Students must not book onward flights from Winnipeg at the end of their exchange until their final exam schedule has been confirmed. Exams may only be written once, and there is no opportunity for exam "resits."

Fees

All incoming exchange students pay tuition to their home institutions as normal. Incoming exchange students are required to pay student organization fees of approximately $130 per term, in line with UM's normal fee deadlines. Late payments will be subject to late fees. 

Health Insurance

All incoming exchange students are required to have comprehensive travel health insurance for the full duration of their exchange. Exchange students are not eligible for public healthcare through the Province of Manitoba. Students must purchase insurance through their home school, an insurer through their home country, or may purchase through the University of Manitoba Students' Union.

U-Pass

Exchange students may choose to purchase a U-Pass, which provides unlimited access to the Winnipeg Transit bus system. The pass costs approximately $140CAD per term. You must bring a copy of your student ID and fee statement to the Answers booth in University Centre during the opt in period (review the link above for dates) to receive your U-Pass.

AIMS

AIMS, the Association of International Management Students, is a dedicated group just for incoming Asper exchange students! You'll be assigned an Asper buddy to pick you up from the airport and to help you get settled. AIMS will also plan a range of academic and social activities for you throughout your exchange! You'll get to enjoy weekends away, trips to local tourist attractions, social events, as well as speaker series and events with members of Winnipeg's business community.

Learn more!

Contact Us

Amber Pohl
Asper Exchange Program
Room 268, Drake Centre
181 Freedman Crescent

University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6 Canada

2045097068
204-474-7529