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
  • 55+

    English speaking partner business schools

  • 30+

    Different countries

  • >20%

    Asper undergrads students go on exchange

  • 20+

    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. Students should research semester dates for schools of interest, as they vary widely. Some schools will not be suitable for fall semester exchanges, as they may have in-person exams scheduled in late January that prevent students from returning to class at Asper for the winter term. Some schools may allow students to write exams remotely, or may wrap up their fall term in full in December.

Click here to read in-depth reports from Asper students who have attended our partner schools. Note that all reports are for general information only, and that information may be outdated. All Asper exchange students are required to research student visa requirements with their host country's Canadian consular branch, and visa information contained in these reports should be used as general guidance only.

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required

Belgium

HEC Liege

  • Absorb Belgian culture life on campus in leafy Liege
  • Enjoy living among gorgeous architecture, historic monuments, great food, and local festivals
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: February-June

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?
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: August-December; Winter term dates: February-July

UNISINOS

  • Located in beautiful Sao Leopoldo, you'll be immersed in the richness and uniqueness of German culture in Brazil
  • Foodies will enjoy fabulously diverse local restaurants
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: August-December; Winter term dates: February-July

Croatia

Zagreb School of Economics and Management

  • Easy access to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, national parks, and a vibrant cultural scene
  • Game of Thrones fan? Check out filming locations across the country!
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: February-May

Cyprus

Cyprus International Institute of Management (*MBA students only)

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!
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: Late September-December; Winter term dates: January-April

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: January-May

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: January-April

Excelia Group La Rochelle

Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier

KEDGE Business School

  • Based in Bordeaux, you'll be easily able to explore the region's world renowned wine and cuisine
  • Get to know the locals and other students in Bordeaux's lively nightlife scene
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: Late August-December; Winter term dates: January-May

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: January-April

Germany

Hochschule Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and Arts

  • 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!
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: March-July

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-February; Winter term dates: March-July

Heilbronn University

  • 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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-February; Winter term dates: March-July

Technical University of Munich

  • Beer fans will enjoy the variety of beer halls, including the world famous Hofbraeuhaus
  • Foodies will adore the vast options of Bavarian cakes and pastries
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: October-February; Winter term dates: April-July

WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

  • Hone your academic skills at one of Germany's top ranked business schools
  • Enjoy student life on the banks of the Rhine in Vallendar, where you'll be able to easily visit nearby medieval Cologne
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: January-April

Greece

The American College of Greece (MBA only)

  • Enjoy beautiful Athens as you earn degree credit
  • Explore the fabulous Greek islands during the weekends, or before or after your exchange
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: January-May or March-July

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: February-May

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Situated on breathtaking Clearwater Bay, HKUST has been ranked as the world's #2 university under 50 years old, and is the alma mater of numerous Nobel laureates
  • Finance majors in particular may enjoy innovative finance courses taught in one of the world's finance hubs
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: February-May

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: February-June

India

CHRIST University

  • An ideal choice for an ambitious student looking to experience life in one of the world's largest and most influential economies
  • Enjoy student life in bustling Bangalore, India's tech hub, and one of its most youthful cities
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: June-November; Winter term dates: November-April

Iceland

Reykjavik University

  • Live in Iceland's charming capital, home of cozy cafes, a lively local music scene, and quirky museums
  • Explore Iceland's phenomenal natural wonders, including waterfalls, geysers, and more!
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: August-December; Winter term dates: January-May

Ireland

University of 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
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: January-May

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
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  • Not available for Fall 2024 semester; Winter 2025 to be advised

Italy

University of Cagliari

  • Immerse yourself in the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sardina 
  • What can possibly said about incredible Italy? Cagliari is an easy and affordable trip to the mainland, allowing you to explore a phenomenal centre of culture
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-February; Winter term dates: February-July

Japan

Akita International University

  • Explore a blend of nature and history, with easy access to hot springs, and a samurai district
  • AIU is a diverse, international university that prioritizes exchange student integration with many clubs and activities
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: late August-December; Winter term dates: April-July

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: late September-January; Winter term dates: April-July

Liechtenstein

University of Liechtenstein

  • Study in this gorgeous European principality nestled in the Alps and Rhine Valley
  • Enjoy easy access to the rest of Europe, including Austria and Switzerland, while exploring a rich alpine culture in charming Vaduz
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: February-June

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!
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: April-August

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: February-June

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!
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: January-April

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: Late August-January; Winter term dates: January-July

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December or January (depends on program); Winter term dates: February-June

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: January-July

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-February; Winter term dates: February-June

Portugal

Nova School of Business and Economics

  • Absorb life in Lisbon, Portugal's business, cultural, and political centre with attractive living costs
  • Experience mild winters and long summers on the Atlantic coast
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: February-June

Sungkyunkwan University

  • Founded in the 14th century, the SKKU campus features a blend of old and new architecture
  • Based in Seoul, you'll be able to study by day, and experience famous Korean nightlife at night
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: March-July

Yonsei University

Spain

EDEM Business School

  • Spend a semester living right on the sea in incomparable Valencia
  • Explore the Mediterranean coastline with easy access to the Costa Blanca
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: January-May

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: January-June

Universitat de Vic

  • Settle into a charming student town nestled between the Catalonian Pyrenees and the Mediterranean
  • Immerse yourself in unique Catalonian culture in Vic and nearby Barcelona
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: January-June

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 BComm if pre-approved
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: Late August-January; Winter term dates: January-June

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
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: February-July

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January (students are allowed to write January exams at home at Asper); Winter term dates: February-July

Taiwan

National Cheng Kung University

  • Enjoy the hustle and bustle of living in a safe and dynamic major Asian city
  • Grab a famous Taiwanese bubble tea, spring rolls, or noodles at one of Taiwan's exciting night markets
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: August- early January (may be possible to return to Canada in time for Winter term classes); Winter term dates: February-July

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!
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: February-June

United Kingdom

Edinburgh Napier University

  • This walkable city is jam packed with attractions, including a fully intact cobblestone medieval city centre, Edinburgh Castle, hiking, Harry Potter tours, and more!
  • Did you know Edinburgh has an underground city? You can check out what lies beneath!
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-December; Winter term dates: January-May

Glasgow Caledonian University

  • Enjoy living in Scotland's largest city as you experience student-friendly amenities and famous nightlife
  • Easily explore the Scottish Highlands, or do a weekend away to the famous Isle of Skye
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: January-May

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: January-May

Plymouth University

  • Nature lovers will appreciate the picturesque beauty of the famed Devon coast
  • Relax in the city's laid back, coastal atmosphere, while enjoying local attractions, festivals, and exhibitions
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January; Winter term dates: January-May

University of Bradford

  • Located in central England, Bradford is ideally situated for convenient travel to London, Edinburgh, and everywhere in between
  • Visit the beautiful Yorkshire Dales nearby
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January (January exams may be written at Asper); Winter term dates: January-May

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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA required
  • Fall term dates: September-January (January exams may be written at Asper); Winter term dates: January-May

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.

Summer Schools

Belgium

Croatia

England

France

Germany

Hong Kong

IBSEN Summer School

  • Asper is a member of IBSEN, an international consortium of business schools. IBSEN is launching their pilot summer school in 2023 that will be shared between FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czechia. If you plan to rank IBSEN Summer School as one of your Summer 2023 choices, please select IBSEN as your school choice on your application.

Japan

Netherlands

Slovenia

Spain

South Korea

Sweden

 

ATSEP Arni Thorsteinson Study Exchange Program to Israel

Thanks to a generous donation from The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation, 18 Asper undergraduate students will receive funding for flights, accommodation, activities, and some meals in this once in a lifetime opportunity!

About ATSEP

  • The Arni Thorsteinson Study Exchange Program to Israel (ATSEP) is an annual exchange that allows 18 Asper undergraduate students to participate in a month long program with students from the Guildford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva, Israel
  • Click here to see a short video about the program commemorating its 10th anniversary in 2018
  • Click here to read about the 15th anniversary in 2023
  • Generously funded by The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation since 2008, ATSEP is the oldest of all Canada-Israel exchanges sponsored by the Foundation
  • ATSEP is named in honour of Arni Thorsteinson, a lifelong friend of Mr. Schwartz and Ms. Reisman
  • Visit our Instagram page to check out photos from past years

What You Get

This year, we will offer a modified version of ATSEP that will be held in both Winnipeg and Toronto:

  • August 17-September 1, 2024
  • Earn credit in IDM 4050 Navigating the Dynamics of Human Relationships for Success. This course will answer two fundamental questions: What are the elements that underly the diversity of human behaviours seen in the work environment? and How can we use this knowledge to both manage ourselves and influence others for successful outcomes? This course will help students develop a robust set of interpersonal skills that will enable them to perform better at their chosen field of endeavour. This course fulfils a 3 credit hour Business Option (old curriculum) or Business/Open Elective (new curriculum) and will be taught by John Wilms. It has been created specifically for this program, and will be applicable to students of all majors
  • All programming will be facilitated by Amber Pohl, ATSEP experiential lead since 2015
  • Time in Winnipeg and Toronto with students and faculty from Ben Gurion University
  • Company visits in Canada, and virtual visits in Israel, to broaden your business network and enhance your academic experience in the course
  • Cultural and tourist activities in Winnipeg, and virtual visits in Israel 
  • An overnight teambuilding retreat in Manitoba (tentative)
  • Sightseeing activities in Toronto, such as Niagara Falls, or local urban tourist activities
  • The chance to meet with an NGO and/or peacebuilding organization in the Middle East
  • An exciting opportunity to earn academic credit while experiencing a new culture, and making lifelong friends on a program that focuses on networking and relationship building
  • At the end of the program, ongoing membership in the SRF Alumni Association, spanning across Canada and Israel. Participants will have future opportunities to network, attend virtual and in person events, and make personal and professional connections after they complete the program
  • Airfare and accommodation in Toronto, program activities, and some meals are subsidized by The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation

Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate enrolled in the Asper School of Business
  • Minimum degree GPA of 2.5, and completed 24 credit hours by the start of ATSEP
  • Must be graduating no sooner than December 2024
  • International and co-op students may apply
  • Students may not have previously travelled to Israel
  • Students may take the course as extra credit if they do not have available Business Options (old curriculum) or Business/Open Electives (new curriculum)
  • As an intercultural, experiential exchange, diversity is encouraged on this program. We strongly encourage students of all backgrounds and beliefs to apply, as we work to create a safe and inclusive environment for all participants

Application Process

Applications for ATSEP 2024 will be accepted from until April 28, 2024 at 11:59pm.  

Step 1:

  • Complete this short application form
    • You will be asked to provide a 3-5 sentence statement on your motivation for applying for ATSEP
    • You will also be asked to upload your most recent resume. If you do not have a current resume, or would like help updating yours, please connect with the Asper Career Development Centre

Step 2:

Upon receipt of your application, you will be asked to attend a short meeting with ATSEP experiential lead Amber Pohl to discuss the program in more depth

The Fine Print

  • All Asper students who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply. Due to limited space, not all applicants may be selected to participate
  • Selected students are required to pay a $600 CAD program fee in two $300 installments: one upon acceptance into the program, and one four weeks before it starts 
  • Additional costs on top of the program fee will include:
    • Course tuition for 3 credit hours, paid to the University of Manitoba in line with summer term tuition fee deadlines
    • Some meals in Winnipeg and Toronto. Where meals are not provided by ATSEP, students may choose to eat in cafes or restaurants, or shop in grocery stores for lower cost options
    • All discretionary spending money
  • Due to the compressed schedule and intensity of this program, students may not have outside academic or professional commitments during this time, as attendance is required at all classes, company visits, and social/cultural activities. Most days will have scheduled activities all day, including in the evenings
  • After having accepted an offer into this program, if students choose to withdraw, they will be responsible for any fees incurred due to their withdrawal, such as a name change fee on air tickets

Testimonials

  • “I learned a lot about myself from being a part of this program. I learned about the privilege I have as a Canadian, and that there is a lot more in this world that goes on than what I think. I learned that I love experiencing cultures that are very different from my own. I also made really good friends with the Israelis who were a part of the program, and promised them I would see them again in Israel sometime in the future. This is a promise I intend on keeping.” – Anna Kowalchuk, ATSEP 2023

  • “I learned the significance of engaging in open and respectful dialogue, embracing diversity (whether it be cultural, religious, or political) and approaching cultural differences with empathy. This journey allowed me to grow personally and expanded my understanding of cross-cultural communication, which will without a doubt benefit me in future cultural transitions.” – Habiba Mohamed, ATSEP 2023

  • “Sometimes when we think about people halfway around the world, we tend to believe they are unlike us. While they may have different upbringings, values, political differences, lived experiences, and so much more, humanity is at the core of all of us. People are people. The biggest takeaway from this trip is that no matter the cultural differences, humanity is the common link in all of us.” – Eric Wagner, ATSEP 2023

Contact Us

Amber Pohl

268 Drake Centre

amber.pohl@umanitoba.ca

+1 204 474 6752

Pay Your Program Fee

ATSEP 2024 students will make two $300 program fee payments, due by May 10, 2024 and August 2, 2024. Click here to make a payment.

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. Asper international students going on exchange must ensure that they have a valid Canadian visa and study permit when reentering Canada
    • 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 2.5. Some host schools require a 3.0 minimum GPA. Email amber.pohl@umanitoba.ca for details. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Asper at the start of their exchange term. See UM’s Academic 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 BComm, 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 and/or Electives (old curriculum for admissions prior to Fall 2023) or Business Electives and/or Open Electives (new curriculum for Fall 2023 admissions and later) during their exchange for maximum credit transfer flexibility
  • Exchange courses may fulfil the Global Management and Sustainability requirements, subject to course availability at the partner school (new curriculum for admissions in Fall 2023 and later)
  • Exchange courses may fulfil the Core International Business, Alternative Management, or Ethics requirement, subject to course availability at the partner school (old curriculum for admissions prior to Fall 2023 only)
    • 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
  • 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

International Grade Transfer Equivalency

A student's transcript from their host school may show a different grading scale than displayed below. In that case, the grading scale on the transcript will be used. If a student’s transcript displays letter grades only, and there is no reference to a numerical grading scale, the letter grades will be transferred exactly as received, e.g. C+ = C+, B = B. Numerical grades must be transferred exactly as shown on the transcript, and cannot be rounded up, e.g. an 8.95 cannot be rounded up to a 9/10. Students are advised that these below scales are for advisory purposes only, they may change by the partner school at any time, and may not be reflected here before start or end of their exchange term.

 

Australia

U of M

To be confirmed

To be confirmed

Belgium

18-20

16-17

14-15

11-13

10

0-9

U of M

A+

A

B

C

D

F

Brazil

9.5-10

9.0-9.4

8.0-8.9

7.0-7.9

6.5-6.9

5.0-6.49

3.0-4.9

0-2.9

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

D

F

 

China

95-100%

90-94%

85-89%

80-84%

75-79%

70-74%

60-69%

0-59%

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

D

F

 

Croatia

5

4

3

2

1

 

U of M

A

B

C

D

F

 

 

 

Denmark

11 to 13

10

9

8

7

6

0 to 5

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

F

 

England excudingl Liverpool

86-100%

72-85%

60-71%

53-59%

45-52%

38-44%

0-37%

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

F

 

England – Liverpool only

80-100%

70-79%

65-69%

60-64%

55-59%

50-54%

40-49%

0-39%

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

D

F

 

Finland

Erinomaiset tiedot (Excellent)

Hyvat tiedot (Good)

Tyydyttavat tiedot (Satisfactory)

 

U of M

A

B

C

France

16-20

14-15.9

13-13.9

12-12.9

11-11.9

10-10.9

0-9.9

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

F

 

 

 

Germany

0.7-1.0

1.1-1.5

1.6-2.0

2.1-2.5

2.6-3.2

3.3-4.0

4.1-4.3

4.4-6

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

D

F

 

Hong Kong

11.5-12

9.5-11.49

8.5-9.49

6.5-8.49

5.5-6.49

3.5-5.49

0.5-3.49

0-0.49

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

D

F

 

Hungary

5

4

3

2

1

 

U of M

A

B

C+

C

F

 

Iceland

9-10

7.25-8.99

6.0-7.24

5.00-5.99

0-4.99

 

U of M

A

B

C

D

F

 

India

To be confirmed

U of M

To be confirmed

Ireland

70-100

65-69

60-64

50-59

40-49

0-39

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C

F

Israel

To be confirmed

U of M

To be confirmed

 

 

Japan

90-100%

80-89%

75-79%

70-74%

65-69%

60-64%

0-59%

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

F

 

Malaysia

To be confirmed

U of M

To be confirmed

Mexico

9.5-10

9.0-9.4

8.5-8.9

8.0-8.4

7.0-7.9

6.0-6.9

0-5.9

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

F

 

Morocco

15-20

13-14.9

12-12.9

11-11.9

10-10.9

0-9.99

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C

F

 

Netherlands

10

9

8

7

6.5-6.99

6.0-6.49

5-5.99

0-4.99

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

D

F

 

Poland

A (Very Good)

B (Good Plus)

C (Good)

D (Sufficient Plus)

E (Sufficient)

F (Fail)

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

C+

C

F

 

Portugal

To be confirmed

U of M

To be confirmed

Singapore

Excellent 90-100%

Excellent 80-89%

Credit 75-79%

Credit 70-74%

Good 65-69%

Good 60-64%

Pass 50-59%

Fail 0-49%

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

D

F

 

Slovenia

10

9

8

7

6

0-5

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C

F

 

South Korea

95-100%

90-94%

85-89%

80-84%

75-79%

70-74%

60-69%

0-59%

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

D

F

 

Spain

Excellent 9.5-10

Excellent 9.0-9.4

Very Good 8.0-8.9

Very Good 7.0-7.9

Good 6.5-6.9

Good 6.0-6.4

Satisfactory 5.0-5.9

Fail 0-4.9

 

U of M

A+

A

B+

B

C+

C

D

F

 

Sweden

A/Excellent

B/Very good

C/Good

D/Satisfactory

E/Sufficient

FX/F Fail

U of M

A

B+

B

C

D

F

 

 

Switzerland

6

5

4

3

1-2

U of M

A

B

C

D

F

Taiwan

To be confirmed

U of M

To be confirmed

Turkey

To be confirmed

U of M

To be confirmed

Majors

  • All majors are eligible
  • Strategy and Global Management majors may be able to do a portion of the major on exchange (new curriculum for admissions in Fall 2023 and later):
    • Up to 6 credit hours of internationally themed coursework to complete the major electives, 3000+ level
  • International Business majors may be able to do all or a portion of the major on exchange by taking the following thematic requirements (old curriculum for admissions prior to Fall 2023 only):
    • 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

All Winter 2025 Asper Exchange Program applicants must complete the following by July 15, 2024:

  • Step  Complete this online application form by July 15, 2024. Please see instructions below on submitting your Statement of Intent and Resume with the online form
  • Step 2: submit three references (one university instructor, one employer/supervisor/volunteer coordinator/coach etc., and one instructor or employer etc.) using the online form below. You do not need to request reference letters from your references.
  • Step 3: set up a meeting with Amber Pohl, amber.pohl@umanitoba.ca to discuss the program before you submit your application. This will ensure that you are selecting schools that are suitable for your program, and that your host school's semester dates work with your schedule.

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 have three references. Please send this online form to the following references: 
    • 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
  • This form should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Once submitted, will be sent received by the Asper Exchange Program. 

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

Other Info

Read on for some helpful information after you've been accepted into the Asper Exchange Program!

Timelines and Processes

After you have been accepted into the Asper Exchange Program, you will be nominated to your host school. This happens in spring for all Summer/Fall exchanges, and fall for all Winter exchanges.

Once you have been nominated to your host school, you will then need to apply to their program directly. This process is driven by the partner. Although it is unlikely, students should be aware that acceptance into the Asper Exchange Program does not guarantee acceptance into your host school. 

Visas, if applicable

You may be required to apply for a visa/study permit in advance of your departure for your exchange. It is your responsibility to research your host country's visa requirements, and to liaise directly with the country's nearest Canadian consular office regarding the requirements. Sometimes, the visa requirements can be intensive, such as fingerprints, criminal records check, and so on. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for a visa upon acceptance to their host school, as the processing times can be lengthy. Students cannot apply for a visa in advance of this, as an acceptance letter from the host school is usually a required document.

There may be costs associated with your visa application. Some countries may require in person interviews at their Canadian consular office, which are usually located outside of Manitoba. All related visa and travel costs are the responsibility of the student.

The Asper Exchange Office does not offer advice or information on visa requirements, as they may change without notice, and may be specific to individual circumstances. All official visa advice must come from the Canadian consular branch nearest you.

Asper international students must ensure that they have a valid Canadian visa and study permit for reentry into Canada at the end of their exchange.

Students should be aware that receiving a visa is not guaranteed, and is at the discretion of the host country's Canadian consulate. 

Some general visa information is contained in reports submitted by past Asper exchange students. Click on the link in the yellow box here to request access to these reports. Please note that these reports are advisory only, and official visa guidance must come from the consulate.

Pre Departure Meeting and Orientation

All students must attend a pre departure orientation during the term preceding their exchange. All students are also required to attend an individual pre departure meeting with the Asper Exchange Coordinator. 

Fees

Tuition fees are payable to the University of Manitoba as normal in line with institutional fee deadlines. Students participating in short-term summer programs are responsible for all additional program fees, sometimes referred to tuition fees by the partner, payable directly to their host school. This is in addition to tuition fees paid directly to UM. Summer school program fees vary, and may or may not include tuition. 

All Asper exchange students may be charged nominal student administration or processing fees by their host school, but tuition is always paid to UM at current rates. 

COVID 19/Exchange Cancellation

As of Summer 2022, the University of Manitoba made a decision to allow international travel to resume, in line with Government of Canada advisories regarding the COVID 19 pandemic. As in the past, exchanges are currently possible to destinations ranked levels 1 or 2 out of 4 (Exercise normal security precautions/exercise a high degree of caution) by Global Affairs Canada

While this remains an optimistic development, UM reserves the right to cancel exchanges for any reason, including volatility in the global COVID 19 situation. As such, there remains a small risk that exchange could be cancelled, or interrupted midway through. Travel cancellation insurance is recommended. Students should understand what purchases are non refundable, and should try to have insurance to cover these where possible.

The University of Manitoba will not reimburse students for any lost costs for exchange cancellations, even if at the direction of the University of Manitoba.

Insurance

All students are required to have comprehensive travel medical insurance for their exchange. Some schools may require students to buy insurance from them directly, or from an insurer in their host country. Students are responsible to research the specific requirements by their partner. 

UMSU insurance, parent/guardian employer travel medical insurance, or private travel medical insurance, such as through Blue Cross, may be used. 

Disabilities or Health Concerns

Services to exchange students abroad vary. Services may be unavailable, or different, compared to the University of Manitoba. If you require support from your host institution, you must contact the coordinator at your host school to determine what supports or accommodations are available. You may contact the Asper Exchange Coordinator if you need assistance. You do not need to disclose any information about the nature of your disability or health concern to the Asper Exchange Coordinator.

Privacy

Some Asper exchange students may receive financial or logistical support from family members. Due to institutional privacy regulations, and to ensure a consistent flow of clear information between the Asper Exchange Program and students, students are to communicate with the program directly.

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. 

Housing

Most incoming Asper exchange students stay on campus at the University of Manitoba. Students should apply for on campus housing as soon as possible, even before they have received their acceptance letter, as space is limited. Occasionally, exchange students may stay with a Canadian family through a Homestay program, or may choose to live off campus. Generally, it is recommended to live on campus during your exchange, so that you will  be able to quickly meet other Asper exchange students, and more easily participate in campus and residence activities.

Textbooks

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."

Student 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.

Transportation/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 Student Group

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. Email aimsmanitoba@gmail.com with questions, and follow @AIMSManitoba on Instagram.

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

204-474-6752