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COVID-19 and Exchange
Exchange may not be possible for the 2021-22 Academic Year due to COVID-19. Check back here for updates closer to December 2020.

Exchange application periods

  • - Primary application period for Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022 and Summer 2022 exchanges

  • - Secondary application period for Winter 2022 and Summer 2022 exchanges

About the program

Our student exchange program lets you see the world while earning credits toward your degree. Through partnerships with several international universities, including ones in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Sweden and the United Kingdom, among other locations, UM students can pay regular tuition to the University of Manitoba while studying abroad, and will usually receive full credits for courses taken at partner universities.

Other costs, such as accommodations, food, health insurance and transportation will vary based on your destination, but scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to help cover costs.

Students interested in the exchange program should meet with their faculty’s student advisor to discuss how an exchange can fit within their academic program.

Are you a student from outside of Canada who wants to spend a semester or two at the University of Manitoba? We have partnerships with universities around the world. Learn more about opportunities available to you.

How to apply

Follow these steps to stay organized while you're preparing your application. You must complete all steps before the application deadline for your application to be considered.

Step 1: Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria

Before you begin the application process, you should be aware of the exchange program requirements. In order to be considered for an exchange, you must: 

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (case by case exceptions may be considered by the selection committee).
  • Have completed at least 30 credit hours by the time of departure. Preference may be given to students who are in their third or fourth year of study.
  • Be registered in a faculty other than U1 by the time of departure.
  • Demonstrate strong personal, professional and academic goals.
  • Demonstrate that you can adapt to living and studying in a foreign country.
  • Maintain full-time status during the exchange (you don't necessarily need to be a full-time student when you apply).
  • Provide proof of foreign language proficiency, if you'll be taking courses in a language other than English.
  • International Students are welcome to participate in our program.

Some applicants may be required to participate in an interview and/or provide additional information.

Step 2: Meet with the student exchange coordinator

If you meet the eligibility criteria for an exchange, your next step is to set up an appointment with the International Centre student exchange coordinator. This is a mandatory meeting that must take place before you can proceed with your application.

Meetings are by appointment only and take place:

Fall 2020 dates TBA

To book an appointment, email International@umanitoba.ca (include full name and student number) or call us at 204-474-8501.

Please familiarize yourself with the rest of the information on this page before your meeting. 

Step 3: Meet with an academic advisor

Do you have space in your degree for an exchange? How will an exchange impact your degree or graduation timeline? Which term should you go on exchange?

An academic advisor in your faculty can help you answer these questions. You are required to meet with an academic advisor—in either your faculty or the faculty you hope to enter—prior to applying for an exchange.

Use these guidelines to get the most out of your meeting: 

  • Ask for a program check, and map out your intended degree. Discuss your required courses, prerequisites and intended graduation date.
  • Identify any courses or requirements for your degree that you must complete at UM (and not while on exchange).
  • Discuss the time and duration of your intended exchange. If applicable, consider when required or necessary prerequisite courses are being offered at UM.
  • If applicable, discuss how participating in an exchange may impact your intentions to complete a co-op term, complete a thesis for an honours degree, conduct research, complete a capstone or final project as a graduation requirement for your program or apply to a graduate or professional program.
  • Consider what required, optional or elective courses you'd like to take while on exchange.
  • Identify how many courses or credit hours would be ideal to take on exchange. (You must take a minimum of nine credit hours each Fall and Winter term and three credit hours in the Summer term.)

Courses must be evaluated for credit transfer after you’ve been accepted to the International Student Exchange Program. This will be completed prior to departure for most students, when course syllabi are available. Not all courses are transferrable.

Step 4: Calculate your approximate costs

You will maintain full-time UM student status while on exchange. As such, you will pay tuition at the UM tuition rates as well as other standard fees, including the library fee, registration fee, sport and recreation fee, student services fee, tech fee, U-Pass, UMSU Health and Dental fees and international health coverage (for international students).

While abroad, you will need to pay for your living and travel expenses as well as the above university-related costs. Visit your host institution’s website to find out the estimated living cost. Depending on where you are completing your exchange, you may or may not be required to pay some small university fees in addition to your living and travel expenses while abroad.

Use our Financial planning worksheet (pdf) to help make sense of your potential expenses.

You can also visit the UM Financial Aid and Award database to find funding opportunities that may be available to you.

Step 5: Complete the online application

To begin your application, log in to the International Centre outbound student exchange portal and select "Start new application" for the appropriate exchange period.

Begin your application

Step 6: Request two reference letters

As part of your student exchange application, you must provide the International Centre with two reference letters: 

  • One academic reference letter from a professor or instructor at UM
  • One professional reference letter from a supervisor or manager of a paid or volunteer position

Ask your referees to email their letters as .doc or .pdf attachments to student_exchange@umanitoba.ca, directly from their own email accounts. 

In order for your application to be considered complete, your referees must submit their letters to the International Centre on or before the general application deadline. Be sure to approach your referees early so they have plenty of time to submit their letters. We will confirm receipt of reference letters via email within seven business days.

Provide your referees with the following instructions:

For academic referees

The International Centre wants to ensure exchange students have a successful and enriching academic experience at their host universities. Please outline this student’s academic skills or strengths that would be beneficial for their study abroad experience. You may comment on how an academic exchange would enhance the applicant’s education. You may also comment on how this student would be able to contribute to the academic environment at their host university and to UM upon their return.

Reference letters should clarify how long you have known the applicant and in what capacity. When possible, reference letters should be provided on organizational letterhead.

Please submit your letter as a .doc or .pdf attachment to student_exchange@umanitoba.ca, directly from your own email account. We will confirm receipt of reference letters via email within seven business days.

For professional or volunteer referees

The International Centre wants to ensure our students have positive experiences abroad. Participating in the International Student Exchange Program involves living, studying and travelling in a different culture. It can be stressful, and students will have to adjust and cope in their new environments. It is important to recognize that they become ambassadors for the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg and Canada as they encounter those from around the world.

Please describe the applicant’s characteristics that make them a strong candidate for the International Student Exchange Program. Outline the personal qualities and skills that would allow the applicant to successfully live, study and travel in an international context. You may comment on the applicant’s personality, work ethic and interpersonal skills. You may also comment on how participating in the International Student Exchange Program would enhance the applicant’s broader career goals.

Reference letters should clarify how long you have known the applicant and in what capacity. When possible, reference letters should be provided on organizational letterhead.

Please submit your letter as a .doc or .pdf attachment to student_exchange@umanitoba.ca, directly from your own email account. We will confirm receipt of reference letters via email within seven business days.

Step 7: Pay the application fee

To complete your application, you must submit a non-refundable $50.00 application fee. Follow these steps to complete your payment:

  1. Visit the International Centre (541 UMSU University Centre) to pick up a student exchange application fee payment slip.
  2. Take the payment slip to the cashier’s office (138 UMSU University Centre) and pay by cash or debit.
  3. Return to the International Centre with your receipt from the cashier’s office to complete your payment process.

For applications received before January 31, 2021, results will be emailed to you in March 2021. For applications received between March 1 and April 31, 2021, results will be emailed to you in May 2021.

    After you've been accepted

    Once you've been accepted to the exchange program, you'll have a one-on-one meeting with the exchange coordinator and complete the International Centre’s pre-departure orientation.

    The exchange coordinator will review the credit transfer process with you and officially nominate you to the host institution. You will then complete an application to the host institution with the support of the exchange coordinator.

    Application deadlines for host institutions vary, but typically fall within these guidelines:

    • For Summer 2021 exchanges, apply to the host institution by February/March 2021
    • For Fall 2021 and full-year exchanges, apply to the host institution by March/April 2021
    • For Winter 2022 exchanges, apply to the host institution by September/October 2021
    • For Summer 2022 exchanges, apply to the host institution by February/March 2022

    Where can I study as an exchange student?

    The International Centre at UM has partnerships with nearly 50 universities in more than 20 destinations around the world. 

    Americas

    Costa Rica
    University of Costa Rica (exchange program)**

    Mexico
    Tecnológico de Monterrey (exchange program – Mexico City Campus only)


    **English-taught courses are limited.

    Europe

    Belgium
    Ghent University (exchange program)

    Denmark
    Aarhus University (exchange program)
    University of Copenhagen (exchange program – courses in Cognition and Communication only – priority is given to students in the department of sociology in the Faculty of Graduate Studies)**

    France
    ISARA - Lyon (exchange program)** - Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences students only
    La Salle Beauvais - Institut Polytechnique (exchange program)**
    Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France (exchange program)** – students in Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Arts and School of Art only
    University Clermont Auvergne (exchange program)** – French major students only
    Université d'Angers (exchange program)**
    Université de Caen Normandie (exchange program)**

    Germany
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (exchange program)** – new partner
    Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences (exchange program)**
    TUM: Technische Universität München (exchange program)**
    University of Greifswald (exchange program)** - Faculty of Arts students only
    University of Trier (exchange program)**

    Greenland
    University of Greenland (exchange program)**

    Hungary
    University of Szeged (exchange program)

    Iceland
    University of Iceland (exchange program)**

    Netherlands
    Radboud University (exchange program)

    Sweden
    Linköping University (exchange program)
    Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (SLU) (exchange program)
    (Agriculture students only. For Architecture students, please contact your faculty)
    Umea University (exchange program)

    Ukraine
    Lviv Polytechnic National University (exchange program)**

    United Kingdom
    Cardiff University (exchange program)
    University of Birmingham (exchange program)
    University of Liverpool (exchange program)


    **English-taught courses are limited.

    Faculty-specific exchange opportunities

    Some faculties offer exchange programs that are open to their students only. If your faculty is listed and you are interested in one of their partner schools, apply directly with the exchange coordinator in your faculty.

    Other travel opportunities for UM students

    Contact us


    Student Mobility Coordinator
    Room 541 UMSU University Centre
    65 Chancellor's Circle
    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

    204-474-9336
    204-474-7562