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COVID-19 and Exchange
Exchange may not be possible for the 2023-2024 Academic Year due to COVID-19. We will continue to accept applications however applicants must be aware that their exchanges could be cancelled.

Exchange application periods

  • Dec. 1, 2022 -
    Jan. 31, 2023
    Primary application period for Summer 2023 (unfilled placements only), Fall 2023, Winter 2024 and Summer 2024 exchanges
  • Mar. 1, 2023 -
    Apr. 30, 2023
    Secondary application period for Winter 2024 and Summer 2024 exchanges (unfilled placements only)

About the program

Our student exchange program lets you see the world while earning credits toward your degree. Through partnerships with 50 international institutions in over 20 destinations, 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 an academic advisor in their faculty 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.

NOTE: It is of the utmost importance that you read and complete every step below if you intend to apply for an exchange program. Missing any steps or meetings may result in your application being ineligible.

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. First year students are eligible to apply - the earliest they can go on exchange is the winter term of their second year (if 30 credit hours are successfully completed by the end of summer term of their first year). 
  • 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's Student Exchange Coordinator. This is a mandatory meeting that must take place before you submit your application. Please click the online booking link to schedule your appointment. 

*Students who are interested in an exchange in future years are also encouraged to schedule a meeting to learn more about the exchange program options. 

Please familiarize yourself with the rest of the information on this page before your meeting. If possible, identify some potential exchange destinations based on our list below. Write down all of your questions to maximize our meeting time.

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 courses you'd like to take while on exchange. You are strongly recommended to take courses to count toward optional or electives on exchange. Courses required for your major and minor requirements must be taken at UM.
  • 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.)

All courses on exchange will be evaluated for transfer credit after your exchange starts. Courses that are previously evaluated at UM can be viewed UM Online Transfer Credit Resources page. Further information will be provided after you've been accepted to the program. 

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, 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 - Open from Dec. 1, 2022 to Jan. 31, 2023

To begin your online application, you will log in with your JUMP user ID and password to the International Centre outbound student exchange portal and select "Start new application" for the appropriate exchange period.  You can save your entry and submit once you complete your application. In the application you will be asked about the following: 

Personal Information; Educational Background; Language Skills; Exchange Destinations; Relevant Experience; Financial Consideration; and Statement of Intent*

*in no more than two (2) pages, please respond to the following questions on a Word doc. and upload as pdf.

  • Why do you want to go on an exchange?
  • How does this opportunity match your personal, academic and professional goals?
  • Describe a cross-cultural experience you had (in 3 sentences or less). then, in more detail tell us what you learned from this experience as a whole.

The online portal is open from December 1-January 31 during the primary application period and from March 1-April 30 during the secondary application period. Extension will not be granted.

Step 6: Request two reference letters - Concurrently with Step 5

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.

After you've submitted your application

For applications received during the main application period

Application result – You will receive a result by email in March, 2023. Please monitor your @myumanitoba account on a regular basis. 

If you receive an acceptance offer and wish to accept it, the payment of $150 non-refundable placement fee* is required. The payment instructions will be sent to you with an acceptance offer. *Note: The amount of placement fee may be subject to change without advanced notice. 
 

For applications received during the secondary application period

Application result – You will receive a result by email in May 2023. Please monitor your @myumanitoba account on a regular basis. 

If you receive an acceptance offer and wish to accept it, the payment of $150 non-refundable placement fee* is required. The payment instructions will be sent to you with an acceptance offer. *Note: The amount of placement fee may be subject to change without advanced notice. 

After you've been accepted

The Student Exchange Coordinator will be the main point of contact for all exchange related matters and work with you throughout the exchange program. 

Pre Exchange:

One-on-One meetings
Online Pre-Departure Modules (UM Learn)
In-Person Pre-Departure Orientation

During Exchange:

Mid-Term Check In (Self-assessment and feedback)

Post Exchange:

Re-entry Session
Participating in Exchange Promotion events
Be an Exchange Buddy

Transfer Credits:

Many of the exchange courses will not be officially assessed and approved for transfer credit prior to the start of your exchange. The exchange coordinator will provide further information on transfer credit application process. 

Nomination and Application to the host institution:

The exchange coordinator will officially nominate you to your host institution before you start an application to the host institution. Further information will be provided. 

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

  • For Summer 2023 exchanges, apply to the host institution by February/March 2023
  • For Fall 2023 and full-year exchanges, apply to the host institution between March and May 2023
  • For Winter 2024 exchanges, apply to the host institution between  September and November 2024
  • For Summer 2024 exchanges, apply to the host institution by February/March 2024

Where can I study as an exchange student?

1. Start with a few countries/regions of your interest
2. See if they offer courses of your interest.
3. Ensure their start and end dates work for you. Winter term in some host institutions may start in February or later.

Americas

Costa Rica

University of Costa Rica (exchange program)**

At least B2 or upper intermediate level in Spanish language proficiency is required.

English taught courses are limited. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year. 

Asia

Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong (exchange program)

The medium of instruction is English. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year. A few full year exchange spots are reserved for students in the Faculty of Arts. 

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (exchange program)

The medium of instruction is English. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter, Full Year and summer


Japan

Akita International University (exchange program)

English taught courses are limited. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter, Full Year and summer 

Kokugakuin University (exchange program: K-STEP)

Students will be placed in either English or Japanese taught K-STEP based on their placement result at Kokugakuin. 

Completion of a minimum of one year of formal Japanese language study is required. 

Available UM exchange term: Full year only 

Funding may be available. 

Sophia University (exchange program)

Previous Japanese language study is not required. 

English taught courses are limited. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year. Sophia's fall term ends in January. Students participating in fall term only exchange at Sophia are not eligible to take UM Winter term courses. 

Waseda University (exchange program)

Previous Japanese language study is not required.

English taught courses are limited. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year. Waseda's fall term ends in January. Students participating in fall term only exchange at Waseda are not eligible to take UM Winter term courses. 


Korea, South

Chung-Ang University (exchange program)

English taught courses are available. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter, Full Year and Summer

Korea University (exchange program)

English taught courses are available. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter, Full Year and Summer 

Yonsei University (exchange program)

English taught courses are available. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year


Malaysia

UCSI University (exchange program

The medium of instruction is English. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.


Singapore

Nanyang Technological University (exchange program)

The medium of instruction is English. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.


Taiwan

National Central University (exchange program)

English language taught courses are very limited - some English taught courses in third and fourth year level may be available.  

Available UM exchange term: Fall*, Winter and Full Year.

*NCU's fall term ends in mid-January. Students participating in fall term only exchange at NCU are not eligible to take UM winter term courses. 

Providence University (exchange program)

English language taught courses are very limited. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall*, Winter and Full Year.

*Providence's fall term ends in mid-January. Students participating in fall term only exchange at Providence are not eligible to take UM winter term courses.

Europe

Belgium

Ghent University (exchange program)

Many English taught courses are available. 

Available Ghent Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Philosophy; Faculty of Political and Social Sciences; Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.


Denmark

Aarhus University (exchange program)

English taught courses are available.

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter, Full Year and Summer


France

ISARA - Lyon (exchange program

Preference given to students in Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.

English taught courses are available.

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter, Full Year and Summer. ISARA- Lyon summer programs are taught in English.

La Salle Beauvais - Institut Polytechnique (exchange program)

Programs may be most relevant for students in Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources. 

English taught courses are available.

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter, Full Year and Summer. UniLaSalle summer programs are taught in English.

University Clermont Auvergne (exchange program)

Preference given to students who major in French in Faculty of Arts. 

At least B2 or upper intermediate level in French language proficiency is required.

Available UCA programs: UFR Lettres, Cultures et Sciences Humaines (Lettres modernes), and Languages, Cultures et Communication (Anglais) 

Limited English taught courses are available.

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.

Université d'Angers (exchange program)

At least B2 or upper intermediate level in French language proficiency is required. 

English taught courses are available.

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.

Université de Caen Normandie (exchange program)

At least B2 or upper intermediate level in French language proficiency is required. 

English taught courses are limited.

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.


Germany

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (exchange program

At least B2 or upper intermediate level in German language proficiency is required. 

English taught courses are very limited in Undergraduate programs.

Available UM exchange term: Fall (LMU's winter), Winter (LMU's summer) and Full Year. Fall term (LMU's winter) ends in February. Students participating in fall term only exchange at LMU are not eligible to take UM winter term courses. 

Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences (exchange program)

At least B2 or upper intermediate level in German language proficiency is required. 

English taught courses are very limited.

Available UM exchange term: Fall (Osnabrück’s winter), Winter (Osnabrück’s  summer) and Full Year. Fall term (Osnabrück’s  winter) ends in February. Students participating in fall term only exchange at Osnabrück are not eligible to take UM winter term courses. 

Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences (exchange program)

At least B2 or upper intermediate level in German language proficiency is required. 

English taught courses are very limited.

Available UM exchange term: Fall (Ostafalia's winter), Winter (Ostafalia's  summer) and Full Year. Fall term (Ostafalia's  winter) ends in February. Students participating in fall term only exchange at Ostafalia are not eligible to take UM winter term courses. 

TUM: Technische Universität München (exchange program)

More English taught courses are available compared to other German partners, however TUM's programs may be most relevant for students in Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall (TUM's winter), Winter (TUM's summer) and Full Year. Fall term (TUM's winter) ends in February. Students participating in fall term only exchange at TUM are not eligible to take UM winter term courses.

University of Greifswald (exchange program

At least B2 or upper intermediate level in German language proficiency is required. 

Preference given to students in Faculty of Arts.

Funding may be available.

English taught courses are very limited.

Available UM exchange term: Fall (Greifswald's winter), Winter (Greifswald's summer) and Full Year. Fall term (Greifswald's winter) ends in February. Students participating in fall term only exchange at Greifswald are not eligible to take UM winter term courses.

University of Trier (exchange program)

At least B2 or upper intermediate level in German language proficiency is required. 

Preference given to students in Faculty of Arts.

Funding may be available to students in Faculty of Arts.

English taught courses are very limited in Undergraduate programs.

Available UM exchange term: Fall (Trier's winter), Winter (Trier's summer) and Full Year. Fall term (Trier's winter) ends in February. Students participating in fall term only exchange at Trier are not eligible to take UM winter term courses. 


Hungary

University of Szeged (exchange program)

Only courses offered in Szeged's Faculty of Arts (Humanities) are available.  

English taught courses are available but may be limited.


Iceland

University of Iceland (exchange program)

English taught courses are available but may be limited in some programs.

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.


Netherlands

Radboud University (exchange program)

Many English taught courses are available.

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year. 


Spain

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) (exchange program

At least B2 or upper intermediate level in Spanish language proficiency is required. 

English taught courses are very limited.

Preference given to students in Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year. UPV's Fall term ends in January. Students participating in fall term only exchange at UPV are not eligible to take UM winter term courses. 


Sweden

Linköping University (exchange program)

Many English taught courses are available.

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter, Full Year and Summer. The LiU Summer Academy is taught in English.

Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (SLU) (exchange program)

SLU programs are most relevant for students in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences. students only. Architecture students who are interested in SLU, please contact the Faculty of Architecture exchange program for assistance. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year. 

Umea University (exchange program)

Many English taught courses are available. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.


Ukraine

Lviv Polytechnic National University (exchange program)

Upper intermediate level in Ukrainian language proficiency is required.

English taught courses are very limited. 

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.


United Kingdom - Fall term exams are scheduled in January at all UK partners. Fall terms exchange at UK universities is not recommended for students who must take winter term courses. 

Cardiff University (exchange program)

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.

University of Birmingham (exchange program)

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.

University of Liverpool (exchange program)

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.

University of Nottingham (exchange program

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.

University of Plymouth (exchange program)

Available UM exchange term: Fall, Winter and Full Year.

Oceania

Australia - Fall exchange commence in July. Winter exchange commence in February or March.

Deakin University (exchange program)

Available UM exchange term: Fall and Winter.

Flinders University (exchange program)

Available UM exchange term: Fall and Winter.

Griffith University (exchange program)

Available UM exchange term: Fall and Winter.

Swinburne University of Technology (exchange program)

Available UM exchange term: Fall and Winter.

University of South Australia (exchange program

Preference given to students in Faculty of Architecture.

Available UM exchange term: Fall and Winter.

University of Wollongong (exchange program)

Available UM exchange term: Fall and Winter.

Western Sydney University (exchange program)

Available UM exchange term: Fall and Winter.

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

Naomi Fujiwara (she/her), Student Exchange Coordinator
International Centre
Room 541 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellor's Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204-474-7261