Steps to Apply for Study Abroad
*Please note that students should start looking into study abroad programs approximately one year before they would like to go!
*Also, while we hope to move forward with the 2021/22 exchange process, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and notify students as necessary. Please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for updates and answers to your questions about how this may affect study abroad.
Students from all undergraduate and graduate programs, who meet the minimum cumulative average of 70% are eligibile to apply to study abroad.
Students who have a cumulative average between 67-69% can apply, but you will have to complete the additional 'Request for Exemption' section of the online application that will ask you to outline the circumstances that affected your grades (such as health issues, a death in the family, a personal or family crisis, or recent diagnosis of a learning disability).
All students must first attend an info session in order to get access to the online application.
Info sessions are a general overview of all programs, deadlines, and things you should consider when applying to study abroad. They will be available from September-January and we will offer some program-specific sessions (for field schools and others) so be sure to watch our social media for more information! Find out more and register for an info session here.
In early December we will post the number of spots available at each of our partner institutions here.
Use this information to help you rank your top five choices. Destinations with more spots available are generally less competitive than those with only a few spots available. For competitive locations, students with the highest cumulative average will be placed first. If you are choosing competitive locations, we recommend placing them among your top choices and selecting some less competitive options for the remaining choices.
Note: if you plan to apply for a summer program and a semester exchange program you will only submit ONE application. Rank your summer program first, with you semester exchange choices after. Also, make sure you check the box on the online application that asks if you would like to be considered for two programs.
CIP's Online Application: The vast majority of our study abroad programs will require you to complete the online application through our office. These applications will become available in early December. Students will receive an email from the CIP office once they have been added to and have access to the online application. This email will also include more detailed application instructions.
Note: you will be able to start the application, save your progress, and complete/submit it later. However, don't forget to come back and submit it before the deadline!
OUI Provincial Online Applications: The OUI Provincial Exchange programs, whether that is an exchange semester, research program, or summer language program, require an OUI online application. You can find links to the online applications in the appropriate sections of our website. Be sure to follow the specific instructions on the application. After you have completed the online application you will be sent a pdf copy, you are required to send this pdf copy along with a copy of all required documents to the CIP office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
**All provincial applications must be submitted to the CIP office by 4:30 pm on the due date.
Use the chart below to ensure you submit the correct application type by the appropriate deadline.
*Please note that while we hope to move forward with the 2021/22 exchange process, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and notify students as necessary. Please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for updates and answers to your questions about how this may affect study abroad.
|Study Abroad Program||Application Type||Deadline|
|Exchange||X||29 January 2021|
|Consortium Exchange||X||X||29 January (CIP) & 15 January (OUI)|
|Research - OBW||X||2 December 2020|
|Research - ORA, OJS, OIN||X||15 January 2021|
**All OUI applications must be submitted to the CIP office by 4:30 pm on the due date.
Sometimes waiting this is the hardest step! Between the application deadline in January and acceptance day in March, the CIP office will be working hard to place students. During this time we would encourage you to check out travel scholarships and bursaries. As well as start putting together a realistic budget for yourself. Information about financial considerations for studying abroad can be found here.
Please note that when we start placing students we will close the application portal, therefore, you will not be able to see the application that you submitted. Don't panic, we have your application and are just reviewing it to place you somewhere!
This is a very exciting day!!
You will receive an email the night before acceptance day telling you to come into the CIP office the next day to pick up your placement information! You will not be able to check your placement online, you will have to come into our office, pick up your envelope, and celebrate with us!
If you are unable to pick up your envelope in person, please call or email us on/after acceptance day and we can make arrangements for you.
You will have one week after Acceptance Day to accept or reject your offer through the same portal in which you submitted the application.
If you received two offers, you must accept/reject each offer individually.