Student Exchange Programs

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What is an exchange?

An exchange involves a formal agreement between the University of Guelph and an international university that allows us to exchange students each year. A Guelph student, can take courses on exchange at one of our partner universities and transfer credits back to their Guelph degree when they return. 

Why you should go on an exchange program

  • Tuition: you will pay UG tuition and fees, not international student tuition and fees.
  • Course Credit: take courses that count towards your degree while studying in another country.
  • Support: receive support before, during and after your exchange from the CIP office at UG and the international office at your host university.
  • Develop Yourself: build your intercultural skills and your resume, learn about yourself and the world, make new friends, and develop a global perspective.

Exchange Locations

Guelph has exchange agreements with over 100 partner institutions in over 30 countries! Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, Latin America...there are so many choices available to you. 

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Consortium Exchanges

The University of Guelph partners with other Canadian universities to offer exchange opportunities to students in France, Germany, China and India:

The Ontario/Rhone-Alpes (ORA) Student Exchange Program organizes exchanges between 14 Ontario universities, including the UofG, and 10 universities in the Rhone-Alpes region in France.  Therefore, University of Guelph students can go on exchange for one or two semesters to one of the participating universities in the Rhône-Alpes, France.  Students from most fields of study can apply for the ORA Exchange but must have at least an intermediate level of French (usually considered to be equivalent to having taken second-year level French courses at University of Guelph). 

Information on the ORA program and the partner France universities can be found on the ORA website.  Please note that besides the exchange program, the ORA also offers a Summer Language Program (any level) and Summer Research Program.

ORA Scholarships

*Scholarships are under review and may not be continued if the funding to these programs is cut. Updates will be posted once we are informed. 

Selected participants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents will receive a scholarship from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of $2500 for one semester of study or $3000 for two semesters of study.  (International students can participate in the ORA exchange but are not eligible for the ORA scholarship).

The Ontario/Baden-Wurttemberg (OBW) Student Exchange Program organizes exchanges between 12 Ontario universities, including the UofG, and 9 universities in the Baden-Wurttemberg region in Germany.  University of Guelph students can go on exchange for one or two semesters to one of the participating universities in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.  Students from most fields of study can apply.  Students are encouraged to have taken at least a first-year level German course before participating, but students without any German will also be considered.  While on the exchange, students will be required to take at least one German language course, and may also take courses in English (the number of courses taught in English and their subjects varies at the participating German universities).

Information on the program and the partner German universities can be found on the OBW website.  Please note that besides the exchange program, the OBW also offers a Summer Language Program (any level) and a Summer Research Program.

OBW Scholarships

*Scholarships are under review and may not be continued if the funding to these programs is cut. Updates will be posted once we are informed. 

Selected participants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents will receive a scholarship from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of $2500 for one semester of study or $3500 for two semesters of study.  (International students can participate in the OBW exchange but are not eligible for the OBW scholarship).

The Ontario/Jiangsu (OJS) Student Exchange Program organizes exchanges between 11 Ontario universities, including the UofG, and 11 universities in the Jiangsu province in China. University of Guelph students can go on exchange for one or two semesters to one of the participating universities in Jiangsu province, China.  Students do not have to speak Mandarin to participate in the OJS Exchange, as courses are available in English at the participating Jiangsu universities.

Information on the program and the partner Jiangsu universities can be found on the OJS website. Please note that besides the exchange program, the ORA also offers several Summer Language and Culture Programs and a Summer Research Program.

OJS Scholarships

*Scholarships are under review and may not be continued if the funding to these programs is cut. Updates will be posted once we are informed. 

Selected participants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents will receive a scholarship from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of $2500 for one semester of study or $3000 for two semesters of study.  (International students can participate in the OJS exchange but are not eligible for the OJS scholarship).

The Ontario/India (OIN) Student Exchange Program organizes exchanges between 14 Ontario universities, including the UofG, and 13 universities in India.  University of Guelph students can go on exchange for one or two semesters to one of the participating universities in Dehli, Goa, Mumbi, Pondicherry or Pune, India. Students from most fields of study can apply for the OIN Exchange. Students do not need to know an additional language to participate in the OIN Exchange.

Information on the OIN program and the partner universities in India can be found on the OIN website.  Please note that besides the exchange program, the OIN program also offers the 4-week summer Study India Program and a Summer Research Program

OIN Scholarships

*Scholarships are under review and may not be continued if the funding to these programs is cut. Updates will be posted once we are informed. 

Selected participants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents will receive a scholarship from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of $2500 for one semester of study or $3500 for two semesters of study.  (International students can participate in the OIN exchange but are not eligible for the OIN scholarship).


Please note that you must complete BOTH the online and paper application for the ORA, OBW, OJS, and OIN exchange programs and often times they will have different due dates. For the paper application, ensure that you have completed all the requested information on the application form and attached any required supporting documents.

Exchange Application

The application deadline for S20, F20, and W21 study abroad programs has passed. During the Fall 2020 semester we will begin the process for S21, F21, and W22 study abroad programs.

Application Instructions