Concordia Student Exchange Program
Are you a current Concordia student who would like to study abroad? If so, the following section of this website is for you and covers information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, Concordia's international student exchange partners, funding and more!
- Step 1 Verify Your Eligibility
- Step 2 Attend Information Session
- Step 3 Choose Host Institution(s)
- Step 4 Get Courses Approved
- Step 5 Submit Your Application
- Step 6 Accept Your Nomination
To be eligible for exchange, students must:
- Normally students should be enrolled full time in a Concordia Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree program.
- Undergraduate and MBA students must have completed at least 24 credits toward their degree program requirements. Other graduate students must have completed at least 9 credits toward their degree requirements.
- Credit from CSEP is treated as transfer credit, so students must not exceed the maximum amount of transfer credit allowed for their program.
- Undergraduate students may spend one or two semesters abroad. Graduate students may spend only one semester abroad. All students are strongly discouraged from studying abroad during their last semester as they will not receive their results in time to graduate from Concordia that same semester.
- Students cannot participate in CSEP if they have been found guilty under the Academic Code of Conduct.
- Students cannot take Concordia courses online while participating in CSEP.
- Students are required to meet any additional requirements imposed by their Faculty:
Join our CSEP Information Sessions !
Concordia International is hosting a series of information sessions: learn how an academic exchange could work for you!
Have you ever thought about studying in a foreign country for a semester or two but didn’t know where to begin? Would you like to know more about the countries where you could study, the costs associated in taking part in an exchange or how to complete an exchange application?
Then plan to attend one of the many information sessions available to you.
Information Sessions will be held:
- Every Tuesday and Wednesday from September 12, 2017 to December 13, 2017 from 3:00-4:00 PM.
- Every Tuesday and Wednesday from January 9, 2018 to January 17, 2018 from 3:00-4:00 PM.
- We will host evening information sessions on the following dates: Monday, October 2, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 PM; Monday, November 6, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 PM; Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 PM; Monday, January 8, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 PM.
Sessions are at Concordia International (2080 Mackay, Annex X, room 103). You do not need to register, but space is limited, so please show up at least a few minutes early.
- Application Deadline for 2018-2019 Academic Year: February 1, 2018.
- Faculty of Arts & Science internal deadline for submitting documents to the departments: January 19, 2018.
- Application Deadline for Winter 2019 Exchanges: June 15, 2018.
- Faculty of Fine Arts students may not apply for the Winter deadline.
Please note that in addition to the CSEP Information Sessions, students registered in a BFA program are also required to attend a Faculty of Fine Arts information session, in order to ensure a successful term/ year abroad. At the Fine Arts session, topics specific to Fine Arts programs such as the procedure for obtaining substitutions for specific Concordia courses and how to choose courses keeping the structure of a student’s program in mind ( for example, the sequencing of required full-year courses) will be discussed. In addition, information about the very different teaching methods at some fine arts exchange partners will be provided so that students can be prepared
When applying, you are encouraged to choose three host institutions. Things to consider when choosing:
- Language(s) of instruction at the host institution.
- Course/program compatibility.
- Academic calendar/semester dates.
- Cost of living in host country.
If you are an MBA student, please refer to our list of pre-approved institutions for MBA exchanges.
- For each host institution listed on your application, please complete a Preliminary Course Selection Form
- Please be sure to use Adobe Reader to edit this document, as filling it in Apple Preview will cause the form to be unreadable in PC.
- Have the courses approved by your department and/or faculty. Bring a copy of your unofficial transcript.
- You should list as many courses as possible in case some are not available when you arrive. Be advised that you are not guaranteed registration into any of these courses at your host institution.
Before Concordia International can assign a place for you at a host institution, your Faculty must give you permission to participate in the Concordia Student Exchange Program. You must submit all documents as per your Faculty's instructions.
Graduate students must have their courses approved by their Graduate Program Director.
By the indicated deadline, submit a complete Concordia Student Exchange Program (CSEP) application online. Before you can submit your application, you must start preparing the following documents well in advance of the deadline.
Personal Statement/Letter of Intent
- Upload where indicated on the online application form, a typed, double spaced essay explaining your motivation for studying abroad on exchange, your reasons for choosing the host universities on your application and any other information you would like to communicate.
- Upload a copy of your unofficial transcript from your MyConcordia Portal, and upload it to your online application where inidcated.
- Upload a photocopy of the identification page of your valid passport where indicated on the online application form.
Language Proficiency Form
- If you are taking courses in a language other than English or French, then you must have the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics (CMLL) conduct an evaluation of your proficiency in this language. You will need to schedule to have this evaluation conducted before the application deadline, and can contact CMLL at 514.848.2424 ext. 2300 or visit them at FB-1030 (1250 Guy Street).
- If you are taking courses abroad in French and did not graduate from a French language CÉGEP, high school or other French language secondary/high school, then you must take a French Proficiency Test at Concordia International before the application deadline. Visit 2080 Mackay or call 514-848-2424 x4986 to make an appointment.
- Download and complete the Language Proficiency form
- Have one professor/instructor submit a Concordia Student Exchange Program (CSEP) recommendation form to Concordia International on your behalf. Submission instructions are on the forms. You do not upload the reference to your online application.
Please Note: Your faculty may require you to take additional steps or provide additional documents to complete your application. Please ensure that you consult your faculty's website.
Congratulations on being nominated for student exchange!
- You will receive a letter of nomination to study at one of the approved host universities on your application (persuant to faculty approval).
- You will be required to accept or decline your nomination.
- Complete required host application, once requested by the host insitution or your International Liaison Officer.
- If your application is successful, you will receive an official admission letter from your host institution.
- Research any possible visa requirements for your host country.
Mandatory Pre-departure Session
All students who have been nominated for an exchange must attend a mandatory CSEP pre-departure session offered by Concordia International. Topics of discussion will include but are not limited to:
- Passport and travel documentation
- Money and banking abroad
- Flight arrangements
For more information on pre-departure procedures, please refer to our Pre-Departure Guide
Funding opportunities are available to help support your exchange! Please check the Funding Opportunities section for additional information.