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Study abroad: Concordia Student Exchange Program (CSEP)

Do you like to travel? Would you like to interact with other cultures in a university setting taking approved courses that will count for credit towards your degree at Concordia? If you answered “yes” then you should look into Studying Abroad through the Student Exchange Program.


In order to be eligible, students in the Faculty of Arts and Science are required to comply with the following prerequisites:

  • Be full-time (at least 24 credits: 12 in fall and 12 in winter) in the academic year prior to going abroad; this includes being full-time (at least 12 credits) in the fall term if going abroad in the winter term
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 (B-)* in the year of application and maintaining this GPA until you leave on exchange.
    • CSEP transfer credits
      • Students applying to CSEP during the current COVID pandemic, who have PASS/DISC notations on record, are expected to maintain the minimum CGPA of a 2.70 to participate on the exchange program.
      • Should you have any PASS/DISC notations on record, Student Academic Services will query what the original grade for these courses are to determine if you have maintained the minimum 2.70 CGPA.
      • Additionally, although you have the opportunity to apply for the PASS/DISC notation at Concordia University, we will not accept PASS notation from your host schools.
  • Language requirement: Not all schools offer courses in English, so students must have a strong mastery of the language of instruction at their host institution. Students hoping to attend a host school that does not offer courses in English must be able to study in that language, and will be asked to provide supporting documentation proving they can function in that language. 

* For schools requiring a higher GPA, please see the CSEP site.


  • Attend a mandatory Faculty of Arts and Science Academic Information session. These take place every other Thursday, starting October 15, 2020 until January 21, 2021, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
    • Register for an Arts and Science CSEP Academic Information session.
  • Fill out the Concordia Student Exchange Program online application. You can choose up to two schools. 
  • Please fill in the CSEP Course Approval form for two schools. (Instructions are on page 2.)

What to consider?

  • Students should be aware of where they are in the program(s) and how many electives they have completed or left to complete (students must respect Residence Requirement rules).
  • Students should choose as many courses as possible for each school.
  • Courses chosen must be at the Undergraduate level and earn a letter or numerical grade. We do not accept Pass/Fail notations.
  • Ensure that the school(s) you choose has/have sufficient courses – either program or elective – in English if you do not understand the Language of Instruction of the school.
  • Email the following to your department for review by January 15 (fall, fall-winter or winter) or May 15 (winter):
    • your CSEP online application;
    • your CSEP Course Approval form(s) for all school(s) and programs;
    • all course descriptions; and
    • a copy of your student record.
  • Your department advisor will review the courses based on course content only.
  • Your department advisor will email you back their evaluation of your course selections.
  • Email the following to Shoshana Kalfon at
    • your CSEP online application;
    • your approved CSEP Course Approval form(s);
    • all course descriptions; and
    • a copy of your student record.
  • SAS must receive the following by February 1 (fall, fall-winter or winter) or June 1 (winter option only):
    • your CSEP online application;
    • reviewed CSEP Course Approval form(s);
    • course descriptions for all courses/schools; and 
    • a copy of your student record.
  • You will receive a letter of permission, or refusal, within a few weeks after the February  and June 1 deadlines. (A letter is copied to your department and Concordia International.) This will include the approved schools, term(s), credit requirement for each school and course exclusions. It will also include important information you need to know (grades, etc.).


Bursaries are available for students participating on exchange. Learn more about bursaries.

Note: Students who wish to study at a school, other than those under the student exchange program, should review the available information on transfer credits.


For more Faculty information on the ISEP,
please contact Shoshana Kalfon at
514-848-2424, ext. 4016 or by email.
For general information on the ISEP,
please visit Concordia International.

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