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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: fall and winter) in the academic year prior to going abroad; this includes being full-time 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.
  • 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 information session given by Concordia International. (As per the CSEP webpage, this is cancelled for the June 1, 2020 deadline.)
  • Attend a highly-recommended (but not mandatory) Faculty of Arts and Science/SAS information session. (For the June 1, 2020 deadline, these will be given via Zoom.)
    • Register for an Arts and Science CSEP information
  • Fill out the Concordia Student Exchange Program application online. You can choose up to 3 schools. 
  • Please fill in the CSEP Course Approval form for 2 schools (Instructions are on page two). What to consider?
    • Students should be aware of where they are in the program(s) and how many electives they have completed/left (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 grades. No Pass/Fail.
    • Your department will review the course descriptions for one or two schools. They will review the course content only! The Faculty will determine credit transfer.
    • 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 your CSEP online application, your CSEP Course Approval form(s) for all school(s) and programs and a copy of your student record to your department for review by January 15 (fall, fall-winter or winter) or May 15 (winter). Your department advisor will email you their evaluation of your course selections.
  • SAS must receive your CSEP online application, reviewed CSEP Course Approval form(s), course descriptions for all courses/schools and a copy of your student record by February 1 (fall, fall-winter or winter) or June 1 (winter option only). Email your full package to Shoshana Kalfon.
  • A letter of permission, or refusal, will be sent to you upon review of your application (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 here.

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 e-mail.
For general information on the ISEP,
please visit Concordia International.

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