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Students interested in participating in the Concordia Student Exchange Program must consult the information on the Concordia International website.

Concordia students: go study abroad!

John Molson CSEP Process Overview & Staying Connected

John Molson CSEP Course Rules & Restrictions + CPA Considerations

How to Choose Courses to Study Abroad?

CSEP & Co-op – Make it Happen!

As part of your John Molson degree program, you have the opportunity to gain valuable international experience by studying abroad. 

  • Build international networks
  • Discover new markets, cultures and political systems
  • Advance your intercultural competencies
  • Learn a new language
  • Add a global dimension to your education

Eligible students can spend one or two semesters studying abroad at one of Concordia’s 180+ partner institutions across the globe.  Students pay Concordia tuition for their semester abroad and can apply for the Quebec Mobility Bursary or external funding to help support their exchange.

How to Apply

  • Attend a live Concordia Student Exchange Program (CSEP) information session or watch Concordia International’s 45-minute CSEP online session. Visit the Concordia International website for details.
  • Submit a Concordia International CSEP Application by the deadline
  • Concordia International will place you in a choice of host institution
  • Submit your course approval documents to John Molson. The faculty will evaluate your course selections. Once courses have been approved, the school will send you a CSEP Course Equivalencies Contract

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.7
  • Be registered in, and have successfully completed, at least 12 credits in the Fall and 12 credits in the Winter terms in the academic year prior to going abroad (the year of application); Students applying for exchange in the winter term can be considered eligible if they were full-time (at least 12 credits completed) in the Winter and Fall term (Summer does not count) before going abroad.
  • Complete all program deficiencies as outlined in your Concordia Admission Letter, (ESLs etc.)
  • Complete all required Foundation Courses for ECP 120-credit and MEP 108-credit programs (BTM 200, ECON 201, ECON 203, MATH 208, MATH 209, ENGL 210) by the time of application.
  • Certificate students and independent students are not eligible to participate in the Concordia Student Exchange Program
  • John Molson students must primarily take business courses while abroad
  • In order to go abroad John Molson Students must have a minimum 18 credits remaining towards their degree, and cannot be on exchange in their final semester.   
  • Students cannot be registered in courses at Concordia while on exchange.

Accepted CSEP Participants Must:

  • Maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.7 from the time of application until the departure date
  • Remain full-time up until and including while studying abroad.
  • Complete at least 24 credits towards your BComm or BAdmin degree before the departure date
  • Students must have completed the following courses at John Molson prior to CSEP departure: 
    • Students admitted prior to Fall 2023: COMM 205, COMM 210, COMM 215, and COMM 217
    • Students admitted as of Fall 2023 and onwards: COMM 205, COMM 211, COMM 213, COMM 214, and COMM 217.

How to choose courses for CSEP

  1. Fill out your John Molson Program Planning Worksheet.  Filling out your worksheet will allow you to determine which courses you have available to take during your exchange semester
  2. Select your courses by cross-referencing confirmed courses offered through your host institution’s course catalogue for your semester abroad with the John Molson CSEP Course Database
  3. Mark down your course selections on the CSEP Course Approval Form.  Be sure to provide ALL course outlines including those appearing on the faculty's CSEP Database (as these are liable to change without notice)
  4. Students must send their completed CSEP Course Approval Form, their Program Planning Worksheet and ALL course outlines to AFTER Concordia International has nominated them to a host institution.  The faculty will confirm the exact deadline to students by email after the application deadline


  • All courses taken abroad must be pre-approved by the John Molson School of Business. Courses taken without approval will not be transferred to Concordia
  • The faculty does not guarantee course availability at host institutions
  • Registration in courses cannot be reserved or guaranteed
  • Host institutions reserve the right to cancel any course previously offered from their registration menu at any time
  • It is the student’s responsibility to verify that their selected courses are offered during their exchange semester
  • Course sequences must be adhered to (ex. students cannot take COMM 401 abroad if they have not previously completed COMM 225)
  •  COMM 315 must be taken at Concordia
  • All courses taken abroad must pertain to a student’s degree program requirements
  • Students are not permitted to take courses at the graduate (Master’s) level.
  • In effect as of the February 1, 2022 CSEP application deadline, John Molson students are not permitted to attend an exchange during their final semester. 
  • The faculty reserves the right to withdraw students from the CSEP if there are not substantial courses available at the host institution to satisfy their remaining degree program requirements

John Molson students who wish to study at an institution that does not have a partnership with Concordia University can apply to be a Visiting Fee-Paying (VIFP) student at a particular institution. However, since this program is not a standardized study abroad program, students may not be recognized as full-time Concordia University students when they are away, and therefore may not be eligible for government funding/loans while studying abroad. 

Students wishing to study abroad at non-partner institutions must complete the Student Request Form, a typed letter of intent explaining why you wish to study abroad, a list of the courses you wish to complete abroad and their course descriptions.

Eligibility requirements

  • Have a minimum CGPA of 2.7 and maintain it until the start of the study term abroad.
  • Be registered full-time in the year of application as well as the year prior to going abroad. (Minimum 12 credits per semester - Discontinued (DISC) courses are not included in the calculation.)
  • Complete at least 24 credits before the study term abroad.
  • Complete the following courses at the John Molson prior to the study term abroad: COMM 205, COMM 210, COMM 215 and COMM 217.
  • Complete all program deficiencies, including ESL courses and foundation courses for 120-credit and 108-credit programs, prior to the study term abroad.
  • Certificate students and independent students are not eligible to study abroad.

Please note: Course(s) taken at another university without a letter of permission will not be credited by the John Molson School of Business.

Effective March 15, 2019

Concordia International offers short-term, summer semester study abroad programs for Concordia students! To learn more, please visit the Concordia International website.

Eligibility requirements

  • Have a minimum CGPA of 2.7 and maintain it until the departure date.
  • Be registered full-time in the year of application as well as the year prior to going abroad.
  • Complete at least 24 credits before the departure date.
  • Students must have completed the following courses at the John Molson prior to CSEP departure: COMM 205, COMM 210, COMM 215 and COMM 217.
  • Complete all program deficiencies, including ESL courses and foundation courses for 120 and 108 programs, prior to application deadline.
  • Certificate students and independent students are not eligible to participate.

Students from abroad:

Students may study at the John Molson School of Business for one or two semesters as part of an exchange agreement with Concordia University (i.e. Bilateral or BCI).

Students who wish to study at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, but whose home institution is not a recognized John Molson exchange partner or whose home institution has already filled its reserved exchange (CSEP) spots with other nominated students, can request to be nominated as Visiting International Fee-Paying (VIFP) applicants.

All sections of the VIFP Application and supporting documentation MUST be TYPED. Hand-written items will not be accepted.

Application deadlines

  • June 1 for Fall term
  • October 15 for Winter term

Application criteria

  1. Only applicants with “B” equivalent averages (13/20 in France overall minimum average) will be considered, with this minimum score specifically in mathematics/statistics & economics based courses.
  2. Typed completed (hand written will not be accepted) VIFP Form: Visiting International Fee-Paying (VIFP) form 
  3. In conjunction with your Academic Advisor(s), supply a Preliminary Profile of Courses (listing of the courses approved by your Academic Advisor) to be taken at Concordia.  You will find a field for you to list these courses on the second page of our VIFP Application Form.
  4. Include a scanned copy of your updated official transcripts.
  5. Provide a Personal Statement (also known as a Statement of Purpose or Letter of Motivation) to be addressed to the John Molson School of Business in English, outlining why you wish to study business at Concordia University.
  6. A Letter of Permission from an authorized representative of your institution (University president, College president, Dean of the Faculty or School, Department Chair, Programme Director, International Coordinator) granting permission for you to study for one or two semesters at Concordia University, acknowledging your choice of studying abroad and that you will receive credit for your studies.
  7. Submit two (2) Departmental or Faculty Recommendations - provided by professors who have taught or worked with you in the various classes listed in your Transcript of Credits.
  8. Provide Result of Language Testing:
    English – TOEFL minimum score 90 or higher, with a minimum combined score of 34 for speaking and writing.
  9. Please send a scanned copy of the application by email to Please note that it is no longer necessary to provide a hardcopy. 

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