Why should I go on exchange?
Immerse yourself in another country! As a Brock student, you have the opportunity to study, travel and make lifelong friends around the world. Learn more about yourself, become more independent and give your Brock degree an international edge. Share your Canadian culture abroad and in return experience the culture, lifestyle, and people of another country.
Take advantage of these opportunities to earn credit toward your degree while gaining new cultural and personal perspective. Participating on an exchange is a fun and life-changing way to broaden your horizons academically, geographically and culturally.
Upcoming information sessions
- February 9th, 2023, 2pm: Link to Recording
NSE Consortium Virtual Fair and Information Sessions Links: https://nse.org/exchange/info/
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the possibility of mobility experience, please email email@example.com.
Please read the following instructions carefully to ensure you are eligible for the exchange program.
Exchange Program Requirements
- A minimum 70 per cent overall average (some host program requirements are higher)
- Must be a Brock undergraduate student currently enrolled in classes
- Must have completed a minimum of 5.0 credits (of which at least 2.5 credits have to be Brock credits) prior to the anticipated start date of the exchange
Note: Some host programs or partners have additional eligibility requirements and/or higher academic average requirements that must be met, please check our partner institutions page to see more information.
Please read the following instructions carefully to ensure you meet all the requirements listed and submit your application properly.
Exchange Program Application Requirements
- Completed Brock Exchange Program application
- Ranking of up to 3 exchange partners/consortiums
- A list of 5 courses that you would be interested in taking per partner listed
- Except for Ontario/Rhône-Alpes Exchange Program (ORA), National Student Exchange (NSE), and Killam Fellowships Program
- Course approvals are not needed for these courses at the time of the Brock Exchange Program application
- A statement of purpose (1 page, double-spaced, statement of your personal, academic, and professional reasons for wanting to participate in the Brock Student Exchange Program)
- Copy of your Brock University Program Plan, from your Academic Advisor (Before you can apply, you MUST speak to your academic advisor(s) to make sure your program is fit for an exchange, if so, obtain a program plan from them and submit it)
- 2 References (1 must be academically related, no references from relatives or friends)
- References should be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Academic references must be provided from an instructor who has taught you at Brock, and emailed as an attachment on official university letterhead.
- Alternatively, references can be dropped off to Brock International Center (2nd Floor) in a sealed envelope to the attention of the International Learning office
- $55 application fee, application fee must be paid using the following website: https://brocku.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1985
Additional Application Requirements:
- UMAP, ORA & NSE: An additional application is required to complete the Brock Student Exchange Program application process. Information about this additional application will be sent after the Brock Student Exchange Program application is reviewed.
All students who submit a completed application and meet the application requirements will be interviewed by the exchange committee.
The process of deciding which exchange destination is best for you can be the most exhilarating start to your international experience. With so many unique options available, it can also be a bit overwhelming. Brock University has many partner institutions all over the world, making it easy to find the best one. Follow these helpful tips when deciding on your exchange destination:
- Which partner university will complement your Brock program of study?
- Which university has courses that are relevant to your studies at Brock?
- Do you have many electives left, allowing you more flexibility in your choices?
- What type of city setting do you prefer: big or small?
- Would you like to learn a new language?
- Does the partner university offer courses in a language you know?
Contrary to popular belief, an exchange does not have to be much more expensive than staying at Brock. It costs more to participate in the exchange because you will likely participate in activities that you wouldn’t if you stayed at Brock, such as travelling, applying for study permits, etc. However, an exchange is an affordable way to study abroad because you pay your tuition to Brock. OSAP and any scholarships that you normally get still applies during your exchange duration.
Financial assistance does exist for students participating on an exchange:
- Global Skills Opportunity Funding: To learn more about GSO funding, please visit Brock’s GSO page.
If you qualify for OSAP, you can apply for the term/year you spend abroad. The loan programs recognize that you remain a full-time registered student at Brock, which allows you to be eligible for financial support.