Student Exchange Program Policies


Student Exchange Program Policies

During second year, students at Emily Carr can apply to become an exchange student for one semester of your third year of study at a variety of art and design schools globally.

Both part-time and full-time students are eligible to apply; however, students must be full-time in their third year while on exchange.

Please note students who transfer to Emily Carr at the third-year level are not eligible to apply for the exchange program.


  • The cost of the exchange program is the equivalent of 15 Emily Carr credits.

  • If you are on a Canadian student loan you maintain your eligibility for financial awards including student loans while on exchange.  However, US students on the US Department of Education's Direct Loan program are not eligible to participate in the exchange program.

Information Sessions

TBA Usually scheduled for the Fall. If possible, an in person information session. Otherwise we will host a virtual one- all 2nd year students will be notified by webmail. Information will also be posted HERE


To be eligible to apply for the exchange program, you must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. You must also have a 3.0 GPA on the first term of second year of your program (or for part-time students, the first 15 credits of your second year courses).

As an Exchange Student

  • You continue to pay tuition to Emily Carr. While away, you are registered here in an 'exchange program' course and will pay the appropriate tuition and fees equivalent to the cost of 15 credits.

  • You will need to complete the application process for your host school as per their instructions. Final selection rests with the host institution.

  • You are responsible for your travel and living costs and may be responsible for lab or other fees at the host institution. You are also responsible for your own accommodation.

  • You should register in a program of studies at the host institution that will allow you to maintain normal progress toward your Emily Carr degree.

  • You should keep a journal, document your works-in-progress with photographs, and be prepared to discuss your work with Emily Carr staff and faculty upon return.
  • Upon successful completion of your semester abroad, you are required to send Emily Carr University a hardcopy, official transcript from your host institution (sealed, and sent directly from the institution). This will enable our Admissions Advisor evaluate and apply your transfer credit accordingly. 

The Selection Process

There is one application deadline per year. The deadline is January 15

Applicants will be ranked for exchange nomination on the basis of their GPA. You will be nominated to one (1) host institution based upon your GPA.

After Your Exchange

The University would like students to share their exchange experiences with Emily Carr students, faculty and staff. The exchange experience is for you, but is for your peers as well.  What you bring back to the classroom through new insights, approaches, and perspectives benefits your classmates and teachers.

You will be required to participate exhibiting work in a Student Exchange Exhibit in the fall of fourth year. We also expect you to submit a statement of 500 words sharing your experience with us. As a former exchange participant, you may be called upon to share your new knowledge and insights with next year's group of exchange students at the information and orientation sessions that will take place after your return.