Incoming Students

PLEASE NOTE Important information regarding COVID 19 and the global pandemic Emily Carr University is bound by guidelines set forth Federally, Provincially and by our University Executive for the safety of our students and community. Travel restrictions and the course of the pandemic may result in ineligibility to participate or a cancellation of the Emily Carr Exchange Program at any time.

Incoming Exchange Students From Our Partner Universities

Emily Carr University of Art + Design welcomes incoming exchange students from our partner institutions and from other Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) exchange schools each year. Students are invited to spend one semester of their third (or penultimate) year of post-secondary education at Emily Carr.

Who Can Participate

You can only participate in an exchange if you are currently attending an institution that has a formal exchange or mobility agreement with Emily Carr.  Please refer to the list of Partner schools below or check with your home institution's exchange advisor.

Emily Carr is also a member of AICAD Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design which includes art and design colleges and universities in North America (Canada and US). Students applying from an AICAD partner please follow the AICAD instructions below.

How to Apply

If you are applying from an institution that is one of our International partners (not an AICAD member) then you must submit a Portfolio through ECU's Slideroom.

If you are attending an AICAD member school then you must submit a portfolio through the AICAD Exchange SlideRoom web site at: and follow the guidelines for submission listed at the site.


As well, you must upload the following within SlideRoom:

  • A 300 word statement of intent
  • A portfolio of 10-15 works
  • Nomination Letter (from your exchange coordinator)
  • Course Choices up to a maximum of 15.0 credits from

Upon completion of your application you must email an official transcript to

Our SlideRoom portal supports images (jpg, png, gif) or video (mov, wmv, flv, mp4), music (mp3) and PDF documents. Please keep video files to 2 - 3 minute clips.

NOTE: SlideRoom will allow you to log in and edit your portfolio as much as you like; however, once you click on the submit button, you will no longer be able to make changes. REMEMBER you must click the submit button if you want us to review your portfolio, unsubmitted or pending portfolios will not be reviewed

Academic Terms at Emily Carr University

  • Fall Semester: early September to late December
  • Spring Semester: early January to late April

Online Application Period for Exchange

Fall Semester          

Application Form deadline March 15th

 Slideroom opens March 1st - closes April 10th

 Spring Semester      

 Application Form deadline October 15th

 Slideroom opens September 15th  – closes October 15th

Admission Decisions will be communicated by email to all applicants approximately 2-3 weeks after the final portfolio Slideroom deadline

Exchange Policies

  • Language proficiency requirements of each institution are generally waived for exchange students, although it is important to caution applicants that the language of instruction at Emily Carr is English.
  • The International or Exchange Office or the Mobility Coordinator at your home institution must have nominated you. Only students nominated by officials at a student’s home institution are considered.
  • Students elected for exchange continue to pay tuition to their home institution. No tuition is collected by the hosting institution. However, any studio or material fees incurred through class registration (e.g. art supplies fees, film developing fees, etc.) are the responsibility of the student. Also, all students are required to pay some student fees, including a Universal Transit Pass Fee at Emily Carr of approx. $250.
  • Students must apply to and receive approval from the appropriate government agency for any necessary student visas and immigration documents to enter the province/state and country of the host institution. Please refer to the site for the most current information.
  • You must obtain and maintain adequate health insurance while participating in the exchange. You must make your own arrangements for insurance prior to leaving your home institution.
  • You are responsible for finding your own housing for the period of your stay, although assistance with locating housing  is provided whenever possible.
  • Although every attempt is made to place each student recommended for exchange, due to space or equipment limitations it may be impossible to accommodate a request for a particular discipline in a given semester.