Visiting Exchange Students

Information for Exchange Students from Partner Institutions

Emily Carr University of Art + Design welcomes incoming exchange students from our international partner institutions and from other Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Mobility 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 agreement with Emily Carr or is an AICAD member school participating in the Student Mobility Program.

How to Apply

The International or Exchange Office or the Mobility Coordinator at your home institution must nominate you. Only applications recommended by officials at a student’s home institution are considered. If you are an exchange coordinator, read more about this process.

The application includes an application form, your portfolio (submitted on Slideroom), your nomination letter, official transcripts.

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 www.cic.gc.ca 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.