Studying abroad is a great way to experience different cultures and see the world while completing your education. This page will provide you with information and resources to help you explore this unique opportunity.
Many universities offer international exchange programs that allow you to study abroad as you complete your Canadian degree. You can look for exchange opportunities on the Web site of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in the Canadian University International Exchange Agreements Database.
To help you pay for school abroad, you should look into international scholarships you may be eligible for. The Government of Canada has an International Scholarship Program for graduate students wishing to study or do research abroad. You can also check with your school for other scholarships that may be available to you.
Before you go
You may need to get a study permit, visa and/or a Canadian passport before you can study abroad. To find out what documentation you will need, contact the embassy or consulate in Canada of the country where you wish to study. Processing these documents may take a while, so make sure you don’t wait until the last minute to apply.
You’ll also want to sign up for Registration of Canadians Abroad. It’s a free service that will help keep you connected to Canada in case of an emergency abroad—such as an earthquake or civil unrest—or informed about an emergency at home.
If you’re going on an exchange, it’s also a good idea to check with your school in Canada to find out how your credits or research abroad will be recognized when you come back home.
Be sure to also check out the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Web site. They have helpful resources and tips to prepare for your journey abroad, including a traveller’s checklist and baggage and airport security information.
When you’re out of the country
Be sure to also check out the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Web site. They have resources and advice to help you while you’re out of the country, including tips on coping with culture shock.
Coming back to Canada
When returning to Canada, remember to declare everything you’re bringing into the country that you received or purchased abroad. You should also keep your original receipts.
Links to check out:
- Information for Canadians Travelling Outside of Canada to find out if the gifts or other products you’re bringing back to Canada comply with Canadian regulations.
- Be Aware and Declare! for information on bringing food, plants, animals and related items into Canada.
- Vehicle Importation to learn about bringing a vehicle into Canada.
- Canadian Heritage to find out about restrictions on bringing home cultural property. The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials provides information on recognition of foreign credentials for students who wish to study abroad.