Going abroad can add value to your degree by supporting the development of new skills, building your international network and expanding your views and opportunities.
Over 50% of our Global Business and Digital Arts students pursue a term abroad either in their first term of third year (3A) or first term of fourth year (4A).
In order to be eligible for an exchange, your cumulative Major Average (MAV) must be at least 70% and you must have completed a minimum of two years of university studies.
Go Abroad Opportunities
All study abroad and exchange opportunities offered by the Faculty of Arts are available to you. However,if you are going abroad in 4A, we strongly suggest you consider our recommended exchange partners to mitigate conflicts with the timeline of mandatory internships.
Here are the suggested insitutions and courses that previous GBDA students have attended.
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Students do not need to worry about the exchange program until their second year.
SEPTEMBER – Information Session
At the end of September in your 2nd year, there will be an info session at Stratford about the Go Abroad process -- What the student has to do and where the student can get more information.
OCTOBER – Applications open (Deadline is November 1st)
On October 1st, the applications open. Students have until November 1st to complete the application on Waterloo Passport.
Waterloo Passport contains all the information about the different schools and programs. This includes term dates, specific requirements and other useful information. It is updated and maintained regularly.
*Deadlines are serious and any student who applies after the deadline will have less priority than the ones who applied on time. Applications will not be considered complete until the application fee is paid. Unfinished applications will not be considered. You can pay at the Student Success Office (SSO), over the phone or online.
After the student has decided on a school, they must complete one application, where they may choose up to three schools and prioritize them in order of interest. They do not need to use all three slots and should only apply to schools they actually want to go to. The student should not open more than one application or attempt to put their three schools in three separate applications. Once opened, the application is live and is immediately visible to the Student Success Office (SSO).
The Student Success Office (SSO), provides students with a list of programs, but it’s up to the student to do their research and make sure the school that interests them fits with their plan and course expectations (i.e. the internship). It is not the responsibility of the SSO to make this decision on their behalf.
Note: Each department and professor in the exchange school has their own rules. Please keep this in mind if proctored exams are the only option.
NOVEMBER to Feb 15th – Placement
After the November 1st deadline, students are placed into the different schools, and they will not hear from the SSO until after mid February. Student’s should’t worry if their friends have been placed while they haven’t. Waterloo Passport will generate an email to the student once they have been placed.
Once placed, students will be ‘nominated’ by Waterloo, which means that the Global Learning Team at Waterloo will informed the host school of the student’s nomination for exchange. It is unlikely that the student’s application to the host school will not be accepted. Occasionally, unusual issues arise that might prevent the host school from accepting the student’s application (e.g. their average drops too much, visa could not be arranged etc.). Once a student is placed, there is no competition for these spots and a spot will be held for that student. NOTE: Students should NOT contact the host university until they have been formally ‘accepted’, which means that the host school has formally accepted the student’s exchange application.
January - Panel Discussion
A panel discussion during a lunch period in Waterloo. For this panel those who studied abroad the year prior will speak about their experiences abroad. The info session will conclude with a 15-minute Q&A.
February to June - Application Instructions (???)
Students will receive their application instructions from the SSO (this varies from school to school – some will be sent out earlier and some later). This will include instructions for sending in transcripts, course selection, portfolios etc..
Course selection begins at different times for different schools.
Once the application is sent in, the student will receive an ‘offer of admission’ from the host university.
Once you have received your ‘offer of admission’, students then can start getting VISAs, flights, and accommodation etc..
Tuition Fees and Transfer Credits
When on exchange, you will pay tuition fees to the University of Waterloo, equivalent to 2.5 credits per term, rather than to the exchange university.
If you go abroad in 3A you will need to enroll in GBDA365
GBDA365 is weighted at 2.5 credits.
If you go abroad in 4A you will need to enroll in GBDA465 GBDA465 is weighted at 2.0 credits. In addition to GBDA465, you will also enroll in GBDA403 online.
The courses taken during the exchange can be credited towards your Waterloo degree (subject to academic approval). Generally, successful completion of courses abroad means a minimum grade of 60% or C/C- in the course to fulfil your academic requirements.
All acceptable grades received from international courses will appear only as "credits" on your Waterloo transcript. The transfer credits will be assessed upon successful completion of your exchange (generally 2 to 4 months following the end of your term abroad).
The University of Waterloo offers financial aid and scholarships to help you finance your study abroad experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Go Abroad is facilitated by....To ensure your questions are answered with most efficiently and accurately, please refer to the list below to determine how your questions need to be directed.
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
- What courses can I take?
- My school doesn't have any design/business options -- what do I do?
Student Success Office
- How many courses should I take at the host university?
- How do I calculate ECTs?
- Do I need a VISA for this country?
- I have a question about content on your website
- I have a question about class schedules?