What are Study Abroad Exchanges and how do they work?
Once you are an approved Study Abroad candidate, you pay your usual tuition to Okanagan College while attending classes at the international institution of your choice. While travel and housing costs are your responsibility, our Study Abroad advisor will provide insight on residence information, pre-departure orientation, and returning student sessions. Please note many partner institutions have on-campus housing, as well as helpful visiting student support services and activities.
Students are expected to enroll in a full-time course load while on exchange and will also be required to sign a Waiver of Liability and Ambassadorship Agreement.
Summer Short-Term Study Abroad - International Education offers a number of short-term study abroad opportunities for Okanagan College students to experience life in another country for 2-4 weeks.
Most students are attracted by the opportunity to live and study in a new and different environment, but the reasons for doing an exchange program are varied.
If you would like to:
- take academic courses not available at Okanagan College
- study in another country
- experience a different cultural environment
- travel to and tour new destinations
Study abroad may be a good choice for you. Take the time to thoroughly examine your personal reasons for wanting to participate in an exchange. If non-academic reasons such as travel or working abroad are your primary motivation, then other options may be better suited to your goals.
Which Student Exchange is Appropriate For Me?
You can choose an exchange that has a wide variety of course topics, or choose one that is more focused on your area of academic interest.
Proficiency in the language of instruction will be a major determinant in the consideration of an appropriate exchange.
All Okanagan College Study Abroad partner schools offer many courses in English. Many partner schools also offer "learn a new language" type courses as well.
If you already speak another language you may choose to take courses in that language as long as the courses are pre-approved by Okanagan College.
The Application Process
Find out what you need to be eligible for Study Abroad.
Exchange Partnership Schools
Okanagan College has exchange partnership schools located in many different regions of the world. Check out the list of countries and schools you can visit from our list of Study Abroad Partnership Schools.
Apply for an exchange now!
Swinburne was more than I could have ever expected. The quality of lectures along with its picturesque setting overlooking the city centre of Melbourne, were more than I could have ever asked for. I was able to have the time of my life as it was quite easy to balance my studies along with my travels. One of the most rewarding parts of the experience was the connections I made. I have friends from all around the world who I keep in contact with. I also believe that my study abroad trip was a definite asset when it came to looking for a position in my career. I stood out from the others because I had taken chance in my schooling and my employer saw that in me. It’s not very often an experience of this magnitude arises. In my opinion, embrace it mate, go down under!
- Nick Melemenis, Swinburne University of Technology
Choosing to do a year abroad as part of my degree with the Okanagan College has allowed me to network internationally and see how others do Business. There are some things that just can’t be taught in the classroom, you need to get out and see the world for yourself!
Before I left on my exchange I had no idea what I wanted to do after my degree. Now I am motivated to change the world and have found my direction for many years to come. This new direction will lead me towards starting my own business in Canada’s advancing green economy. It is fair to say that this path would have not been discovered if not for the challenges faced on my travels.
- Sean McFetridge, Berlin School of Economics
Studying abroad has certainly broadened my horizons! Being an international student at Okanagan College has already contributed to many new experiences, but studying in Austria as a Chinese exchange student from Canada was something completely different.
I had the opportunity to meet people from around the world while learning English and most recently, German. The most exciting part during my exchange semester was traveling around Europe where I was able to explore nine European countries including my original destination, Austria. Every time I traveled to a new country I felt a transformation beginning where I opened up to new possibilities. I felt I had free access to many different countries which allowed me to become a citizen of the world.
Traveling gives you a better understanding of humility in which you think less of yourself and more about your surroundings. I have met some amazing people who have helped me appreciate how incredible the world is. I have realized that the more I see and understand, the more I can contribute to this world. That’s how the study abroad program has broadened my experiences, my outlooks, and my visions.
- Enya Ren, FH Wien University of Applied Sciences of WKW, Vienna, Austria