and Study Abroad Exchanges

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.



Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands. Uncover Japan’s traditional culture through temples, shrines and tea ceremonies or enrich your experience with a modern twist through present-day culture and technology.

Japan is one of the easiest places in the world to explore and encompasses mountains, volcanoes, rivers, lakes and ocean. This unexpected terrain makes many outdoor activities available including surfing, golfing, and snowboarding.

Climate: Temperate
Population: Japan's population is over 126 million
Main Language: Japanese
Currency: Yen
Student Visa Information: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Japan National Tourism Organization

Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto

Ritsumeikan University, founded in 1900, is located in Northwestern Kyoto, a 1200 year old city rich in culture and art. Ritsumeikan University enjoys a rich and prominent history and is considered one of the most distinguished institutions of higher learning and research in Japan. The Study in Kyoto program is offered at the Kinugasa Campus which is surrounded by such auspicious temples as Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, Ninnaji, and Tojiin, a suitably tranquil setting for research and learning.
Ritsumeikan University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 34,000 students in such fields as Humanities, International Relations, Law, Policy Science, Social Sciences, Economics, Business Administration and Science & Engineering.

The university also provides a stimulating academic environment for international education and research through its global network spread over forty countries and regions.


  • September to January 
  • April to July



Kyoto is a city in the central part of the island of Honshū, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million.



Austria is a mountainous country located in the Central Eastern, Northern and Southern Limestone Alps.   Experience shopping in Austria in an interesting setting where modern architecture is juxtaposed against that of the imperial era. Enjoy hikes up the mountain while visiting waterfalls, the world’s oldest underground salt caves and the world’s largest ice caves.

Climate: Alpine and Temperate climate
Population: 8,400 approx.
Main Language: German
Currency: Euro

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University of Applied Sciences, Wiener Neustadt

The University of Applied Sciences, Wiener Neustadt currently is the largest University of Applied Sciences-campus in Austria, with over 1800 students. It was established in 1994 by a team of Viennese university professors in higher education.

The University site is located near the city centre of Wiener Neustadt, 40 minutes outside of Vienna. The University offers a four-year degree program in Business Consultancy,  instructed in English. Students can focus on International Marketing and Sales or International Accounting and Finance.


  • September to December
  • February to June

Wiener Neustadt

Wiener Neustadt, 'Vienna New Town,' is a town located south of Vienna. Wiener is a self-governed town dating back over 800 years  With a population over 40,000, the town has the second largest shopping and school area of Lower Austria.

FH Wien University of Applied Sciences of WKW

FH Wien University of Applied Sciences of WKW’s R&D concept is marked by a clear benefit orientation: as a university and business partner, we pursue the ideal of producing methodologically sound results and creating practice-oriented knowhow for corporations and other actors in the business sector. The FHWien University of Applied Sciences of WKW student body is currently 2,363, which is approximately seven percent of all UAS students in Austria.


  • September to December
  • February to June

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Described as Europe’s cultural capital, Vienna is the city of music, art, romance and culture. Two million inhabitants enjoy the moderate summers with temperatures averaging between 20 to 30 degrees. Not only is Vienna a clean place to live but has excellent transportation options.

About Vienna


Croatia extends from the foothills of the Julian Alps to the Pannonian Plain, reaching the Adriatic coast. This Mediterranean climate will have you relaxing on Croatia’s many coves, beaches and bays. Sailing being the most popular activity, can take you to thousands of different islands in the Adriatic Sea. Eye-catching geography of the land, such as the Plitvice Lakes National Park, are the most spectacular and unique views in the world. Exciting adventures include paragliding, horseback, rafting and adventure racing. Dance, music and food are embedded into the culture.

Climate: Winter temperatures range from -1 to 30°C in the continental region, -5 to 0°C in the mountain region and 5 to 10°C in the coastal region. Summer temperatures range from 22 to 26°C in the continental region, 15 to 20°C in the mountain region and 26 to 30°C in the coastal region.
Population: 4,760,000
Main Language: Croatian, Serbian
Currency: Kuna 
Student Visa Information
Croatia Website

Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Zagreb

ZSEM offers students modern programs of study, highly advanced teaching methods, selected top-quality professional literature and the application of modern IT technologies and e-learning. ZSEM strives to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the ability to work and succeed in a global and competitive economy. In addition, ZSEM aims to help them develop as complete persons, ethical individuals and top experts and professionals.
Student Exchange Website


Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. Zagreb's population is approximately 800,000.

Zagreb Tourism Information 


England is part of the United Kingdom. Most of England is located on the central and southern section of the island of Great Britain, but also includes over 100 smaller islands. England is filled with masterpieces of international art and is never short of museums or art galleries. Discover England through underground caves, castles, outdoor theaters, English gardens, designer and antique shopping, as well as through historical walks and visiting historical houses.

Population: 51.5 million
Main Language: English
Currency: English Pound

University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Located near the historic Roman city of St. Alban's, the University of Hertfordshire is only 30 minutes outside of London. The institution has been in existence for more than 50 years and was awarded University status in 1992.

The two campuses house 22,000 students (including 2,500 international students). The modern de Havilland campus, built in 2003, is home to the Business School. The school has gained a reputation as one of the UK's finest teaching and England U of Hertfordshire  inside learning institutions and prides itself on having a diverse campus community. The campus has many options for housing and offers excellent sports and cultural facilities and events.


  • September - January
  • January - June

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The Republic of Finland is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. Having a sun that never sets in summer months and skies that are filled with shades of blue from the Northern Lights are a magical experience. Skiing, boating, dog sledding, kayaking and sailing are just a few of the activities that are suited towards the countries rugged terrain. People, lifestyle and climate are all one of a kind in Finland.

Population: 5 million
Main Language: Finnish
Currency: Euro 

JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä 

Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences was established in 1992 as an experimental polytechnic and formally licensed in August 1997. The polytechnic is an international institution based on a European model of vocational professional and application-oriented higher education. Finnish polytechnic degrees are equivalent to a Bachelor degree.

Programs offered in English include Logistics Engineering (Bachelor of Engineering); International Business (Bachelor of Business Administration); Facility Management and Consumer Communication (School of Tourism and Services Management).

YouTube Videos:
Are you JAMK's next exchange student?
My exchange year - Finland - Jyväskylä 2015/2016  
Welcome to JAMK exchange student 
Summer School Video 2016

Application Period: March 15 - May 15, 2017

Jyväskylä Website


France is situated in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. This country has an abundance of history with an infusion of language, fashion, music and mythology. World famous for the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the Notre Dame, France is one of the most visited countries in the world. Prepare to eat because delicious food and wine is in abundance at restaurants. 

Climate: moderate to mediterranean 
Population: 21 million
Main Language: French 
Currency: Euro


France Paris (L'Institut des hautes études economiques et commerciales reconnu par l'état)

INSEEC has campuses in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon. Classes in English are only offered at the Paris campus. Classes in French, including a specialty program in Wine Marketing and Management is offered at the Bordeaux campus. INSEEC is an International business school with students from more than 20 different nationalities and the program at INSEEC focuses on finance, accounting, marketing, advertising and management.


Paris, the capital and largest city in France, is situated on the river Seine in northern France. The city of Paris  is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. Paris provides a perfect opportunity to experience life in one of the world’s most exciting cities. With a population of more than 2 million people and a regional population of more than 10 million, Paris and the surrounding areas offer culture, history and limitless activities day and night. As well, students will have plenty of travel options.

EDHEC International Business School, Nice and Lille

Founded in 1988, EDHEC, is the business school of the Catholic University of Lille. It has campuses in Lille (in the north of France) and Nice (in the southeast of France).

Internationalism is one of the pillars of EDHEC Business School's strategy. No less than 75 nationalities are currently represented on EDHEC Campuses. Lastly, EDHEC is one of the world's select few business schools to have been awarded the three international accreditations - a testimony to the quality of our education and training, our teaching faculty and the methods we employ.


Nice is located on the southeast coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea and is the second largest French city on the Mediterranean coast.


Lille is situated on the Deûle River, near France's border with Belgium. Lille is also known as a popular student city.

Ecole de Management de Normandie

Founded in 1871, the school has stuck to its core offering ever since: general in essence, open to the world, rooted in a historically rich environment / region, and offering relevant training in the field. Re-founded in 2006, it has moved into the 21st century world while maintaining its core elements.

Exchange students on one hand come under an agreement between their home institution and EM Normandie. They usually stay for one or two semesters of courses or for one of the Summer Programmes. They are nominated by their home institution and benefit from a tuition waiver. 

We strongly advise students who needs a VISA for France to send their application file as soon as possible and start their VISA application on Studying in France. 

All international students must read the student guide before contacting the International Office. They will find important information on accommodation, immigration, health insurance, academic calendars and a list of documents to prepare prior to departure.

Ecole Superieur d'Argiculture

Founded in 1898, Ecole Superier d’Agriculture (ESA) began with a focus on agricultural engineer advancement. Today ESA is a regional leader in the academic, professional, and agricultural sectors, with program offerings focused on Plant Production, Agri-Food, Viticulture and Oenology, Horticulture and Landscaping, Environment, as well as Distribution and Marketing, and Commerce.

Okanagan College’s BBA offers a 5-year program between Okanagan College and ESA in Angers, France in the Loire Valley. Students spend three (3) years at Okanagan College and two (2) years at ESA and /or at any university involved in the consortium of the International Vintage Master or Master Food Identity. Students earn both an Okanagan College BBA and a master's degree from ESA upon completion.


Angers, 300 km south of Paris, is a popular university town known for its green space and historic charms.  


Germany is located in Central Europe, A magnet for architecture, fashion and design, Germany is ‘the happening place’. There is always something new to experience in Germany, whether it is visiting awe-inspiring palaces or the many theme parks. Its diverse culture allows for easy adaptability and inspiration.

Climate: Temperate
Population: 81,million
Main Language: German
Currency: Euro

Berlin School of Economics and Law

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) was founded April 2009 through the merger of the Berlin School of Economics (BSE) and the FHVR Berlin, a university of applied sciences for administration and law. The BSEL is one of the largest Universities of Applied Sciences in the city. It can leverage over 30 years of expertise and experience from both former Universities, each widely recognised as expert in their own fields.


Berlin is the capital city of Germany. It has a population of 3.4 million people, and is Germany's largest city. 

FH Worms University of Applied Sciences

Fachhochschule Worms (University of Applied Sciences) was established in 1996, although it had been in existence for a number of years under a different name. The school specializes in business programs and offers an intensive German language program at the beginning of each term. There are approximately 3500 students at this school.


  • Mid-February to Mid-July
  • September to January

Worms - FactSheet 2019
Worms - University Schedule 2019
Worms - Application Process


The City of Worms, in the Rhineland region of Germany, is very rich in medieval history. Today, Worms is a thriving city of 82,000 with a diversified economic base.

Geisenheim University

Geisenheim University has been a leader in viticulture research since 1872; grounded in an applied science approach for its bachelor and master programs. Geisenheim predominately offers Viticulture and Horticulture, Fresh Produce Logistics and Food Safety, Economics and Marketing due to its proximity to Germany’s top vineyards.  

The town of Geisenheim is renowned for its high quality production of crisp Riesling due to its red iron oxide-rich soils.


Geisenheim is situated 64 km west of Frankfurt, located near the banks of the Rhine River.


The Netherlands in its entirety is often referred to as Holland, although North and South Holland are actually only two of its twelve provinces. The word Dutch is used to refer to the people, the language, and anything pertaining to the Netherlands. Experience the Netherlands through the unique water canals where thousands of flowers can be found in the floating flower markets. The Van Gogh museum, Madame Tussaud and the Heineken Brewery are all native to the Netherlands. The best way to explore this inspirational place is by bike of course.

Climate: Temperate
Main Language: Dutch, Frysian
Currency: Euro 

HZ University of Applied Sciences, Vlissingen

HZ is a university of professional education in the Netherlands. Unlike the traditional academic universities, its programs focus on practical application of learning rather than theory. HZ is a medium–sized university with enrollments of about 3,000 students. Several hundred of these students are from other countries. HZ is located in the province of Zeeland, in the city of Vlissingen, in the southwest of the Netherlands.

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  • September to January
  • February to July


Vissingen is a major center of industry, commerce and culture located in southwestern Netherlands.


Spain is located in southwestern Europe. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea. In Spain you can experience it all: the culture, popular festivals, adventure sports and it's also one of the best places to shop. You will find leisure and enjoyment day and night, since businesses are always open late. When the weather gets hot, summer terraces appear on the streets and avenues.

Climate: mild oceanic continental Mediterranean
Population: just over 47 million
Main Language(s): Castilian/Spanish
Currency: Euro 

Student Visa Information 
Tourism Information

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid

Carlos III University of Madrid consists of three centers: the School of Social Science and Law, the School of Humanities and the School of Engineering situated on three different campuses in Getafe, Leganés and Colmenarejo.


Located in the town of Getafe to the south of Madrid, this campus has two schools: the School of Social Science and Law and the School of Humanities. The modern campus installations include two libraries, computer rooms in various buildings, audiovisual rooms, recording studios, court rooms, wifi throughout the campus and a sports centers with facilities for basketball, tennis, squash, beach volleyball and more.


Located in the town of Leganés, to the south of Madrid, this campus houses the School of Engineering. Its modern installations include the library, computer rooms in various buildings, laboratories, wifi throughout the campus and a sports center with an indoor swimming pool. There is also an Auditorium where plays, operas and concerts are performed throughout the year.


Located in the town of Colmenarejo, to the northeast of Madrid, the campus has three schools: the School of Social Science and Law, the School of Humanities and the School of Engineering. Its modern installations include a library, work, study and research rooms and a journals library.


Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million ( the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be nearly 5.8 million


Switzerland is divided between the Alps, the Central Plateau and the Jura. Experience Switzerland from its world famous ice caves to its high stretching mountain tops. Tobogganing and suspension rope climbing are just a few of the distinctive activities you can engage in. Then cool down and enjoy the culinary diversity; Switzerland is known for its cheese, chocolate and wine.

Climate: Temperate
Population: 7,8 million approximately
Main Language(s): German, French, Italian
: Swiss Francs

Application Deadlines

  • Autumn Semester May 30
  • Spring Semester November 30

University of Applied Sciences Northwestern, Olten

The University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW is a state-accredited university of applied sciences: this unique concept in Swiss tertiary education is designed to meet professional needs in education, research and consulting.
Situated amidst leading international clusters the FHNW's nine schools maintain close links with society, culture and industry: its high quality graduate, postgraduate and continuing education focuses on applied knowledge.

FHNW teaches over 8,000 degree students and nearly 40,000 participants in continuing education. We conduct over 550 research or consulting projects. We have 200 mobility partners.


Olten's railway station is within 30 minutes of Zurich, Bern, Basel, and Lucerne by train, and is a rail hub of Switzerland.

North & Central America


Mexico is the fifth-largest country in the Americas by total area and the most populous Hispanophone country. Soak up the warm sun on the numerous beaches, while experiencing the many historical sites where architectural beauty is preserved. It is the ideal place to experience the unparalleled natural beauty of the outdoors.

Climate: Tropical
Population: 112,322,757
Main Language(s): Spanish
Currency: Mexican New Peso

Universidad Internacional, Cuernavaca

Spanish Immersion for a one-month period (or more)

The Spanish Language School at Universidad Internacional is located in a gorgeous residential setting of Cuernavaca, Mexico. Our Intensive Spanish programs are designed to help you learn Spanish or develop your Spanish language skills further. To study Spanish in Mexico is to immerse yourself in a language and culture where you will Learn, Live and Love the Spanish Language.


The city was nicknamed the "City of Eternal Spring" by Alexander von Humboldt in the nineteenth century. It has long been a favorite escape for residents of Mexico City and foreign visitors because of its warm, stable climate and abundant vegetation. Aztec emperors had summer residences there, and even today, many famous people as well as Mexico City residents maintain homes there. Cuernavaca is also host to a large foreign resident population, including large numbers of students who come to study the Spanish language.

Escuela Bancaria y Comercial, Mexico City

EBC is the first Mexican private school of business created in Mexico. It is a secular and inclusive institution committed to shaping professional entrepreneurs within the corporate world throughout strong ethics and principles, and scientific and technological capabilities by fostering a global outlook while improving and dynamically participating in the social and economic changes of their communities.

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United States of America

At 3.79 million square miles and with over 308 million people, the United States is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. There is a high level of diversity among people in the United States that enables you to meet new faces. Every outdoor activity imaginable can be found here.

Climate: The climate in USA varies across different parts of the country. Generally, the western and southern parts of US have warmer weather as compared to the eastern and northern parts.
Population: 300 million
Main Language(s): English
Currency: US dollar

Northern State University, South Dakota

Northern State University serves more than 2,500 students representing 36 states and 20 foreign countries. Courses are taught by 120 full-time, dedicated faculty, more than 85 percent of whom have the highest degree possible in their academic field. A student-faculty ratio of 19-to-1 ensures that students have access to their professors.

Northern State University was established in 1901. The institution offers 38 majors and 42 minors as well as associate, pre-professional and graduate degrees. The campus is located on a 72-acre site within walking distance of the downtown of Aberdeen, South Dakota.


Aberdeen is a place of blue skies, clean air and wide open spaces. Aberdeen, a city of 25,000, can best be described as having Midwestern hospitality with the progressiveness of a metropolitan area and offers students and residents a safe, friendly environment. There are limitless recreational and outdoor activities for students both on and off campus.



Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometers and is linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world. More than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometers of the coast, making it an integral part of their laid-back lifestyle.

Climate:  Warm Summers and Mild Winters
Population: 21,874,900
Main Language: English
Currency: Australian dollar

Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne

Swinburne University of Technology began as a technical college in 1908. Today, the University has a full range of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs at its campuses in the state of Victoria. The Hawthorn campus in Melbourne is the largest with about 16,500. Exchange students also have the option of studying at the smaller Lilydale or Prahran campuses.


  • February to July
  • July to November
  • November to February


Australia’s second largest city has a population of 4 million. It is said to be Australia’s food, fashion and cultural capital. Students will have no shortage of recreational, cultural and historical opportunities when studying at Swinburne University of Technology.
Melbourne Tourism Website

University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba

The University of Southern Queensland USQ was established in the mid-1970s as an Institute of Technology. It was re-designed in 1990 as a University of Technology. In July, 2004, USQ was awarded the Commonwealth of Learning Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement . USQ has over 7000 International students at their campuses. Studying on-campus at USQ can be a rewarding way to undertake a university degree in a safe and friendly multicultural environment with modern facilities and a relatively low cost of living.


  • February to July
  • July to November
  • November to February


The main campus is in Toowoomba, a city of about 128,600 people. Toowoomba is a 90-minute drive from Brisbane. A second campus is located in Wide Bay (Hervey Beach).