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Imagine spending a semester as an exchange student in the United Kingdom, Europe, Israel, Australia, China, Vietnam, Brazil, the United States or another part of Canada, and receiving credit towards your OCAD University degree! Living and studying in another country can provide you with a wealth of unique experiences to enhance your creative, academic and personal development.

International Student Services coordinates a wide variety of undergraduate student exchange opportunities with other leading art and design institutions.

To study as an exchange student at one of our partner institutions, you must be nominated by the International Student Services Office at OCAD U.  You may participate in the program for a maximum of one term, either the fall or winter. 

You may list up to 2 choices of host institution on the application form. Only one application per student will be accepted.  


1. Attend one of the information sessions

2. Determine your eligibility

You must:
  • Be an undergraduate degree program student.
  • Have completed all first and second year major program requirements (The best time to go on exchange is during your third year.  You may need to spend an extra year at OCAD U if you wish to go on exchange in the first term of your fourth year).
  • Have a minimum overall average of 70%.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Fulfill all OCAD University residency requirements.
  • Meet the language requirements at the host institution(s).

3. Research where to study

  • Review our list of partner institutions (not all exchange agreements are open to all students).
  • Consider things such as culture, climate, cost of living and language of the country.
  • Talk to instructors or friends who have visited the area.
  • Read exchange reports written by former exchange students.
  • Narrow down your list and rank your choices (you may choose up to 2 schools).
  • Review your remaining program requirements (visit the Student Advising Centre if you need help).

4. Think about your budget

  • You pay tuition and fees for 2.5 credits to OCAD U.
  • Estimated cost of living and travel expenses (airfare, visa, health insurance, accommodation, etc) .
  • If you are an Ontario Resident, you may apply for the Joubin-Selig Bursary.
  • If you are receiving OSAP/Out-of Province Student Loan, speak to a Financial Aid Advisor in the Financial Aid & Awards Office.

5. Have two professors complete the Faculty Recommendation Form

  • Your professors must submit this form directly to International Student Services.

6. Obtain approval from International Student Services and your Program Chair

7. Gather your documents and complete the online application.  

  • Pay the $100 application fee at the Cashier's office (this fee is non-refundable).
  • Complete the online Outgoing Exchange Application Form and upload the following documents:
    • Application fee proof of payment (a copy of your receipt).
    • A statement of intent for each school.
    • The Mobility/Exchange Program Eligibility and Verification Form.

    We encourage you to submit all required documents well in advance of the posted deadlines.  Late applications will not be considered. Please note that submission of this exchange application does not guarantee acceptance in the program at your preferred partner institution(s).  It allows International Student Services to nominate you to the host institution(s).  ​

8. Decisions 

  • International Student Services will notify you of which partner institution(s) you have been nominated to and how to proceed with your application.  If we cannot nominate you to any of your choices, you will be contacted for an alternative choice.
  • If you can no longer go on exchange after you have been nominated, please email international@ocadu.ca as soon as possible so we can offer your spot to another student.
  • The final admission decision rests with the host institution.  They will contact you directly with their decision. It may take up to eight weeks for the host institution to review your application.
  • Please forward a copy  of your host institution's decision letter to international@ocadu.ca as soon as you receive it.
  • If you have been offer a place at the host institution, you should accept or decline the offer (email the host institution and international@ocadu.ca).

Please note that failure to maintain a 70% overall average with good academic standing may result in the cancellation of your exchange.

9.  Host institution(s) may request for the following supporting documents with your application.

  • OCAD U transcript (request one from the Office of the Registrar).
  • Letter of Intent.
  • Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  • Copy of your passport or passport photo.
  • Portfolio.
  • Reference Letter(s) - ask your instructor(s) to write one for you.


Information sessions for students interested in participating in an exchange in 2018/2019 will be held in the 2017/2018 fall and winter terms.  Attend an information session to learn more about exchange opportunities, hear from students who participated in the program last year and get all of your questions answered.   


Please check back in January for information.





January 26, 2018
Application for the 2018/2019 Ontario-Jiangsu Student (OJS) Exchange Program (Sept to Dec, Jan to April).

February 9, 2018
Application for the 2018 Fall Term (September to December 2018) * 

August 3, 2018
Application for the 2019 Winter Term (January to April 2019)

*ALL applications to Glasgow School of Art and FAMU (Prague) for Fall/Winter 2018/2019 must be submitted by February 9, 2018 deadline. These institutions only accept applications once a year in the spring.

Academic term dates at the host institution may not be the same as the academic terms at OCAD U. 



Partner Institutions 

Undergraduate Student Mobility/Exchange Program Policy



Contact us

Administrator, International Student Services

Coordinator, International Student Services & Student Mobility/Exchange

230 Richmond St. W., Level 5


International Student Services
OCAD University
100 McCaul St.
Toronto, ON M5T 1W1