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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.

Should you wish to study at an institution that's not on our exchange partner list, you may be interested in pursuing the independent study abroad opportunities.

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. Do the following before you apply:

2. Apply directly to the nominated host institution.

  • If your nomination is accepted by the host institution, you will be sent instructions on how to apply.  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.

3. Wait for a decision.

  • 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.

4. Prepare to go on exchange.

5. Do the following during your exchange term:

  • Maintain a full-time course load at the host institution.
  • Send us your final course selection, including course descriptions/outlines, for approval.
  • Ask your host institution to send an official transcript to OCAD U at the end of the term.

6. Do the following after your exchange:

Determine your eligibility.

To be eligible you must:

  • be an undergraduate degree program student.
  • have completed all first and second year major program requirements with a minimum of 10 credits at the time of exchange (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).

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).

Think about your budget.

  • You pay tuition and fees for 2.5 credits to OCAD U.
  • Estimate the 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 Loans, speak to a Financial Aid Advisor in the Financial Aid & Awards Office.

Have two professors complete the Faculty Recommendation Form.

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

Obtain approval from International Student Services and your Program Chair.

Gather your documents and complete the online application.

You need to upload the following documents:

  • $100 application fee (receipt from the Cashier's office . This fee is non-refundable).
  • The Mobility/Exchange Program Eligibility and Verification Form.
  •  A statement of intent for each school.




Attend an information session to learn more about exchange opportunities, hear from students who have participated in the program and get all of your questions answered.   


The next info sessions will be held in October 2018. Please check back for dates and times!


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

January 25, 2019
Applications for the 2019/2020 Ontario-Jiangsu Student (OJS) Exchange Program (Sept to Dec 2019 or Jan to April 2020).

February 8, 2019
Applications for the 2019 Fall Term (September to December 2019) * 

*ALL applications to Glasgow School of Art and FAMU (Prague) for Fall/Winter 2019/2020 must be submitted by the February 8, 2019 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. 


Mobility/Exchange Program Policy

1023: Undergraduate Student Mobility/Exchange Program

Exchange Partner List

Partner Institutions 


Mobility/Exchange Program Eligibility Verification  Form

Faculty Recommendation Form


Host institution(s) may request 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


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

 Book an Appointment

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).