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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.

The Office of International Student Support and Exchange Programs 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 Office of International Student Support and Exchange Programs at OCAD U. 

 To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a degree-seeking OCAD U student
  • Have a minimum overall average of 70% at the time of application and at the time you participate in the program
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have completed all year 1 and year 2 program requirements prior to going on 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 go on exchange in the first term of your fourth year)

Where can I go?

  • Pick two schools from the exchange partner list
  • Consider things such as culture, climate, cost of living and language requirements

How long can I go for?

  • You may participate in the exchange program for a maximum of one term, either the fall or winter

How much will it cost?

  • The costs of going on exchange will vary depending on the country you wish to go to.  Expenses will include airfare, visas, accommodation, food, medical insurance and personal spending
  • As an outgoing exchange student, you will remain registered at OCAD U and pay tuition and fees for 2.5 credits.  If you are receiving OSAP/Out-of-Province Student Loans, speak to a Financial Aid Advisor in the Financial Aid & Awards Office
  • Review the reports from students who have been on exchange for more information

Steps to Apply

  1. Make an appointment with an Exchange Coordinator to verify your eligibility.  Students are expected to do some research prior to the meeting
  2. Contact the Program Assistants in your Faculty Office to make an appointment with your Program Chair for approval. Talk to your Program Chair about where you want to go and the courses you want to take while on exchange.  It's recommended that you have a list of courses and descriptions available (this is only a 'wish list' of courses.  It can be changed once you have receive confirmation of acceptance from the host university)
  3. Have two professors complete the Faculty Recommendation Form
  4. Complete the online application

Required documents to include with the online application

Talk to a Student Advisor about your remaining degree requirements (100 McCaul St, Level 2, Room 266).  Make sure you have enough credits left in your third year to complete on exchange!

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 the Office of International Student Support and Exchange Programs to nominate you to the host institution(s).








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.   

Upcoming Info Session Schedule 

Monday, March 18
11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Session will be held in MCA 284, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street.


We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 Fall Term.

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

February 8, 2019 - CLOSED
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.

August 2, 2019
Applications for the 2020 Winter Term (January to April)

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

Application Related Forms

Mobility/Exchange Program Eligibility Verification  Form

Faculty Recommendation Form

Pre-Departure Forms

OCAD U Travel Abroad Forms

Registration of Canadians Abroad

Course Approval and Transfer Credits

Exchange Transfer Credit Guide

Exchange Transfer Credit Request Form

Online Exchange Transfer Credit Application



Coordinator, International Student Support and Exchange Programs

Manager, International Student Support and Exchange Programs

Office Location: 230 Richmond St. W., Level 5
Drop-In Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm, 2pm-4pm​

If you know in advance that you will need more than 15 minutes with us, please schedule an appointment:  international@ocadu.ca.


International Student Support and Exchange Programs
OCAD University
100 McCaul St.
Toronto, ON M5T 1W1