Eligibility: Exchange, Research + Study Abroad

The following are the eligibility requirements to participate in a Go Global Exchange, Study Abroad, Summer Abroad or Research Abroad program. You must meet all of the following to participate for Go Global programs.

  • Go Global requirements
  • Faculty requirements
  • Partner University requirements

Please read through them carefully, and don't hesitate to connect with a Go Global advisor if you have any questions or concerns.

Go Global eligibility requirements

  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent academic term
  • You need to be a UBC student in good academic standing
  • You must be a full-time student in the year before your Go Global experience
  • All undergraduate students except for students in Arts must have third or fourth year standing during the exchange or study abroad program

How your grades will be evaluated

Go Global will review your Winter Term 1 (September – December) grades if you’re applying for:

  • The main exchange deadline in December

  • Summer study at a partner institution (deadlines are usually in early December or late January)

Go Global will be reviewing your Winter Term 2 (January – April) grades if you’re applying for the Round 2 Exchange deadline in May.

To discuss possible appeals or exceptions to the UBC requirements outlined above, please connect with a Go Global advisor.

If you require academic or other accommodations abroad, please speak to your regional Exchange advisor six weeks before applying.

Taking your final term abroad before graduating

Students can not graduate before all transfer credit is processed and degree requirements are complete. Students should return to UBC for at least one term after your Go Global program before graduation in order to allow for the transfer credit process to be complete.

For example, due to normal transfer credit processing times, it is not possible to graduate in May if you finish your degree requirements while abroad in Term 2.

Requirements for taking your final term abroad

Going on exchange or study abroad for your final term requires approval from Go Global and your faculty advisor. 

  1. Meet with a Go Global advisor. In this meeting you will discuss the program, transfer credit timelines, and possible risks or consequences with your plan.
  2. Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your degree requirements and eligibility for graduation. It is also recommended to meet with your program or departmental advisor.

As transfer credit equivalencies are not always determined before your exchange or study program ends, there is also a risk that your transfer credits may not meet your remaining degree requirements, and you may need to return to UBC for additional courses.

Faculty requirements

Undergraduate students (except in Arts)

For all undergraduate students except for students in Arts, you must have completed year 2 prior to the Go Global experience.

If you require academic or other accommodations abroad, please connect with a Go Global Advisor six weeks before applying.

Arts students

You can go abroad in your second year. You must complete the Writing Requirement before going abroad.

If you require academic or other accommodations abroad, please connect with a Go Global Advisor six weeks before applying.

Science students

  • You must be promoted to at least third-year standing at UBC for the period you will be on your Go Global experience
  • You must have your science foundation requirement completed
  • You must have at least 3 credits of communication course work completed
  • You must be firmly established in your science specialization

Transfer students: You must spend a full year at UBC before going abroad.

If you require academic or other accommodations abroad, please connect with a Go Global Advisor six weeks before applying.

Law students

You must have an overall average of 70% in the year that you are applying for Go Global and have  second- or third-year standing during your Go Global period. 

Transfer students: You can only go abroad for one term.

If you require academic or other accommodations abroad, please connect with a Go Global Advisor six weeks before applying.

Graduate students

You must have finished at least one year of full-time studies at UBC before going abroad, and be a student in good standing with the support of your supervisor. 

Once accepted and matched to your partner institution, to ensure courses will transfer, you will need to get approval of your study plan and written permission from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and your program supervisor before you go on exchange.

The faculty may have additional requirements for the number of credits you can transfer and minimum grades you must obtain per course. Please follow up with the faculty for further details.

If you require academic or other accommodations abroad, please connect with a Go Global Advisor six weeks before applying.

Partner University requirements

Individual partner schools may have different requirements than those listed above. These could include language level assessments, cumulative average requirements, or a particular year level standing. 

See the Go Global Partner University pages and use the search tool or check the Summer Abroad pages to ensure you meet the correct eligibility requirements. 

These criteria are not eligible for appeal.

If you require academic or other accommodations, connect with a Go Global Advisor six weeks before applying.

Tips and tools: Applying for exchange, research, and study abroad

  1. Check to see if you’re eligible to go.
  2. Plan your finances by  creating a budget.
  3. Visit the Resource Library to browse a collection of international student handbooks, course catalogues, and departmental overviews.
  4. See what courses at your host university can count towards UBC course credits in the "Courses + Transfer credits" section of the individual partner pages.
  5. Talk to your faculty advisor about your degree requirements.
  6. Use the study plan tool (pdf) to map out the courses you need for graduation and how exchange and study abroad fits into that. 

Contact Go Global

Go Global's Vancouver campus office is closed until further notice. At this time, you can contact Go Global by email, phone or virtually through Zoom.

If you need to book an advising appointment, please complete the online request form. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone.

Advising hours

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm