Eligibility: Exchange, Research + Study Abroad

The following are the eligibility requirements to participate in a Go Global Exchange, Study Abroad or Research Abroad program. Please read through them carefully, and don't hesitate to visit an exchange advisor during drop-in advising hours if you have any questions or concerns.

Eligibility requirements

  • Go Global Requirements
  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent academic term of full time studies prior to application
  • Full time as defined by your faculty
  • We are looking at your Term 1 (Fall term) grades if you’re applying for:
    • The early Exchange deadline (December)
    • Round 1 Exchange deadline (January)
    • Summer study at a partner institution (deadlines usually in December or February)
  • We are looking at your Term 2 (Spring term) grades if you’re applying for Round 2 Exchange deadline (May)
  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g. not be under academic or non-academic discipline).
  • You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your exchange.
  • You must maintain 70% average prior to your exchange departure.
  • You must have completed a full year of studies at UBC prior to going on exchange.
  • You must be returning to UBC for at least 1 term after Exchange before graduation.

These criteria are set to ensure that you'll be prepared to thrive academically while on exchange. Please see a Go Global advisor to discuss possible appeals or exceptions to the UBC requirements outlined above. Please speak to your regional Exchange advisor six weeks prior to applying if you require academic or other accommodations abroad.

  • Faculty Requirements
  • Undergraduate students (except Arts): You must have third- or fourth-year standing during your exchange.
  • Arts: You can go on exchange in your second year. You need to complete the Writing Requirement prior to going on exchange.
  • Law: You must have an overall average of 70% in the year that you are applying for exchange. You must have second- or third-year standing during your exchange. If you are a transfer student, you can only go on exchange for one term.
  • 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 Post-Doctoral Studies and your supervisor before you go on exchange. G&PS may have additional requirements around number of credits you can transfer and minimum grades you must obtain per course. Please follow up with them for further details.
  • Science: Students who are required to achieve a 5 on the LPI test in order to fulfill the B.Sc. Communication Requirement, will normally be expected to have done so before being approved for a Go Global study or research exchange.

Please speak to your regional Exchange advisor six weeks prior to applying if you require academic or other accommodations abroad.

  • 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. Please check the Go Global Partner University Pages through the search tool to ensure you meet the correct eligibility requirements. These criteria are not eligible for appeal.

Please speak to your regional Exchange advisor six weeks prior to applying if you require academic or other accommodations abroad.

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

  1. Check to see if you’re eligible to go.
  2. Can I afford it? How to budget for exchange, research, and study abroad.
  3. Visit our Resource Library to browse our collection of international student handbooks, course catalogues and departmental overviews.
  4. See what credits have been transferred back to UBC in the "Courses + Transfer credits" section of the individual partner page.
  5. Talk to your faculty advisor about your degree requirements
  6. Use the study plan tool to map out the courses you need for graduation and how exchange fits into that (exchange and study abroad). 

Advising hours

Advising hours

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

You might not need to see an advisor. General questions about the Go Global Exchange process can be answered at the Main Office at the UBC Life Building (Vancouver). 

Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver


Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


Mon9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Tue9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Wed9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Thu9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Fri9:00 am - 4:15 pm