How to apply: Exchange, Research + Study Abroad

Application overview - 3 steps

Starting an online application

Start the application process well in advance of the application deadline, but please review the eligibility criteria before starting an application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

To apply:
  • Students can start an online application and follow the steps through "Gateway", our online application program. In Gateway, you'll be asked to submit a list of supporting documents. If you've already started an application through Gateway, you can resume your application from where you left off at any time.

  • Complete and submit supporting documents by the application deadline. Refer to the section below regarding supporting documents.

  • The Go Global fee ($415.00), required for all applicants, will be posted to your tuition account 1-3 weeks after the application deadline has passed.

Supporting documents for your exchange application

Required for Supporting document
All students *Fill out the online form and "save as" to your computer to keep your changes.
Students in first-year, or transfer programs (if participating in any full-year courses)
Students doing coursework in any Chinese dialect for UBC CHIN transfer credit Online Chinese placement exam
Graduate students

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). 

Applying for Research Abroad

  1. Review your options for participating in Research Abroad on this site.

  2. If you're not sure which pathway is the best for you visit a Go Global Advisor during drop in hours.

  3. Once you've reviewed the application process for your pathway begin your application for your research experience on Gateway: Apply

Paying the Go Global Fee

The Go Global Fee ($415.00) is an administrative fee required for all applicants to Go Global exchange and summer abroad programs*. The fee will be posted to your SSC tuition account 1 -3 weeks following the application deadline and will be due approximately 2 weeks later. You will be notified of the due date by email once the fee is posted.

Please see the Enrolment Service’s page on making payments to your tuition account.

*Students participating in research and global seminar programs are subject to a different fee policy.

Go Global Refund Policy

To receive a refund from Go Global, you must withdraw by e-mail to your Go Global advisor by the applicable refund deadline. Students learning abroad for summer programs must withdraw by March 30th to receive a refund. Students learning abroad in Term 1 or Full-Year must withdraw by June 30th to receive a refund. Students learning abroad in Term 2 or Split Year must withdraw by September 30th to receive a refund.

You are eligible for a refund of $321.75 if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements
  • Go Global cannot match you to a partner university
  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option

You will receive a refund of $93.25  if you withdraw from the program in writing before the set deadlines for reasons other than those stated above.

Please consult with your Go Global advisor if you have any questions.

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