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Outgoing Exchange Programs

Huron students have the opportunity to study in another country for one semester or one full year.  The experience of another culture and country is enriching academically, personally and professionally. It is strongly recommended for all students! 

Participating in the exchange program is an excellent way to:

  • Gain a different perspective on your studies
  • Improve your language skills or learn a new language
  • Develop problem-solving and adaptability skills
  • Expand your personal and professional network by meeting faculty, staff, students, and employers outside of your community
  • Develop transferable skills that can be beneficial to your career.
  • Travel and experience different cultures

Want to head somewhere different?

Students who wish to study at a university that Huron or Western do not have an exchange agreement with can do so through the letter of permission process. The student applies to the school independently and works with an Academic Advisor to approve his/her course selection for credit towards their Huron degree.

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Outgoing Exchange - The Basics

How it Works
Selection Criteria
Financial Obligations
Exchange Application Process
Pre-departure Orientation

Students are eligible to participate in an exchange for one full year or one semester, preferably during their third year of study.  However, you must be returning to full-time studies after your exchange:  you cannot go on exchange in your final semester. 

Application for exchanges takes place in the academic year preceding the exchange year. While on exchange, you earn credits at the host institution that apply towards your Huron degree. Exchange students pay tuition to Huron. Your extra costs come from airfare and living expenses.

If you want to go on an exchange starting in September of your 3rd year, a general timeline would be:

  • November of your 2nd year: Attend an exchange information session, start your research
  • January of your 2nd year: Fill out the application form, due in the 2nd week
  • Mid-February of 2nd year: You find out if you have been accepted to go on exchange. If accepted, Huron nominates you to the university you have selected
  • March of your 2nd year: Complete the application to the university you have selected; apply for scholarships; start the study visa process
  • April – June of your 2nd year: meet with your professors and academic advisors to select courses
  • September of your 3rd year: go on exchange! Be sure to order official transcripts to be sent to Huron before you leave to return to Canada!
  • June – August before your 4th year: meet with your academic advisor to ensure you get credit for the courses you took and to select your 4th year courses.
  • September of your 4th year: Submit a reflection on your experience to the Coordinator of Student Mobility

Applying to Host Institution

The Huron International Office will submit your nomination to the exchange partner in mid-February.  You will also need to submit an application to your host institution and complete VISA requirements.  Both Huron and your host institution will help you with this process between March and June as deadlines and processes vary depending upon your host institution.  Final acceptance is at the discretion of the exchange partner. 

Many applications are now submitted on-line but if a paper copy needs to be sent then we can courier this for you to ensure delivery.

Students generally must have a 70% cumulative average before they go on exchange.  Students who do not meet the minimum academic criteria can still apply.  Preference will be given to qualified students registered at Huron University College and to students who will be returning to study at Huron following the exchange, but Western, Brescia & Kings students are also eligible to apply for a Huron exchange. 

Students must also be in good academic & financial standing. A student with an academic offense record or who owes tuition or fees will not normally be considered for an exchange. In addition, students must demonstrate how they will benefit from the exchange and be a good Huron ambassador while on exchange.

  • Students pay tuition and ancillary fees to Huron. (For some exchanges, students also pay residence and meal plan fees to Huron)
  • Students pay for all expenses required to go on exchange: visa fees, obtaining a passport, ordering transcripts, Huron program fee, and travel & medical insurance. 
  • Students are personally responsible for travel costs to and from the host university, additional travel, and living costs (usually housing, food, etc.) 

Students are encouraged to fund their participation in the exchange program early and from various sources, i.e. part-time and summer jobs, scholarships.

Students eligible for OSAP and who are receiving a Huron scholarship can apply it to their exchange. Students can also apply for bursaries and scholarships to fund their studies abroad. 

Students must submit an application package via e-mail or in-person in the student support services office. Application packages should be addressed to: Valeeta Blancher-Bennett, Coordinator, International Student Engagement.

The application package includes:

* For a language exchange, it must be from a language professor.  


  • A 250 word statement outlining why you are a good candidate for the exchange program and how you will benefit from it 
  • A copy of your resume 
  • A copy of your Huron Online Statement of Account showing your tuition and fee payments are up-to-date. This can be printed from HERE.

After logging in, please click on "Print Statement of Account". You must be in good financial standing to be considered for an exchange

  • Payment of the $25 program fee by internet banking, certified cheque, money order or paid directly to our finance office W37.

Attendance at the pre-departure orientation session is mandatory.  Students who do not complete the session will have their acceptance revoked.   This session is a fun and informative way to help you prepare for your exchange. 

Topics discussed include: academic requirements and expectations, health and safety, culture shock, budgeting, scholarships, and emergency protocols.

To help us cover all the topics necessary you will be required to have completed the two pre-departure UWO workshops on OWL prior to attending this workshop and have submitted the pdf files confirming your completion of the tests. 

This is also an opportunity to submit your final paperwork for your application.


Keep in touch with us

We want to hear all about your adventures on your outgoing exchanges. Connect with us on Facebook, so you can share stories and memories with other Leaders with Heart on exchange.

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Forms for Outgoing Exchange Students

The experience of another culture and country is enriching academically, personally and professionally - it's strongly recommended for all students! Make sure you understand all of the elements you'll need to successfully apply to be a part of this rewarding learning experience. 

After reviewing the following forms, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Coordinator, International Student Engagement and she'll be happy to help you get organized for your great adventure!

Course Approval Form
Travel Waiver
Acknowledgement of Assumption of Risk and Waiver
Emergency Contacts
Information Permission Release

Health & Travel Insurance

We want you to stay safe and healthy while you're enjoying your exchange program. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase insurance in addition to their UHIP/OHIP coverage. The Government of Canada has great information on what type of insurance you need and why you should purchase additional travel insurance.

More information can be found here and here.

Funding for Outgoing Exchange Students

Huron's generous supporters have provided funding for students who wish to participate in study abroad opportunities. 

Patricia Boucher Memorial International Exchange Travel Grant
Hugh B. and Dorothy Rooney International Travel Bursary
Nancy and Keith Sumner Fund for International Studies

Established in 2000 in memory of Patricia Boucher, an exchange student from Universite de Versailles Saint-Quentin, through the generous support of her family and the many friends she made among the students at Huron University College.

It is intended to assist a student with travel expenses associated with the Huron/Universite de Versailles Saint-Quentin exchange program. 

The recipient must be registered in a full-time program at Huron University and demonstrate financial need.

If no Huron student is eligible, the bursary may assist a Versailles student on exchange at Huron or assist a Huron student participating in an exchange with another European university.

Value: approx. $2,000 (open to several students)


The Bursary is intended to assist a third-year student with the added expenses incurred in a program of study abroad.

The recipient must be a registered full-time student at Huron and demonstrate financial need. The Rooney family established The Hugh B. and Dorothy Rooney International Travel Bursary in 1996 to honour Hugh and Dorothy Rooney, long-term friends and members of the Huron Community. 

Mr. Rooney served Huron with distinction in many roles from 1959 to 1972 including lecturer in Business and Economics, Dean of Residence, Comptroller, Corporation and Board Member, Bursar, and later Assistant Vice-Principal at Western University.

Mrs. Rooney was known as “nurse” to many students when the Rooney family lived at Huron University College. Sadly, Mrs. Rooney passed away in January, 1995.

Value: approx. $1,000


Established in 2006 by Nancy and Keith Sumner, this Fund provides financial support to a student or students for study abroad at a university with which Huron has a partnership agreement, for credit towards their academic degree at Huron, and who qualifies for the study abroad program based on criteria established by Huron University. 

Keith Sumner is a long-time friend of Huron who has served as President of The Huron University Foundation and, prior to that, as Chair of its Investment Committee.

Value: approx. $1,000



Key Contacts

Valeeta Blancher-Bennett

Coordinator, International Student Engagement
519.438.7224 ext. 291
Apps International House

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday