Outbound student exchange

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Travel and study

Study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world and enjoy a learning experience like no other.

During your time abroad, you'll take courses at our partner university and enjoy the sights, culture, history and food of the region.

Eligibility

You're eligible to study abroad if:

  • You have a minimum cumulative average of B (75%) or a 3.0 GPA.
  • Your account at Royal Roads is in good financial standing.

Academic credit

The academic credits you earn while abroad might count toward your Royal Roads degree.

To be sure the credits will count, you'll need to get approval from your program head before you travel.

Application deadlines:

  • Winter and Spring exchange: September 30

  • Fall exchange: April 1

Get ready to study abroad

Step 1: Choose your destination

Review the list of partner universities in the table at the bottom of this page. You have options in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Australia.

You can filter the options by country and by program of study and go to their websites to learn more.

Pick your top two choices.

If your program isn't listed, contact the study abroad team to learn about your options.

For ideas of where to go, read about the study abroad experiences of Royal Roads students and check out the BC Study Abroad Student Blog.

Step 2: Apply to study abroad

  1. Fill out the form to apply to be an outbound exchange student. You'll indicate your top two choices of where you want to study.
  2. Submit the following to the email address on the form:
    Letter of understanding
    Sign this letter of understanding to show you understand how the exchange will work. The letter includes information about tuition, housing, travel and documents.
    Letter of motivation
    Write a 500-word letter that answers the following questions:
  • Why do you want to study abroad?
  • How will you benefit from the experience in the short term? In the long term?
  • How will you be a good ambassador for Royal Roads University?
  • How will a student exchange experience help you achieve your goals?

After we've reviewed your application, we'll email you to let you know if you've been accepted to study abroad.

Step 3: Get matched with a university

In your application, you'll have submitted two choices of where you want to study.

Where you go depends on a few factors, including how many spots are available at the university you chose and how many Royal Roads students want to go to the same place.

Once you're matched with a university, we'll email you to let you know where you'll go.

Then, Royal Roads will officially nominate you to attend that institution as an exchange student.

Step 4: Apply to the partner university

Once Royal Roads has nominated you, you'll receive an email from the partner university with instructions on how to apply to attend their institution.

We'll support you through the application process.

Step 5: Meet with your program head

Before you apply make an appointment with the head of your program to discuss your studies abroad.

Gather information about the courses you're thinking of taking, including program descriptions, and bring them to the meeting.

Here are some things you'll want to discuss with the program head:

  1. Are the courses a good match with your program of study at Royal Roads?
  2. Will you get credit for the courses you're taking abroad? How many credits will you get?
  3. What can you do so you don't fall behind in your program? Take an online course?

You'll fill out the proposed completion plan with your program head and send it to an education abroad coordinator.

If you make any changes to your courses once they've been approved, let the Royal Roads education abroad coordinator know as soon as possible.

Step 6: Before you go

You have a few more steps to take before you board your plane:

  1. Visa and passport requirements
    Review the visa requirements of your destination country by checking the country’s embassy website. Depending on your country of citizenship, you may have to travel to Vancouver or another city to obtain a visa.
    Make sure your passport is up to date and will be valid for the duration of your time abroad.
  2. Tuition and fees
    In this exchange program, you pay tuition and fees to your home university. You'll receive an invoice and will need to pay your tuition and fees to Royal Roads before you leave on your study abroad experience.
  3. Housing
    Some of our partner institutions offer on-campus housing. Once you're accepted to the university, their staff will help you apply for on-campus housing.
    If you aren't able to get a room on-campus, start researching off-campus options. The partner institution will likely be able to offer guidance on where to find a place to live.
  4. Royal Roads forms
    Submit these forms before you leave:
    - release of liability agreement
    - emergency contact information
  5. Study abroad preparation
    Review these two guides. They include information about passports, visas, vaccines, travel insurance and currency conversion.
    - general preparation checklist
    - pre-departure handbook
  6. International SOS
    Students travelling abroad through Royal Roads will have international travel assistance through International SOS. Trip planning support is also available. You'll get a card with your account information from your education abroad coordinator.

While you're away

You're about to have the time of your life.

Stay in touch! We want to know how you're doing and hear all about your global adventures.

Your story will inspire others to take the life-changing leap of studying abroad. Post about your experience on our Go Global Padlet. We can't wait to read all about it.

Welcome home

Share the story of your adventure abroad and become a Go Global Ambassador. You'll inspire others to combine education and travel for the experience of a lifetime.

Choose a university

ASIA

University

Location

Eligible Programs

Kookmin University

Seoul, South Korea

  • Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management
  • Master of Global Management

Kyung Hee University

Seoul, South Korea

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management

Sookmyung Women’s University

Seoul, South Korea

  • Undergraduate programs

University of Seoul

Seoul, South Korea

  • Undergraduate programs

Kanagawa University

Yokohama, Japan

  • Undergraduate programs

Seinan Gakuin University

Fukuoka, Japan

  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication

National Economics University

Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management

EUROPE

University

Location

Eligible programs

Lund University

Lund, Sweden

  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication
  • Master of Arts in Professional Communication
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication
  • Master of Global Leadership

Berlin School of Economics and Law

Berlin, Germany

  • Undergraduate programs

Munich University of Applied Sciences

Munich, Germany

  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

IMC Krems University of Applied Sciences

Krems an der Donau, Austria

  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Management Center Innsbruck (MCI)

Innsbruck, Austria

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management

Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

Salzburg, Austria

  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management

International University of Languages and Media (ILUM)

Milan, Italy

  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication
  • Master of Arts in Professional Communication
  • Master of Arts in Tourism Management

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Barcelona, Spain

  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Artevelde University of Applied Sciences

Ghent, Belgium

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)

Sogndal, Norway

  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
  • Master of Arts in Tourism Management

Avans University of Applied Sciences

Breda, Netherlands

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management
  • Master of Global Management
  • Master of Arts in Climate Action Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Environment and Management
  • Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication
  • Master of Arts in Environmental Practice
  • Master of Science in Environment and Management
  • Master of Science in Environmental Practice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

Brugg, Switzerland

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management

Excelia

La Rochelle, France

  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool, UK

  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management

LATIN AMERICA

University

Location

Eligible programs

DuocUC 

Santiago, Chile

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management

Universidad de los Andes

Santiago, Chile

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication

NORTH AMERICA

University

Location

Eligible programs

Jesuit University of Guadalajara (ITESO)

Guadalajara, Mexico

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

OCEANIA

University

Location

Eligible programs

Western Sydney University

Sydney, Australia

  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management
  • Graduate level upon approval