If you’re looking for an opportunity to experience a different language, culture, and educational system while earning academic credit, then an academic exchange is for you. 

Taking a semester or a year to study abroad is an excellent way to enhance your St. Thomas University degree, and allows you to challenge yourself in ways you never imagined. 

To learn more about international exchange opportunities, attend the upcoming information session on Friday, January 13 at 2:30 PM in GMH, room 301.

The deadline to apply for an exchange will be Monday, February 13, 2017. 

5 Benefits to Studying Abroad
  1. Experience a new culture – share in the customs, traditions and cultural practices of your host country. You will come back thinking differently with a broader world view.

  2. Education – experience a different style of education and take courses related to your degree that you may not have been exposed to at home.

  3. Learn a new language – immerse yourself in the everyday language of the locals and study a new language at your host university.

  4. Travel the world – explore all that your host country has to offer and why not expand your travels to neighbouring countries.

  5. Make lifelong friends from around the world – most university partners have diverse international student populations, meet the locals and make new friends from around the world.

Travel Bursary 

STU offers a financial need based travel bursary of between $1,000 and $1,500. Students can apply for the bursary to help offset travel costs. 

Exchange Partners

St. Thomas has exchange agreements with several universities. Our partnerships with these universities allows you to pay your regular tuition to St. Thomas while studying abroad, instead of paying international student tuition fees. If you already hold a scholarship, you will be able to maintain it (subject to normal renewal requirements). You are responsible for your own travel and living expenses and may be required to purchase extra health insurance.

Australian Catholic University empowers students to think critically, ethically and to bring about change in their communities and professions. Students can study Humanities and Social Sciences. Popular among exchange students are their units in Aboriginal Studies, Asian Studies, Australian Studies, Environmental Science, and Visual and Performing Arts. The language of instruction is English.

Brazil, Bahia
Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of Feira de Santana Bahia. Students can study French Language and Literature, American Francophone Literature, English Language and Literature, Canadian Anglophone Literature, Linguistics and beginner Portuguese. The language of instruction is French, English and Portuguese.

Chile, Santiago 
Universidad Santo Tomas is a prestigious educational institution based on Christian values, committed to its students. Students can study Social Sciences, Business, Journalism and Communications. An intermediate level of Spanish is required.

China, Beijing
China University of Political Science and Law is well known for legal academics and also enjoys a distinguished reputation in arts, history, philosophy, economics, management, and education. Students can study Criminal Justice and Law. The language of instruction is English.

France, Angers
Icrom: l’Institut Albert le Grand or l’Institut Mac Luhan both campuses are situated in the town of Angers forming part of Loire Valley World Heritage. If you are interested in discovering France's rich medieval history Angers is located in the French region which was known as Anjou in the middle ages. Students can study Humanities and Political Science or Communications. An intermediate level of French is required.

Japan, Sapporo 
Hokusei Gakuen University is located in northern Japan, and actively promotes international student exchanges. Students can study Japanese Language, History, and Culture. The language of instruction is English and Japanese.

Japan, Osaka
Kindai University is now one of western Japan’s largest universities. Its founding principal is “Learning for the real world and nurturing intellectual and emotional intelligence.” Students can study Economics, Literature, Arts and Cultural Studies and Sociology. The language of instruction is English and Japanese, one-year study of Japanese, either at a student's home university or a language school is desirable.

South Korea, Seoul 
Catholic University of Korea was established in 1855 and has approx. 11,000 students across 3 campuses, all of which are located in Seoul. CUK offers over 80 courses taught in English. Students can study Humanities, Social Science and Korean Language. The language of instruction is English and Korean. Exchange students may be eligible for a Korean government funded Scholarship program that covers travel and living expenses; students may apply once they arrive in Korea; scholarships are limited and not guaranteed.

University of Malta is a small group of seven islands in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily.  The University of Malta is known for its excellence in learning and teaching with a history dating back over 400 years.  Students can study Humanities and Social Sciences. The language of instruction is English.

Sweden, Orebro 
Örebro University is a modern, broad-based university with internationally prominent research. Orebro is a large multi-campus university in central Sweden that offers courses in both Swedish and English. Students can study English, Film Studies, Media and Communication, Political Science, Gender Studies, Sociology and Swedish. The language of instruction is English.

Spain, Madrid
CEU San Pablo is a private, Catholic university in Madrid. It is one of Spain's most prestigious academic institutions consistently ranked among the top 5 private universities. CEU offers international degree programs in Journalism and Communications as well as Economics and Business. The language instruction is in English with a Language Centre for international students who want to study other languages. 

Turkey, Ankara
Middle Eastern Technical University is a public technical university. METU offers about 40 undergraduate programs within 5 faculties, one of them being Social Sciences and Humanities. The METU and STU exchange agreement is aligned with the METU Sociology department but students can take courses outside of Sociology as well. The language of instruction at METU is English.