Going on exchange is an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand experience of another country's business practices, language, and culture. You’ll make new friends, valuable connections, and life-long memories.
Where to begin? Start with research.
- Review eligibility requirements.
- Search through UBC Sauder's business partner schools and UBC's partner universities.
- Explore the UBC Go Global website, attend an info session, and talk to students who have already been on exchange.
- Make a plan and discuss it with our exchange advisor.
Eligibility and course requirements
To go on exchange, you must have attended UBC for one year and have completed Year 2 of the BCom program. While on exchange, you'll take a full-time course load, for which you can earn up to 15 UBC credits per term (a maximum of two courses can be option or concentration requirements). You’ll pay 15 credits worth of tuition to UBC per term.
Questions about exchange?
Call us at 604.822.8333 to schedule an appointment with international programs advisor Ann Gilray. Ann can answer questions about exchange schools, provide information on the application process, and check your study plan to ensure that you stay on track to meet degree requirements while you're away.
Business partner schools
We have business exchange partners in dozens of countries throughout the world:
|Brazil||Fundação Getulio Vargas, FGV-EAESP (School of Business)|
|Brazil||Fundação Getulio Vargas, FGV-EESP (School of Economics)|
|Chile||Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile|
|Mexico||Tec de Monterrey|
|Australia||University of Melbourne|
|Australia||University of New South Wales|
|Australia||University of Queensland|
|China||Shanghai Jiao Tong University|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong University of Science and Technology|
|Hong Kong||University of Hong Kong|
|Hong Kong||City University of Hong Kong|
|Hong Kong||Chinese University of Hong Kong|
|Korea (South)||Korea University|
|Korea (South)||Seoul National University|
|Korea (South)||Yonsei University|
|New Zealand||University of Auckland|
|New Zealand||University of Otago|
|Singapore||National University of Singapore|
|Singapore||Singapore Management University|
|Belgium||Katholieke Universiteit Leuven|
|Czech Republic||University of Economics, Prague|
|Denmark||Copenhagen Business School|
|France||Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Paris)*|
* Available to Year 4 students only.
|France||Sciences Po Paris|
|France||Université Jean-Moulin Lyon III|
|France||KEDGE Business School|
(formerly Bordeaux Business School)
|France||ESSEC Business School|
|Germany||WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management|
|Germany||Universität zu Köln|
|Germany||University of Mannheim|
|Hungary||Corvinus University of Budapest|
|Ireland||University College Dublin|
|Israel||Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|Italy||Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi|
|Italy||LUISS (Liberà Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali)|
|Netherlands||University of Amsterdam|
|Norway||Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration|
|Poland||Warsaw School of Economics|
|Spain||ESADE (Escuela Superior de Administración Y Dirección de Empresas)|
|Spain||Universitat Pompeu Fabra|
|Spain||University of Navarra|
|Sweden||Stockholm School of Economics|
|Switzerland||Universität St. Gallen|
|United Kingdom||City, University of London|
|United Kingdom||Lancaster University|
|United Kingdom||University of Edinburgh|
|United Kingdom||University of Leeds|
|United Kingdom||University of Manchester|
|United Kingdom||University of Warwick|
Course equivalents and transfer credits
Check the Commerce Course Equivalency Chart for a list of exchange courses that have been approved as UBC Sauder course equivalents. Courses taken on exchange that are not equivalent to UBC courses are assigned as Commerce or non-Commerce elective credits. The year level and type of credit assigned is dependent on the course taken.
Learn more about how your exchange courses will transfer to UBC and how to use the Transfer Credit Portal to earn credit for your exchange on the UBC Go Global website.
Frequently asked questions about exchange
The UBC Sauder School of Business has partnerships with 69 schools in 30 countries around the world. Going on exchange to one of our partner schools will enable you to take business courses to use toward your degree. As well, spaces available at our partner schools are for BCom students only. Students are able to participate in university-wide exchanges, but should be aware that these schools may or may not offer business courses.
You must have attended UBC for one year and have completed Year 2 of the BCom program. Most exchanges are available for one or two terms during the academic year, while some also offer summer programs. You must return to UBC after an exchange for at least one term, which includes at least one required course, prior to graduation, however, co-op students may be exempted from this rule and other cases may be considered (to go on exchange in your final term you must save 9-15 credits of required electives to take on exchange).
A maximum of 50% of your option or concentration courses can be taken on exchange. For most options and concentrations this means two courses from each can be covered on exchange. Given the content of the course material, required courses such as COMM 390 Business Writing, COMM 393 Commercial Law, COMM 394 Government and Business, and COMM 395 Business Communications must be taken at UBC.
Going on exchange is not as expensive as you might think. As an exchange student, you remain registered at UBC, which means you are eligible for scholarships, awards, bursaries, and student loans. You pay tuition directly to UBC and not the partner institution and may be eligible for an exchange-related scholarship. For example:
Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration Award
Awards valued between $3,500 - $7,000 are available to students in the Bachelor of Commerce program who are participating in an exchange program to the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.
For a list of other exchange awards available, including more partner-specific awards, see international learning awards on the UBC Go Global website.
While you do receive credit for course work done abroad, you will not see grades earned on your UBC transcript. They are however used internally to determine eligibility to continue in the BCom program, Dean's Honour Roll standing, scholarships, and degree standing at graduation. If applying to graduate school in the future you will be required to submit transcripts from all schools attended, including exchange schools.
As long as you plan accordingly and work closely with an advisor, going on exchange will not delay your graduation. However, if you are going on exchange in your final term of study in the BCom program in Term 2 of the winter session, you will not graduate in May, but will instead graduate in November.
Visit UBC Go Global to research schools, find out about upcoming information sessions, and learn about all of the resources that can help make your exchange a rewarding experience.
If you're studying abroad, do not register in any UBC courses during your exchange term(s); only register in courses for the term that you will be attending UBC. Go Global will register you in an exchange code to indicate that you are on exchange, which will trigger your tuition for the term and enable awards staff to review your eligibility for the Go Global International Learning Award. If you do register in any courses in the term(s) that you are scheduled to be on exchange, you will be dropped from these courses. If for any reason you do not go on exchange, the UGO will assist you to register in any required COMM/COHR courses.