Coming to UBC Sauder on exchange
Thinking about studying at the UBC Sauder School of Business on exchange? We welcome exchange students from around the world.
The UBC Sauder advantage
A rich student life
The UBC BCom program offers you a wealth of opportunities to make new friends, develop personally and professionally, and get involved. See what student life at UBC is like.
Our dedicated Business Career Centre
Exchange students have access to the full scope of services at UBC Sauder's Business Career Centre (BCC) including career coaching, recruitment events, and job postings.
Your Commerce Undergraduate Society
The Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS) is the largest student-run business school organization in Canada, both in terms of its over $1 million annual operating budget and its thousands of active members. Get involved in the UBC Sauder student community by participating in CUS activities.
Check our list of business partner schools to find out if your university has a business school exchange with us. If not, you can still apply to come on exchange with the business school as long as your university has an exchange agreement with UBC.
Explore this website and find out what our program has to offer. Then review the UBC Go Global website for everything you need to know to make your exchange a reality.
Sauder International Student Association
The Sauder International Student Association is part of the CUS and a good option for students specifically interested in international student activities. Getting involved is a great way to build relationships with other international students and to experience what the school has to offer.
Frequently asked questions about coming to the UBC Sauder on exchange
The UBC Sauder School of Business exchange program is administered through UBC’s exchange program, Go Global. The UBC Go Global website has all the information you need about coming to UBC.
To apply, you need to be at the academic level required for third and fourth year BCom courses. In general, you should have taken most of the following courses: micro and macro economics, calculus, statistics, managerial accounting, managerial economics, managerial finance, organizational behaviour, introduction to finance, and introduction to marketing.
Check the Student Service Centre Vancouver campus course schedule to find out if the courses you want to take are offered in the semester you plan to come. Term 1 means the fall semester, Term 2 means the spring semester, and business courses are labeled COMM and COHR.
Exchange students can take business courses along with a wide variety of other courses at UBC. Be sure to check the prerequisites required for each as it is important that you have the appropriate academic background to be successful. If you don't have required prerequisites and still want to take the course, you will need to seek the instructor’s permission at the first class. Note that Economics courses at UBC are offered through the Faculty of Arts and space in courses may be limited.
COMM 101, COMM 202, COMM 220, COMM 271, COMM 311, COMM 320, COMM 321, COMM 420, COMM 421, COMM 466, COMM 483, COMM 486B, COMM 486W, graduate (500 and 600-level) courses, COEC, and BUSI courses are not available. Space in second year business courses and other courses may be limited. Taking COMM 390 and COMM 395 requires permission from the instructor.
Students usually take 12 to 15 credits in a semester which typically means four or five courses. If you are taking 15 credits, it’s recommended that you take a maximum of 12 credits of business courses. Taking more is considered a heavy course load, and by combining business courses with electives you will have a more balanced workload and be able to explore other disciplines at UBC. If you are on exchange with UBC Sauder through a university that doesn’t have a business school partnership, you may be limited to six business course credits. You can take more as long as there is space available.
If there is space available and you have the prerequisites, you can request to take business courses. COMM 100, COMM 329, COMM 398, COMM 458, COMM 465, COMM 473, and COMM 493 are typically taken by non-business majors.