THE SEP – Student Exchange Program

In order to foster relationships between people of different cultures and countries, Quebec’s universities, under the BCI banner, have established a Student Exchange Program (SEP) with universities outside of Canada.

Student exchange agreements have been reached with over 450 institutions or institution consortiums in the following countries: Germany, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, South Korea, Denmark, Spain, the United States, Finland, France (including Reunion Island, Guadeloupe, Martinique and New Caledonia), Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

This program allows students enrolled in an academic institution (the home institution) to complete a portion of their program in another institution (the host institution) for one term, but for no longer than a year.

By participating in a BCI student exchange program, students:

  • remain enrolled at their home institution;
  • pay their home institution’s regular tuition fees, rather than those charged by the host institution;
  • may use the credits obtained at the host institution to obtain their degree from the home institution; and,
  • if applicable, continue to receive the financial aid they’re entitled to as students enrolled at their home institution.

It’s understood that participants are responsible for their own travel and living expenses as well as miscellaneous expenses (administrative fees and health insurance fees, for example) that the host institution may demand payment for.

Please note that no financial assistance is provided by the BCI to students participating in the SEP.

Furthermore, universities do not usually grant degrees to students they host as part of the BCI’s exchange program.

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The Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire is a permanent forum for exchange and cooperation which offers senior university administrators a platform to share their experiences, problems and perspectives with their peers. In this regard, it allows for improvement of the overall effectiveness of Quebec’s university system. Across numerous fields, these conversations facilitate the harmonization of policies and practices, promote increased efficiency, and often result in the adoption of common positions. They also lead to the implementation of collective services. It’s in this capacity that the BCI oversees coordination of the Student Exchange Program (SEP).

The SEP allows a student enrolled in one of Quebec’s universities to study abroad for up to one year while paying tuition at his or her home institution and remaining enrolled there. This also applies for a student enrolled in a university abroad who wants to come study in Quebec. In this regard, the BCI’s SEP ties into a history of initiatives first established by CREPUQ in 1979 in order to facilitate student mobility and maintain ties with over 450 partners across 25 countries.