Studying abroad, a project that makes the difference. Are you ready?
Sometimes we’re drawn to another place, whether that’s because we want to discover another culture, try out a different lifestyle, master a language through immersion, or to undergo a different style of training. Take advantage of an exchange program to help make all of these dreams a reality while staying enrolled at your home institution: you’ll take off to go explore another country and will gain experience in a multicultural context while staying on track with your university program, since the courses you complete abroad will allow you to obtain credits you can use here. With the SEP, seize the opportunity to study abroad, an experience that’ll make the difference!
YOU’VE MADE UP YOUR MIND, YOU’RE READY TO GO? BUT YOU DON’T REALLY KNOW WHERE TO START… DON’T PANIC, HERE’S A SHORT LIST OF KEY STEPS YOU’LL NEED TO CARRY OUT YOUR PROJECT.
KEY STEPS FOR SETTING UP YOUR PROJECT:
Phase 1: finding the information
- attend an information session at your university or school;
- check your eligibility for the SEP and make a note of the application deadline;
- make sure your department approves your plan to spend time abroad;
- choose your destination and your host institution – a tip: select these according to the opportunities and programs they offer that line up with your academic path and your project. Studying abroad is an academic, professional and personal development project, not a vacation!
- make sure your passport is valid for the entire duration of your stay (and even up to 6 months past your return date). If need be, arrange to have your passport renewed early on in the process.
Phase 2: applying
- prepare your application to the SEP. (If you are enrolled in a Quebec institution, it’s here. If you are enrolled at a partner institution abroad, the online help section is there.)
- take a language proficiency test in the language of instruction spoken at the host institution
- obtain the letters of recommendation required as part of your application
- submit your request for participation before the deadline
Phase 3: planning your stay
- attend a pre-departure meeting at your university or school
- establish your budget and explore the financing options available to you for your project
- make sure you have a valid passport
- take the steps required to obtain a student visa
- obtain a health and hospitalization insurance plan
- find housing. It can be tricky to find housing for the entire duration of your stay from your home country. We recommend that you book at least temporary accommodations for your arrival date and the few days following, the time it takes to find longer-term housing.
- buy your plane ticket!
Once that’s done, you’re all set to leave. Throw a going-away party with your friends and loved ones and set out on a rewarding journey!
For a detailed breakdown of all three phases, select the statement that best describes you:
Going abroad is a project that will be all the more beneficial to you if it’s been defined between 6 months and 1 year in advance according to your expectations, your personal, academic and professional goals, and the administrative procedures it entails.*