Are you interested in enriching your academic and personal life with a study abroad experience at one of our partner institutions?
Study for a term or a semester at one of our partner universities world-wide while earning credits towards your RRU degree (pre-approval of courses at host institution by program area required!). In order to be eligible to study abroad, you must have a minimum cumulative average of “B” or higher (75% or 3.0 GPA).
There are 5 steps to the exchange process:
1. Do your research and write your letter of motivation
Investigate possible partner universities in Europe, Asia, Latin America. Ask yourself – what kind of a study abroad experience are you looking for? Would you like to be immersed in big city-life or rather experience the comforts of a smaller town? Are you hoping to travel around during or after your exchange semester? What kind of learning environment are you seeking out? Are you hoping to apply for scholarships? Are the courses offered a good match with your RRU degree? Read about experiences from other students on our RRU Go Global Padlet and the BC Study Abroad Student Blog.
If you do not see your program listed or have any other questions, contact the RRU Study Abroad Coordinator to learn more about RRU’s exchange partners and discuss your opportunities.
Next write your Letter of Motivation. In about 500 words, please explain:
- Why you would like to go on exchange and how you will benefit from the experience (short-term, long-term)
- How & why you will be a good ambassador for RRU
- How you think a student exchange experience can help you achieve your goals for the future
2. Apply to RRU
Once you have completed your Letter of Motivation and decided on your top 2 schools, fill out the Outgoing Exchange Student Application form and submit your document. Where you get to go will depend on how many spots are available at the school, and how many RRU students want to go to the same place. The RRU Education Abroad Coordinator matches you to one of your 2 choices and officially nominates to the partner insititution as an exchange student.
3. Meet with your Program Head
Make an appointment with your program head to discuss your study plan. Provide them with the course descriptions of the classes you are planning on attending during your semester exchange. Here are some discussion points: Are the courses a good match with your program at RRU? Will you receive enough transfer credits to not fall behind in your studies? Is there an opportunity to supplement with online courses if you are unable to fulfill the credit requirements of the term/ semester you are missing at RRU?
Once you and the program head have come to an agreement, an outgoing exchange student completion plan (doc) needs to be filed with Student Accounts and the Registrars Office. Should there be any changes to your course selection, it is important you let us know right away.
If you have any questions or need support, contact the RRU Education Abroad Coordinator for assistance.
4. Apply to the Partner Institution
Once you are matched and nominated to a university, you will receive an email from the partner university’s International Office with instructions on how to apply directly to the institution. RRU's Study ABroad Coordinator will support you with the application process and is available to answer any questions you may have. Please make sure your review all the information and adhere to the application deadlines.
5. Pre-Departure - Time to get practical
Once you have received your letter of acceptance from the partner institution, make sure you review the following points. Make an appointment with RRU’s Education Abroad Coordinator for any support needed.
Review the visa requirements of your destination country by checking the country’s embassy website. Depending on your country of citizenship, you may have to travel to Vancouver or another city to obtain a visa. Make sure your passport is up to date!
Were you able to secure housing already? Some of our partner institutions offer on-campus housing. If you were not able to get a room on-campus, start researching off-campus options. In most cases, our partner institutions are able to provide you with assistance on where to look for accommodation.
Travel and Health Insurance
Make sure you have adequate insurance for your time abroad! Review the information in our preparation guides.
Tuition and Ancillary Fees
Tuition and fees are collected by the home institution (RRU) for outgoing exchange students. The student’s account must be in good financial standing in order to participate in the exchange program. Invoices issued for tuition and applicable fees for participation in the exchange program must be paid on or before the due date stated on the invoice issued by Student Accounts prior to leaving on the exchange trip. Failure to pay tuition may result in student's withdrawal from the exchange program.
Other Considerations, Resources and Waiver Forms
Important Resources and Information can be found in our pre-departure guides. Make sure to review them and contact us if you have questions or concerns.
Submit the following forms to RRU’s Study Abroad Coordinator before you leave for your semester exchange:
- Release of Liability, waiver of claims, assumptions of risks and indemnity agreement (pdf)
- Emergency Contact Information (pdf)
- Letter of Understanding
During your semester exchange
Stay in touch! We want to know how you are doing and hear all about your study abroad adventures. Inspire your fellow and future RRU students to take the life-changing leap to study abroad. Blog about your experience on our RRU Go Global Padlet - We are excited to hear all about it!
Welcome back! You are now officially a Study Abroad alumni. Make the most of your experience and become an RRU Go Global Ambassador to inspire other students and make an impact in their lives.
Check your transcripts to ensure you received the transfer credit as discussed.