Experience life abroad while you continue your studies at Capilano University.

If you are currently studying outside of Canada and your home university is a partner institution to CapU, you can apply to come here as an exchange student.  Work through the international office of your home university to set up your exchange experience with Capilano University.

Another option is to apply as a visiting international student. You could be a visiting student at CapU if:

  • you are studying at a school that doesn't have a partnership agreement with CapU and you want to come here for a semester, or
  • you are a recent international high school graduate interested in a gap year experience

What you could study at CapU

Bachelor programs you can take as an exchange or visiting international student include:

  • Business (including marketing, accounting, finance, international business and human resources)
  • Communication Studies
  • Liberal Arts (including art history, anthropology, criminology, English 100-level courses*, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology and social sciences)
  • Tourism Management

Students are welcome to mix and match courses within these disciplines. Courses outside these subject areas are limited; seats are available upon approval. View our programs and courses for more information on these programs and their prerequisites.

*To take an English 100-level course, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score that satisfies the course pre-requisites.

Post-graduate programs (subject to departmental approval) include:

Exchange Program Only

These areas of studies are restricted to students from universities with which Capilano University has a specific program exchange agreement:

To find out whether your university qualifies, please speak with your home university coordinator or study abroad advisor.

We recommend that exchange students take 9-12 credits (3-4 classes) per term. Full-time status at Capilano University is a minimum of nine credits. Check with your home university for their requirements though, as these may be different.

Key Dates

Capilano University accepts students during our Fall, Spring and Summer terms. Each term is 15 weeks including the final exam period. Examination schedules are determined later in the term and therefore it is unknown what the actual date of your last exam is. When booking flight tickets please ensure that you do not return home before the last day of the Exam Period.

All new international students are invited to attend the New International Student Orientation.

  • Fall (September to December)
  • Spring (January to April)
  • Summer (May to August) - Summer semester is only open to visiting international students

For more detailed information on academic dates, please visit Academic Schedule and Important Dates.

How to apply

Step 1: Download and complete the Capilano University International Application for Admission (pdf)

We've created an Visiting and Exchange Example Form (pdf) to show you how to complete this application.

Step 2: Complete the Visiting and Exchange Course Approval Form (pdf)

Ensure the fillable form is saved properly. You can also download the non-fillable version (pdf).

Step 3: Include an official transcript of your academic records

You need to include an original, certified copy of your official transcript of academic records from your home university. High school documents are not needed.

If your transcript isn't in English, you also need to include a certified English translation.

Step 4: Include proof of English language proficiency and Letter of Permission

Submit a letter of reference from your university's International Exchange Coordinator, instructor or English professor, that states your level of English. Additionally, submit a letter from your university that gives you permission to study at CapU for a semester.

Step 5: Submit your application

Email your completed application to studyabroad@capilanou.ca.

The deadlines to apply for each term are:

  • May 31 for Fall semester
  • October 15 for Spring semester
  • February 15 for Summer semester

Step 1: Fill out an online application

  • We've created an application step-by-step instruction, Online Application Process for VISP students (pdf), to show you how to complete this application.
  • Make sure you've indicated on the application that you are a visiting student.

Step 2: Complete the Visiting and Exchange Course Approval Form (pdf)

Ensure the fillable form is saved properly. You can also download the non-fillable version (pdf).

Step 3: Include an official transcript of your academic records

You need to include an original, certified copy of your official transcript of academic records from your home university. High school documents may be needed, if you are applying directly as a high school graduate.

If your transcript isn't in English, you also need to include a certified English translation.

Step 4: Include proof of English language proficiency and Letter of Permission

Your English must be good enough to participate in coursework at Capilano University. For more information about which English assessments CapU accepts, visit Admission Requirements.

Additionally, submit a letter from your university that gives you permission to study at CapU for a semester.

Step 5: Submit your application

Email your application to VISP@capilanou.ca. Original documents may need to be submitted at a later date.

The deadlines to apply for each term are:

  • May 31 for Fall semester
  • October 15 for Spring semester
  • February 15 for Summer semester

Course registration

Students will register themselves to courses during the registration period, through the online MyCap system. Review tutorials and dates, and contact the Study Abroad office if there are issues with registration.

Fees and payments

Most exchange students will pay tuition to their home university, so check with your university to confirm. You’d still need to pay some fees to Capilano University, including a student transit pass.

Visiting international students pay standard international student tuition fees. You’ll also have to pay standard CapU incidental fees. In addition, you must purchase health insurance coverage through CapU for your entire period of study.

  • The estimated fees for a four month semester:
    • $164 UPass fee (transportation pass, required for all incoming study abroad students)
    • $244 Health Insurance fee (Guard.Me insurance, required for all incoming students starting in the Spring 2017 term onward)
    • $10,100-13,500 Tuition fee (approximate tuition costs for 5 courses, not applicable for students from a partner school with a tuition fee waiver)

Accommodations

CapU offers dorms close to campus. Visiting and Exchange students are subjected to a separate application process and deadline. Information on application will be sent to students with the Letter of Acceptance.

Students have other options for accommodation: host family in a homestay environment or fully furnished shared housing with other students. Please see our Accommodations page for more information about the types of housing and amenities available in Vancouver. Students can contact the Accommodation provider directly.