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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 (Cross Cultural Tourism, Destination Canada, Special Events, Conference Services, Tourism Operations, Environmental Stewardship, Contemporary Topics Shaping Tourism- A Global Perspective, Tourism and Climate Change, Tourism Planning and Policy)
    These are not the only courses; but are ones that are excellent for visiting students.

Students are welcome to mix and match courses within these programs. Specific courses outside these programs are limited and seats are subject to approval. Most importantly, if you are currently studying in an institution abroad, you are responsible in taking the necessary steps to ensure your credits earned at CapU are transferrable back to your home institution, if that is your intention. It is strongly recommended that you do this before you arrive in Canada.

*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 Exchange Student Application (pdf)

We've created an Exchange Student Application Example (pdf) to show you how to complete this application.

Step 2: Complete the Exchange Student Course Approval Form (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 VISP Student Course Approval Form (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

At CapU, fees are charged on a per term basis. Each term is four months in duration.

Tuition Fees

Most exchange students will pay tuition to their home university, so check with your home university to confirm. Visiting international students pay standard international student tuition fees.

Incidental Fees

Exchange students are not required to pay standard CapU incidental fees. They are only required to pay for a subsidized transportation pass called UPass BC ($164 per term).

Visiting international students are required to pay all standard CapU incidental fees which includes the UPass.

Health insurance

Both exchange and visiting international students must be enrolled in guard.me health insurance; a private insurance company contracted by CapU. This health insurance is mandatory in order to ensure our exchange and visiting international students have adequate coverage for the duration of their stay, regardless of individual health plans.

The guard.me plan covers basic health insurance at a cost of $2 per day. Students are welcome to purchase extended health insurance for any additional coverage required beyond this plan.

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.