Exchange Students | Undergraduate Admissions

Due to the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, ECU has made the difficult decision to suspend all mobility and exchange programming for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021

Incoming Exchange Students from Our Partner Universities

Emily Carr University of Art + Design welcomes incoming exchange students from our partner institutions and from other Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) exchange schools each year. Students are invited to spend one semester of their third (or penultimate) year of post-secondary education at Emily Carr.

Who Can Participate

You can only participate in an exchange if you are currently attending an institution that has a formal exchange or mobility agreement with Emily Carr. Please refer to the list of Partner schools below or check with your home institution's exchange advisor.

Emily Carr is also a member of AICAD Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design which includes art and design colleges and universities in North America (Canada and US). Students applying from an AICAD partner please follow the AICAD instructions below.

Participating Institutions

How to Apply

All students must first submit their application form by email.

Application Form

If you are applying from an institution that is one of our International partners
(not an AICAD member) then you must submit a Portfolio through ECUAD's SlideRoom.

If you are attending an AICAD member school then you must submit a portfolio through the AICAD Exchange SlideRoom website and follow the guidelines for submission listed at the site.

As well, you must upload the following within SlideRoom:

  • A 300 word statement of intent
  • A portfolio of 10-15 works
  • Nomination Letter (from your exchange coordinator)
  • Course Choices up to a maximum of 15.0 credits from

There is a charge of $12 US to submit your Portfolio on SlideRoom.

Upon completion of your application you must email an official transcript.

Our SlideRoom portal supports images (jpg, png, gif) or video (mov, wmv, flv, mp4), music (mp3) and PDF documents. Please keep video files to 2 - 3 minute clips.

NOTE: SlideRoom will allow you to log in and edit your portfolio as much as you like; however, once you click on the submit button, you will no longer be able to make changes. REMEMBER you must click the submit button if you want us to review your portfolio, unsubmitted or pending portfolios will not be reviewed

Academic Terms at Emily Carr University

  • Fall Semester: early September to late December
  • Spring Semester: early January to late April

Online Application Period for Exchange + Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Application Form deadline March 15th
    • SlideRoom opens March 1st - closes April 10th
  • Spring Semester
    • Application Form deadline October 15th
    • SlideRoom opens September 15th – closes November 1st

Admission Decisions will be communicated by email to all applicants approximately 2-3 weeks after the final portfolio SlideRoom deadline.

Exchange Policies