Outgoing Exchange Students

ECU participates in the Student Exchange/Mobility Program and has exchange agreements with numerous art and design schools globally.

Each year, ECU students attend these schools for a semester of study and art practice.

About the Program

You must be in your second year of your ECU program to apply. The exchange will take place in either your Fall OR Spring semester of third year.

Research your options from our list of Partner Schools. You must independently perform the required research in advance of your application to find a host school that will best suit your artistic practice and educational goals, and have a program most similar to your program at ECU. You may choose up to three schools for consideration, however you will only be nominated to one.

As of May 2023 AICAD (Association of Independent Colleges of Art + Design) has made significant changes to their exchange program which means there are less exchange schools available in North America. Please refer to the list of active Partner Schools to choose from. Because of this change, the selection process for the remaining Partner Schools in 2024/2025 will likely be very competitive.

All applicants will be ranked on their GPA. Based on GPA, students will be nominated to their first available host school. ECU may only nominate a maximum of 2 students to each host school per year.

If you are successful, ECU International Programs will notify you of your nomination. We will also notify the host school of our nominations.

Students will then complete the application to the host school through their individual processes and deadlines. At that time you will submit a portfolio, transcript and reference letter to the host school. The final decision of acceptance lies with the host school. ECU nomination does not guarantee you will be accepted by the host school.

Need more information? Email the Exchange office or make an appointment with the International Exchange Advisor in Student Commons.

Applying For the Student Exchange Program

  1. You must be in your second year of your ECU program to apply. The exchange will take place in either your Fall OR Spring semester of third year.
  2. Research your options from our list of Partner Schools. You must independently perform the required research in advance of your application to find a host school that will best suit your artistic practice and educational goals, and have a program most similar to your program at ECU. You may choose up to three schools for consideration, however you will only be nominated to one.
  3. Complete the application process for Emily Carr by January 15 2024. Applications will open TBA
  4. All applicants will be ranked on their GPA. Based on GPA, students will be nominated to their first available host school. ECU will only nominate a maximum of 2 students to each host school per year.
  5. ECU International Programs will notify you of your successful nomination. We will also notify the host school of our nominations.
  6. Students will then complete the application to the host school through their individual processes and deadlines. At that time you will submit a portfolio, transcript and reference letter to the host school. The final decision of acceptance lies with the host school.
PLEASE NOTE - Important information regarding COVID 19 and other global disruptions: Emily Carr University is bound by guidelines set forth federally, provincially and by our University Executive for the safety of our students and community. Travel restrictions may result in ineligibility to participate or a cancellation of the Emily Carr Exchange Program at any time.

Application

2024/2025 Application NOW OPEN. Deadline JANUARY 15 2024

Exchange INFO SESSION December 7 11:30 in the Reliance: Want to hear about the process and ask questions? please join us

Need more information? Email the Exchange office or make an appointment with the International Exchange Advisor in Student Commons.

Student Exchange Program Policies

During second year, students at ECU can apply to become an exchange student for one semester of your third year of study at a variety of art and design schools globally.

Both part-time and full-time students are eligible to apply; however, students must be full-time in their third year while on exchange.

The exchange program is open to both domestic and international students.

Please note students who transfer to Emily Carr at the third-year level are not eligible to apply for the exchange program.

Cost
Eligibility
Responsibilities as an Exchange Student
The selection process
After your exchange