Student Exchange Programs in France, Belgium, Switzerland

Exchange programs provide second or third year students with excellent opportunities to experience new cultures and learn new languages while earning credit towards their U of T degrees. The complete list of partners is available through the Centre for International Experience (CIE).

Minimum Academic Requirements:

  • Must be in good standing and have completed at least 4.0 full credits (Note: we encourage students to participate during their third year and discourage participation during the final year of study)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.25 required for consideration; You must also achieve a minimum annual GPA of 2.5 for the year during which you apply Some institutions/programs may require a higher GPA.

Some exchange programs have special language requirements.
Further eligibility requirements are listed on the CIE website.

Course Selection

Students normally select a combination of core and elective courses.

Only Arts, Science or Management courses may be transferred.

Transfer credits are considered for undergraduate level academic courses and are not granted for practical, clinical, pedagogical or graduate level courses.


Application deadline: mid-January depending on the institution/program and intended semester. Please see the Centre for International Experience’s Learning Abroad website for a complete list of participating institutions, deadlines and timelines. The following application steps may apply:

  • Apply online through the Centre for International Experience (CIE) Depending on the program or institution for which you apply you may also need to include: statement of interest/research statement, resume, academic references, and academic transcripts as part of the application package. Interviews may also be conducted. Each qualified student’s application will undergo a screening process, and not all applicants are nominated to their first-choice institution.
  • If officially nominated, consult the French Associate Director responsible for the courses you wish to take prior to departure for transfer credit.
  • Review the Studying at Other Universities website for information regarding the transfer of credits from an exchange semester.
  • Complete the Exchange Transfer Credit Chart and submit it, along with detailed course syllabi or outlines to

Please visit the International Student Centre Webpage for more information on the Exchange Programs in France

Transfer Credit Eligibility

  1. Apply online to the Explore Program (note the deadlines, which are usually in February).
  2. If you are selected, you must complete and submit the Explore Program acceptance package to the host institution within 2 weeks (10 days) of receiving it from the Explore Program. If you do not respond to the Explore Program acceptance package within this time frame, your spot will be given to someone else on the waitlist.
  3. After you receive notice from the Explore Program of the university to which you have been accepted, apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP) via the online application and remit the appropriate fee. When completing the application, ensure to mention that you are participating in the Explore program. It is also important to read and understand the rules and regulations surrounding LOPs in the UTSC Calendar.
  4. Upon receiving an approved LOP, proceed to register in courses at the host institution – enrol in courses that are at a higher level than the French courses you have already completed. Please save all course material for assessment; this includes course syllabi/outlines and coursework.
  5. Once you have completed the program/courses at the host institution, request an official, final transcript to be sent directly to Admissions and Student Recruitment.
  6. When your final transcript arrives at Admissions and Student Recruitment, you will be instructed to meet with Professor Jeri English, Supervisor of Study Elsewhere for French (HW424, to determine the appropriate transfer credits.