Frequently Asked Questions for Outgoing Bishop’s Students
What is the procedure if I add, drop or change a course while I am abroad?
If you need to make changes to previously selected courses, you have to get the permission of your departmental chairperson. If you drop a course, make sure you maintain a full-time status (a minimum a 12 Bishop’s credits). Before adding a course, send the course name and description to the Records Office at firstname.lastname@example.org / fax: 819-822-9616. The Records Office will send all relevant documents to the departmental chairperson then Dean for approval.
When should I buy my airline ticket?
Students should only purchase their airline ticket once they have received the original copy of the acceptance letter from the host institution.
Can I work while I am abroad?
Some countries will allow you to work part time with your student visa. Please contact the consulate of the host country for more information. Visit the Global Affairs Canada website.
What is the best way to make international phone calls while abroad?
The least expensive way to make international phone calls is probably to use Skype (www.skype.net) provided you have access to an internet connection. You can also buy prepaid phone cards in the host country.
Which health insurance should I buy?
All students participating in an exchange are required to have health insurance. Unless your host institution requires that you purchase their health insurance, you can contact various companies. The Travelcuts agency offers special rates for students.
When you shop for travel insurance, make sure they offer a 24h/7 emergency phone number and decide if you want cancellation and personal effects insurance.
Do I need to be vaccinated before I leave?
You may require immunizations, depending on your travel destination and the length of your stay, it may also depend on whether your routine immunizations are up-to-date. To get more information, visit the Immunization and vaccines section of the Government of Canada’s Website.
You may also visit a travel clinic to make sure you receive the appropriate immunization for the countries you plan to visit.
Do I bring travellers cheques, cash, or a credit or ATM card?
Depending on where you are going, a combination of cash, traveller’s cheques and cards will give you flexibility. Think about this: cash is convenient and easy to use, but cannot be replaced if stolen. Travellers cheques can be replaced if stolen, but you may pay commission charges and handling fees. Cards usually get the best exchange rates, allow to quickly withdraw money, but you will pay withdrawal charges. However, we highly recommend you obtain a credit card prior to your departure, and it is not a bad idea if you leave with two debit cards, just in case one stops functioning or is rejected by the ATM.
What is the best way to have access to my bank account while I am abroad?
It is recommended you subscribe to internet banking before you leave, so you have access to all your transactions. If you choose to open a bank account in the host country, you might want to consider the fees of an international bank transfer versus the withdrawal charges from your debit card. You should contact your bank for more information.
Are there any scholarships or bursaries I can apply for?
Please consult the Scholarships and Travel Bursaries section.
Can I study at any university in the world?
Students may only participate in an exchange at a Bishop’s University partner institution. Please consult the Partner Institutions section.
How many semesters can I spend abroad?
Students may complete a maximum of 30 Bishop’s credits at a host institution. You usually complete 15 Bishop’s credits per semester for a maximum two semesters abroad.
Can I complete a practicum with the exchange programme?
No, the agreements are for a “study semester”.