Your Bishop’s Degree
Study Abroad As Part of Your Bishop’s Degree
A semester or a year at a university in another country allows you to add travel and the experience of another culture to your Bishop’s degree. Different horizons, different approaches, different encounters can only enrich you both personally and educationally.
Any full-time student with a 70% cumulative GPA, enrolled in their first degree, is eligible to apply to participate in the exchange programme. After application to the International Students Office, approval for the exchange must be obtained from the Dean of the Division.
Bishop’s University has exchange agreements with universities in several different countries, and new possibilities are being added every year. Students may consider Australia, Belgium, England, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
Most students who participate in an exchange usually go in either the second year of a three-year Bishop’s degree, or the third year of a four-year degree. However, other arrangements are possible. The most important thing is to begin planning early, so that the exchange period can be fitted properly into the requirements of your Bishop’s degree.
If students receive permission to go on exchange in their last Winter semester of study at Bishop’s, there is a risk that they will not be participating in Convocation that May/June. This is due to the duration of the semester at the host university which may not correspond with Bishop’s, also the time (sometimes several months) it will take to receive the official transcript once the semester abroad is completed. We need to receive the official transcript from the host university for the credit transfer to Bishop’s, which permits the final assessment of the academic requirements to graduate.
If students cannot participate in Convocation and receive their Bishop’s diploma that year, they can participate in Convocation and graduate the following year. In the interim, students can request a letter from the Registrar’s Office which attests to the fact they have completed the academic requirements to graduate.
A period of study abroad need not cost any more than your study at Bishop’s. Tuition fees are paid to Bishop’s in the normal way. Quebec loans and bursaries and University scholarships are tenable during an exchange. Accommodation and food arrangements will vary from country to country. Travel and health insurance are likely to be the largest additional costs.
HOW? Plan ahead
You cannot start too early in your planning. Starting early means you can fit your study abroad in more easily and comfortably to both your Bishop’s degree programme and your financial arrangements. Credits earned on an exchange programme are counted towards your Bishop’s degree, but are not included in calculations of cumulative average. At the very latest you should be discussing your plans with your academic advisors and the International Students Office (McGreer 213) in the Fall Semester in the year preceding the academic year in which you wish to be away. Information on all the possible exchange destinations is located in the International Students Office. Students must receive Departmental guidance and approval for their course selection. You should register as a potential applicant before the end of the Fall Term.
Formal application should be made to the International Students Office before February 1 for an exchange commencing in the Fall and or Winter semester. There is a charge for the processing of your application to the exchange programme, which helps to cover the cost of correspondence, faxes, telephone calls, etc.
When you apply, you will receive all the necessary information relating to the particular exchange for which you are applying. This will include matters such as programme requirements, accommodation possibilities, travel advice, visa requirements if any, etc.