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Are you considering Schulich as your exchange destination? Explore everything Schulich has to offer exchange students including the experience of living in Canada’s largest and most diverse city – Toronto. With exchange programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Schulich offers you the opportunity to learn from award-winning faculty with top business students from around the world.
- Schulich Exchange Fact Sheet 2017-18 Pre-Arrival Guide (Webinar)
Student EngagementStudent Life at Schulich
At Schulich, you’ll become a part of our diverse and ever-expanding international community. You will find yourself challenged by your fellow classmates and make friendships and connections to last a lifetime.
Outside the classroom, you can explore Schulich’s numerous student clubs and get involved in recreational/extracurricular activities which will keep you engaged and help you get the most from your Schulich experience.
Open Arms Committee
The Open Arms Committee (OAC) is a student-run organization at Schulich with the purpose of facilitating the transition of both undergraduate and graduate exchange students to life at Schulich.
Throughout the year, the OAC organizes events for exchange students and keeps them informed of what is going on socially at the School and around the city. In addition to these efforts, each exchange student is partnered with a Schulich student “buddy” who is available to answer any questions or concerns throughout their stay.
Graduate OAC (Email – firstname.lastname@example.org)
Undergraduate OAC (Email – email@example.com | Website)
For more information about student life at Schulich, please visit the links below:
Your Academic Experience
Schulich offers a diverse selection of courses. Exchange students have the opportunity to enrol in courses from the functional areas of management or from specialized industries.
Course availability and offerings vary term to term and year to year. Review the Course Selection Guidelines to learn more about exchange courses, pre-requisites, course restrictions etc.
Courses available to incoming exchange students are listed below.
|Fall 2016||Winter 2017|
|Nomination Deadline(for Exchange Coordinators)||April 15, 2016||August 15, 2016|
|Application Deadline||May 1, 2016||September 15, 2016|
|On-Campus Housing Deadline||June 1, 2016||October 15, 2016|
|Course Selection Period||Mid May – Mid June, 2016||Mid Oct – Mid Nov, 2016|
|Orientation Session*||September 8 & 9, 2015||January 9, 2016|
|Term Dates||September 10 – December 7, 2015||January 4 – April 4, 2016|
|Summer 2016||Fall 2016||Winter 2017|
|Nomination Deadline(for Exchange Coordinators)||December 15, 2015||April 15, 2016||August 15, 2016|
|Application Deadline||January 15, 2016||May 1, 2016||September 15, 2016|
|Course Selection Period||February 2016||Late May – Mid June, 2016||October, 2016|
|Orientation Session*||April 24, 2015||September 10 & 11, 2015||January 9, 2016|
|Term Dates||April 30 – July 30, 2016||September 12 – December 16, 2016||January 9 – April 15, 2017|
*Orientation sessions are provided before the beginning of each semester for exchange students. These orientations provide important information on permits in Canada, Canadian culture, finances and banking, and health insurance.
Note: It is possible for an exam to be re-scheduled after the schedule is posted; therefore, students are expected to be in Toronto until the end of their respective exam period.
Schulich provides assistance to exchange students with on-campus housing.
If you choose to live off-campus or do not receive on-campus housing, it is your responsibility to secure accommodation in Toronto. Prior to your arrival, you should consider the type of accommodation that works best for you factoring in costs, locations etc.
There are eight undergraduate residences on the Keele campus. Residences are available in both traditional style and suite style. For more information, please visit the Student Housing Website for undergraduate students.
York University apartments cater to graduate students and their families. Occupancy is by lease for a specific period of time. The apartments are furnished; however, students are responsible for their own bedding, linens, small kitchen appliances, and other items. For more information, please visit the York University Apartments Website.
If you choose to live off campus, it is your responsibility to source housing alternatives. As a convenience, we have compiled a number of websites that you may use as a resource to understand the elements of living off-campus, and also help find a place to live off-campus.
Please note: York University does not endorse any off-campus housing providers. Students are advised to exercise due diligence in confirming amenities, contracts, deposits etc. and assume full responsibility for their housing decisions.
- QUAD Off-Campus Housing
Need money now? The York University campus houses ATMs from Canada’s major banks.
Need to go in person? The Bank of Montreal is conveniently located in York Lanes or you can access other bank branches in a short walk from campus.
- TD Canada Trust – Location: Central Square
- Royal Bank (RBC) – Location: Schulich School of Business & 340 Assiniboine
- Scotia Bank – Location: Student Centre
- Bank of Montreal – Location: York Lanes
Things to Remember…
- Carry your passport, proof of immigration status and Schulich acceptance letter to open a bank account
- You can have money wired into your account
- Make sure you get a debit card which you can use at any bank or store
- ATMs often charge additional fees
All exchange students residing in Ontario during their period of study are required to have the appropriate health insurance coverage. Health care costs in Canada are quite expensive and, at Schulich, we want to be sure incoming exchange students do not have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for visits to the doctor or hospital if the need arises. There are two types of insurance for exchange students:
UHIP (University Health Insurance Plan) – Mandatory
It is compulsory for all exchange students and dependents to purchase health coverage under the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). UHIP covers services such as doctor’s visits and hospital ward accommodation in Ontario. The approximate cost is $216 per term*. This fee is automatically charged to your York Student Account. Coverage begins on the 10th day of the month prior to the month of the first day of classes (i.e. Aug. 10th or Dec. 10th).
*Fees are subject to change.
Supplemental Health Insurance – Optional
This optional insurance plan covers some health care costs like dental care, prescriptions and wellness. The type of insurance available and the amount you will pay depends on your level of study.
Undergraduate: York Federation of Students (YFS) Health & Dental Plan
The following table summarizes the Health Insurance requirements depending on the number of terms on exchange and credits taken.
|1 term full-time||UHIP only||UHIP only|
|2 terms or more and 15 credits or more||UHIP and Supplemental (Provided by the Graduate Students’ Association)||UHIP and Supplemental (Provided by the York Federation of Students)|
Explore Toronto and Canada!
Toronto, named the best Canadian city to visit in 2015 by Vacay.ca, is one of the most cosmopolitan and ethnically-diverse cities in the world. Toronto is home to some of the best restaurants, shows and shopping that Canada has to offer. Just an hour flight from Montreal and New York, a one-hour drive to Niagara Falls and a five-hour drive to Ottawa, you can use your exchange experience to explore these world class cities!
There are many things to do in Toronto as an international student. Please click on the following links for information about Toronto and other nearby Canadian cities.
- Explore Canada
Your Arrival into Canada and Toronto
As an exchange student, you do not require a study permit if you will be studying in Canada less than six months. However, depending on your country of citizenship, you may require a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada.
The official letter of acceptance from Schulich for an entry visa (Temporary Resident Visa-TRV) and/or study permit (if applicable) will be sent by email upon assessment of the Schulich exchange application.
If you are coming to Schulich for two semesters, you will need to apply for a study permit.
Remember to bring your acceptance letter with you to the airport or border crossing when you first arrive in Canada.
Exchange students who wish to visit the United States during their exchange term should visit the US Consulate website for information.
How to Apply
In order to be accepted for the exchange program at Schulich, students must be nominated by one of our undergraduate or graduate partner schools. Shortly after the nomination deadline, students will receive application information, including the online application URL, via email. The online application URL will be sent to you once the nomination has been received by our office. The application requires the following:
- Personal and general information (where and what you are studying, contact details)
- Current and up-to-date transcripts/grade reports (jpeg or pdf version)
- A passport style photo
- A resume/curriculum vitae (for graduate [MBA] exchange applicants only)
- English language proficiency
- One of the following tests may be submitted as evidence of English proficiency:
- IELTS – International English Language Test System. Minimum score of 7.0
- TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum score of 600 (Paper based), 250 (computer based) and 100 (Internet based)
- TOEIC – Minimum score of 850
- A letter of reference from an English language professor confirming English proficiency
- Courses taught in English on transcript
- One of the following tests may be submitted as evidence of English proficiency:
English Proficiency Requirements
Students studying at Schulich require a high level of English proficiency in order to be successful in courses. Students whose first language is not English must satisfy one of the above English proficiency requirements.