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Study Abroad

A study abroad experience will give you the opportunity to gain tangible skills in your program of study, challenge your personal limits, foster your global perspective, and give you an edge in your career field – all without missing a beat during your time at McMaster. In other words, a study abroad experience is the perfect complement to your McMaster degree!

Tailor your study abroad experience to your personal goals and aspirations. International Student Services has over 70 exchange agreements with universities in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the America's.

There are various ways you can study abroad; however, the three simplest approaches are 1) Participate in the McMaster Exchange Program 2) Study abroad independently by means of a Letter of Permission or 3) Go on a field trip organized by your faculty or department. There are several advantages/disadvantages to all three approaches. The route you choose will be based on your personal needs and goals.

  1. McMaster has chosen to partner with over 70 distinguished universities from around the world to facilitate the exchange of students and knowledge between campuses. Students that meet the program's eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for a single semester or full year abroad. A list of our exchange partners is also available for further information.
  2. Students can also choose to study abroad through a Letter of Permission (LOP) granted by their McMaster Faculty. Choosing to study abroad unconnected to the McMaster Exchange Program allows you to choose almost any university as a study abroad destination. LOP students will be expected to pay international student fees, however, that may be 2-5 times higher than current Canadian fees.

    See below for a chart that compares these two options:

    Study Abroad OptionCostsStudent StatusApplication SupportInstitutionsCondition
    Letter of Permission (LOP) - Independent Study Abroad Option Tuition is paid by the student directly to the institution overseas. Students may see 2-5x higher tuition fees. The student pays all other expenses including accommodation, health insurance, flight, etc. Student is on a leave from McMaster – student of the university abroad. Students may consult with McMaster Faculty Advisor for course approval, however all other planning and application submission details are taken care of by the student. Almost any institution abroad (accreditation is verified by Faculty Advisor) Student may begin program at their discretion according to term dates abroad. Courses expected to transfer back to McMaster for credit must be approved by the student's McMaster Faculty prior to departure.
    McMaster Exchange Program Tuition continues to be paid by the student to McMaster directly. Tuition fees remain the same as if the student was studying at McMaster. The student pays all other expenses including accommodation, health insurance, flight, etc. Student registers in 'Exchange Credits' at McMaster and retains status as a McMaster student even when abroad. Exchange students will be nominated by McMaster University and guided through the application process by the Education Abroad Coordinator at International Student Services. Students will consult with their McMaster Faculty Advisor for course approvals and guidance. Those institutions listed as partners with the McMaster Exchange Program. Students in an Honours program are eligible to apply. Students must be full-time during the exchange, and meet the program's cumulative average requirement of 7.0 (B-) to apply. Students will submit an application to International Student Services with all supporting documents by the stated deadline. Please visit our outgoing McMaster students page for more details.
  3. Another option for studying abroad is via school field trips, which are structured programs for groups of students that take place outside the traditional classroom. Such school field trips are geared to supplement students' academic training with hands-on experience in another culture.

Before making any decisions, know precisely why you desire to travel abroad, and what you plan to achieve while you are there. Refer to section "Where do I start?" for guidance to make an informed decision.