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Resources and Frequently Asked Questions


The LUGO team understands that undertaking a student exchange requires additional work and can sometimes seem to be a difficult process. We have provided the resources below to help you throughout your journey as an exchange student!

Before Applying

You should start thinking about your exchange as early as first year. Start thinking about where you want to go, and start saving your money! 

Planning ahead is really important to avoid last-minute complications. You must ensure your degree requirements will be met while abroad. The formal process begins one full year prior to the start date of your exchange. 

The requirement to apply for an exchange is to have 30 credits completed at Laurentian. That being said, the LUGO office recommends that students complete their exchange in their third year. This facilitates the credit transfer process as well, ensures that students complete the required courses for their program. 

Students have different options when it comes to program length:

  1. Full year exchange (September to April)
  2. Single semester exchange (January to April)
  3. Summer language program (usually 1 month between May & August)

Term dates vary greatly from country to country. Search the university website that you are interested in to view approximate start dates.  

This depends on the program you are studying and the requirements of the host institution. (See program list to know if your desired program has language requirements.) 

✈ LUGO - January 15 (for full year)
✈ LUGO - August 15 (for winter semester)
✈ OUI programs - January 15 
✈ ISEP - February 1 (for full year)
✈ ISEP - and August 15 (for winter semester) 
✈ Summer Language Programs - Varies yearly  

After Applying

For the most part, credits completed on exchange will be transferable to Laurentian credits. Prior to departing on exchange, students must have the credits they plan on completing abroad pre-approved by their academic department through a learning agreement.  

The learning agreement is a document with a list of courses students receive approval to take abroad, these credits will be transferred to the students Laurentian record upon successful completion of the exchange. It is signed by the student as well as their academic department.

If you are completing the exchange through ISEP, yes you have to stay in residence. If you are completing a LUGO exchange or summer program, you have the option of staying in residence (if it’s offered) or renting your own apartment. Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. 

If you are completing the exchange through ISEP, yes you have to purchase a meal plan. If you are completing a LUGO exchange or summer program, you have the option of purchasing a meal plan (if it’s offered) or doing your own groceries and cooking. Students are responsible for making their own food arrangements. 

General Questions

You can start blogging or vlogging about your adventures through Laurentian Social Media. It is a great way to share your story and inspire others. 

You can also do a Laurentian Instagram or Snapchat takeover. Contact to setup a takeover. 

If planned carefully, in consultation with an academic advisor, most exchanges do not postpone graduation. However, if you choose to go on exchange in the final semester of your program, delayed receipt of your transcript from the Host University and subsequent delays in the processing of transfer credits could delay graduation. 

Also, keep in mind that some academic terms at partner universities do not align with academic terms at Laurentian.

You must carry sufficient travel and health insurance, including emergency medical evacuation, which provides transportation in the event of medical emergencies.

Possibly. Exchange students may or may not be able to work part-time while on exchange, this will depend on the immigration rules and regulations of the country where they will be studying. 

*Students should not rely on part-time work while on exchange to meet basic expenses. 

 Absolutely! Upon your return be sure to apply online through your account on the student portal. It also appears on your official university transcript.

Part of the exchange experience is learning to adapt to a different academic system. For some, this might mean having fewer class hours and more independent work. Classes may be structured differently compared to Laurentian or there could be fewer assignments and more exams. Past exchange students did not find the courses more difficult, simply different.