Frequently Asked Questions

Goodman School of Business




Frequently Asked Questions

About the Exchange Program

Where can I get more information about exchange programs?
I want to do an exchange, but I only speak English. Can I still go?
What are ECTS credits? 
How are courses transferred?
How much does it cost to go on exchange?
When do I apply?
Who is responsible for organizing my exchange?

Where can I get more information about exchange programs?

  • Several information sessions are held throughout the year. We send an invitation out to all Business students beforehand.
  • We have a library of resources for each partner school in the Business International Office at Taro 368. Stop by during our walk-in hours!
  • Email business.exchange@brocku.ca if you have specific questions.

I want to do an exchange, but I only speak English. Can I still go?
Of course! All the courses you will be taking at our partner schools are taught in English. In some countries, it is a good idea to have a basic knowledge of the native language. In other countries, you can get by with just English.

What are ECTS credits?
ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System and it is the European standard for course values. Rule of thumb: 0.5 Brock credit=6 ECTS credits, so you will need to take enough courses to cover 30 ECTS credits in one semester.

How are courses transferred?
Since the grading system varies so greatly in every country, it is impossible to transfer your marks back to Brock’s system accurately. When you finish your term abroad, Brock will receive a copy of your transcript and enter Pass or Fail on your account. Please note that although your exchange marks will not be calculated in your average, your actual mark will be required when applying for Graduate School or designations. After you are approved to go on exchange, you will be required to submit a Course Approval Form and we will assess each course so that they will transfer back to your degree as appropriate. There are 3 options for how the course will be transferred, depending on content and contact hours:

  • Specific course (i.e. OBHR 3P97)
  • Unspecified Business credit (i.e. BUSI 200+)
  • Unspecified credit (i.e. NON-BUSI 200+)

You must pass all of your classes in order to receive credit for your studies abroad.

How much does it cost to go on exchange?
Since Brock has learning agreements with our partner schools, you are exempt from international student fees. You will pay your regular tuition to Brock, and be responsible for your living expenses. Students accepted to go on a Business Exchange will receive an additional $500 from the Goodman School of Business. Co-op Accounting students are also eligible to apply for the CA - Brock Institute for International Issues in Accounting Award which is worth $1500.

There are many more scholarships and bursaries available for exchange students – you just have to be diligent in applying for them! Read the SAFA Exchange website first to find out about OSAP, scholarships, and bursaries. There are also country-specific scholarships for Graduate students available through the Government of Canada.

Living expenses while you are abroad will be your highest cost. Make sure you research the country you will be living in, as expenses vary greatly. However, accommodation and other living expenses will not be much different than living in residence at Brock. Keep in mind that there are also expenses that you will avoid when you go on exchange, such as most of your textbook costs.

When do I apply?
Students usually apply in second year to go on an exchange program in third year. If you are intending to go in fourth year, you would apply in third. If you are planning an exchange in your final semester, please note that you may not be able to graduate until the Fall convocation. Due to timing differences in study periods at our partner schools, grades may not be available in time to meet the deadline to graduate. Please note that these circumstances are beyond the control of Brock and as such, we cannot be held liable for these occurrences.

Who is responsible for organizing my exchange?
You will work together with the International Programs office and the partner institution in order to organize your exchange. Some partner universities will provide a great deal of assistance, for instance, communicating with you regularly through the application process, providing airport pick-up, holding an orientation and providing on-campus housing or home stay families. Others will require you to be more independent. The International Programs office is here to help. We provide a mandatory pre-departure orientation session. However, it is your responsibility to organize your exchange and to carefully review and follow our guidelines.

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