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Study Away Application Process

Studying away at another university is a wonderful opportunity, the benefits of which can go far beyond academic learning. It can enrich your undergraduate education by enabling you to develop broader perspectives in your fields of study, enhance skills in cross-cultural communication and critical thinking applicable to your everyday life. It also can provide you with a chance for personal growth and enhance your employment possibilities.

Research the different study away options to see which one is the best fit for you. Review these webpages to determine if you are interested in an Independent Study Away in the Fall and/or Winter or Summer, a McGill Exchange, studying at another Quebec University, or participating in the J’Explore program. Students applying for a McGill Exchange or Independent Study Away must attend a mandatory information session.

Studying away takes planning and must be pre-approved by the Arts OASIS in the Faculty of Arts. Arts OASIS will assess whether you meet the academic eligibility requirements to receive “Faculty Approval” for an Independent Study Away, McGill Exchange or an Inter University Transfer (IUT).

Studies must be completed at a university that appears on the Arts OASIS lists of institutions approved for transfer credit, grouped by continent: PDF icon AfricaPDF icon The AmericasPDF icon Asia and The Middle EastPDF icon EuropePDF icon OceaniaPDF icon Online

NOTE for Independent Study Away: Although a university may appear on the Arts OASIS list of institutions approved for transfer credit, it is the student’s responsibility (not Arts OASIS) to confirm that:

  1. the university has an undergraduate “visiting, non-degree” student status;
  2. you meet the host university’s eligibility and student visa requirements;
  3. you meet their application requirements and can afford the host university’s tuition.


  1. Students may not enroll in courses at an affiliated partner university of the host institution.
  2. Students will not receive transfer credit for studies arranged by or offered through study abroad organizations, third parties or intermediaries.
  3. Student are not permitted to be concurrently registered as an undergraduate degree student at two different universities.

Before beginning an application, you should carefully review the information in the Plan & Prepare section of this website, the Arts OASIS Study Away Guide and the Arts OASIS Host University checklist.