International LearningWestern International

How to Apply

Eligibility - Academic Requirements

Most international learning programs require students to have a 70% cumulative average at the time of application, in order to be eligible to participate. Please review eligibility requirements on the program page in Atlas, Western's International Experience Portal for further details. Graduate students are eligible to participate in many exchange programs, summer study abroad, research and internship opportunities.

Students wishing to participate in an Exchange or Study Abroad program must have approval from their academic counsellor.

The guidelines below outline the application process for most International Learning programs offered by Western. For Alternative Spring Break or Faculty-Led Courses, information is available on Atlas, but application is made through Career Central/Student Success Centre. Internship programs are listed on Atlas, but application is usually required through the program partner. For Ivey Business students, visit the Ivey Exchange webpage for details.

Before You Apply

1. Research program options

Explore programs in Atlas, Western's International Experience Portal. You can narrow down your search by selecting various filters, such as destination, term, type, subject area, language of instruction.

2. Attend an information session or meet with an International Learning Ambassador

Come to an information session to learn more about the application process and your program options. You can also visit our office during drop in hours to speak with our International Learning Ambassadors (trained leaders who have participated in a Western international learning experience).

3. Review application details for your desired program, and prepare supporting documents.

Once you have determined what program you would like to apply for, visit that program page in Atlas to see the specific application details. The program page will link you to any supporting documents that exist for that program.

If you are interested in seeing the program specific application questions prior to applying, please see 'Additional Information by Program' below.

Apply Online

4. Complete an application in Atlas

To begin an application for a program, visit Atlas to select your desired program. Before starting your application, read the entire program page to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. Once you are ready to start an application, click the ‘Login to Apply’ link at the bottom of the program page. Be sure to complete Steps 1 to 4 and submit your application.

Please note: do not login unless you are proceeding with an application.

Many partner institutions and organizations require a separate application in addition to the one required by Western International. This secondary application may be available at the time of the application in Atlas or may be provided to you at a later date.

Please note that you may apply for only one program per term. Additional destinations or program options can be listed in the Program Selection section of the application under the "Optional Program/Destination" dialogue box. Please do not submit multiple applications. 

Some programs may require supporting documents. Submit any supporting document by the application deadline.

There is a $55 application fee that will be charged to your student account. Additional fees may vary by program.

After You Apply

5. Application reviewed and evaluated by Western International

Western International will review and evaluate your application and update your application status. Your application status will remain in ‘Pending’ until the program coordinator evaluates your application. You will be notified via email whether your application has been approved or not. In some cases, you may receive a conditional approval. The program coordinator will contact you to let you know what additional information is required to move your application to ‘Approved.’

6. Application decision required

After receiving your program offer via email, you must accept or decline your offer within the specified time indicated in your offer email. Students who do not respond by the deadline are subject to automatic withdrawal. Please note that the partner institution or organization makes the final offer to students.

Please see 'Additional Information by Program' below for program specific acceptance details and next steps.


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Additional Information by Program

These are the general application questions you should prepare to respond to when completing your online application through Atlas.

Exchange

Application Questions

1: Why do you wish to be considered for a Western exchange program? (Personal and Academic reasons).

2: Please list any extra-curricular and volunteer activities that you have been involved in over the last two years.

3: What have you done to prepare yourself to live in a culture different than your own? How do you think you will cope with the differences?

4: Discuss your academic reasons for selecting the university and potential courses.

5: Living overseas and being away from family and friends can be stressful. Please tell us about a stressful experience in your past and how you dealt with it.

6: How did you hear about the International Exchange Program?

Next Steps after Acceptance

Attend and/or complete the necessary pre-departure sessions (Academic Preparation, Health & Safety, and Intercultural Awareness).

Complete the Course Approval Process (details are outlined in Academic Preparation re-departure).

Review the Safety Abroad for Students webpage and complete Western's Travel Registry (two step process).

Internships

1: Why do you wish to be considered for an Internship placement? (Discuss both academic and personal reasons).

2: Living overseas and being away from family and friends can be stressful. Please tell us about a stressful experience in your past and how you dealt with it.

3: What have you done to prepare yourself to live in a culture different from your own? How do you think you will cope with the differences?

4: How did you hear about this program?

Research

1: Why do you wish to be considered for this summer program? (Personal and Academic reasons)?

2: Do you expect to transfer the credit(s) earned from this program?

3: Please list any extra-curricular, volunteer and work activities that you have been involved in while in University.

4: What research have you done in regards to the host country?

Study Abroad

1: Why do you wish to be considered for a Western Study Abroad program? (Discuss both academic and personal reasons).

2: Please list any extra-curricular, volunteer and work activities that you have been involved in over the course of your University career.

3: What have you done to prepare yourself to live in a culture different from your own? How do you think you will cope with the differences?

4: Please discuss your academic reasons for selecting the university that you did (first choice only). Also, based on your research, please list the names of courses you would like to take while on exchange. If you are offered an exchange placement, you will be required to complete a formal Course Approvals Form with your academic advisor.

5: Living overseas and being away from family and friends can be stressful. Please tell us about a stressful experience in your past and how you dealt with it.

6: How did you hear about the Study Abroad Programs?

Western Heads East

1: What excites you the most about this international internship opportunity with our East African partners and the Western Heads East Program?

2: Describe the specific research or academic outcome (e.g. independent studies, case studies, thesis) that this internship will help you fulfill in your current program of studies at Western.

3: Outline how the outcomes of this research project or internship goals will benefit the local community.

4: Please list any extra-curricular and volunteer activities that you have been involved in over the last two years.

5: What have you done to prepare yourself to live in a culture different from your own? How do you think you will cope with the differences?

6: It is very important that you do research on the host organization/institution you would like to collaborate with before submitting an application. Western International must see evidence that your internship program of choice is appropriate for your academic program. Please discuss your academic reasons for selecting the placement that you did (first choice only).

7: Living overseas and being away from family and friends can be stressful. Please tell us about a stressful experience in your past and how you dealt with it.

8: How did you hear about the Western Heads East Program?