Incoming Exchange Students

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Welcome to Western University!

We are delighted that you have chosen to study at Western on exchange and look forward to hosting you in London. As an exchange student, you will experience Canada’s diversity, as well as the outstanding academic programs offered by Western. Here at one of Canada’s leading universities, you will learn from the country’s top scholars, and meet its best students!

Why Choose Western?

Founded in 1878, we deliver "The Best Student Experience," an exemplary learning experience that engages the best and brightest people challenging them to meet ever higher standards in the classroom and beyond.

We encourage the development of every dimension of a student - intellectual, social, cultural as well as physical. From our home in London, Ontario, Canada, outward across every continent, Western prepares future leaders to succeed.

  Download our 2024/2025 Exchange Program Fact Sheet



If you are a student at one of our  Exchange Partner Universities then you have the opportunity to attend Western as an exchange student. Please contact your International Office for information on the application process and selection requirements. If your university does not appear on the list of exchange partners, you may wish to consider attending Western as a  Visiting Student or even as a full-time degree student provided you meet  Admission Criteria .

Some study areas at Western have their own exchange programs:

Application Process

  1. Consult your home university exchange office to find out if you are eligible to apply to Western as an exchange student.
  2. The application for 2023/2024 will open in February 2023. The application link will be emailed to you after your home university has nominated you. Deadline: April 7, 2023 (for both Fall and Winter terms).

Note: Late applications for the Winter term may be accepted after the deadline. Late applicants need to be aware of concerns regarding course availability and Canadian immigration timelines related to visas or study permit processing.

Academics & Course Restrictions

Western offers more than 400 combinations of majors, minors, and specializations in 12 faculties and more than 90 undergraduate programs.

While Western attempts to accommodate as many requests for courses as possible, certain programs at Western have limited enrollment. Please review the Academics page for more details on program restrictions, course descriptions, timetable, and course load.


As an exchange student, you pay tuition to your home university.  However, exchange students are required to pay the following fees to Western University. All figures are approximate in Canadian dollars for the 2023-2024 year. Students are also required to cover their own housing, travel and related costs of the exchange.

University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP):

UHIP provides affordable insurance to pay the cost of the hospital and medical services that International students in Ontario and their families might need to maintain their health while in Canada. The plan provides coverage comparable to that of Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) for Ontario residents. Approximate Cost: $252 per term (4 months)

Western One Card:

This identification card allows you access to the libraries, campus recreation facilities and serves as your meal card and bus pass. Approximate Cost: $35

Bus Pass:

All Western students are required to purchase a bus pass. This student pass is for all regularly scheduled London Transit Commission (LTC) bus routes. It is valid for 12 months of the year. Approximate Cost: $300.

Arriving at Western

The International and Exchange Student Centre website offers helpful assistance in planning your trip, checklists, etc. Please review this information as you plan for your arrival at Western.

Once you settle in, please report to the International and Exchange Student Centre (2nd floor, International and Graduate Affairs Building) to meet with your International Learning Coordinator. The International and Exchange Student Centre is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To pay your fees, obtain your student card, and complete the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) form, please go to “ Student Central” on the main floor of the Western Student Services Building. 

Please note that Western University is closed on  statutory and university-wide holidays.

More Pre-Arrival Information


At the beginning of each term, Western International provides a comprehensive orientation for newly arrived international and exchange students. The details of the orientation will be sent to you via e-mail prior to your arrival. At the orientation you will have the opportunity to meet fellow students and learn more about the academic and social experience on campus. We look forward to welcoming you to Western!

Key Dates


April 15 Application deadline for both Fall and Winter terms
Late May Housing offers are sent
June - July Course registration begins
August 30-September 2 International & Exchange Student Orientation
September 7 Fall term classes begin
October 30 to November 5 Fall Reading Week
December 8 Fall term classes end
December 10-22 Fall term exam period
January (TBD) International & Exchange Student Orientation
January 8  Winter term classes begins
February 17-25  Spring Reading Week
April 8 Winter term classes end
April 11-30 Final exam period