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UofGH Global Learning Opportunities

UofGH Global Learning Opportunities

Do you have a passion for learning and travel? Would you like to combine them into a global learning experience? Do you enjoy learning from new and diverse perspectives? If so, you are on the right page!

The following global learning opportunities are available to all current UofGH students for the Summer 2024 semester.

UofGH Study Abroad

UofGH Study Abroad are 0.5 credit General Elective courses offered during the summer semester. All current UofGH students can apply for any ONE of the following 2024 study tours:

  • Austria
  • Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
  • France (Cote d'Azur & Paris)
  • France (Normandy) & the Netherlands
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland & England
  • Singapore & Bali

*Course details to follow soon.


Standard Eligibility and Admission Criteria

Admission to UofGH Abroad course is competitive. Applicants will be assessed on the strength of their overall application including:

  • Academic suitability
    • Applicants must meet the admission requirements and be in good academic standing
  • Completed and signed application

    The online application will collect your personal information and will also ask for a personal statement (750 words maximum) addressing the following questions:

    1. Why are you interested in going on a UofGH Study Tour? How does this course benefit your personal goals?
    2. How is your choice of study tour participation academically relevant and/or related to your professional development/goals?
    3. Travelling abroad can be challenging and can push you outside of your comfort zone. Tell us about your experience and/or skills that will help ensure your well-being while abroad.
  • First non-refundable deposit of $750
    • Students are required to pay an initial deposit to secure his/her place in the course. Those who do not get admitted to a course will receive a refund of the initial deposit

NOTE: Applications will go live in early October. Deadline to apply: November 9, 2023.

Course Components and Requirements

  • Mandatory classes, including one pre-departure orientation
  • Study tour (~9-10 days)

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

The cost of all courses will be $2,500 or $3,000 CDN plus tuition for a standard 0.5 credit summer course.

What does my payment cover?

Flight, accommodations, as well as transport and entrance costs associated with required itinerary visits. Food and entertainment are not covered and must be separately funded by the student.

When do I pay?

You do not have to pay all at once. Payment will be collected in three (3) installments. The details and due dates for the three installments are as follows:

Deposits: All courses (except for Ecuador & Galapagos Island, New Zealand, Singapore & Bali) Ecuador & Galapagos Island, New Zealand, Singapore & Bali Due Date
1st Deposit $750 $750 November 16, 2023
2nd Deposit $875 $1,125 January 29, 2024
3rd Deposit $875 $1,125 March 29, 2024
TOTAL $2,500 $3,000  

Tuition for the course will be due in May. Deposits are non-refundable, except where the course is cancelled or the student is not admitted into the course.

How do I pay?

You pay your study abroad deposits via WebAdvisor. Follow these steps:
  • Step 1: Submit online application
  • Step 2: Receive an email indicating that a deposit charge has been applied to your WebAdvisor account
  • Step 3: Pay deposit amount (same way as you pay tuition; click here to see methods of payment)

Is there funding available?

Multiple awards of $2,500 for students registered in AHSS*3500 International Field Study in the summer semester with a minimum 70% cumulative average. Apply by using the UGH Study Abroad Application. Applicants will be asked to indicate reasons for travel, the relevance of participating in the travel opportunity to their academic studies, and the benefits of participating in the travel opportunity. The awards will be selected but not granted until the Study Abroad participation. Selection will be based on academic achievement, demonstrated relevance of the travel to the student's academic studies, and benefit to the applicant. Students must attend the study abroad portion of AHSS*3500 International Field Study.

To apply and obtain more information, please click here to learn more about Awards and Bursaries for In-Course Students or email Student Financial Services at

What are the prerequisites to get into the course?

Course directors decide who is admitted based on the eligibility requirements and space availability. To begin with, students must be in good academic standing. If there are more applicants than available space, the instructor will consider both the previous academic performance and year of the student. If you are not admitted, your deposit will be returned.

Will I receive academic credit?

Yes! Students who successfully complete all the required components of the Study Abroad course will be awarded a 0.5 credit.

Do I have to take the course that is geared towards my program?

No, this is not a requirement. Students have the option to apply for any of the study abroad course of their choice.

Can I apply for more than one study abroad course?

Students can apply for one study tour per academic year. We want to ensure opportunity to for as many students as possible.

Can I apply if I am a 4th year student?

Yes, you can still apply; however, if you plan to apply for June graduation, the Study Tour will not provide you with a credit toward June convocation. Final grades are submitted no earlier than late June.

How long are the trips?

Generally, 10-12 days including travel days.

How many students are in each course?

Up to 12 students are admitted for each Study Tour.

How much free time is allotted within the trip?

This decision is at the discretion of the course director.

Do I have to travel to/from destination with the study abroad group?

Yes, you are required to leave Toronto with your Study Tour group. You can, however, extend your stay and change your return ticket date after the last day of your official Study Tour. Please note that all students are assigned a round-trip ticket and you (the student) are responsible for re-scheduling your return ticket. All change/rescheduling fees as well difference in airfare, etc. will need to be incurred by you.

Should you choose to extend your stay or change your departure city, you will need to inform your course director as soon as possible. You will also be required to submit a student waiver form and return it to either Sonika Arora or Farrah Lutchmansingh.

Semester Elsewhere

The University of Guelph-Humber Semester Elsewhere opportunities are designed to provide students’ with an exciting learning experience that will take them well beyond the classroom.

Apply to go on an international exchange for a semester and receive academic credit. The University of Guelph-Humber has exchange partners across the world, including the Netherlands, Austria and Ireland.

Below you will find all the necessary information relating to the University of Guelph-Humber’s International Exchange program.

Who is eligible to go on exchange?

Any University of Guelph-Humber student in good academic standing can participate in the Semester Elsewhere program.

What are the requirements?

  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum cumulative GPA defined by the host institution

Why is it beneficial to participate in the Semester Elsewhere program?

  • Experience a new culture while studying abroad
  • Gain a new global perspective
  • Opportunity to travel and see the world
  • Learn and grow personally and professionally
  • Build an international network
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Learn new language skills
  • Discover possible international career opportunities
  • Form new and rewarding relationships
  • Great for resume

When can you go?

Students can participate in the international exchange program in the winter, summer or semester.

Where can you go?

  • Avans University of Applied Sciences– Netherlands
  • Avans University of Applied Sciences– Netherlands
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
  • Universidad de San Andres – Argentina
  • Haute Ecole Ephec  (Ephec University College) - Belgium
  • Soka University - operating as the Faculty of Education ("Soka") - (Tokyo, Japan)
  • IQS - Institute Quimic De Sarria Cets, Fundacio Privada - Spain
  • Management Center Innsbruck "MCI" – Austria
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Peru -Peru
  • University Colleges Leuven-Limburg – Belgium
  • University of Ribeirao Preto - Brazil
  • Solbridge International School of Business - Daejeon, Republic of Korea
  • University of Ulster – Northern Ireland
  • University Center of Anj/Polis (aka UniEVANGELICA) - Brazil

What should you consider when choosing an exchange program/institution?

  • Courses available at host institution and their equivalency to a specific course within your current program
  • Host institutions academic dates and requirements
  • Availability of courses in the semester you intend to study abroad
  • Cost of living

Application Process

  1. Conduct initial research on potential host institution(s), program of interest, and courses offered
  2. Set up an appointment to meet with the Assistant Vice-Provost, Dr. George Bragues to discuss your interest and opportunities available
  3. Request for Letter of Permission (LOP) through your Academic Advisor. Click here for more information on Letter of Permission.
  4. Complete any additional application requirement(s) of the host institution
  5. Be mindful of application deadline and submit early

Deadline to apply for an Exchange program varies. Please check the application deadline date for your host institution. We recommend you submit your applications by mid-to-end April for Fall, and mid-to-late September for Winter.

Cost & expenses

Costs will vary by country and the host institution. Please conduct some research to estimate the costs associated with your trip. Here are some of the major costs and expenses you should consider when deciding on an exchange program.


Students participating in an exchange program generally pay tuition fees to the University of Guelph-Humber. In some cases, students currently pay tuition fees directly to the host institution. Please check the tuition fees requirements and deadline with your host institution. Students are responsible for other expenses such as books.


Students may have access to residence at their host institution. In general, the International office at all host institutions assist students in finding accommodations.


Your provincial health plan will probably not cover you the entirety of your medical expenses while travelling. Check if the host institution offers health coverage to visiting students. If not, we strongly suggest you to purchase a good, comprehensive, private health insurance before you go.

Other Fees

Students are responsible for any other fees such as visas, passport, and vaccinations not covered by your provincial health plan.