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Why Go on an Exchange?
In the Faculty of Social Sciences, we know that learning extends far beyond the classroom. It is uniquely transforming to live, study and learn in another culture as a student. This is why we have agreements with universities worldwide offering you countless opportunities to expand your experiences on a global level. A study abroad experience will provide you with the opportunity to gain a varied perspective on your course of study, expand your horizons and enhance your professional as well as personal goals. An experience abroad will also increase your marketability and give you a competitive edge.
Who is Eligible?
The Study Abroad program allows selected students to spend part or all of their third year studying abroad at a university or equivalent institution approved by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
To be eligible to participate, you must be registered in an Honours or combined Honours program and have completed at least 60 units of work with a Cumulative Average of at least 7.0. Individual programs may have specific additional requirements. You must return to McMaster University to complete your final 30 units of work in order to graduate. If you do not return to McMaster after participating in this program, you do not have the option of graduating with a three-year BA degree on the basis of work completed elsewhere.
What Exchange Opportunities Exist for Social Sciences Students?
McMaster offers a variety of formal exchange programs for students. Exchange students register and pay regular fees at McMaster and do not pay tuition to the other university. While studying elsewhere, students must keep in contact with their academic advisor at McMaster.
Exchange Programs between McMaster and Individual International Institutions
Undergraduate Social Sciences students are permitted to go on an exchange to the following universities. The application deadline date for university wide exchange programs is usually the first week of February. Specific details can be found on the Study Abroad website.
|Austria||University of Innsbruck||Science, Social Sciences, Engineering, Humanities|
|Australia||Deakin University||Science, Social Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, Business|
|Australia||University of Newcastle||University Wide|
|Australia||University of Sydney||Science, Social Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, Business|
|Australia||University of Wollongong||University Wide|
|Denmark||Aarhus School of Business||Business, Humanities, Social Sciences|
|Denmark||University of Copenhagen||University Wide (except Health Sciences)|
|France||Institut d’ Etudes Politiques de Lille||Political Science|
|France||Université Blaise Pascal – Clermont-Ferrand II||Social Sciences and Humanities|
|France||Universite Lumiere Lyon-2||University Wide|
|Germany||University of Tubingen||University Wide|
|Ireland||University of Limerick||Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, Engineering|
|Ireland||National University of Ireland Maynooth||Political Science|
|Japan||Osaka University||University Wide|
|Japan||Seinan Gakuin University||University Wide|
|Mexico||Universidad de Colima||Social Sciences and Humanities|
|Netherland||University of Amsterdam||Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts & Science|
|New Zealand||Victoria University of Wellington||Science, Social Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, Business|
|United Kingdom||University of Bath||Political Science|
|United Kingdom||University of Bristol||Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, Engineering|
|United Kingdom||Lancaster University||University Wide|
|United Kingdom||University of Leeds||University Wide|
|United Kingdom||University of Sheffield||Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, Engineering|
If you participate in an exchange, you should apply for a travel scholarship. Further details are available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.
The International Student Services Office will hold Exchange Information Sessions for students interested in going on an exchange during the upcoming academic year. For more details, visit
These sessions are held in October, November and January and attendance at one session is required for all students interested in studying abroad. This is generally considered the first step in the planning of your exchange where you will discover your exchange options, application process, dates, deadlines, funding your exchange program and have other questions answered.
After you have attended a session and have decided to apply for an exchange program, please make an appointment to discuss your exchange university choices and to develop a study plan with the Study Abroad Academic Advisor in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
To create your study plan, you will review your degree audit to determine which courses are remaining for your degree and specifically, what you would expect to take in your third year.
As you think about choosing a university, it is important that you consider a university that will offer courses to fulfill the requirements for your program. Since positions are competitive, we expect students to prepare study plan for at least three institutions. Where you hope to select courses to fulfill an exact equivalent, you must seek approval from your academic department undergraduate advisor.
To make an appointment, please contact:
Tina Horton, Study Abroad Academic Advisor