International Exchange Program

An international exchange is truly a two-way street: you have so much to gain in collaborating with students at your host university and living in a new city, but equally it’s a chance for your host country to learn from you as a McGill ambassador. A study abroad semester really puts Desautels’ global business education into context.

– Andrew Wong, BCom student & Winter 2014 exchange participant at the Copenhagen Business School

Students going abroad

Students coming to McGill

International Exchange Program

The international exposure and academic experience gained by taking part in student exchange are highly worthwhile, both for Desautels Faculty of Management students going abroad for a term or a year, as well as for students coming to McGill to gain exposure to international management at Desautels.

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Students going abroad

International management is emphasized throughout our curriculum, regardless of specialization. In addition, international exchanges are offered with leading management schools worldwide, including Peking University - Guanghua School of Management, Copenhagen Business School, Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, HEC Paris and HKUST.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad for a term or year. The international exposure and academic experience gained by taking part in student exchange are highly worthwhile. Through this program, students may study and earn academic credits at over 70 universities in countries around the world. Exchange opportunities are open to students in most specializations.

  • There is a CGPA requirement of 3.0 to be eligible for exchange.
  • Only U1, U2 and U3 students are eligible for exchange.
  • A $150.00 non-refundable application fee will be charged to your student account.
  • Exchange Application Deadline (2019-2020 Academic Year) : January 15, 2019.

Mandatory Information Sessions - Fall 2018

Students must attend one of the BCom Information Sessions in the Fall term before meeting an academic BCom Adviser.

Date Time Room
Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 10:05 am to 11:25 am BRONF 310
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 11:35 am to 1:00 pm BRONF 011
Monday, November 5th, 2018 1:05 pm to 2:25 pm BRONF 340
Thursday, November 22th, 2018 2:25 pm to 3:55 pm ARMST 065
Thursday, December 6th, 2018 4:05 pm to 5:25 pm BRONF 340

Office presentation icon Information Session Slides 2018

In addition to the rules and regulations outlined in the slides above, more information may be obtained from the BCom Student Affairs Office at 514-398-4068studentexchange.mgmt [at] or on the McGill website.

Where can you go on exchange

BCom students can apply to:

International Week 2018 - November 5th to November 9th

Exchange Panel 1

McGill Students will be sharing their exchange experience, how they prepared for it and what  they wished they had known before they left.

Tuesday November 6th

10:00 am to 11:30 am


International Exchange Fair

Bring your questions to exchange students currently at McGill coming from different Desautels exchange partners.

Tuesday November 6th

11:15 am to 1:30 pm 


Exchange Panel 2

McGill Students will be sharing their exchange experience, how they prepared for it and what they wished they had known before they left.

Wednesday November 7th

11:30 am to 1:00 pm


Pizza Night

Mingle with our current incoming exchange students and fellow students who have gone on exchange before


Wednesday November 7th

5:00 pm to 7:00pm

2nd Floor Open Space

Exchange Panel 3

McGill Students will be sharing their exchange experience, how they prepared for it and what they wished they had known before they left.

Thursday November 8th

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm


Now that you are accepted to go on Exchange

Find out more information on what to expect after you have been nominated for the international exchange program. 

Exchange Course Approval Process

At least two-thirds of all departmental program requirements must be completed at McGill. Once accepted, students must obtain written faculty authorization for transfer credits before leaving for exchange.

The following is a list of steps that you must follow before your exchange term in order to ensure that you will be granted McGill credits for courses taken abroad. 

File Course Approval Slides

Visit the McGill Course Equivalency System to verify if the courses you wish to take are already in the database. If the courses are not listed, you can Login, click Home and Submit a new Request. Please ensure course outlines to be reviewed contain the following detailed information: thorough description, breakdown of topics covered, method of evaluation and course materials, and credit weight and/or hours.

After all the courses have been assessed as equivalent, fill out the Transfer Credit Assessment Form in Minerva and notify the BCom Office at studentexchange.mgmt [at] that a form has been completed.

After the BCom Office has been notified, a BCom Exchange Adviser will approve the courses and send you a confirmation email. The course approval process will then be completed. If you wish to add new courses, steps 1 to 3 must be followed again.









Important information regarding exchange:

  1. Courses for which you register abroad cannot be taken with the pass/fail option. No credits will be granted for courses with no grades. You will receive a grade from the host school which will transfer as credits on your McGill transcript, however, grades will not be calculated into your McGill GPA.
  2. No credits will be granted for online courses.
  3. You may receive a maximum of 12 McGill credits for your major, 6 McGill credits for your concentration or minor and 9 McGill credits for management core from any institution other than McGill University. There is no limit for elective credits.  The IB Concentration is the only exception where you may receive up to 12 McGill credits for courses taken outside of McGill. Note: the maximum number of credits that can be transferred includes: Exchange, Study Away (summer courses) and Inter University Transfer courses.
  4. You are permitted a maximum of 6 McGill credits of topics courses (434 or 433 courses) towards any specialization. The maximum total includes courses taken at McGill and other institutions. More Topics courses are permitted towards the International Business Concentration only, provided they are different topics.
  5. Students intending to pursue the CPA program should be aware that accounting courses approved by the BCom office and taken abroad may not meet the requirements for the CPA program. It is your responsibility to verify course requirements with the specific order where you plan to complete your CPA. Please contact an exchange adviser to plan your accounting courses.
  6. The host school will include visa information in their acceptance materials. For visa related issues, please contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country where you will be studying.
  7. Please update your specialization to reflect the program you are currently pursuing.
  8. Please ensure that minor courses are approved by the minor adviser
  9. For information about course offerings at the host institution, residences and add/drop deadlines please consult the website or contact the exchange office of the host school.
  10. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the McGill BCom requirements for all courses taken on exchange.
  11. If you decide to cancel Exchange you need to fill out the Request to Cancel Exchange Term Form