McGill Full-Time MBA International exchange program

Students who take part in the international exchange program experience the socio-economic, commercial and cultural contexts of another country while earning academic credit. This is accomplished by studying at a leading university located in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East or the Americas for one semester during the second year of the MBA program.

Going on exchange

Desautels MBA students have a unique opportunity to study abroad at some of the world's leading business schools. Here is where it all begins.

→ Where can I go?

We have partner schools around the world in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America. Our complete list of partner schools can be found here.

→ When can I go?

You can go on exchange in your second year, in the Fall or Winter term.

→ Do I have to apply to go on exchange? How does the application process work?

Yes, you do need to apply to go on exchange. The application process takes place in February and March of your first year. Selection is based on academic performance in the MBA program to date, as well as how the exchange school you've chosen fits with your academic and career goals. Once you receive your exchange offer, you will be asked to accept the offer and pay a non-refundable deposit of $500, which will offset your tuition for the term you are on exchange.

→ How many courses am I allowed to take on exchange?

You must take what the host school considers to be a full-time course load. Each school has a minimum and maximum course load for exchange students. Our exchange program coordinator will be able to discuss your situation with you to help you plan out the completion of your degree. Students normally take the equivalent of 12 McGill credits on exchange.

→ Can I fulfill my concentration requirements on exchange?

You may take one course toward your concentration on exchange, but it cannot be either of the two required courses.

→ If I go on exchange, will I graduate with the rest of my class?

Students going on exchange in the Fall term will typically graduate in May/June; if you go on exchange in the Winter term you will most likely graduate in October/November.

→ What do I have to pay for when I go on exchange?

You will continue paying tuition to McGill for your exchange term as usual. However, you may be required to pay certain student services fees to your host school, as well as pay for books and materials. You are also responsible for your travel to and from the host school country as well as living expenses.

Coming to Desautels on exchange

→ I would like to attend Desautels for an exchange term. What is my first step?

If your school has an exchange partnership with us, please contact your academic advisor or exchange program coordinator. They will be able to advise you concerning your next steps. Consult our list of partner schools.

→ What if I want to come to Desautels on exchange but my school is not one of your partners?

Let your school know about your interest. If your school is interested in establishing a partnership with us, they can contact us directly.

→ Do I need to meet any special requirements?

You must be in your final year of a graduate program, and must have a high English proficiency. You should also have at least 2 years of full-time work experience following your undergraduate degree.

→ When can I come to Desautels on exchange?

You are welcome to join us in either the Fall (September to December) or Winter (January to April). 

→ What happens after I am selected by my school?

Your school will send your contact details to our MBA Office, who will then contact you. You will be given instructions for completing the online application, how to register for courses, as well as handy information on living and studying in Montreal.

→ Will I need a study permit or CAQ?

Since your program of study is less than 6 months, you do not need a study permit or CAQ, which are documents required for longer programs of study. You should consult with your local Canadian embassy, however, as you may be required to apply for a temporary resident visa, depending on your country of citizenship. 

→ Where will I live?

Most of our students live in apartments downtown in order to be close to the campus. McGill’s Off-Campus Housing office lists available apartments or rooms for rent as well as accommodation options for exchange students

Exchange partners

McGill has agreements with approximately 30 world-class universities located in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America. McGill University was also the first Canadian member of Partners in International Management (PIM), a consortium of outstanding educational institutions offering graduate level degree programs.

McGill expects to exchange with the following schools:

Exchange Partner Schools


Wits Business School South Africa
Fudan University China
Nanyang Technological University Singapore
National Taiwan University Taiwan
National University of Singapore Singapore
Tsinghua University China
University of Melbourne Australia
SDA Bocconi Italy
Copenhagen Business School Denmark
Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management Netherlands
ESADE Business School Spain
ESSEC Business School France
Alliance Manchester Business School England
Norwegian School of Economics Norway
Stockholm School of Economics Sweden
University of Cologne Germany
Prague University of Economics and Business Czech Republic
University of St. Gallen Switzerland
WU Vienna University of Economics and Business Austria
Fundação Getulio Vargas Brazil
EGADE Business School, Monterrey Institute of Technology Mexico
Universidad Torcuato di Tella Argentina
Tel Aviv University, Coller School of Management Israel
University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School United States
University of Texas at Austin, McCombs Business School United States

Note: Availability of spaces at partner schools is subject to change each year.

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