Coordinated International Experience (CIE) exchange program is a specific term-based Go Global exchange program, which is customized for Applied Science undergraduate students. 

CIE enables students to study for up to two terms, at one of our international partner institutions, while earning credits that can apply towards your UBC degree. All our CIE partner institutions have world-class applied science programs and have been specially selected to complement your UBC studies. The CIE exchange program offers a high level of support to students who are preparing to study abroad. Every effort is made to provisionally map how the courses you take at our partner institutions will apply to your UBC degree before you depart. 

Benefits of CIE

Participating in a CIE exchange semester abroad allows you to:

  • Build a network of international peers, potential employers and professors engaged in your area of interest;  
  • Participate in specialized courses available exclusively at the international partner institution; 
  • Increase your employability by diversifying your resume with international experience; 
  • Experience living in a new country, and exploring a foreign culture;  
  • Use the CIE exchange term to replace one of your Co-op work terms;  
  • Have the security that the credits you earn by taking pre-approved courses are transferable to UBC and can be applied towards your UBC degree;  
  • Benefit from Go Global Award to fund your exchange.

CIE and Co-op

If you are in the co-op program, and you choose to go on exchange to a CIE partner institution, you can substitute your CIE exchange term for one of your co-op work terms. Most students who count a CIE exchange as a co-op term are not able to complete a summer work term directly after their term abroad due to conflicting study dates at our partner institutions. You may need to submit a Co-op Sequence Change Form. Please consult with your Co-op Coordinator for more information.

Difference between CIE and Go Global University-wide exchanges


CIE Exchange ProgramGo Global University-wide Exchange Program
Uses agreements between Applied Science faculties at different institutions.Uses university-wide agreements with different institutions.
Spaces are reserved in these agreements for BASC and BDES students.Spaces are open to competition with students from all faculties.
Pre-mapped courses ease the coordination of transfer credits. Additional Applied Science courses can be articulated at your request.Limited course articulations may exist for some partner institutions. You may need to submit requests for additional Applied Science courses to be articulated.
Exchange can be used as a Co-op term (BASC students only).Exchange cannot be used as a Co-op term. (Exception: BMEG. See program specific information)
17 partners across 3 regions.200+ partners worldwide.
Two-thirds of your study plan should be comprised of courses that apply towards your BASC (exclude Humanities Electives) and BDES degree.Flexibility in focus of study plan.
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