Semester Abroad – Outbound


A Semester Abroad (SA) enables you to study at one of our partner institutions overseas for an entire semester without additional tuition fees. In addition, your academic credit earned abroad is transferrable back to your program at Durham College. Please note that a semester abroad is only available to students whose required courses align with the learning outcomes of the courses available at an exchange institution. This will be determined by your Academic School.

The SA experience is your opportunity to enrich global learning, make new friends, and explore local cultures abroad.

Tuition and fees:

Regular tuition is paid to Durham College and no tuition is paid to the partner institution. Ancillary fees may apply.


Students must submit their application to by March 31, 2022.

Step by step guide

To be nominated for the 2022 – 2023 Semester Abroad program, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Be currently enrolled in a full-time program at Durham College
  • Be in a program that is eligible to receive study abroad credit, as determined by a meeting with your Student Advisor
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Have completed at least one academic year at Durham College before attending an exchange program
  • Have no holds on your student account
  • Have no records with security or student affairs

*Additional conditions may apply depending on each opportunity.

Durham College provides students with a number of global opportunities to study for a semester. Students are highly recommended to meet with a student advisor (academic) to discuss a study plan. Together with the student advisor, you can explore the available SA opportunities, and identify the courses that you are eligible to select and suits your academic plan best. See a list of partner institutions below:
Country City Institution Programs/Courses Availability
Belgium Leuven UC Leuven Limburg See the program information. Fall 2022 or Winter 2023
Denmark Randers Dania Academy February 2023 – June 2023
Germany Ravensburg Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurttemberg
  • Human Resource Management
  • Intercultural Management
  • International Finance
  • International Management
  • International Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Economics
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Media Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Media Design
  • Engineering/Project Work
Fall 2022
The Netherlands Groningen Hanze University of Applied Science
  • Art
  • Social
  • International Business
  • Business and Economics
  • Health
  • Engineering
February – July 2023

After consulting with your student advisor (academic), you can start the application by completing a SA (Outbound) Application Form.

The application form has 3 parts:

  • Student information
  • A letter of intent (see detailed requirements in the application form)
  • An unofficial transcript

Please save and name your completed form using this format “Form Name_Your Full Name_Your Student ID”.

For example: SA (Outbound) Application_John Doe_100123456.

Please submit your application to by March 31, 2022.

What’s Next

The International Education Office will review your application within 2 – 4 weeks from the date of your submission. If there is an interview, you will be contacted.

We will also forward your application to the host institution for approval.

When you are admitted to the host institution, you will be working with them and your academic advisor to finalize a Learning Agreement confirming the courses you will take.

All exchange students are required to complete a mandatory pre-departure training on DC Connect.

Upon completion of this module, you are required to submit the following forms:

  • Assumption of Risks and Release of Liability Agreement Form
  • Request for Student Travel Outside Ontario Form
  • Traveller Information and Emergency Contact Form
  • Media Release Form
  • A copy of a valid passport

*Please submit the forms following instructions on the  Pre-departure training course on DC Connect.

While you study at the host institution, please keep in mind that you are also representing Durham College.

Some tips for learning abroad:

  • Keep records of your course documents electronically. They may be useful for credit transfer when you return to Durham College.
  • Proactively interact with lecturers and classmates to learn about other cultures.
  • Take photos, videos, or create journals, whichever format that you prefer, to reflect on your trip at a later time.
  • Always keep emergency contact information with you.
  • Make sure you have both cash and a credit card on hand.

Reflecting on your experience abroad is important. Please take some time to look back at your semester abroad and determine how it has influenced your self-awareness and intercultural competence, along with how to transfer the skills and knowledge into employability.

Durham College is here to help!

Book a 1-on-1 meeting with a Career Coach today!

If you experience culture shock upon re-entry, please reach out for support.