Students pursuing a BMSc degree should follows these steps, if interested in an International Exchange:
Check the International Exchange Program website for:
See the BMSUE Coordinator (Kathy Boon) during her drop-in hours before you apply for an international exchange to find out:
Before deciding (i) whether to apply for a full-year or a one-term exchange, and (ii) to which institution(s) you would like to apply :
Consult with departmental counsellors to find out if the courses offered at the exchange institution can be used in place of the courses you need at Western before Year 4.
See what kind of information a departmental counsellor will want to see when looking at courses for evaluation and equivalency.
Submit your application for an international exchange by the deadline.
When submitting your request for an Academic Reference, choose Kathy Boon (BMSUE Coordinator) and email her to set up a meeting to go over the academic impact of an exchange on the completion of your desired module.
The Course Approvals Form (available at Western International after you've been selected to participate in the exchange program), needs to be completed:
The BMSUE Coordinator (Kathy Boon) will review the evaluations from the departmental representatives, discuss how the total number of courses taken at the exchange institution will transfer back to Western, and sign off as the decanal represenatative.
The steps above highlight what needs to be done in terms of course evaluation, etc., in conjuction with the BMSUE Coordinator and departmental representatives.
Upon arrival at the exchange institution, students occasionally find it necessary to revise their course selection. Students should contact the BMSUE Coordinator (Kathy Boon) if they find themselves in this situation and new courses will be evaluated/approved.
Courses taken on an exchange appear on Western academic records and official transcripts as PASS (or FAIL), only. Students applying to professional schools, graduate programs, etc. will usually be required to submit transcripts from both Western and the exchange institution during the application process.
Things to keep in mind:
Course selection can sometimes be challenging, however, and students are strongly advised to consult with the BMSUE Coordinator early in the process. In considering exchange institutions, students should carefully review the courses offered/available at the exchange institution and have the courses evaluated prior to applying to a particular exchange opportunity.