Not sure what ETCS or CATS mean in McMaster language?
These are some of the frequently asked questions from students considering going out on an exchange.
For undergraduate students, participants go on exchange during their third year. Students must have a GPA of at least 7.0 at the end of level 2. There is no minimum average requirement for MBA students, but you must be a student in good standing with no failed courses. Students go on exchange during their third study term.
Having access to the financial means necessary to cover costs that will be incurred while on exchange is extremely important to take into consideration. The following is a list of costs you may incur while on exchange. It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive.
It is also important to note that an exchange is not as expensive as it may seem at first. Tuition fees are paid to McMaster, which means you do not have to pay international fees. To explore payment options, please see funding for more information.
Once the application is submitted, applicants will be requested to come for an interview. Each interview is between 15 and 20 minutes long. Students will be ranked according to their commitment and their academic and personal fit with the program they have chosen. Students whose first program choice is competitive may be advised to consider their second or third choice.Successful candidates will then be nominated to the host institution selected by the committee. The decision to nominate a student for a given program is based on a careful review of their application, which includes the statement of interest, resume, reference and the interview. Of course, the availability of spaces at the host institution is also taken into consideration.
Nomination to a host institution does not guarantee acceptance to that institution. Once a student has been nominated, they then apply for exchange at the host institution. The host institution will review the application and send acceptances for successful candidates.
Important: Do not make any travel plans until you receive notification from the host institution confirming that you have been accepted.
Once nominated by McMaster (and once course registration at McMaster is open) students are expected to complete McMaster registration in order to:
ISS (International Student Services) will provide students with information regarding registration at McMaster for the term(s) students will be abroad.
McMaster University and the host institution reserve the right to revoke a student’s nomination and cancel their exchange at any time if:
If a student chooses to withdraw before beginning the exchange program, they must inform BizX and their faculty, in writing, as soon as the decision has been made. Students who decide to withdraw during the exchange study period must contact BizX and their faculty immediately. They will need to confirm that the student is still eligible to register for courses at McMaster University and/or to receive any refunds. In order to withdraw or have a program terminated without financial penalty (forfeiting the tuition and fees paid) students must withdraw in accordance with formal withdrawal procedures and by the appropriate deadlines of the host institution. If a student does not complete the program and fails to withdraw by formal deadlines, they will not be eligible for tuition and fee refunds.
In addition, the academic record from the host institution will reflect incomplete academic work.