Before you start

There will be four components to your application:

  • the application form
  • a copy of your academic transcript and your resume
  • one academic reference

You should ensure that you have set aside sufficient time to complete these documents before the application deadline.

Please consider whether or not this exchange is right for you. In doing so, you should ask yourself the following:

  • Do I have empathy for others?
  • Do I work well in a team?
  • Am I adaptable?
  • Am I flexible?
  • Can I deal with uncertainty?
  • Am I resourceful?
  • Am I interested in meeting new people?
  • Am I interested in other cultures?
  • Am I open-minded?
  • Do I have clear and realistic goals/objectives for this experience?

If you have answered yes to these questions, an exchange may be right for you!

It's important for you to take responsibility for the success of your exchange. Having realistic expectations plays a big part in how enjoyable this experience will be.

In addition, you should be prepared to give up some of the comforts of home you may be used to, such as hot showers and onsite wi-fi. Having an open mind and realistic expectations will be essential to enjoying this experience.


Before starting your application, you should also confirm you meet the following eligibility criteria. At the time of your application, you must be:

  • A full-time SAIT student
  • 18 years of age or older
  • In good academic standing
  • Have completed at least two semesters of your SAIT program
  • Eligible to gain entry to the host country

Each study abroad program has specific eligibility/application requirements. To find any program-specific requirements, see available study-abroad programs.


Once you have decided on a study abroad program and feel that an exchange is right for you, you must complete the Study Abroad student application package.

This consists of the following documentation:

  • Application form
  • SAIT transcript
  • Your resume
  • two references; one academic and one personal

Ensure your application and supporting documentation are typed and not handwritten, and save them all to a zip folder as “Semester Exchange_Student Name”.

Completed application packages can be emailed to before the program deadline.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


Those considered to have most closely met the selection criteria will be contacted for a panel interview.

At this interview, you'll be asked to make a short elevator pitch (one to two minutes) to persuade the panel of your suitability to participate in the program. You'll also be asked a series of interview questions.

During the interview, we'll be looking for students who have the following skills and abilities:

  • Academic and professional leadership
    • Able to explain the advantages of participating in a program from their perspective
    • Have achieved an acceptable level of academic performance
    • Demonstrate competent oral and written communication skills
    • Demonstrate a professional work ethic in industry and the classroom
  • Personal skills
    • Present themselves as credible professionals and SAIT ambassadors
    • Show respect for others and cultural differences
    • Are proven team players in the classroom and workplace
    • Demonstrate leadership ability
    • Display awareness and understanding of current social, economic and political issues in Canada
    • Demonstrate achievement in areas other than career and academics (for example, volunteer work or team sports.)

We aim to inform all applicants, in writing, of the selection decision within a week of the interview; however, dependent upon the number of applicants, this isn’t always possible.

If you are selected to participate in a study abroad program, you'll be asked to confirm your participation in writing and by providing an electronic copy of your passport picture page.

The application form is made up of ten sections:

Section 1: Personal Information

Within this section, you need to provide your personal information. You should complete all fields within this section accurately, as we will use this to contact you for the interview and for purchasing flights if selected to participate in the program.

Section 2: Academic Information

Here you should specify the SAIT program you are enrolled in and your current semester. You must have completed at least two semesters for your SAIT program to be eligible to participate.

Section 3: Travel Information

This section should be completed as per your passport. Your passport will need to be valid for at least six months from the program's end date for you to be able to participate in the program.

If you do not meet this requirement at the application stage, you will still be eligible; however, you must purchase a new passport at your own cost upon confirmation of participation.

Students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents can still apply. However, they must ensure they are eligible to enter the host country before applying.

Section 4: Emergency Contact Information

Here you should provide the information of the person SAIT should contact in case of an emergency during a study abroad program. This information will be retained on file if selected and used in an emergency, so you should ensure it is accurate.

Section 5: References

You will need to provide the personal information of two people supporting your application; one must be academic and the other personal.

Once you have submitted your application, you should email the template reference document to your referee, asking them to complete and return it directly to

Section 6: Program Selection

This refers to the specific study abroad program you are interested in participating in.

Section 7: Applicant Profile

Use this section of the form to provide a summary of yourself. This should include your career goals, extracurricular activities, interests, hobbies and previous travel experience. Your answer should be no more than 250 words.

Section 8: Short Essay

Space has been provided within the application form for you to answer the question: Why are you applying for this program?

Talk about what you hope to learn.

Your short essay should be no more than 500 words.

Section 9: Checklist

This form section provides a checklist of all the necessary elements for your completed application package.

You should tick each criterion as you complete it to ensure you do not miss anything.

Section 10: Applicant Confirmation

Once you have completed all necessary sections of the application form, electronically sign the form, enter the date and save the form to your application zip folder.

Unofficial Transcript

You must submit a copy of your unofficial SAIT transcript to apply for a study abroad opportunity.

To do this, you will need to log into your MySAIT account, then select the MyStudent tab > Student Profile > Academic Transcript > Select Credit Education> Select Academic Transcript> Submit> Save as PDF. 

You can also choose to take screenshots.

Save your PDF or screenshots in your application zip folder.


Please save an up-to-date copy of your resume in the application zip folder.

No specific template is provided for your resume, so you can use your existing format.


As part of your application package, you must obtain an academic reference.

The application package includes a reference template; you should email the template to the person(s) you have identified in the application form.

Your referees must return the completed template directly to you so you may include it on your study abroad application form.

Study Abroad application package

You will be required to download and complete the following documents as part of your application.

Study abroad student application form Semester exchange 2024/25 application form Letter of Academic Reference - template Letter of Non-Academic Reference - template

Book an appointment

We recommend you connect with the Study Abroad Office to learn more about your study abroad options or receive assistance with completing your application. Please be advised that students who fail to attend scheduled appointments without prior notice will receive a lower score on their application for Study Abroad programs.

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