Hey aska:) When do people usually go on exchange? Is third or fourth year too busy for it? Oh and I have 5.5 transfer credits from Western last year, can I still get more credits from exchange?
you can go on exchange whenever! there isn’t really a time that is better! third or fourth year won’t necessarily be too busy for exchange, it really depends on what works for you.
the only condition about going on exchange in your fourth year is that you won’t be able to convocate in the same semester that you go abroad, you’d have to wait until the next semester because transfer credits will take a while to process and they might not process in time for convocation. it might be a deal breaker for some, but you’ll just need to convocate at a later date.
in terms of credits, i contacted the people at the centre for international experience (a place you should definitely check out) and they said:
“The Faculty has a residency requirement. 10.0 FCEs must be completed in the
Faculty. Hence, a student can receive up to a maximum of 10.0 FCEs. A
student might have 10.0 FCE at the time of admission, hence, they will not be
eligible to receive any post-admission transfer credits. The maximum
post-admission transfer credits is 5.0 FCE (one year of study). Without
knowing who the student is, I am assuming based on the correspondence that
the student received 5.5 on-admission from Western. If this is the case,
then the student can participate in the exchange program. If they decide to
participate for one term they can receive the full 2.5 FCEs. No problem. If
the student decides to participate for two terms the maximum we can award
back is 4.5 FCEs.”
going to see your registrar is also a good idea because you can talk to them to see if going on exchange is right for you!
hope this helped- have fun and be safe! here’s a cheesy tumblr post for ya
peace and love,