Exchange Students

Experience a Liberal Arts & Sciences University in Squamish, BC, Canada

Incoming Exchange Students

With classes of no more than 20, and with students from around the world as your classmates, your experience will be intimate, integrated, and international. Quest offers a variety of social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, life sciences and mathematics courses.


Students at Quest study on the Block Plan, meaning that students study one course at a time intensively for three and a half weeks. The Block Plan is academically rigorous. Students will study in class for three hours per day, and can expect four to six hours of group or individual work outside of class time. If students are not accustomed to studying in English or in the Block Plan format, we recommend that they take two or more foundation courses. Exchange students may also benefit from taking Rhetoric, because the course is designed to help prepare students for academic success at Quest.


To be eligible to apply as an exchange student at Quest, students must:

• Attend a partner institution;
• Have completed at least one year of full-time university studies;
• Be in good academic standing;
• Meet the English language requirements if English is not their first language;
• Have a letter of nomination from their university


How to Apply

To apply to study for an exchange at Quest:

1. Fill out the Exchange Student Application [PDF, 390 KB]
2. Have it completed and signed by your institution’s Exchange Program Coordinator.
3. Assemble the additional application materials:

a. Current transcript
b. Statement of intent
c. IELTS/TOEFL test results (if English is not your first language)

4. Scan and send all documents by email to


What happens next?

If your nomination is accepted, you will receive an acceptance email with further instructions, including information on how to register for courses and how to apply for housing.


Quest offers a wide range of courses. See the Full Course Catalogue or visit Quest Self-Service to see current offerings.

One block minimum (one month), one term (four months), or two terms (eight months).

Fall (September-December); Spring (January-April); Summer (May-June)

If nominated by a partner institution, you pay your tuition fees to your home university.

Quest is a residential university; thus, all exchange students live on campus and have a meal plan. Our residences are condos, with shared or private bedrooms, as well as a shared kitchen and living space. All condos have wireless internet service and shared laundry facilities.

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Exchange students can select a half, three-quarter or a full meal plan. The cafeteria is open from 7 am to 7:30 pm daily. Options include vegetarian and vegan items, bakery items, grill, soups and stews, and daily specials. The meal card works like a debit card, with a declining balance based on items purchased.

Exchange students have full access to the Athletics Complex, which includes squash courts, bouldering gym, weight room, basketball court, and an all-weather outdoor soccer pitch. Recreational equipment, including tennis and squash racquets and snowshoes, can be signed out for personal use.

Exchange students are automatically enrolled in, at a cost of $250/term. Students are able to opt-out of this insurance by completing an online form and providing proof of private coverage.

Exchange students are not permitted to work on or off campus in Canada and should, therefore, plan their finances accordingly.

If studying in Canada for less than six months, you do not need a study permit. Depending on your citizenship or where you live, you will either need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada. Click here to see if you need a TRV or an eTA.

To be eligible to study in Canada for more than six months, you will need to apply for a Study Permit.

For more information, please e-mail

About Quest

Quest’s 60-acre campus is located in the coastal mountain community of Squamish, British Columbia, between Vancouver and Whistler.


Consisting of arts, humanities, mathematics, and social, life and natural sciences, the liberal arts and sciences form the basis of a well-rounded education.

Life at Quest

Living in a community is an integral part of the Quest experience. As such, students live on campus for all four years of their undergraduate degree.

If you have questions about the status of your file, contact Admissions at or 604-898-8000.

Quest University Canada is committed to accessibility and equity. Students with protected characteristics are welcome to request reasonable accommodations for the application process, and should speak with their Admissions Counsellor if they wish to do so. Any inquiries regarding accommodations while attending Quest should be directed to Krista Lambie, Director of Student Success, at