Exchange students

Exchange students

As an exchange student, you can attend Quest while enrolled at another university. Your courses at Quest will count toward a program of study at your home institution. Exchange is a great way to travel, experience a different campus culture, and make new friends, all while continuing your studies.

Studying on the block plan

If you aren’t accustomed to studying in English or on the block plan, we recommend you take two or more foundation courses. You may also benefit from taking rhetoric, because the course is designed to help prepare students for academic success at Quest.


To be eligible as an exchange student at Quest, you must:

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

Exchange length

Exchange students may attend Quest on exchange for:

  • 1 month/1 block (minimum)
  • 4 months/4 blocks (1 term)
  • 8 months/8 blocks (2 terms)


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

Courses and terms

Quest offers a wide range of courses. See the full course list. Fall term is 4 blocks from September to December. Spring term is 4 blocks from January to April. Summer term is 3 blocks from May to June.

Student life

Like almost all our students, exchange students live on campus so they can have the full Quest experience. Our residences include several different buildings with different accommodation styles – all are modern, safe, and comfortable!

You can also enjoy the RecPlex with squash courts, a bouldering gym, weight rooms, cardio equipment, a 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.

All students are also required to sign up for a campus meal plan.

Find out what campus life is all about here.

Health insurance

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


Exchange students are not legally allowed to work on or off campus in Canada, so you should plan your finances accordingly.


If you plan to study in Canada for six months or more, you will need to apply for 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.  Visit the Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship page to see if you need a TRV or an eTA.

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Your application checklist

  • Fill out the exchange student application.
  • Get the application signed by your institution’s Exchange Program Coordinator.
  • Get your official transcript (an up-to-date copy of your university transcript)
  • Write your statement of intent.
  • Take the IELTS or TOEFL (if English is not your first language) and obtain the results.
  • Submit any optional materials, because they’ll help round out your application:
    • An original piece of work such as a portfolio, photography, artwork, video, research project, or music
    • SAT/ACT test scores
    • Reference letters
    • A resume
    • An additional written piece (eg. an assignment for class)
  • Send your application and supporting documents to

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completion of the current academic year in April 2023.

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