How to Apply

How to apply to CIE

CIE is a competitive program. Students must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for the CIE program. The student must:

  • be in the Faculty of Applied Science entering the correct eligible year level and term for her/his program of study (see the list below for details);
  • be a full-time student in good academic standing as defined by the UBC Faculty of Applied Science;
  • have achieved at least a 70% average (or 80% average for Bachelor of Environmental Design students) in the most recent academic term of full-time studies;
  • Note: some institutions require a more competitive average (i.e. ETH Zurich 85%);
  • Term 1 (Fall term) grades will be considered in Round 1 (December deadline)
  • Term 2 (Spring term) grades will be considered in Round 2 (May deadline)
  • must have maintained 70% average (or 80% average for Bachelor of Environmental Design students) prior to participating in CIE program.

These criteria are set to ensure that students are prepared to thrive academically while on a CIE term. Please contact the CIE office to discuss possible appeals or exceptions to the requirements outlined above. Please speak to the CIE Coordinator prior to applying if you require academic or other accommodations abroad.

Eligible year levels and academic term dates

When you go on your CIE term abroad depends on your UBC Applied Science program of study.

Engineering Physics students and Bachelor of Environmental Design students can participate in CIE during UBC’s Term 1 (September – December). Students in all other engineering programs of study participate in CIE during UBC’s Term 2 (January – April).

You can participate in a term abroad during the following academic years and terms:

Year 3, Term 2

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Integrated Engineering (*also open to Year 4)
  • Materials Engineering (*also open to Year 4)
  • UBC Okanagan School of Engineering (Civil, Electrical and Mechanical)

Year 3.5, Term 2

  • Mechanical Engineering

Year 4, Term 2

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Integrated Engineering (*also open to Year 3)
  • Materials Engineering (*also open to Year 3)

Year 4, Term 1

  • Engineering Physics
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design

See the example below for Mechanical Engineering students on when you are eligible to apply and go abroad on a CIE term.

Year Term 1 (Sep – Dec) Term 2 (Jan – Apr) Summer (May – Aug)
1 Study Study Vacation
2 Study (MECH 2) Study (MECH 2) Work Term 1
3 Work Term 2 Study (Year 3) – currently should be here to apply for CIE Work Term 3
4 (3rd year standing) Study (Year 3) Work Term 4


CIE (Year 3.5)

Work Term 5
5 (4th year standing) Study Study Graduation

Overview of the application process

  1. Gather information
  2. Apply for CIE (and pay the $415 Go Global Application fee)
  3. Apply to your matched partner institution directly


1. Gather information


2. Apply to the CIE program through Go Global by the deadline

Apply now to the CIE program

You will need to include the following information as part of your application:

  • your CWL log-in information in order to start your application;
  • your top three choices of CIE partner institutions;

And prepare the following documents:

  • fill out the CIE – Study Plan for your top school of choice only and have your Program Advisor approve it (refer to our course mapping for the latest pre-approved courses, upload a scanned signed copy);
  • Program advisors:
    • ENDS Mari Fujita
    • CHBE Marlene Chow
    • CIVL Steven Weijs
    • EECE Cristian Grecu
    • ENVE Benard Laval
    • ENPH Andre Marziali
    • GEOE Erik Eberhardt
    • IGEN Jon Nakane
    • MECH Sarah Claton
    • MINE Davide Elmo
    • MTRL Daan Maijer
    • BMEG Tegan Stusiak
    • UBCO Samantha Luckow
  • Write a statement of intent for each CIE partner institution of your choice as to why you want to participate in the CIE program and why this specific partner institution should accept you (200–300 words, upload in PDF format).

Two thirds of the courses you request on your application must be engineering courses (or environmental design courses for Bachelor of Environmental Design students) pre-approved by the CIE office to ensure that the credits transfer back to UBC. 

After you have the above documents ready, submit your application online.

UBC will review your submitted application after the application deadline. If we approve your application, we will nominate you to the CIE partner institution and let you know if you can be matched to your first-choice or second-choice institution.  

3. Apply to your partner institution

After you have been accepted into the CIE program, you will receive instructions on how to submit your application directly to the partner university from Go Global. The partner institutions will make the final decision on whether you are accepted at their institution. In the rare case that the partner institution advises you are not accepted, ensure to let us know right away and we can seek an alternate CIE opportunity as applicable.

We will provide you with your official transcript if required as part of your application to the partner university. Some universities might require an academic reference. Speak with your professor early to let them know that you might need a reference from them. 

Application deadlines

December 17, 2019: Main exchange deadline for all CIE exchange partners (Term 1, Term 2)

May 7, 2020: Second round deadline for remaining spots (Term 2 exchanges only)