How to Apply

How to apply to CIE

Check back in November for 2020/2021 recruitment.

CIE Information Booth: September 3, 2019 Imagine Day, Zone 2 along Main Mall, 1-4:30pm


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;
  • 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
  3. Apply to your matched partner institution directly


  1. Gather information


  1. Apply to the CIE program online by the deadline

Apply now to the CIE program

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

  • your name, contact details, student number, and program of study;
  • your first and second choice of CIE partner institution;

And prepare the following documents:

  • fill out the CIE – Study Plan and have your Program Advisor approve it (refer to our course mapping for the latest pre-approved courses, upload a scanned signed copy);
  • 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).

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 (link is at the top of the page).

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.  

  1. 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. 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

Round 1 intake – December

Round 2 intake – May