If a semester abroad is something that you are interested in, you need to develop a study plan. A discussion with an advisor, program coordinator, and with International Education is key to understanding what the benefits are and what to expect while on an exchange.
You may want to begin by asking yourself, when would I like to go abroad and for how long? How will this affect my studies at Medicine Hat College and my transfer university? What are my goals for studying abroad? Your goals may be culturally based, language based, or academically based - or perhaps a combination of each.
Research and Decide
You should research the different exchange opportunities available in different countries to best determine which option best suits your needs.
The application form for the program can be found here. There is no application fee, and approval of students into the program is dependent on each student that applies. If you have any questions regarding the application please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Once the International Education office makes a formal request on the student's behalf to participate in an exchange, the International Education office will have the student complete the application form from the exchange institution. Once the student has completed the form, it should be given back to International Education.
As a student, you should schedule a meeting by contacting email@example.com so that you can register for the International Mobility Program at Student Registration.
When you are accepted by the exchange institution they will issue a formal letter of acceptance. This letter will be needed to apply for a visa/study permit. Each country has varying costs and requested documents, and it will be your responsibility to locate and submit all of the required documents.
Once the High Commission returns your passport with the visa/study permit inside, you can book your flights, mindful of the orientation date and move-in dates for students residence. International Education must approve flights. A copy of each student's flight itinerary must be provided to International Education, detailing arrival and departure dates with times and airline.
International Education will provide you with an invoice for your health insurance, which can be picked up at the International Education office once your flight itinerary has been submitted. Payment of health insurance can be done through credit card, debit, or cash at the International Education office.
Medicine Hat College has a mandatory Emergency Protocol and Planning Record form that must be completed. The original copy of the form is kept in International Education and is only accessed in case of emergencies.
The International Mobility program offers you the chance to travel and study abroad. Learn more about current study abroad opportunities.
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