How to study at ACAD as an incoming Exchange student

Looking to study at ACAD for a semester? We welcome applicants from across North America and from international schools around the world.

If you're a student from one of our partner AICAD schools, please submit your application on the AICAD Slideroom portal.

If you are an international student who attends a school that has an exchange agreement with ACAD please send the following in one PDF to advising@acad.ca.

  • Completed Incoming Exchange & Travel Study Application

  • Cover Page that includes YOUR NAME, INSTITUTION, MAJOR, Semester and year of Exchange

  • Personal Statement / Letter of Intent (500 words max.) that describes your research interest, why study at ACAD, how the Exchange program will help you fulfill your academic goals

  • A scanned copy of the photograph page of your valid passport. Your passport needs to be valid for six months following your return from the Exchange + Travel Study program.

  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae (The College Art Association has an excellent guideline for creating your CV) 

  • 10 images of work with dimensions and titles (use still images for sound or video pieces and links to web file)

  • Provide research of the ACAD course titles that you would propose to enroll in provided there is availability. Please note: While on exchange students are generally expected to enroll in 15 credits of coursework comprised of two 300-level major studio courses, and three elective studio courses (or a liberal studies elective). It is your responsibility to verify with your home institution that the courses you enroll in at ACAD will fulfill your degree requirements.

Your Academic Advisor, Exchange Travel Study Coordinator, or Study Abroad Advisor should also send us a letter of introduction. Please note, you must apply to and receive approval from a Canadian Consulate for necessary visas and immigration documentation.

When admitted to ACAD's Exchange & Travel Study program, you will be responsible for all travel, accommodation, visas, personal expenses, ACAD program supplementary fees (studio fees, internet useage, recreation, transit pass), and you must have proof of travel and health insurance coverage for the duration of your study here.

Application Deadlines:

  • Apr 10 is the application deadline to Study at ACAD for Fall Semester (September-December)
  • Nov 1 is the application deadline to study at ACAD for Winter/Spring Semester (January-May) 

Please contact ACAD's Exchange + Travel Study Coordinator advising@acad.ca if you have any questions.