Students who are interested in international study should consider participating in the MacAbroad Exchange Program, administered by International Student Services. This opportunity allows students in their third year to study at a host institution overseas while still paying their standard McMaster tuition and supplementary fees. Students choose to study abroad for a variety of reasons, including language development, exposure to new cultures and perspectives, and unique course offerings offered only at certain institutions.

All interested Arts & Science students must complete the following four steps in this order:

  • Plan to attend the Artsci Study Abroad Information Session on 17 Oct. from 2:30-3:20pm in LRW-3038.
  • Attend one of the mandatory MacAbroad Exchange Information Sessions hosted by ISS. All sessions are held from 5:00-6:30pm in GH-111. The sessions are scheduled for: 2 Oct., 19 Oct., 1 Nov., 15 Nov., 28 Nov., 3 Jan., and 9 Jan. Additional details may be found on OscarPlus.
  • Meet with Dr. Warner during his office hours to discuss their academic plans.
  • Meet with Shelley or Rebecca (as appropriate) to discuss the logistics of the application process.

Students in Arts & Science are generally eligible for exchange agreements set up with the Faculties of Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences. The full list of exchange agreements may be viewed here. There is the option to study for either one term (typically Term 2) or a full year.


Selection is based on a number of factors, and include the following essential requirements:

  • Completion of 60 units of work with a Cumulative Average of at least 7.0 by the time students are to go abroad
  • Full-time study while abroad is required
  • Students participate in the exchange program during Level III, and must return to McMaster to complete their final year of study after the exchange has ended
  • Where applicable, students must have proficiency in the host country’s language

Application Process

Students typically go through the application and interview process during Level II (see timeline below) and go abroad during Level III. The application requirements may be found here. Students must choose up to two (maximum of three) institutions to which they would like to apply. Successful applicants are then nominated to one institution by the selection committee and ISS. The nominations are then sent to the host institutions, who will then respond with acceptances and registration information. All registration procedures are handled by ISS.

The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 MacAbroad Exchange Program is 22 January 2018.

More Information

 Artsci Participation in Conference on International Study

In July 2015, recent Arts & Science graduates (Class of 2015) Rachel Brain, Erik Brown, Leila Gaind, Kaila Radan, and Julia Redmond, along with Dr. Jean Wilson, presented “Interdisciplinary Study Abroad as Experiential Learning” at A Conference on The Culture of Study Abroad in Halifax, NS, sponsored by St. Mary’s University and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The team is now at work exploring ways of integrating findings into the development of enhanced international study programming for students currently participating in—or contemplating—academic exchange. Their paper was revised for publication and appears in Comparative and International Education.

Exchange Participants

Student Host Institution
Amy Chen Seinan Gakuin University (Term II)
Emma Chilton Université Lumière Lyon 2 (Terms I & II)
Julia Cooke University of Sydney (Term II)
Michael Donolo Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (Term II)
Kristen Gracie University of Amsterdam (Term II)
Rachel Guitman Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (Term II)
Sarah Krymalowski University of Copenhagen (Term II)
Adelaide Leo Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (Term II)
Erin Mierdel Maynooth University (Term II)
Lydia Mills Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (Term II)
Annecy Pang University of Sydney (Term II)
Balie Tomar Nanyang Technological University (Term II)
Hannah Wilms Lancaster University (Terms I & II)
Melanie Yin Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (Term I)
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