Going abroad provides you with an exciting learning experience that takes you well beyond the classroom.
Why go abroad? Why not?! Humber students who return from studies or internships abroad routinely say that it was a life-changing experience and one of the most personally and educationally rewarding, fulfilling, stimulating, and interesting things they have ever done.
Consider: How do you want to make your Humber education unique?
Being immersed in an entirely new cultural setting can be scary at first, but it's also exhilarating. It's an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges, and solve new problems. You will encounter situations that are wholly unfamiliar to you and will learn to adapt and respond in effective ways.
Here are 10 reasons to take the leap:
At Humber students can choose from a broad range of international opportunities, which can last in duration from a week abroad to a full academic semester. Over the past several years students and staff have traveled to more than 35 different countries crossing every continent in the world (except Antarctica – at least, not yet!)
Depending on your program of study, you can go abroad for:
The choice is yours. Whichever option you choose will lead to interesting places and experiences that will enhance your education and make you more attractive to potential employers after graduation.
Academic credit is awarded for most, but not all, opportunities. Take the time to research, and keep in mind that non-credit programs still provide you with endless benefits for your personal development and future career. All academic issues are managed between you and the Program Coordinator of your Faculty.
In the case of semester abroad opportunities, you are responsible for researching courses offered at the host institution and for securing approval for transfer of academic credit back to your Humber degree program.
A Learning Agreement is a form which authorizes you to take courses at other institutions for transfer credit. Credits earned from Humber exchange are applicable to the extent that they fulfill the requirements of your own degree program. When you meet with your Academic Coordinator, it will be helpful if you bring detailed course descriptions, contact hours, and any other relevant information from the host intuition for consideration.
Credit will be transferred if it meets the following requirements:
Please note that the grades for courses earned at overseas institutions for which transfer credit is given are not included in calculations for a grade point average, or in calculations for determining awards and distinctions. Humber will award credit hours without assigning a specific grade upon receipt of your signed Learning Agreement and an official academic transcript from your host institution. In other words, credit is awarded on a “pass/fail” basis.
The cost of going abroad varies depending on several factors, including the length of the program, the location, currency exchange rate, and your own personal spending habits.
It is Humber’s priority to ensure that study abroad programs are affordable to all students. You should set aside a budget for:
Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning is pleased to offer a Study Abroad Bursary to assist students who are completing part of their academic program abroad. This bursary will provide students with financial support for an eligible period of academic study, work term or co-op placement outside of Canada.
For more details on how to apply and to download the application forms, visit Humber’s Financial Aid website.
Not necessarily. Study abroad can be a great opportunity to develop foreign language skills, and knowing a foreign language is always beneficial; however, being multilingual is not a requirement for participating in study abroad programs.
Humber offers programs in both English-speaking (ex. Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand) and non-English speaking (ex. Taiwan, Austria) countries. However, all of our partner institutions offer a wide variety of courses in English, regardless of location. When you go abroad, you will be studying with students from all over the world on internationalized campuses.
Global experience is invaluable in today’s interconnected world. Each Year more than 500 Humber students go abroad for an enriching study or work experience. You can too! Whether you are just starting to research your options, or actively preparing for departure, here you will find information and resources to guide you through every step of the way!
Opportunities exist for all currently enrolled Humber students in each one of our faculties to go abroad. It is advised that you first complete at least one full semester of study at Humber, and be in good academic standing.
What’s Next? Review the content on this website and then contact the Humber Global and your Program Coordinator to speak about opportunities to go abroad. You’re making a decision that will open up your world!