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Exchange student in New Zealand

Suggestions and Tips

Pre-Application

  • Contact the UWindor Exchange Office and arrange a meeting (online or in-person) to speak with Michelle
    Typical available hours are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the afternoon (from 2pm - 4:30pm)
  • Read all of the FAQs.
  • Research the destination you're interested in.
  • Consider destinations you'd normally not be interested in - you'd be surprised what some schools offer.
  • Be careful of language differences - for example, "courses" at most British and Australian institutes refer to Canadian "majors", while what we call "courses" they call "modules".
  • Get your reference letters started first so that the people doing them have a chance to complete it and send it in before the deadline.

Application

  • Start with academic reasons for wanting to go to particular destinations.
  • Ensure that your 2nd and 3rd options are actual destinations you'd be happy attending, as we are often limited in the number of students we can send to a particular school.
  • If you greatly prefer 1 destination over others, indicate that in your comments.
  • Give detail, but not drawn out explanations for each question.
  • It is optional to include an alternate email address, but it is a good idea to do so.
  • Use the comment field at the bottom of the application.

Interview

  • Re-read all of the FAQs.
  • You are not required to dress formally, but it is still an interview so you will want to look presentable.
  • Talk to your family and friends before the interview so that you have some idea where their level of support is.
  • If you are applying to go to a second language exchange, be prepared for parts of the interview to be conducted in that language.
  • Have an idea of when the semesters end/start at the school you'll be visiting - most will not be the same as UWindsor.
  • You are permitted to bring notes and a list of questions that you might have.

If you have any questions please send an email the UWindsor Exchange Office (exchange@uwindsor.ca).