Coordinated International Experience

Interested in expanding your horizons by studying abroad?

The Coordinated International Experience Program opens a world of experience

The Applied Science Coordinated International Experience (CIE) program is exclusively for UBC Applied Science students. The program offers equivalency inacademic credit for a pre-selected and pre-approved set of courses over one academic semester at one of our CIE international partner institutions.

Courses are taught in English, and the academic credit you receive from your approved courses taken abroad will count fully towards your UBC degree.

How you will benefit from a Coordinated International Experience

Spending a semester studying abroad will offer you an unforgettable academic and cultural experience. Participating in the program will immerse you in a new culture, expand your international network of friends, future colleagues, employers, and professors. You will gain new technical skills and expertise by learning in a foreign country.

Gaining an international perspective – either by studying abroad through the Coordinated International Experience program or through an international co-op or co-curricular experience – will broaden your perspective.

Study at an acclaimed international university

The Faculty of Applied Science has worked with a select group of international peer institutions to match their courses to the UBC Applied Science curriculum. Our partner institutions are recognized internationally as academic leaders and were selected deliberately because their course offerings complement UBC Applied Science degree programs.

Each UBC Applied Science student who attends a partner Coordinated International Experience institution will receive a $1,000 Coordinated International Experience Award during their term abroad.

Obtain full credit towards your degree requirements

As a Coordinated International Experience student, you will be registered in UBC CIE courses at the partner institution and you will receive credit for these courses on your UBC transcript that will fully count towards your degree requirements. Grades will be recorded on UBC transcripts as pass/fail for CIE-approved courses to avoid issues regarding institution-specific international grade scales. You will also receive a transcript from the university where you have completed your international academic term.

Benefits of participating in the Coordinated International Experience program

Why participate in the CIE program? In addition to experiencing the personal transformation that comes from living and studying abroad, you will:

  • complete the courses required for progression in your UBC Applied Science degree during your term abroad;
  • obtain a transcript documenting your stay at an international partner institution;
  • be exposed to new technical skills, technical expertise and specialized equipment usage;
  • have the ability to participate in specialized applied science courses available exclusively at the international host institute;
  • build your network of international peers, potential employers and professors engaged in your area of interest; and
  • expand your résumé with a unique international experience.


The CIE program is administered through the Professional Development Centre in the Faculty of Applied Science. Contact us today to:

  • learn more about CIE partner institutions,
  • help with the CIE application process, and
  • talk with you about the logistics of participating in the CIE.

If you have questions about how Coordinated International Experience can be integrated with your academic curriculum, co-op schedule or other questions about the program, please contact the CIE Program Assistant, Maki Sumitani (e-mail: / phone: 604-827-2002 / office: KAIS 1120A).

If you are a student at the UBC Okanagan campus, feel free to contact our central Vancouver office at or also address questions to Megan Briskham at the Okanagan campus (e-mail: / phone: 250 807-9256 / office: EME 4229).

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