CIE Guidelines

Student fees

You will be charged a UBC tuition rate for 15 credits per term when you participate in a CIE term abroad. You do not have to pay the partner institution’s international tuition fees to attend a CIE partner institution. You must arrange to pay for all other expenses associated with your term abroad, including housing, transportation and other living expenses.

Coordinated International Experience Award

The Faculty of Applied Science provides a $1,000 CIE Award for every student embarking on a Coordinated International Experience to assist in offsetting student costs. This money will be deposited into your tuition account during your semester abroad once the CIE partner institution has confirmed your attendance.

If you have an outstanding tuition balance, it will be reduced by the value the CIE Award.

You do not need to apply for the $1,000 CIE Award. This award is automatically provided to all CIE students during their term abroad.


You must make your own accommodation arrangements. Housing is not provided by institutions or coordinated for you. Please consult your chosen institution’s website for information regarding housing options.

Living expenses

It is difficult to estimate exactly how much you will need for your term abroad as expenses will depend on a number of factors, including the cost of living in your host city and your lifestyle.

Before you apply to the CIE, it is important to estimate your travel expenses to your host country and your living costs once you are there.

The following tips can help you estimate the funds you will require to study abroad:

Contact your Enrolment Services Professional (ESP) and ask for their help in planning and budgeting for your CIE term abroad. Various sources of funding may be available including awards, scholarships, loans, a UBC bursary and lines of credit. You can find your ESP’s contact details on the Student Service Centre website here or go to the Advising Centre in Brock Hall.

Contact the student union services at your chosen CIE institution to learn more about the cost of living in your host city. Information on the cost of accommodation, food, transportation, etc. may be available at this source.

Budget carefully for your study term abroad. Be realistic with your expenses and map out a monthly budget to help manage your funds.

Visa requirements

You may need a visa to participate in the CIE program, and the process for applying for a visa varies from country to country.

It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the visa application process and processing times for the country you intend to go to. It can take up to three months to obtain a visa for some countries.

You should also ensure that your passport is valid for up to six months after you intend to return home from your international experience.

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