McMaster Exchange – MacAbroad

Are you interested in studying abroad?

To help you get started, you should familiarize yourself with the Outgoing Exchange information available here (Getting started, Things to consider, How to apply, Funding your exchange, etc.)

BHSc (Hons) Program will hold a program specific Exchange Information Session in late October  for those students who want to learn more about studying abroad! (look for details on Avenue to Learn)

2020/21 Exchange Application – Now Open!

The password to create an application can be found in the 2019 General Exchange webinar, which is now available at

ISS also holds in-person, as well as, university specific information sessions.


The majority of exchange agreements offered through McMaster University are semester/year-long study opportunities. Students must study full-time on the exchange.

Search our exchange agreements for available destinations.



Some research opportunities are available through the McMaster Exchange Program. Course credit for these opportunities is not guaranteed. Programs include:


McMaster has a select number of summer programs available. Summer opportunities include:

The OBW/ORA/OJS and Universitats21 summer programs are Letter of Permission opportunities. This means students pay tuition directly to the program, not McMaster. Students must be approved for credit-transfer within their home faculty.


Funding your exchange

According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education, 80% of students identify financial assistance as the greatest barrier to studying abroad; luckily, ISS can help. There are a number of opportunities to receive financial support as an outgoing exchange student.

BHSc Stories from Abroad

*More McMaster Stories from Abroad

“My MacAbroad experience was unforgettable and came at a perfect time in my life. Exchange motivated me to make the most of each day, seeking new friendships and new adventures. Living in a different country for 4 months, I was able to immerse myself into a completely new culture. I was exposed to a variety of different perspectives on issues such as culture, politics and even healthcare. I learned to think more globally and adapted to different ways of living in different places. “

Suraya Bondy, BHSc (Hons), Class of 2020 (Studied at Sydney University)


“Going on exchange was the best decision of my Health Sci journey. At Tsinghua University, I was surrounded by the brightest students from every corner of the world, each of them taught me lessons that I would never have learned in Canada. Having worked on projects from Uzbekistan to Nepal to Beijing, this exchange gave me a truly global perspective. If you’re considering going on exchange, don’t even hesitate!” 

Chris Zhou, BHSc (Hons), Class of 2020 (Studied at Tsinghua University)


“The Danes showed me the simplicity of happiness.”

Lauren Garback, BHSc (Hons), Class of 2020 (Studied at University of Copenhagen)


“Exchange is hands down, the highlight of my time in university. Besides getting to travel, for me, the best part of studying abroad was the friends that I made from around the world and the growth I’ve seen in myself. In Copenhagen I learned to live independently, interact with diverse individuals, and truly experience the magic of a work-life balance.”

Kathryn Chen, BHSc (Hons), Class of 2020 (Studied at University of Copenhagen)