Study Tours

Organizing an International Experience

UFV recognizes the value of properly organized and administered international experience opportunities for students, staff, and faculty.

International Experiences, whether a study tour or an international internship, will be approved by the appropriate Dean/Director/Department Head upon consideration of the proposal demonstrating educational value, adequate planning, comprehensive budgeting, a thorough risk assessment, and other measures taken to ensure the success of the international experience. Study Tours may be offered on a credit and/or non-credit basis while international internships will have a credit component attached to the course(s).

Destination, risk, cost, value (academic and/or other experience), time of year, and established partnerships are a few of the considerations to make when creating a study tour or internship. UFV International may be able to offer scholarships to international experience groups who visit select countries and connect with our partner institutions.

Passports and Visas

It is recommended that any students considering joining an international experience and who do not have a passport, to apply right away.

NOTE: Passports are required to be valid for 6 months past the date of return to Canada. Students whose passports expire within or close to this time frame should renew as soon as possible.

Some countries require a visa to enter. Click here for the list of countries that require an entry visa for Canadian citizens. If an international student is a participant on the trip, s/he may require an entry visa even if Canadian passport holders do not. Countries such as China also require a Letter of Invitation detailing the duration, itinerary, and accommodation arrangements, to submit with the visa application.

Where to start:

Use the drop-down menu under Study Tours to find information and important documents needed to organize a short-term international experience. The forms are designed as fillable pdf’s. Please download and save the file to a folder before working on it or distributing via email to the students. Any form that has special instructions will be noted in the short description.

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If you have any questions about the forms/process or would simply like to discuss ideas, please do not hesitate to email Kara Bertram.