Are you looking for an international experience during your academic training? Do you want to have a first-hand experience with a foreign language and to live an incomparable experience? Would you like to know a new culture and to live in another country while you study in some of the best technological universities worldwide? At ITBA, you will have the opportunity to combine your studies with a multicultural experience which will allow you to expand your personal and professional horizons. Our mission is to train professionals committed to the comprehensive development of the country and who are competitive at international level. ITBA’s exchange programme gives you the opportunity to attend one or two terms of your studies in any of the prestigious universities of Europe, the United States, Asia and America with which we have exchange agreements.
Living abroad for a while enriches you and involves you in a new culture in a completely different manner. Such cultural and social immersion involves a learning process which goes beyond the academic training, and helps you to complete your intellectual and personal maturity. Having to adapt to new places not only makes you be aware of another reality, but also makes you know yourself better. In a world more and more globalised, full of opportunities and challenges, exchange gives you the tools necessary for your development in such new context. Also, it offers you the chance to improve your labour possibilities, creating relationships for your professional future with international projection. We invite you to embrace such new challenge.
Visit ITBA’s Department of International and University Relations to see what destination suits you best.
- How long does an exchange take?
Most students prefer exchanges for one term (four-month period). There is the possibility to stay a maximum of 2 terms as exchange student, and up to 4 terms for dual-degree programmes.
- May I extend my exchange once I am abroad?
It is possible to do so, provided that the dates established are respected, and provided there are available positions.
- Can I apply to more than one university?
Yes. You may apply to a maximum of three institutions. You must file the relevant documents to each of them (introduction letter, forms, study proposal or learning agreement, etc.) and you must state your order of priority. In case of documents required by all three entities (academic record, résumé, pictures, passport copy, etc.) you only need to submit one set of copies, provided the teaching language of all entities you apply to is the same.
- What can I do if I have doubts as to how fill ib the application forms?
Workshops to prepare your application are the proper place to clear any doubts. Such workshops are offered during each term during the weeks prior to the closing of the application period.
- Who may i ask any specific question about the university of destination and the application to such university?
Information meetings are the first instance. The web page of the university of destination and the material available at IOL are the second. The third instance is to talk to ITBA’s students who attended exchange programmes at the university you want to go, or with students of such institution which are attending ITBA at such time (you may use Facebook or may request connection with ITBA’s International Relations Department). The last instances are to ask ITBA or the university of destination.
- What happens if there are no approved equivalences for my course of studies at the university I want to attend?
Before closing of the application period, you must submit the document requesting the equivalences (available at IOL) at the International Relations Department. As soon as your application is evaluated, you will be advised of the result via e-mail.
- How much does it cost to participate in a university exchange?
Exchange students do not have to pay the academic fees at the university of destination or the tuition fee with ITBA. During the exchange period, they have to pay ITBA the amount corresponding to the number of credits they are taking abroad. They also have to pay all the living expenses (accommodation, health insurance, food, visa, travelling expenses, etc.).
To grant the student visa, the different countries require that you submit evidence that you have the money necessary to support yourself during all the exchange months. In general, they ask between Euro 800 and 1200 per month for Europe, and USD 800 for the U.S. If you are a beneficiary of an ITBA scholarship, it must be in full force and effect during and after the exchange, provided you comply with the requirements for its maintenance.
- If I take part in an exchange experience, will I fall behind in my course of studies?
As long as you plan your exchange programme carefully and sufficiently in advance, follow the proceedings for the granting of the equivalences, and pass the subjects taken abroad, you should not fall behind in your course of study.
- Do I get credits for the same subjects that I attend abroad?
Yes, provided that during your exchange experience you attend subjects which equivalences had been previously approved before your departure.
- Do the grades obtained abroad affect my average score at ITBA?
The subjects taken abroad will be included in your analytical certificate as a subject “passed by equivalence,” and thus, they will not affect your academic average.
- What happens if I fail any of the subjects i take abroad?
There are several options. If the professor of the foreign university agrees to test you again by giving you a long-distance exam, you must coordinate with the International Relations Department of both universities the logistics of such arrangement. If this is not an option, and the failed subject has an equivalence at ITBA, you must request through the ITBA’s Academic Secretary the possibility that the final exam is given at ITBA (following the contents of the subject as given in our university), which decision will depend on both the ITBA’s professor and the Academic Secretary. If the failed subject has no equivalence at ITBA or if you are not allowed to sit for the final exam at ITBA, you must attend the subject again at our University.
- Is there a minimum of ITBA credits that I need to attend during my exchange abroad?
Yes, ITBA’s students must attend at least the equivalent to 12 ITBA credits during each exchange term.
- Do universities teach only in the language of their country?
No, most European universities teach in their official language and in English.
- Is it possible to take part in more that one exchange experience?
Yes, even though in the allocation of positions, priority will be given to students who did not take part in such experience before.
- Are most of the students accepted in the programmes selected by them?
It depends on the term and the applicants. Sometimes, most applicants apply for the same university, and many of them are left outside the programme; some other times, the most popular locations do not have any applicants. It is really impossible to predict what will happen from one term to another. Therefore, it is recommended that you apply to more than one university to increase your possibilities.
- When do terms start and end aboard?
Such information is available in the Web page of each university, since they have specific dates. However, it is important to remember that in the Northern hemisphere the first term corresponds to the second term at ITBA, and vice-versa.
- Do all universities have accommodarion of their own? If universities have accommodation of their own, is it advisible to stay there?
No. However, all of them have information on the different accommodation types available in their Web pages. Such decision is highly personal. When choosing a place to stay you have to bear in mind that since ITBA does not have accommodation space, it is interesting to have the experience of living in a university campus. Also, it is much easier to get accommodation through the university than individually.