Go Global Exchange

Travel the world and have it count towards your International Economics Degree.

Imagine learning about international business in Italy – attending classes and earning UBC credits by day, while discovering Italian history, culture and cuisine by night. You could even learn about the economics of inequality in Peru, or international trade amidst the bustle of Tokyo. This is all possible with UBC’s Go Global study abroad program.

Go Global and the International Economics program have worked closely together to identify study abroad opportunities for BIE students. Study abroad opportunities include: Exchange, International Internships, Research Abroad, Global Seminars, International Service Learning and more.

Going Global lets you:

  • explore your International Economics degree from a different perspective and gain access to courses you would not have access to at UBC
  • get an edge in the workforce, as more and more industries value cross-cultural competencies and international experience
  • experience another country as a student and not just a tourist
  • become globally aware, grow and develop as a person, and gain cross-cultural understanding

Go Global has partner universities in over 35 countries, but some of our partners offer programs and courses that will complement and enhance your UBC International Economics degree.  You can explore all of Go Global’s partner institutions by visiting Go Global’s partner pages, or see below for a list of universities that have been recommended by the International Economics Department.  Once you’ve completed your research on available programs, you should submit an application with your top three university choices.

Study abroad for International Economics majors is recommended for students during your second term of your third year, after you have completed your lower-level BIE requirements (found on the UBC academic calendar). This foundation will allow you to better appreciate differences in economic perspectives around the world and to cope with any differences in teaching styles that you may encounter. Generally, credits taken abroad will contribute to your upper-level International Economics major requirements. However, there are still a variety of credits that may also count towards lower-level requirements.

As an alternative, students may also want to consider taking courses outside your BIE degree requirements, but which count towards your elective credits.

Below are some guidelines to help you determine if a course abroad is equivalent to a UBC upper year BIE course:

  • Is the course offered by the International Economics department in the partner university?
  • Does it have a lower level requirement?
  • Is it offered as an upper year course abroad?

The following universities have numerous courses pre-approved for transfer credit. For a list of courses that have transferred back as International Economics course credits at the following institutions, as well as many others, visit the Go Global Partner Pages.

Internships Abroad

An international internship is a short-term professional experience in a workplace to gain skills and knowledge related to your field of study. Students may choose to find their own self-directed international internship or may choose from a structured internship opportunity available through one of Go Global’s partners.

Research Abroad

Conduct research abroad at one of our 150 partner universities worldwide! Students may choose to embark on self-directed research abroad programs or structured research abroad programs. Research abroad allows undergraduates to learn new techniques, build your career as well as network and engage with other cultures.

Global Seminars

Take a UBC course led by a faculty member alongside a small group of peers abroad to experience hands-on learning. Each course is unique in location, length, and cost. Immerse yourself in another part of the world and bring course content to life.

Summer Abroad
Spend the summer studying in an exciting international location without interrupting your winter semester course load. Take an intensive, focused course at another institution that you would not otherwise be able to take within your UBC degree.

Visit our Summer Abroad page to browse through a list of our programs.

  • Explore the Go Global website to learn more about all study abroad options Exchange, Group Study Programs, partner universities, application deadlines, eligibility criteria and information about scholarships and Awards.
  • Attend an information session - see the Go Global Calendar of Events
  • Connect with Go Global Advisors
  • Browse through the Partner Pages to see what universities are available for your discipline and what courses have been previously transferred back to UBC