Scholarships and Awards

+ Stories from Abroad: $1500 British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarship (4 available)

Your eligibility to apply for this scholarship is based on the following:

• You are currently enrolled at a BCSA Consortium Institution

• You are currently enrolled in a study abroad program, or have applied to study abroad in a program in the next calendar year (in which case the scholarship will only be awarded upon acceptance into the program of choice)

HOW TO APPLY: 

Please download our checklist and email the application requirement materials in one pdf with the subject line reading "Stories from Abroad: British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarship Application" to info [at] bcstudyabroad.ca

EXPECTATIONS:

In return for the $1500 Scholarship the chosen student will need to submit the following to be uploaded onto our BCSA Blog:

• One 300-400 word blog post (with a photo) pre-departure

• One 300-400 blog post (with a photo) throughout the duration of the study abroad program

• One 300-400 blog post (with a photo) once the study abroad program has finished and the student has returned to B.C. 

• 8-10 additional photos upon completion of the Study Abroad Program 

• A short presentation at the student's home institution once back in B.C.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 2, 2015

These photos and posts will be featured on our BCSA, BCCIE and StudyinBC websites and social media pages.

Please also ask your international advisor or visit your institution's Student Awards and Financial Aid website for more information.

+ #TweetsAbroad: $1500 British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarship (4 available)

Your eligibility to apply for this scholarship is based on the following:

• You are currently enrolled at a BCSA Consortium Institution

• You are currently enrolled in a study abroad program, or have applied to study abroad in a program in the next calendar year (in which case the scholarship will only be awarded upon acceptance into the program of choice)

HOW TO APPLY: 

Please download our checklist and email the application requirement materials in one pdf with the subject line reading "#TweetsAbroad: British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarship Application" to info [at] bcstudyabroad.ca.

Along with the required documents listed in the application checklist, applicants must have answered at least 3 @BC_StudyAbroad Twitter questions using the hashtag #TweetsAbroad.

New questions will be posted every Monday/Wednesday/Friday from January 5 through February 23, 2015. All documents and Tweets must be received by no later than March 2, 2015. We will use the applicant's Twitter handle to confirm and review the applicant's answers.

EXPECTATIONS:

In return for the $1500 Scholarship the chosen student will need to submit the following to be uploaded onto our BCSA Twitter feed and BCSA Facebook page:

• Three #TweetsAbroad Tweets (with photos) pre-departure

• Three #TweetsAbroad Tweets   (with photos) per week throughout the duration of the study abroad program

• Three #TweetsAbroad Tweets  blog post (with photos) once the study abroad program has finished and the student has returned to B.C. 

• 8-10 additional photos upon completion of the Study Abroad Program 

• A short presentation at the student's home institution once back in B.C.

These photos and posts will be featured on our BCSA, BCCIE and StudyinBC websites and social media pages.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (including live tweets) IS MARCH 2, 2015

Please also ask your international advisor or visit your institution's Student Awards and Financial Aid website for more information.

+ Amgen Scholars Japan

Students worldwide may now apply to the Amgen Scholars at leading Institutions in Japan: Kyoto University, and The University of Tokyo.

Applications for the 2015 Amgen Scholars Program in Japan are now online. Note that applicants do not need to currently attend one of the Japan host institutions to participate. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 500 colleges and universities to date.

Japan Program flyer and e-Card

To learn more about the Amgen Foundation's commitment to advancing STEM education in the U.S., Europe and now Japan, see this recent news story.

Student Loans

You may be eligible to apply for student loans to support your study abroad experience. Ask a financial advisor at your home institution for further information on student loans.

Budgeting Tips

Studying abroad can be very affordable; it depends on many factors, including your destination, the time of year, your personal spending habits. For example, the cost of living is higher in Western Europe and Australia than in China. You can expect to spend more if you are living in a big city versus living in the countryside. To get a better idea as to what the costs might be the Foreign Currency Exchange Converter offers an easy way to translate foreign costs into Canadian dollars.

Some programs will be more expensive than others, depending on added features, such as meals, accommodation, field trips and tours. 

In addition to asking an advisor and past participants for budgeting tips, make sure to investigate available student discounts offered such as the International Student Identity Card (ISIC).

Another way to learn about costs and money-saving tips is to read personal reports written by past current or past study abroad students which are available on the study abroad website at your institution. 

There may be external sources of funding available to help you meet the financial requirements of your study abroad experience.