Scholarships and Awards

+ Guangdong Scholarship Program

The Department of Education of Guangdong, China offers scholarships to students from British Columbia to study in Guangdong, China. It is a valuable opportunity to gain exposure to Chinese language, culture, economy and trade, science and engineering, as well as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), to develop enriching, life-long relationships.

The scholarships are provided to graduating secondary school students and students enrolled in post-secondary studies at eligible post-secondary institutions.

Eligibility criteria, application procedures and further information about the Guangdong Scholarship Program are available on Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

The deadline for receiving applications for the 2018 academic year (commencing September 2018) is May 31, 2018.

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training will notify successful candidates. The final decision of program term is at the discretion of the Department of Education of Guangdong, China.

+ Colombian Government Scholarships

ICETEX, the Colombian Institute for Education Loans and Study Abroad, offers several programs which allow foreign citizens to study or participate in different kind of academic and research activities in Colombia, including:

  • Visiting Scholars Program
  • Language Teaching Assistants Program
  • Post-graduate Scholarships for Foreigners Program
  • To learn more, visit ICETEX, or click here to see more detailed information on these opportunities.

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.