Scholarships and Awards

+ Stories from Abroad: $1000 British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarship

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

  1. You are currently enrolled at a BCSA Consortium institution
  2. 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 application checklist and email the application materials in one PDF with the subject line reading "Stories from Abroad: British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarship Application" to


In return for the $1000 scholarship the chosen student will need to submit the following to be uploaded onto our BCSA Blog:

  • One 300-400 word pre-departure blog post (with a photo)
  • One 300-400 word blog post (with a photo) throughout the duration of the study abroad program
  • One 300-400 word blog post (with a photo) once the study abroad program has finished and the student has returned to BC
  • 8-10 additional photos upon completion of the study abroad program
  • A short presentation at the student's home institution once back in BC


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.

+ Merit Awards for Special Programs for International Students 2016

With the intent of contributing to the construction of permanent bridges of dialogue and in order to enrich academia and Mexican culture in the long term, through the presence of researchers, academics, experts, and international artists, who have worked in the different field topics that are related to Mexico, and with the goal to further deepen academia in the country, the Mexican Government awards grants through the following Special Programs:

  • Visiting Professor
  • High-Level Conferences
  • Genaro Estrada Grant for Mexican Specialists
  • Fine Arts Fellowships
  • Fellowships for Media Collaborators

Click here to visit the International Scholarships website to learn more about the specific opportunities. The information will be available in the website until September 15, 2016, and all applications should be submitted online through the Academic Cooperation Management System.

+ Colombian Government Scholarship

The Government of Colombia is offering financial grant to BC students looking to pursue graduate studies or higher in Colombia. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must meet all the following criteria:

  • be a professional under 50 years old
  • have an undergraduate degree (university degree or bachelor) in different disciplines
  • have a grade point average of 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • have at least 1 year of professional experience in your field of study
  • must have master the Spanish language (reading, writing and speaking). A certificate must be provided to prove these competences
  • must have the final admission to the Colombian educational institution in any career determined in the catalog annex to this call

To learn more, visit ICETEX, or click here to see more detailed information on this opportunity.

Click here to see the list of the programs covered by this scholarship.

The scholarship is now closed. Applications will re-open in the Fall, so please check this page again soon.

+ Competition open for Canadians: Foreign Government Awards – Mexico

Canadian students and researchers can now apply for scholarships to study or conduct research at the undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral level in Mexico.

  • Program name: Foreign Government Awards – Mexico
  • Funding organization: Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional
  • Target audiences: Canadian students and researchers at the undergraduate, Master's, Doctoral or Postdoctoral level
  • Number of scholarships: 27
  • Duration: Varies based on level of study
  • Inclusions: Airfare, domestic transportation, tuition fees, tuition fees and accommodation for a language course (where eligible), monthly living allowance, health insurance starting after three months
  • Deadline: October 10, 2016

For full program details and to submit an online application, visit: Foreign Government Awards Program - Mexico

All inquiries regarding this scholarship program should be directed to: scholarships‐

Subscribe to the International Scholarships RSS feed to be kept informed of competition launch dates and other news relating to the International Scholarships Program of Global Affairs Canada.

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.