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 short-term study abroad program or have been accepted into a short-term study abroad program in the current calendar year

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 info@bcstudyabroad.ca

Expectations

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 blog post (with a photo) pre-departure
  • 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 high resolution photos (in JPEG format) upon completion of the student’s study abroad program
    • In an accompanying Word document, supply the following information for each photo: Image File Name, Location (Geotag), Caption
  • A short presentation at the student's home institution once back in BC

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 5, 2017

These photos and posts will be featured on our BC Study Abroad website and social media channels. They may also be featured on our StudyinBC and BCCIE websites and channels.

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

+ 2017 Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to:

  1. Encourage international students (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao SAR students are not eligible) to study Huayu courses in the Republic of China (Taiwan);
  2. Provide students with opportunities to increase their understanding of Taiwanese culture and society, and to promote mutual understanding and interactions between Taiwan and the international community.

  3. Amount of Scholarships: A monthly stipend of TWD 25,000 (CAD1=TWD 24, subject to change)

    Scholarship Period: Beginning on September 1, 2017

    Application Period: February 1 - March 31, 2017

    Eligibility: International applicants above the age of 18, who are Canadian Citizens and reside in Western Canada with high school diploma or above, excellent academic performance and good moral character.

    For more information on the scholarship, visit: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.

+ 2017 Taiwan Scholarship

The Taiwan Scholarship Program was established by the Republic of China (Taiwan) --- the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree programs in Taiwan. In addition to providing study opportunities for a wide range of disciplines at Taiwan’s universities and colleges, this program also aims to:

  1. Promote knowledge, understanding and friendship between people in Taiwan and in countries around the world.
  2. Provide opportunities to increase academic and educational links with international institutions of higher learning.
  3. Develop outstanding professionals and experts to meet the needs of the global society.

  4. Amount of Scholarships: Tuition and payment of academic fees, including credit fee. Upon validation of tuition and above fees, the MOE awards each recipient per semester up to TWD 40,000. If the total amount of these fees exceeds TWD 40,000, the remaining amount must be paid to the university/college by the student. Tuition and academic fees do not include any of the following: administration fees, thesis supervision fees, insurance premiums, accommodation, Internet access, all of which are payable by the recipients.

    Undergraduate Scholarship: a monthly stipend of TWD15, 000 (CAD1=TWD 24, subject to change)

    Master’s or Doctoral Scholarship: a monthly stipend of TWD 20,000

    Scholarship Period: Beginning on September 1, 2017

    Application Period: February 1 - March 31, 2017

    For more information on the scholarship, visit: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.

+ Commonwealth Scholarship Plan - India, 2017-2018

Canadian students and researchers can now apply for scholarships for studies or research at the undergraduate, Master’s or PhD level that lead to a degree at an Indian university.

  • Program name: Commonwealth Scholarship Plan - India
  • Funding organization: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
  • Target audiences: Canadian students and researchers
  • Number of scholarships: 2
  • Duration: Full duration of the academic program
  • Inclusions: Airfare, ground transportation to the place of study, living and medical allowance, tuition fees and accommodation

For full program details and to submit an online application, visit: Commonwealth Scholarship Plan - India. Read a testimonial from a former recipient of the program.

All inquiries regarding this scholarship program should be directed to Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE).

Application Deadline: February 20, 2017

+ 2017 Chinese Government Scholarship Program

The Chinese Government is offering scholarships for eligible British Columbia (B.C.) students to study abroad.

The Chinese Government Scholarship Program is available through an agreement between the National Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the Province of B.C. In B.C., the Ministry of Advanced Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, administers the recruitment of students and the routine management of the Chinese Government Scholarship Program.

The purpose of the Scholarship Program is to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and people around the world. It supports the development of cooperation and exchange in the fields of education, science, culture, economy and trade between China and other countries.

Full and partial scholarships are offered to successful applicants to study in China.

B.C. high school students graduating in 2017, high school graduates, post-secondary students and scholars wishing to participate in Chinese language studies, academic study at the undergraduate or graduate level, or research are eligible to apply.

The language of instruction is primarily Chinese. However, the program may sponsor and recommend remedial Chinese language studies for applicants who are not applying for the Chinese language study program.

Eligibility criteria, application forms and procedures and further information about the Chinese Government Scholarship Program are available on the Ministry of Advanced Education website

British Columbia applications must be submitted by February 28, 2017

+ Canada-China Scholars' Exchange Program

Global Affairs Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Education are offering short-term scholarships to Canadians wishing to study abroad in China. Scholarships are awarded for studies, research, language studies or a combination of studies and language studies at participating Chinese institutions

To learn more, visit the Government of Canada website for more information

+ 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.