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 within the date range from January - August 2018

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 4, 2018

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.

+ 2018 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.
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, 2018
  • Application Period: February 1 - March 31, 2018
  • Quota: Two scholarships

For more information, visit the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Vancouver

+ Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarships Program, 2018-2019

The Organization of American States (OAS) has launched its 2018-2019 Academic Scholarships Program. One scholarship will be awarded to a Canadian to study or conduct research, at the Master’s or PhD level, leading to a degree from a university in an OAS member state. The scholarship is tenable starting in August/September 2018.

  • Program name: Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarships Program
  • Funding organization: Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Target audiences: Canadians who wish to undertake graduate studies or research in a university in an OAS member state (except Canada)
  • Duration: 1-2 academic years
  • Value: USD 15,000 (maximum) per academic year
  • Inclusions: Airfare, tuition fees, mandatory expenses, monthly allowance, medical insurance and annual book allowance
  • Deadline: March 21, 2018
  • For full program details and to submit an application, visit: Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarships Program.

    All inquiries regarding this scholarship program should be directed to: admin-scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca or 613-237-4820.

+ 2018 Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

Purpose

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

MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) may last 3, 6, 9, or 12 months respectively. The duration of the scholarship is from September 1 to August 31 of the following year. If recipients fail to come to Taiwan for enrollment during the above time, they will forfeit their right to retain their scholarships.

Summer term HES last 2 months, either June-July 2018 or July-August 2018.

Scholarship funding will become effective on the date of the recipient’s enrollment. Scholarship funding will end on the month of the expiration of the scholarship or if the scholarship is revoked.

  • Scholarship Amount: A monthly stipend of TWD 25,000 (CAD1=TWD 24, subject to change)
  • Scholarship Period: Beginning on September 1, 2018
  • Application Period: February 1 - March 31, 2018

For more information, visit the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Vancouver

+ Chinese Government Scholarship

The Chinese government offers scholarships to students from British Columbia to study at a Chinese university. It is a valuable opportunity to gain exposure to Chinese language, culture and business practices, and to develop enriching, life-long relationships.

The scholarships are provided to graduating secondary school students and students enrolled in post-secondary studies in undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs at eligible post-secondary institutions.

The language of instruction is primarily Chinese but a limited number of programs are offered in English. There is an allowance for remedial Chinese language support for successful applicants who are not proficient in the language and who are not applying for the Chinese language study program.

Eligibility criteria, application procedures and further information about the Chinese Government Scholarship Program are contained in the application procedures document.

Chinese Government Scholarship Application Procedures (PDF)

The deadline for receiving applications for the 2018 academic year (commencing September 2018) is February 28, 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 Chinese Government.

+ Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program, 2018-2019

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.

  • Program name: Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program
  • Funding organizations: Global Affairs Canada and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China
  • Target audiences: Canadian students (college, undergraduate and graduate levels in Canada); Canadian faculty members and research staff at a post-secondary institution in Canada; Canadian mid-career professionals
  • Number of scholarships: Over 20
  • Duration: 4 to 12 months for students; and 8 weeks to 12 months for faculty members and mid-career professionals
  • Inclusions: Airfare, tuition fees, monthly living stipend, on-campus accommodation and medical insurance
  • Deadline: March 6, 2018

For full program details and to submit an online application, visit: Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program.

All inquiries regarding this program should be directed to: admin-scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca

+ 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.