Financial Aid

Scholarships and Awards

BC Study Abroad (BCSA) Scholarship

BCCIE is thrilled to offer the following opportunities to BC Students interested in studying abroad in one of our BCSA Consortium programs.

$500 First Timer BCSA Scholarship Award:

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

•    You are currently enrolled at a BCSA Consortium school and have applied, or are currently studying abroad in a Consortium institution's study abroad program that is not run by your home institution and is listed on this website
•    This is your first time studying abroad in a BCSA Consortium program

How to apply: 

Please download our checklist and email the application requirements to  


In return for the $500 we require the chosen student to submit the following:
•    one blog post (with a photo) during their program of study
•    one blog post (with a photo) upon their return. 
•    8-10 additional photos upon completion of their program 
•    A short presentation at your home institution once you have returned

New Application deadline: March 28, 2014

These photos and posts will be featured on our homepage and in our various other BCCIE media sources. 

The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society

Government of Canada scholarships

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

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.