Scholarships and Awards

+ 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

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.

+ International Scholarship Program - IBS-Americas

The International Business School Americas (IBS-Americas) is offering an International Scholarship Program held in Europe. IBS-Americas coordinates short-term Certificate Programs in partnership with CUOA Business School (Northern Italy) and Pearson College London (London, UK). IBS-Americas is currently awarding partial scholarships (70%) to students in recognition of leadership skills and academic achievement. Their mission is to encourage cross-cultural cooperation and make international study experience as accessible as possible.

If you are interested, please reach out to admissions officer Mr. Julio Quadros, julio.quadros@ibs-americas.com, for more information, no later than November 19th of 2017.

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.