Scholarships and Awards

+ MEXT - 2021 Undergraduate Scholarship

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan is currently accepting applications for its 2021 Undergraduate Scholarship for Canadian students who wish to study at a Japanese university.

The scholarship covers:

  1. Full tuition
  2. Monthly allowance
  3. Round-trip flight between Japan and Canada

The Undergraduate Scholarship is aimed at high school graduates, born on or after April 2, 1996 (for the 2021 scholarship year). The term of the scholarship is 5 years, beginning in April 2021 (including one year of Japanese language training).

Application guides and forms are available through the links on the Consulate General of Japan website.

Deadline for the 2021 scholarship year: July 10, 2020.

Applicants who successfully pass the written application screening are required to undertake an interview and examinations (as outlined in the application guidelines). Candidate interviews and examinations will be held in August on a date determined by the Consulate General of Japan. Normally, interviews and examinations must be conducted in-person at the Consulate General of Japan's offices, however due to COVID-19, the process will be announced at a later date.

For any questions or concerns, please contact by phone at 604.684.5868 or by e-mail at jet@vc.mofa.go.jp.

+ MEXT - 2021 Research Student Scholarship

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Research Student Scholarship for students who wish to study at Japanese universities as research or post-graduate students.

The scholarship covers:

  1. Full tuition
  2. Monthly allowance
  3. Round-trip flight between Japan and Canada

The Research Student Scholarship is aimed at university graduates, born on or after April 2, 1986 (for the 2021 scholarship year). The area of research or post-grad study should be in the same or related field that the applicant has previously studied. Due to COVID-19, the term of the scholarship is only available for 18 months starting October 2021.

Application guides and forms are available through the links on the Consulate General of Japan website.

Application deadline for the 2021 scholarship year: July 17, 2020.

Applicants who successfully pass the written application screening are required to undertake an interview and examination (English and Japanese language) to be held in July 2020. Due to COVID-19, the process for the interviews and examinations will be announced at a later date. Normally, interviews and examinations must be conducted in-person at the Consulate General of Japan’s offices. Please note that fluency in Japanese is not necessarily required, but dependent on the nature of the university and study program as selected by the scholarship candidate.

Please be advised that due to COVID-19 measures being taken in Japan and Canada, and the changing nature of the situation, the selection process may be cancelled or scholarship recipients may be unable to travel to Japan in the future, even after the selection of recipients has been announced.

For any questions or concerns, please contact by phone at 604.684.5868 or by e-mail at education@vc.mofa.go.jp.

+ 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.