Scholarships and Awards

+ $1000 Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Are you looking for funding to help you go abroad? Apply for the Stories from Abroad Scholarship now for a chance to receive $1000!

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 between September - December 2019

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: Monday, October 28, 2019

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.

+ 2020 Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) Program for an undergraduate degree

The Government of the Republic of Korea is offering a full five-year scholarship at the undergraduate level to a Canadian student. The scholarship is provided for a one-year Korean language training program followed by a four-year Bachelor Degree program in South Korea. The scholarship is tenable from March 1, 2020.

  • Program name: 2020 Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) Program for an undergraduate degree
  • Funding organization: Government of the Republic of Korea
  • Target audience: Canadian students
  • Number of scholarships: 1
  • Duration: 1 year of language training and 4 years at the undergraduate level
  • Inclusions: Airfare, tuition fees, language training, living allowance, and other eligible expenses
  • Deadline: October 25, 2019

For additional information, please consult the EduCanada announcement for the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) Program for an undergraduate degree.

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

+ 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.