Scholarships and Awards

+ 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

  • Program name: Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program
  • Who applies: Canadian students at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels in Canada; Canadian faculty members or research staff at a post-secondary institution in Canada; and Canadian mid-career professionals who have a Master’s or PhD degree and have managerial, policy development or decision-making responsibilities.
  • Scholarship 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: January 23, 2020

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: scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.

+ Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)

Global Affairs Canada is offering short-term scholarships to students from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) wishing to study or conduct research in Canada.

The Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED), announced by the Government of Canada in August 2017, will provide approximately 125 scholarships in 2020-2021 for study or research in fields that are aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Canadian post-secondary academic institutions can now submit scholarship applications on behalf of students from eligible countries by March 5, 2020. Only applications submitted directly by Canadian post-secondary academic institutions will be considered.

Interested candidates are invited to contact their home institution’s international office to learn about institutional partnerships and collaborations with Canadian institutions. Home institutions in ASEAN member states will then provide the eligible candidates’ documentation to the Canadian institutions.

  • Program name: Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED)
  • Funding organization: Global Affairs Canada
  • Target audiences: Students at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam
  • Number of scholarships: Approx. 125
  • Duration: 4 to 8 months at the college and undergraduate level; 4 to 6 months at the graduate level
  • Inclusions: Visa and/or study/work permit fees, airfare, health insurance, living expenses, ground transportation expenses, books and supplies
  • Deadline: March 5, 2020

In the 2019-2020 academic year, Canada awarded 141 scholarships to Southeast Asian students who studied in 33 institutions across 8 Canadian provinces.

For full program and application details, visit: Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED). Read testimonials from former recipients of the program.

All inquiries regarding this 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.

+ $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!

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

You must be:

  1. currently enrolled at a BCSA Consortium institution;
  2. currently accepted or enrolled in a short-term study abroad program;and,
  3. departing or traveling between December 2019 - September 2020.

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 words blog post (with a photo) pre-departure
  • One 300-400 words blog post (with a photo) throughout the duration of the study abroad program
  • One 300-400 words 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, March 2, 2020

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.

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.