Ministry of Advanced Education
Awards offered by post-secondary institutions in B.C.
Many post-secondary institutions in British Columbia make scholarships, bursaries and other financial awards available for students to study abroad as part of their academic program. Study abroad programs and eligibility requirements for awards vary from institution to institution. To find out more about these awards, students can contact the financial aid office or the study abroad office of the post-secondary institution where they are enrolled.
Awards available through the Province of B.C.
Irving K. Barber British Columbia International Scholarship Programs
The Irving K. Barber British Columbia International Scholarship programs are open to eligible students who participate in post-secondary studies, co-op work experiences, internships and other approved experiential learning opportunities abroad.
Successful applicants must clearly demonstrate academic merit as well as links between their study/work abroad experience and their educational and personal goals.
One World Scholarship
Subject to the revenue generated on the scholarship endowments, the program expectations are that up to 400 scholarships worth $1,000 - $3,000 each will be awarded every year to students who have been accepted into an eligible study/work abroad program through their B.C. institution.
Pacific Horizons Scholarship
Subject to the revenue generated on the scholarship endowments, the program expectations are that up to 50 scholarships worth $1,000 each will be awarded every year to students who participate in cultural or language learning studies abroad.
Eligibility criteria, application procedures and more information about these scholarships can be found online at http://www.bcscholarship.ca
Awards available through Canadian government programs
The Government of Canada offers awards for Canadians and, in certain cases, for permanent residents of Canada to study and/or do research in China, Commonwealth countries, Organization of American States member states and other countries.
More information can be found in the International Scholarship Programs section of the Department of Foreign Affairs website or by contacting the Canadian Bureau for International Education at:
Canadian Bureau for International Education
DFAIT International Scholarship Programs
Suite 1550, 220 Laurier Ave. West
Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9
Phone: 613 237-4820
Fax: 613 237-1073
Awards offered by other countries and institutions
Students from British Columbia who wish to study abroad may be eligible for financial awards offered by governments and institutions in the country where they choose to study. Students can contact the embassies or consulates of those countries in B.C. and elsewhere in Canada for further information.
Students may also wish to contact government departments responsible for post-secondary education in the country where they plan to study, to inquire about financial awards and assistance programs.
The number of awards available varies from institution to institution, and from country to country.
Chinese Government Scholarship
Students from British Columbia have the opportunity to study at a Chinese university on scholarships from the People’s Republic of China, in collaboration with the ministries of Advanced Education and Education.
Students studying abroad gain valuable exposure to Chinese language, culture and business practices, as well as a chance to develop enriching life-long relationships across the Pacific.
The scholarships will be provided to graduating secondary school students and students enrolled in post-secondary studies in undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs. Full and partial scholarships are available. For more information visit the Ministry of Education's Chinese Government Scholarship website at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/offshore_schools/os_scholar.htm
The Killiam Fellowships Program
The Killiam Fellowships Program is a scholarship program which allows undergraduate students from accredited degree granting colleges and universities to participate in a bi-national residential exchange program between Canada and the United States of America. Scholarship recipients spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country.
Qualified British Columbia undergraduate students are eligible to participate in this program. Students can apply either to the direct exchange program, which is limited to the participating university partners, or to the open competition, allowing for participation from (and to) any accredited degree granting college or university in either country.
The program is administered by the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America, and is supported by the American Killam Trusts, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and the Foundation.
For additional information and the Application Form please visit www.killamfellowships.com