Scholarships & Funding

Help to make your dreams of studying abroad come to life.

We know that financial restraints are the #1 barrier for many students to go abroad, which is why we help to facilitate over $70,000 in funding each year to support student participation in VIU Education Abroad programs. 


VIU’s Building Resilience in Coastal Communities (BRiCC) program has funding available through the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) for Canadian VIU students to undertake international internships and abroad as well as scholarships for international students from eligible countries to study in Canada in a graduate program at VIU, or as a short-term visiting scholar. 

For more information, see the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship webpage.


Students going on a VIU Exchange program for one or two semesters are eligible to receive the Exchange Award of $1,000.  

A total of 10 awards are available to VIU students participating in an Exchange. In pursuit of fairness, Education Abroad have devised a lottery selection process for the awards, as follows:

  • First we draw up to 6 awards, allocated by VIU Faculty, so we have equal representation from students across the various academic disciplines at VIU;
  • Then, all unselected Exchange students are placed back into the hat to select the remaining awards (bringing the total awards distributed to 10)

Awards are distributed upon completion of the Pre-Departure checklist.  Explore the VIU Exchange Program for more information about this opportunity.


This is your opportunity to engage in international education events on campus, develop your intercultural skills, and earn funding towards your international experience. Earn $500 upon completion of the Stipend Activities. For more information, see Global Citizens Network & Stipend Program page.


VIU Exchange Agents are ambassadors of the VIU Exchange Program who help prospective exchange students find out more about the possibilities of exchange through info sessions, classroom presentations, social media campaigns and other events.  As a recognition of their time and engagement, Agents are awarded with $500 upon completion of the Stipend Activities.  See the program page for more information on how to apply to the program.  For more information, see the Exchange Agent Stipend Program page.


VIU Scholarships & Awards manage a number of awards available to students accepted enrolled in VIU Education Abroad programs (exchange, field school, internship or practicum overseas).  

To apply, update & submit your Scholarship/Award/Bursary Profile from your student record by the March 31st deadline.  The following list is a summary of some of the "Study Abroad" awards available and this information is subject to change.  For more information, see VIU Financial Aid & Awards.

  • Ann Buchanan Liberal Studies Award

    • 1 award, $1000; Available to students who are single parents, and who will be attending a Liberal Studies Abroad program.
  • International Internship Award

    • 1 award, $3,000; Available to students participating in an internship of at least 3 months in a development country in the global south. Preference will be given to students whose internships are aligned with CIDA priorities and themes.
  • Morvah Award for International Development

    • 1 award, $500; Available to Canadian students working on short-term projects overseas; based first on overall abilities and life goals, then GPA. Awarded on the basis of the Centre for International Studies evaluation of a short proposal demonstrating the following objectives: 1) furthering international awareness and understanding of the economic barriers to poverty alleviation, contributing to initiatives that may be able to overcome these barriers, in a sustainable manner; 2) bringing tangible benefits to both VIU and the host country counterparts, and 3) where possible to leverage co-funding of development projects from other sources (eg CIDA, Province of BC, CCC), to maximize the awards' impact.
  • Patricia Forbes Awards for Professional Development

    • 2 awards, $1,000 each; Available to students in Recreation & Tourism programs, who will be participating in a professional development activity, such as attending a conference, undertaking professional training, or participating in a field school, research project, or semester abroad.
  • Koki Sato International Scholarship

    • 1 award, $300; Available to full-time Canadian or International students, based on academic excellence and demonstrated leadership in international and community development and relations. To apply, update & submit your "Scholarship/Award/Bursary Profile" from your student record by the March 31st deadline. Funds awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.  

BC Study Abroad Scholarship

The BC Study Abroad Scholarships celebrate the study abroad experience through student-generated content and financial support. Scholarship recipients will receive $500 for a virtual study abroad program and $1000 for a in-person study abroad program, and the opportunity to share their in-person and/or virtual exchange study abroad experience via blog and photos.


To be eligible for the BC Study Abroad Scholarships, applying students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be currently enrolled at a BC Study Abroad Consortium Institution.
  2. Enrolled in or accepted into a short-term study abroad program. Please note that the program may be conducted either as an in-person exchange (e.g. physically in another country) or as a virtual exchange using virtual learning platforms hosted by a foreign institution.


In return for a $1000 scholarship, successful student applicants will submit the following:

  • One 300 to 400-word blog post (with photo) to be submitted during their study abroad program
  • One 300 to 400-word blog post (with photo) to be submitted within 60 days of the completion of their study abroad program
  • Upon completion of the program, 8 to 10 high resolution photos taken by the student documenting their experience:
    • Photos must be at least 150 dpi
    • Accompanied by a document (i.e. Word, Excel, etc.) containing:
      • Image file name
      • Caption for each image
      • Location where each image was taken (i.e. geotag)
      • A short presentation to be made at their home institution once back in BC

How to apply:

  • Review the application checklist
  • Email using the subject line:
    • Stories from Study Abroad: British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarships Application
  • Email all required material as a single email to:

Application Deadline: Thursday, November 10, 2022


Awarded to students participating in study, or work-abroad programs that are either experiential learning opportunities (language or cultural training), OR that provide credits toward the BC academic credential they are working towards.  Read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying.

Scholarships are available to students who:

  1. Are studying abroad (outside Canada and USA) for no longer than one year;
  2. Have been enrolled full-time in a program at least one year in length at a BC public post-secondary institution; and
  3. Can demonstrate significant community and/or school involvement.

There are two kinds of One World International Scholarships:

  1. $2000 - $5000 Scholarships for students studying abroad as part of an exchange or other international arrangement with their home institution for academic credit recognized by their home institution, and;
  2. $2000 Scholarships for students studying abroad for experiential learning experiences which are not for credit.

Download the fillable application form below:

Application Deadline: March 15th & November 15th annually.

Applicants submit complete applications to the VIU Education Abroad office.

Funds will be available for travel commencing from Fall 2022 onwards.

Please see the BC Scholarship Society site for details. 


This is a prestigious, high-value award, available on a competitive basis to eligible British Columbia students from across the province whose study abroad program is one semester or two consecutive academic semesters of full time study at one institution. In the case of work abroad activities, including applied experiential learning such as cooperative education placements, internships and field work, they may be included if they are an integral part of a student’s study abroad program, but they must be combined with at least one semester of academic work.  Apply directly to the Irving K. Barber Society. For more information, please see the BC Scholarship Society site. 

This scholarship has been suspended until further notice by the funder, due to complications related to COVID-19.  We will update our website when we receive further information.  Please see the BC Scholarship Society site for details. 


This consortium offers a variety of scholarships. Check out the Stories from Abroad Scholarship, with application deadlines in the Spring semester.  For more information, please see BC Study Abroad Scholarships & Awards.


CBIE supports several scholarships for Canadian students wishing to learn abroad. For more information, please see the CBIE website.


Explore international scholarship opportunities for Canadian students and researchers to study and conduct research abroad. Explore the database by country of destination to find scholarships, fellowships or funding opportunities made available by Global Affairs Canada and other Canadian federal government departments.  For more information, please see the Government of Canada International Scholarships for Canadians webpage. 


    • Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
    • The BC Student-Led Research Program
    • NSERC (Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council)
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) SSHRC-related fields
    • Jessica Wilde Fund for Conference Participation
    • Warsh Law Corp Undergraduate Research Award

For more information on Research Funding Opportunities, please see: VIU Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity.


Various government agencies offer grants and awards, usually in a provincial or national competition.

  • Foreign Government Awards - Korea The Government of Korea through the National Institute for International Education Development offers scholarships to Canadians for study/research at the graduate level. These scholarships are based on reciprocal agreements between the governments of Korea and Canada.
  • The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan is currently accepting applications for its 2022 Japanese Studies 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 Japanese Studies Scholarship is aimed at undergraduate university students majoring in fields related to the Japanese language and/or Japanese culture, who are interested in deepening their understanding of the Japanese language, culture and affairs. The term of the scholarship is approximately one year, beginning in October 2022.

Students approved to participate in VIU Education Abroad programs and who receive funding such as loans, grants or scholarships through StudentAid BC may be eligible to maintain their funding while studying abroad. It is the responsibility of each student to make the appropriate arrangements. The following is a guide to assist in navigating the process, for VIU Education Abroad participants. 

Outgoing Exchange Students
Students going on an exchange semester may be eligible for student loans. The Education Abroad Office recommends connecting with VIU Financial Aid & Awards if you plan to use student loan funding to offset the expenses of going on exchange. If you will be applying for financial assistance from StudentAid BC prior to participating in a planned semester exchange program abroad, you must advise VIU Financial Aid & Awards to ensure you meet the funding eligibility. Because the dates of exchange programs often do not match the dates of enrollment at VIU, your student loan application will require a separate appendix that the Financial Aid Office must complete.  

If you were approved for a student exchange after applying for Student Aid BC, you may need to report a circumstance change and/or complete a reassessment process for funding. Please contact VIU Financial Aid & Awards for instructions.

Not all exchange partner universities are eligible for students to receive student loan funding. Visit StudentAid BC or contact VIU Financial Aid & Awards to verify if the host university is designated to receive student loans.

Short Term Education Abroad Programs

For students participating in Field Schools, Internships, Practica and Summer programs abroad who, you may be eilible to StudentAidBC funding.

In order to apply, you must be enrolled in at least 60% (40% for students with permanent disabilities) of a full-time course load for credit, for a period of at least 12 consecutive weeks. The Financial Aid office will be able to advise you on whether your program will qualify for StudentAid BC.

If you are currently receiving StudentAid BC funding, you may need to complete a Reassessment form (Appendix 7) in January to extend your end date to August. It is important that you submit this form to the Financial Aid & Awards Office early in the new year to ensure that additional funds are received by the field school payment deadlines. The additional funds are usually available 4 to 6 weeks after you submit your Reassessment application.

If you are not currently receiving StudentAid BC funding, and need financial assistance, contact VIU Financial Aid & Awards.

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