Global Skills Opportunity

Global Skills Opportunity

Crossing Borders: Using the Power of Place to Build Connections

The Crossing Borders: Using the Power of Place to Build Connections project at Vancouver Island University will use Place Based Learning as an innovative approach to work and study abroad experiences that explore the many ways in which we understand identity. Through Interdisciplinary Field Schools, Academic Exchanges and Internships, VIU undergraduate students will collaborate with each other and explore who they are and where they are in terms of land, culture and history and how their sense of place influences the ways they operate in the world. Through this project more than 55 VIU students will benefit from $500,000 in funding over the next three years (2021-2025). International work and study experiences offered through the Crossing Borders project will unlock students’ endless potential through the development of life-changing global skills. 

This project is funded by Global Skills Opportunity (GSO), the Government of Canada's outbound mobility pilot program.


GSO Goals

  • Widen access and equity to participation in outbound student mobility programming
  • Diversify the destination countries where students choose to study/work abroad
  • Test innovative approaches to reduce barriers to study/work abroad

Learn more about GSO Goals

Internal Partners

This project is a collaborative effort involving students, faculty and student service areas within our very own VIU community, as well as extensive international partnerships to provide a fully supported experience for students from start to finish. Internal partners are outlined below:

International Partners

VIU has offered international mobility programming in partnership with a wide range of international hosts for more than 20 years. Many of our partnerships have been developed and continue to be sustained through international cooperation projects, professional, academic and mobility networks in places such as Norway, Indonesia, Brazil, Tanzania, Australia, Kenya, Belize, Vietnam, Ghana, and USA.

Field School host partners, Exchange partners and Internship hosts, in addition to their subject matter expertise, facilitate local logistics, safety briefings, emergency support, and offer cultural culture and language supports.

Funding for VIU Undergraduate Students through the Crossing Borders project (2021-2025) will be available starting mid-2022.

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