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Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) Student Travel Grants are funded through the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program. These grants are designed to increase participation in study/work abroad experiences (particularly to non-traditional destinations) and reduce barriers for underrepresented groups including Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) students, students with disabilities and students with financial need.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility benchmarks:

▪ Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents; International students are ineligible for funding
▪ Be in good standing with VIU
▪ The program is only open to undergraduate students
▪ Be 18 years of age or older; there is no upper age limit to participation

GSO Student Travel Grants are available to eligible VIU students, pursuing field schools, exchanges and internships abroad.

Grant Amounts

For applicants declared as Indigenous, Low-Income and/or Persons with Disability:

• Up to $10,000 CAD for PHYSICAL SHORT/MEDIUM TERM participation.

Other Eligible Students:

• Up to $5,000 CAD for PHYSICAL SHORT/MEDIUM TERM participation.


Duration of Study/Work Abroad Program

*NOTE: Duration of the program must be at minimum of 1 week (7 days).

SHORT TERM (i.e., Field School/Practicum)  

1 - 4 weeks

MEDIUM TERM (i.e., Exchange/Internship)

5 - 16 weeks

Timeline:

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, but must be received by the Education Abroad office a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to your scheduled departure. Please be advised that only complete applications can be considered.

Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Submission:

Step 1   Meet with the Education Abroad Office (contact edabroad@viu.ca to book a meeting!) 
Step 2Download the GSO Student Travel Grant Application Package (available soon) 
Step 3Read all information contained in the package guidelines; contact our office if you require any clarification 
Step 4Gather all necessary supporting documents applicable to your circumstances 
Step 5Email your completed application form and supporting documentation to: edabroad@viu.ca 

Supporting Documentation for Low Income Students:

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Attach relevant loan/grant document(s) to your application, confirming the total government funding received. (If these are unavailable, you will be invited to explain why).

Supporting Documentation for Indigenous Students:

IndigenousNo documents required. You will be invited to provide a self-declaration of your status, that may be verified with your Student Record by the Education Abroad office.

Supporting Documentation for Students with Disabilities:

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a. If you are registered with VIU Accessibility Services and consent to Education Abroad verifying with their office, you must attach your Accommodation Letter with your application.

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b. If you do NOT wish to register with VIU Accessibility Services for the sole purpose of participating in a study/work abroad experience, but still wish to be considered under this category, you must complete and submit the fast-track VIU Education Abroad Accessibility Accommodation Form with your application (available soon). 

The VIU Education Abroad office will assess student applications through both needs and character-based criteria, rather than a merit-based approach.

Funding is to support students who demonstrate a high desire to learn and a need for financial assistance, rather than those with the highest GPA. 

  • The GSO Student Travel Grant is available for VIU students participating in an approved study/work abroad program OUTSIDE of Canada. Please note, applications to non-traditional destinations (countries outside of Australia, United Kingdom, U.S.A, and France) may be prioritized.
  • Students may choose to declare more than one personal status under the Self-Declaration, in which case the supporting documents should be provided for all applicable categories.
  • Students can only receive a GSO Student Travel Grant once during their academic career as an undergraduate student at VIU.
  • Although receiving this award should not affect a student’s eligibility or funding amount under the provincial loan system, students are advised that they may need to reassess their student loan to reflect increased income, should they be successful in their application for GSO Student Travel Grant funding.