Going Global often doesn’t cost as much as you think!

The following costs are encountered by the average Go Global student:

Item Abroad
At UBC's Okanagan campus
Go Global fee
$415.00 $0
Airfare $500-1,500
Books and supplies
$1,000 $1,000
Room and board
$6,500 $6000
Medical/health insurance
$500 $250
Passport/visa $50-600 $0
Personal spending
$3,500 $2,500
Maximum total
$13,500.00 $11,500


For students on exchange, they will be charged UBC tuition for 15 credits per term. Study Abroad students will pay tuition directly to their partner -amounts to be determined by that institution.  

It’s also good to keep in mind that the cost of living in your host country may be less than living in Kelowna.

Are there funding sources to help me cover my costs?

In many cases, the answer to this question is yes!

Here are some ways that UBC financially supports students on exchange:

  • Scholarships, awards, and bursaries – Go Global participants remain registered at UBC, so in most cases you will remain eligible for UBC awards, including affiliation scholarships, and faculty- or department-specific awards.
  • International Learning Awards – UBC offers a variety of awards to students going on exchange, to help make your experience more affordable. Most students receive the $1,000 Go Global Award.

Outside of UBC, there are additional options, including:

  • External awards
  • Student loans – Go Global exchange are able to maintain student loan eligibility. 

And don’t forget, you can start preparing your finances well before you go! Career Advising can help you sort through your options for part-time and summer work and find the right fit.

Last reviewed shim10/4/2017 8:36:52 AM