Awards & scholarships

Over $1 million in scholarships and awards will be awarded this year to UBC students participating in international learning programs through Go Global.
While you’re learning abroad, you remain a UBC student and are eligible for UBC awards, scholarships, and financial assistance. This includes student loans (exchange students only), affiliation scholarships, and faculty- or department-specific awards.

Internal awards

International learning awards can support your participation in a Go Global program. You will automatically be considered for some of these awards while others require an application.

Students who are eligible for awards (see specific criteria below) may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. Students are always offered the highest-value award that they are eligible for.

Awards values noted below are from the prior year; actual values are subject to change.

Deadline:

Automatically considered with program application

Value:

Up to $1,000 per term

Eligibility:

All students nominated for exchange, research abroad, or group study programs will be considered for awards. A separate application is not required. If you meet the eligibility criteria, then you will be notified of your award after nomination to the program.

To be eligible for the award, you must have an average of at least 70% on your best 18 credits in the Winter Session before your exchange (with no failed or incomplete courses). For example, if you are going on exchange in the Winter 2021 session (in Term 1, Term 2, or for the full year), then your eligibility will be determined by your average and credits in the Winter 2020 session. If you were on a co-op work term, you must have at least 70% on your best nine credits in the other term.

Graduate students that are full-time and in good standing with their program are also eligible for the Go Global Award.

Deadline: 

Automatically considered with program application

Value:

Up to $1,500 per term

Eligibility: 

All undergraduate students nominated for exchange or research abroad will be considered for awards. A separate application is not required. The scholarship will be given on a competitive basis to those with the highest averages (minimum 75%) on their best 27 credits in the Winter Session before the exchange (with no failed or incomplete courses).

For example, if you are going on exchange in the Winter 2021 session (in Term 1, Term 2, or for the full year), then your eligibility will be determined by your average and credits in the Winter 2020 session.

If you were on a co-op work term, then you must have at least 13.5 credits in the other term.

About:

Through the Global Pathfinder Award, established in 2019, UBC will award $50,000 in total funding to students who face barriers to participation in Go Global programming.

Deadline: 

Applications for this award are not currently being accepted

Award recipients will be notified of funding before the Go Global application deadline

Value:

$5000 for Winter term-based experiences and $2000 for Summer and Research experiences

Eligibility: 

Criteria for this award is broad in scope to recognize that all students have unique circumstances, that may impact their ability to participate in international learning. Below is a list of suggested criteria that the selection committee may use.

  • Have not participated in a Go Global program in the past
  • Have unmet financial needs that hinder participation
  • Are eligible to participate in a Go Global program, and are in good standing in their faculty
  • Commitments and experience outside of school will be considered including:
    • family commitments
    • job commitments
    • community/faith commitments
  • Students that belong to under-represented or marginalized groups

All applications will be considered.

How to apply:

  1. Check the complete eligibility requirements for exchange
  2. Log on to Gateway
  3. Click on the “Search Experiences” tab
  4. Search “Pathfinder” in the “Keywords” section. This will bring up the application
  5. Select the term you wish to be abroad and complete your application

This award was created by the Province of BC and the Irving K Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society to expand educational opportunities for students at post-secondary institutions across BC.

Deadline: 

Applications and distribution of these awards are currently suspended due to global travel restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. An unfortunate by-product of this decision by the sponsoring agency is that term 2 students are not currently eligible for either award.

The application window for this award generally runs from February through April 30.

Value:

$1,000 – $10,000

Eligibility:

To be considered for this scholarship, you must have been nominated to participate in a Go Global study exchange in the Winter Session.

To be eligible:

  • You must achieve at least 75% on 24 credits (with no failed or missing marks) in the Winter Session prior to your exchange (or 13.5 credits if you were participating in co-op for one of the terms.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have been a resident of BC for at least the past 12 months.
  • You must be participating in a Go Global exchange outside of Canada and the US and not in a country from which you immigrated in the past 10 years.
  • You must meet the criteria identified on the One World International Scholarship application.
  • Required form to apply

The Premier’s and One World scholarships are two separate applications. Students must fill out a separate Premier’s application (similar to but distinct from the One World application) in addition to a One World application if they wish to be considered for both.

You should submit the One World application package to UBC via our secure upload link by April 30th and submit the Premier’s application directly to the IKB Scholarship Society office by May 31st.

Each application requires separate references. If you are using the same referrers for both, you should ask for two copies of the letters. If you are unable to obtain multiple copies, you can photocopy the references yourself as we will accept references even if they’re not in sealed envelopes.

This award was created by the Province of BC and the Irving K Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society to expand educational opportunities for students at post-secondary institutions across BC.

Deadline:

Applications are not currently being accepted for this award.

The application window for this award generally runs from February through April 30 at 4:00 p.m. To submit your application, login to your Gateway account, click on the scholarships tab, and search “Choquette”. You may submit your application online. You will also be required to submit a reference letter. Submit your reference form online.

Value:

$10,000 (10 awards available)

The Choquette Family Foundation offers awards totaling $100,000 for undergraduate and graduate UBC students participating in a Go Global program. The intention of these awards is to support academically strong students who are interested in participating in an international experience but could not do so without financial assistance.

Eligibility:

  • Full-year exchange or research abroad programs outside of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the U.S.
  • The international program must be at least eight months in duration.
  • Available only to students with demonstrated financial need. Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must have an average of at least 70% on your best 24 credits in the Winter Session before your exchange (with no failed or incomplete courses). If you were on a co-op work term, you must have at least 70% on your best 12 credits in the other term.
  • Required form: Choquette Personal Reference (docx)

Deadline:

Automatically considered with program application

Value:

Up to $2,000 per term

Eligibility:

All undergraduate students nominated for exchange or research abroad will be considered for awards. A separate application is not required. If you meet the eligibility criteria, then you will be notified of your award after nomination to the program. To be eligible for the award, you must have an average of at least 70% on your best 24 credits in the Winter Session before your exchange (with no failed or incomplete courses). If you were on a co-op work term, you must have at least 70% on your best 12 credits in the other term.

Graduate students that are full-time and in good standing with their program with no outstanding or failed grades are also eligible for the Go Global Award.

Deadline:

Automatically considered with program application

Value:

$1,000

Eligibility: 

All students accepted into Global Seminar programs will be considered for the Global Seminar Award. A separate application is not required. To be eligible, you must successfully achieve 70% on your best nine credits of Term 1 (with no failed or incomplete courses). For programs running outside of the Summer Session, eligibility is determined based on performance in the Term 2 preceding the Global Seminar.

Graduate students that are full-time and in good standing with their program with no outstanding or failed grades are also eligible for the Go Global Award.

** This is different from other Go Global programs, due to the Award being paid out before the Summer Session in which you will go on your Global Seminar **

This award has been endowed by the Constance Killam Trust and the Elizabeth Killam Rogers Trust for full-time undergraduate students who are participating in a recognized UBC exchange with a partner institution in the United States of America. The award is open to both incoming and outgoing exchange participants who are U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Deadline:

Automatically considered with program application.

Value:

$2,100

Eligibility:

To be considered for this award, you must have been nominated to participate in a Go Global program to a U.S. partner university.

To be eligible:

  • You must have at least 75% in the Winter Session before your exchange (and no failed, standing deferred, or incomplete courses).
  • You must be registered for at least 24 credits in the Winter Session. If you are on a co-op work term for one of the terms in the Winter Session, you must be registered for at least 12 credits in the other term.
  • You must be nominated to attend a U.S. partner university by Go Global.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Deadline:

Automatically considered with program application.

Value:

$2,500 (amount varies each year)

Eligibility:

  • You must be nominated for a Go Global program to the National University of Singapore
  • You must have completed at least 18 credits in the Winter Session prior to your exchange with an average of at least 70% with no failed or incomplete courses.
  • Awards are competitive and will be automatically considered. $50,000 in total funding is allotted per year

Deadline:

Automatically considered with program application.

Value:

$2,000

Eligibility:

To be considered for this award, you must have been nominated to participate in a Go Global program at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

To be eligible:

  • You must have been nominated to participate in a Go Global program at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • You must have at least 75% in the Winter Session before your exchange (and no failed, standing deferred, or incomplete courses).
  • You must be registered for at least 24 credits in the Winter Session. If you are on a co-op work term for one of the terms in the Winter Session, you must be registered for at least 12 credits in the other term.

There is no application required for this award. All students meeting the requirements above, who have been accepted to participate in a Go Global program at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, will be considered. Only those students selected will be contacted. Conditional nominations for this award will be announced in late February.

Deadline:

Applications are not currently being accepted for this award.

You can apply directly to the award, the successful candidate will be guaranteed an exchange at the University of Washington. To apply for the award: Check the complete eligibility requirements for exchange log on to Gateway

Click on the “Search Experiences” tab. Search “Corbett” in the “Keywords” section. This will bring up the application. Select Term 2 as the term you wish to be abroad and complete your application.

Value:

$12,000

Eligibility:

Students applying to attend the University of Washington for exchange.

  • You must be an undergraduate student in good standing at UBC whose educational goals would be well served by a year of study at The University of Washington, Seattle.
  • You must hold Canadian citizenship or P.R. and have attended high school in the lower mainland. This is a cash award of $12,000 (U.S.) to help defray the additional travel costs and living expenses. Under the UW-UBC exchange agreement, UBC students pay regular UBC tuition, plus miscellaneous fees, to study at the University of Washington.

Deadline:

Applications are due on April 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

To submit your application, please logon to your Gateway account, click on the scholarships tab, and search “Warwick”. You may submit your application online.

Value:

$5,000 (two awards available; one for outbound UBC student, one for inbound Warwick student)

Eligibility:

  • Available to undergraduate and graduate students in History, Political Science, Math, Creative and Performing Arts, or English.
  • Students will be required to provide a statement on application for exchange or research abroad that indicates how their proposed studies will advance their understanding of Anglo-Canadian relations.
  • Open to UBC students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada; open to Warwick students who are British citizens.
  • Undergraduate students have an average of at least 70% on your best 24 credits in the Winter Session before your exchange (with no failed or incomplete courses). Undergraduate students who have been on a co-op work term in this session must have at least 70% on your best 12 credits in the other term.
  • Graduate students must be in good standing with their program and have the support of their program to participate in the exchange or research placement.

Receiving your scholarship

Student will be notified by email when they have received an award (which typically coincides with the beginning of the exchange term). To receive the award, login to the Student Service Centre (SSC) and accept the award. The award will be placed towards any tuition owing. If you are not owing any tuition, and have set up direct deposit banking, the award will then be directly deposited to your personal bank account. If you have not set up direct deposit, the award will be made available to you via cheque. The cheque may be forwarded to your home address—for this to happen, contact sis.ubco@ubc.ca or 250 807 9100.

Note: Students are only eligible for one award via Go Global, and will automatically receive the higher valued award. For example, if you receive the Choquette ($10,000) award, you will not receive the Go Global award ($1,000).

Ensuring future scholarships eligibility

If you are currently in receipt of a UBC scholarship and want to be considered for scholarships following your exchange, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Return to full-time studies after your exchange.
  • Meet the applicable regulations governing University awards (PDF).
  • For awards recommended by faculties meet with your faculty to confirm your faculty’s requirements before you leave.