Consider your finances for exchange

Go Global Fee and Withdrawal Policy

The Go Global Fee, an administrative fee of $415.00, is required for all applicants to Go Global programs. The fee is non-refundable

However, it may be adjusted under the following circumstances.

If you are not matched to a partner university

You are eligible to have your Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $93.25 (reduced by $321.75) if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements, or
  • Go Global cannot match you to a partner university, or
  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option.

If you withdraw from Go Global

To withdraw from your Go Global exchange or summer abroad program, you must email Go Global at go.global@ubc.ca to request withdrawal. You will then be asked to complete a short withdrawal form.

If you withdraw from Go Global by the following deadlines below, you will have your Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $321.75 (reduced by $93.25):

  • March 30: For summer programs
  • June 30: For UBC Winter Term 1 and Full-year exchange
  • September 30: For UBC Winter Term 2 and Split-year exchange

If you have any questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at go.global@ubc.ca.

Scholarships for Exchange, Research, and Study Abroad

There are a number of International Learning Awards to support your participation in a Go Global Program. You will automatically be considered for some of these awards, while others require an application. You can only receive one exchange-related award or scholarship.

Go Global will notify you which application-based scholarships you are eligible for. For scholarships administered by Go Global that you need to apply to, log in to Go Global Gateway and select "Search Scholarships".

How do I receive my scholarship?

All UBC awards and scholarships pay directly towards students’ tuition and fees. But if you owe less than the amount of your award or scholarship, you will receive a cheque or direct deposit to your bank account for the remaining amount. Similarly, if you pay your tuition and fees in advance, you will get a cheque or direct deposit for the full amount of your scholarship.

Since you may not be able to pick up your cheque in person, you must do one of the following:

  • The best option is to set-up direct deposit on your SSC so that the funds are deposited in your bank account.
  • Authorize someone else to pick up your cheque.
    • Set up Third Party Authorization in your Student Service Centre under the Personal Info tab. The authorized person must bring his/her ID as well as provide the Authorization Code (set by you) when picking up the cheque.
    • You can also download a paper Third Party Pick-up form. Complete this form, attach the required ID copies, and leave it with the person you have authorized. The authorized person must bring this form, and ID copies, with them when they pick up your cheque.
  • Contact Enrolment Services

Am I eligible for scholarships next year?

If you are currently in receipt of a UBC scholarship and want to ensure you will be considered for scholarships when you return to full-time studies the year following your exchange, you will need to submit some additional information to Go Global.

For Trek Excellence Scholarships or scholarship renewals, submit your sealed transcripts to Enrolment Services and indicate that you would like to be considered for these awards.

To be considered for awards recommended by faculties, please speak with an academic advisor in your faculty before you leave for Exchange to determine your faculty’s requirements. Additionally, you must also follow the applicable regulations for University awards.

Student loans

As an Exchange or Study Abroad student, you will have special requirements to complete your loan application.

Undergraduate students from British Columbia (BC)

Before applying for your loans

Contact Enrolment Services before you apply for your loan to confirm your host university's academic start and end dates. If you do not use the correct dates, UBC will not be able to to approve your loan funding. Find more information on BC student loans. 

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for funding, your study period must be at least 12 weeks long and you must be enrolled in at least 60% (40% for PD students) of a full-time course load in each term. Visit the Course Load Guide for the credit load requirement of your program.

How to apply to your loans

  1. If your exchange program starts before August 1, use the loan application for the current academic year. If your exchange program starts on August 1 or later, use the application for the upcoming academic year.
  2. Select your UBC program of study.
  3. Enter your partner university’s academic start and end dates.
  4. Complete the Appendix 3 form for your application. You will need this form because your partner university’s academic start and end dates will be different from UBC’s term dates.

If you are applying to Student Aid BC, Student Aid BC contacts UBC directly if you enter dates that are different from UBC’s term dates. Within one week, UBC will automatically complete an online Appendix 3 for you. You can continue your application after the online Appendix 3 is complete.

Paying your fees

If you will be paying fees to UBC, select UBC as your learning institution (not your partner university).

If you are nominated for a Study Abroad program, you pay your tuition and fees directly to the partner school. If you are planning on applying for student loans, you must use the partner school as the institution in your application. The partner school will need to confirm your enrollment with your loan provider (not UBC). The partner school must also be designated by your loan provider.

If you have questions, contact Enrolment Services.

If you had a break in study

Contact Enrolment Services to confirm if you need to submit one or two loan applications. If there is a break in your study such as a spring or semester break,  for more than 10 business days, you must apply for two loans during your exchange year. You will submit one application for your first semester and one application for your second semester.

If your semester break falls in late December (similar to UBC’s winter break) then you are allowed a 15 business day break. You can submit a single application for both semesters. 

Undergraduate students from other provinces

Before applying for your student loans

Contact Enrolment Services before you apply to confirm your host university’s academic start and end dates. If you do not use the correct dates, UBC will not be able to approve your loan funding. Apply for your loan through your home province website to start your application.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for funding, your study period must be at least 12 weeks long and you must be enrolled in at least 60% (40% for PD students or 80% for Newfoundland loans) of a full-time course load in each term. Visit the Course Load Guide for the credit load requirement of your program.

How to apply to your loans

  1. If your Exchange starts before August 1, use the loan application for the current academic year. If your Exchange starts on August 1 or later, use the application for the upcoming academic year.
  2. Select your UBC program of study.
  3. Enter your partner university’s academic start and end dates.
  4. Complete the Appendix 3 form for your application. You will need this form because your partner university’s academic start and end dates will be different from UBC’s term dates.

Paying your fees

If you will be paying fees to UBC, select UBC as your learning institution (not your partner university).  

If you have been nominated for a Study Abroad program, you pay your tuition and fees directly to the partner school. If you are planning on applying for student loans you must use the partner school as the institution in your application. The partner school will need to confirm your enrollment with your loan provider (not UBC). The partner school must also be designated by your loan provider.

Graduate students

Where to apply

If you are a student from British Columbia (BC), visit the Student Aid BC website to start your application. For more information on your loan, see loans for students from BC

If you are from another province, apply for your loan through your home province.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for funding, you must be registered as a full-time graduate student and your study period must be at least 12 weeks long.

How to apply

  1. If your Exchange starts before August 1, use the loan application for the current academic year. If your Exchange starts August 1 or later, use the application for the upcoming academic year.

  2. Select your UBC program of study.

  3. Graduate students can apply with UBC’s regular term dates.

Paying your fees

If you will be paying fees to UBC, select UBC as your learning institution (not your partner university).

If you have been nominated for a Study Abroad program, you pay your tuition and fees directly to the partner school. If you are planning on applying for student loans you must use the partner school as the institution in your application. The partner school will need to confirm your enrollment with your loan provider (not UBC). The partner school must also be designated by your loan provider.

If you have any questions, contact Enrolment Services.

Power of Attorney (POA)

  • You can designate someone as your Power of Attorney (POA) for student loan purposes while you are away. You should choose a family member or friend that you trust to do so.
  • If you are applying for a student loan for the first time, contact Enrolment Services to see whether you might require a Power of Attorney to look after your financial affairs.
  • For assistance completing and submitting these forms, please contact the National Student Loans Service Centre.

If you have questions

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