Budgeting, scholarships and awards for Go Global

Most undergraduate students who earn scholarships and other merit-based awards are required to meet minimum credit-load and academic performance criteria, according to the Regulations Governing University Awards. However, there are some special circumstances in which exceptions apply.

About International Learning Awards

Over $1.4 million is awarded annually through scholarships and awards to UBC students participating in Go Global international learning programs.

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. Unless otherwise indicated, all students must meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Additional application details (if any), can be found by clicking the award name.

Unless otherwise indicated, awards are available to students at both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. For students unable to meet the award criteria, please contact your Enrolment Services Professional (ESP) to discuss your situation. Students with extenuating circumstances that meant that they could not achieve the required credit level or grades may be eligible to submit an appeal after the award has been adjudicated. You can find your Enrolment Services Professional on the Student Service Centre (SSC) in the ‘Personal Information’ menu under ‘UBC Contacts’. If you do not have an ESP, please email: goglobal.awards@ubc.ca.

In addition to applying for scholarships and awards, check out some tips and tools for budgeting to study abroad.

List of awards

Go Global Award

Value Up to $1,000 per term

Eligibility All students nominated for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad 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 24& 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 2016 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 2015 session. 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

Go Global Scholarship

Value: Up to $1,500 per term

Eligibility: All undergraduate students nominated for Exchange or Research Abroad for the winter session 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 2016 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 2016 session. If you were on a co-op work term, then you must achieve a minimum of 75% on at least 13.5 credits in the other term.

Deadline: Automatically considered with program application

Global Seminar Program Award

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 have successfully achieved 70% on your best 24 credits in the previous Winter session (with no failed or incomplete courses). The Global Seminar Award will be paid out in the term prior to your Global Seminar Program as a result of the preparatory work you are completing for your Global Seminar Program. For example, if you are going on a Global Seminar Program in the 2016 Summer session, then your Award will be paid out in Term 2 of the 2016 Winter session. Therefore, your eligibility will be determined by your average and credits in the 2015 Winter session. Students who transfer in to UBC in the 2015 Winter session will be assessed on their 2015 Winter session average and credits. Students with no previous UBC academic history be will adjudicated based on Term 1 marks for the current academic session.

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 Program **

Deadline: Automatically considered with program application

Go Global Research Abroad Program Awards

Value: Up to $2000 per term

Eligibility: All students accepted into a research abroad program, through Go Global, will be considered for this award. A separate application is not required. If you meet the eligibility criteria, then you will be notified of your award after acceptance into 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 of the previous year (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. 

Deadline: Automatically considered with program application

Go Global Self-Directed Research Abroad Award

Value: Up to $2000 per term

Eligibility: Must be a UBC degree-seeking student in good standing. Students must be undertaking research activity at a recognized research institution or research institute outside of Canada (i.e. an accredited university, or university- or government- affiliated research institute). Students must have support or supervision from a UBC faculty member and have confirmed an academic supervisor from the host institute. Students’ research activity must be a minimum of 4 weeks in duration and students must devote 30 – 40 hours per week on the research activity. Award recipients must meet the requirements of the host institution to be a visiting researcher or student (these vary by institution). Students must also complete the Student Safety Abroad travel requirements including reviewing online learning modules and completing the Student Safety Abroad Travel registry prior to departure. To learn more about this award and how to apply please visit this page

Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Go Global Student-Initiated International Internship Award

Value: Up to ten (10) awards of $2000 will be awarded for summer 2017 on a competitive basis.

The Go Global International Internship Awards support UBC students undertaking international internships where the experience will add significant value to their academic studies and career development.  These awards are administered by Go Global as part of the International Learning Awards, and are intended to help off-set the travel and living costs associated with undertaking an internship abroad.  

For 2017, up to ten (10) awards of up to $2000 are available on a competitive basis for internships taking place during the Summer Session, beginning between May and August 2017.

Definition of an internship: For the purposes of the award, an internship is defined as a short-term (approx. 6 – 16 weeks) experience in a workplace setting that supports and enriches the student’s academic studies and career goals.  The internship may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. The internship may include a combination of professional observation, training, business/program development tasks, and research.  

Eligibility:

  • UBC degree-seeking students returning to their studies in the term following the internship
  • Undergraduate or graduate student in good standing
  • Minimum 70% average over the best 24 credits in the 2015-2016 Winter Session with no failed courses or pending grades
  • Have a confirmed internship outside of Canada that supports the student’s academic studies and career development
  • The student’s internship must meet the definition of an internship above
  • Internships may not be in a location subject to a Global Affairs Canada official travel warning (i.e. ‘avoid non-essential travel’ or ‘avoid all travel’). For more on travel restrictions see the UBC student safety abroad website.
  • Student must agree to take part in required pre-departure preparation offered by Go Global.
  • Preference will be given to students undertaking full-time (25 – 40 hours/week), unpaid internships.
  • The internship may not be purely service-based, nor primarily academic research. The internship may not be part of a Faculty Co-op program. 

Application Process & Requirements:

Students must apply online through Go Global Gateway by searching for the experience named “Go Global Student-Initiated International Internship”. The application will open on February 1, 2017. All documents must be received by  March 15, 2017.

  1. Description of the internship host organization detailing their mission and projects written by the student (maximum 500 words) 
  2. Personal statement describing the value of the internship to the student’s academic studies and career goals (maximum 500 words)
  3. Written confirmation of the internship (letter or email) from the host organization outlining the nature of the internship, learning goals, intern’s duties and means of evaluation. This document must also include the internship schedule, the name and title of the job site supervisor; and the fair market value of any remuneration or other benefits offered
  4. Up-to-date résumé 
  5. Detailed budget outlining projected costs associated with the internship (travel, accommodations, food, medications etc.), and listing any other sources of funding (i.e. salary, stipend, other funding).  Students may use the Go Global budget template.
  6. Two letters of recommendation: One letter must be from a UBC professor. The second may be from another professor or a professional supervisor. The letters may not be from a friend, peer or family member. The letter should support your candidacy for the award and comment on the value of your internship for the advancement of your academic studies or career goals. These letters may be submitted by email to Self – Initiated Internship Award Committee – go.global@ubc.ca.
  7. Declaration that the student will observe the Student Safety Abroad Policy and participate in student pre-departure preparation, in-country reflection, and return debrief activities.
  8. Transcripts: these will be accessed by Go Global and the selection committee directly for the purposes of award selection. No need to order them.

Selection process and criteria:

The selection committee will be made up of UBC staff and faculty members from various faculties. The committee will recommend students for the award on the merit of their application with consideration of the following:

  • Student’s ability to demonstrate that the internship will represent significant added value to their academic studies and career development
  • Overall academic performance
  • Previous extracurricular and professional accomplishments
  • The student’s budget
  • Preference will be given to students undertaking full-time (25 – 40 hours/week), unpaid internships

Arts Research Abroad (ARA) Award

Value: Up to 70-100% of International Service Learning and Global Seminar program costs (including flight). In cases of demonstrated financial need (determined by Enrolment Services), ARA may fund up to 100% of the program costs and flight.

Eligibility:

  • In the 2015-16 Winter session, applicants must be a student within the UBC Vancouver Faculty of Arts and be registered in at least 24 percentage grades credits.  A specialization (Major, Honours, etc) must be declared.
  • In the previous 2014-15 Winter session, applicants must have been a student at the UBC Vancouver campus and have registered in at least 24 percentage graded credits.  An overall average of at least 70% must have been achieved on the best 24 credits and no failures in any courses.
  • If demand warrants, the most competitive applicants, based on GPA, specialization, and interest, will be offered the ARA funding.
  • Students with exceptional circumstances regarding credit loads should identify themselves to the program contacts.
  • We have had a number of International Service Learning placements and Global Seminar Programs funded by ARA.
  • Further ARA eligibility requirements particular to each program will be noted on the placement or program webpage.

Deadline: Automatically considered with program application

Choquette Family Foundation Student Mobility Award

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.

Value: $10,000 (10 awards available)

Eligibility

  • Full-year exchange or research abroad programs outside of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the US.
  • 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 

Deadline: For receipt of application and documents is at 4:00 pm, Monday, May 1.. Applications and supporting documents must be addressed to: Go Global Award Program Managers at the Vancouver Campus, Brock Hall Welcome Centre, or the Go Global Office (UNC 207) at the Okanagan Campus.

One World International Scholarship

Value: $1,000-$10,000

Eligibility:

  • You must have been nominated to participate in a Go Global study exchange in the Winter Session.
  • You must achieve at least 75% on 27 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

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 form addressed to the appropriate address at the UBC Vancouver or Okanagan campus listed on the Go Global awards page, and submit the Premier’s application directly to the IKB Society office by April 30.

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: For receipt of application and documents is at 4:00 pm, Monday, May 1.. Applications and supporting documents must be addressed to: Go Global Award Program Managers at the Vancouver Campus, Brock Hall Welcome Centre, or the Go Global Office (UNC 207) at the Okanagan Campus.

Charlotte Froese FISCHER Student Mobility Award in Science

Value: Between $2000 - $3000 (alternates each year between outgoing UBC students – odd years, and incoming partner university students – even years).

Eligibility:

  • UBC Vancouver undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science
  • Full-year exchange programs outside of Canada
  • Alternates each year between outgoing UBC students and incoming partner university students
  • Preference is given to students who intend to complete two semesters abroad.
  • This year the award will be given to an incoming partner university student for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Deadline: April 30, 2017 - apply online on Gateway. Click on "Scholarships" tab and search "Charlotte Froese"

Killam American Fund Student Mobility Award

The award is open to both incoming and outgoing exchange participants who are US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Value: $2,100

Eligibility

  • You must be nominated to attend a US partner university by Go Global.

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

  • 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 27 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 13.5 credits in the other term.

Deadline: Automatically considered with program application

UBC–NUS Lee Foundation Student Mobility Award

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 24 credits in the year prior to your exchange with an average of at least 70% with no failed or incomplete courses.

Deadline: Automatically considered with program application. Only those students selected will be contacted.

Samson Sum Award – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Award

Value: $2,000 (one award available)

Eligibility

  • 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 27 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 13.5 credits in the other term.

Deadline: Automatically considered with program application. Only those students selected will be contacted. Conditional nominations for this award will be announced in late February.

UBC and University of Warwick International Learning Award

Value: $5,000 for UBC student to Warwick, $5,000 for Warwick student to UBC

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.

Deadline: April 30, 2017 - apply online on Gateway. Click on "Scholarships" tab and search "Warwick"

Gary & Consuelo Corbett Canada-U.S. Fellowships Program

Value: $7000; 1-3 candidates will be selected.

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 $7,000 (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. 

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:

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

Deadline: December 10, 2016

External awards

UBC Vancouver advising hours: Exchange, research, + study abroad

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You might not need to see an advisor. General questions about the Go Global Exchange process can be answered at the Main Office at International house (Vancouver). 

If you’re looking for more information on where you can go, please visit our Resource Library located on the top floor of the International House. Here you can freely browse our collection of material sent from partner universities including international student handbooks, course catalogues and departmental overviews.

Contact us

Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver

go.global@ubc.ca

Telephone: 604 822 0942

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