One way you can help finance your studies in Canada is through a scholarship - a non-repayable financial award granted to students with outstanding academic achievement.
Some scholarships in Canada are awarded automatically (i.e. assessed by the university you apply to using your university application), but for most you’ll need to apply. Scholarship funding for international students who wish to study in Canada is limited, competitive, and available mostly at postgraduate level. However, many underestimate their chances and each year there are several scholarships that go unrewarded. Don’t be put off by the competition - if successful, a scholarship could save you the cost of your entire course, so it’s definitely worth applying! Here’s what to do:
1. Start at home
Your first step should be to explore scholarships and other funding possibilities in your home country. Your country’s department of education should be able to point you in the right direction but if not, a quick online search should throw up a handful of results.
2. Contact your chosen uni/college
Once you’ve selected the institution you wish to study at, get in touch with their financial aid office to ask for information on scholarships for international students. As a starting point, York University (Toronto) offers a range of scholarships, some of which are automatic entry, and Ryerson University offers President's Entrance Scholarships that are open to both international and Canadian students, valued up to $40,000 CAD. Ryerson also offers seven $5,000 Secondary School Merit Scholarships. Further details are available online.
3. Research additional opportunities
Even if you’ve had some luck with the first two, there’s no harm in researching scholarships given out by the Canadian government, provincial governments, private foundations, and not-for-profit organizations. Here are some great resources to get started:
- Global Affairs Canada is responsible for the government’s participation in major international scholarship programs. This website enables users to search for awards for study and research by country of origin.
- Scholarships for those studying in British Columbia: http://www.learnlivebc.ca/learn/scholarships
- For information about scholarships and bursaries offered by other provinces and territories, contact their respective Ministry responsible for Education.
Useful link: If you're considering an arts and humanities program and want to know roughly how much your university fees will be, visit Universities Canada