University scholarships for international students are available to new students based on various criteria, such as academic success, community involvement, athletic excellence, references from instructors/ employers or financial need.
The main types of university scholarships for international students in the province are:
- Undergraduate entrance (new student) scholarships
- International entrance scholarships
- International student athletic scholarships
- Academic scholarships
International entrance scholarships can be full-tuition or partial. Partial scholarships generally range from $2000 to $5000 (C$) for study at any level and in any program. Be sure to check with the Ministry of Education (or similar agency) in your home country for international scholarship opportunities.
Scholarship and award programs for international students are also administered by the federal government, provincial governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The government of Canada maintains a database of scholarships for non-Canadians, which is searchable by your country of origin.
Examples of some international student scholarships available at universities across Canada:
Financial assistance for international students
Bursaries ranging from $500 to $1,000 are also sometimes available for undergraduate international students who demonstrate financial need and who have maintained good academic standing. Bursaries may be given out as emergency assistance for basic educational expenses if the student's original financial sources have fallen through.
Visa students are not eligible for loans run by the province's student aid office. However, loan assistance may be available through the International Education Finance Corporation (IEFC).