University scholarships for international students are available to new students based on criteria including academic success, community involvement, athletic excellence, references from instructors or employers or financial need.
The main types of university scholarships for international students in Canada include:
- 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 Canadian dollars 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).
Examples of some international student scholarships available at Canadian universities:
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 reasonable 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 the Canadian Federal or Provincial student loan program but should look at what assistance may be offered through their own country. Loan assistance is also available through the International Education Finance Corporation (IEFC).