Many engineering schools in Canada offer student scholarships and bursaries for international students applying to engineering studies. Awards typically range in value from $250 - $5,000, but may go as high as $16,000 over the course of the four-year degree. Work-study programs (involving part-time work for full-time students on campus) may be another source of money for school.

Student Scholarships and Student Bursaries
Entrance scholarships for students entering engineering programs from high school and other post-secondary institutions are typically awarded to outstanding new students, and are usually also available to international students. Bursaries are more typically based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need and/or achievement in other areas such as leadership and community service. These awards may be offered by high schools, university and college engineering schools, professional organizations, local businesses and national chains, and charitable foundations. They may be available on a non-renewable or renewable basis.

  • Start your search by talking to your high school career counsellor to learn what kinds of scholarships and bursaries may be available from your home country. Often high schools will offer awards to the best students or those most involved in club activities, which could include a engineering-, technology- or computer science-oriented club.
  • Most engineering schools offer entrance awards either directly or through benefactors and foundations that support them. International students should contact an admissions advisor at the school or department itself or look on the school’s or department’s website to identify the awards that are offered. Some scholarships and bursaries are program-specific and are limited to applicants to particular majors or diplomas within engineering.
  • Many local businesses and national chains will offer some kind of funding, either in the form of scholarships or bursaries, and international students may be eligible for some of these awards
  • Many professional organizations will provide scholarships as a way of promoting their profession and ensuring the development of future engineering professionals. These could include organizations for building engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering and more!
  • And finally, there are a variety of charitable organizations, both Canadian and international, that provide literally millions of dollars of awards to post-secondary students.
For more general information on international student scholarships and financial aid, check out the articles on international student scholarships under each school type.