International Learning

Imagine studying Italian art in Rome, learning Chinese in Beijing, or contributing towards a community library project in Uganda. Make your degree a global one by seeking out opportunities to learn, volunteer, and work abroad.

Go Global

Through Go Global‘s many learning abroad programs, you can participate in numerous international learning opportunities in over 40 countries. You maintain your UBC student status and, in most cases, remain eligible for financial assistance and awards. It’s affordable too — funding from $1,000 up to $10,000 is available to students participating in one of Go Global’s learning abroad programs.

  • Exchange, Research & Study Abroad programs allow you to learn from another perspective and take courses that may not be available at UBC. All courses successfully completed abroad (with the exception of non-academic courses) that appear on your transcript will transfer to UBC and can be applied towards your UBC program. Exchange students pay tuition directly to UBC, while study abroad students pay tuition directly to the partner university.
  • Global Seminars allow you to study and travel abroad with other university students in a group setting. Some group study programs offer you the chance to take existing UBC credit courses taught by UBC faculty members in an international location, while others are offered in partnership with other Canadian universities.
  • Through partnerships and memberships with international learning organizations, Go Global occasionally offers a range of international programs outside of Exchange, Research and Study Abroad, and Global Seminars. See the current programs offered here.

Office of Regional & International Community Engagement (ORICE)

  • The International Service Learning (ISL) program helps you actively learn about your discipline through a voluntary placement in an international community development setting. ISL allows you to engage in substantial projects led by community partners around the world, connecting your academic studies with real-world experience.

Volunteering

Employment

  • Arts Co-op Education Program allows you to alternate your school terms with paid, rewarding, full-time work experience. Students are currently employed throughout the Lower Mainland, British Columbia, Canada, and the world, within private, non-profit, and government sector.
  • GoinGlobal and My Word Abroad are great sourcesif you are looking to find an international job. Country specific guides contain information on where the jobs are, how to apply for them, how to get the necessary paperwork, and more. Go to CareersOnline, login, and click on the links (under ‘Recommended Links’).
  • Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada maintains a website that contains a database of international youth programs. The Government of Canada has negotiated reciprocal temporary work permits with close to 40 countries for Canadians hoping to work globally.
  • AIESEC UBC sends students abroad for life-changing international working experiences. Through active participation in internship programs and national conferences, students develop professional skills and an international perspective while making friends and memories.

Scholarships

  • The Killam Fellowships Program allows undergraduate students to participate in a residential exchange program between Canada and the United States. Modeled after the successful Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program, Canadian scholarship recipients spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the United States.
  • The Explore Summer Language Bursary Program is offered through the government of Canada. Participants take part in a 5-week French language program in a different part of Canada. Tuition fees, instructional materials, meals, and accomodation are covered through a $2,000 bursary.
  • Over $1.4 million is awarded annually through scholarships and awards to UBC students participating in Go Global international learning programs. Check out the International Learning Awards on the Go Global website for details and information on how to apply.
  • The Official Languages Study Fellowship Program, funded by the Government of Canada, encourages students to enter a full-time post-secondary program offered in French at a French language or bilingual institution in Canada for a period of one year of study. The maximum value of the fellowship is $2,500 (amount subject to change).
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, New York Office) provides multiple scholarship and fellowship opportunities, and information on academic exchange programs to Germany.