Exchange Funding

Search through the funding options that are available for SFU students pursuing study abroad programs through ISS.

Some of these funding options are available through SFU, while others are offered by external organizations. If you are interested in any of these programs, please contact the program sponsor directly.

In addition to these listings, you should also research:

  • Funding through SFU: SFU Financial Aid and Awards has comprehensive listings of all funding available through SFU
  • External funding: You may be able to find other sources of funding based on your own background, interests, or plans abroad.

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Barry Macdonald Award in Business Administration

Awarded annually to students who:

  • Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement while enrolled in the Faculty of Business Administration
  • Are registered in a semester exchange, co-op work placement, field school or dual degree program
  • Demonstrate exceptional community service
  • Preference will be given to students enrolled in an exchange, co-op work placement, field school or dual degree program in Asia

The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the nomination from the Faculty of Business Administration.

Value: $2000
Awarded: Summer
Program Code: UEAO-525*

Beijing Institute of Technology Exchange Scholarship (China)

For Undergraduate Applied Science students:
The BIT Exchange Scholarship covers tuition fee and accommodation on campus. The scholarship will be offered to the students during their stay in Beijing Institute of Technology for the period of the exchange program. Exchange students to BIT can study in the regular degree programs conducted in English or Chinese, they are also welcomed to study in our Chinese language study programs. The exchange program extends from one semester to two semesters in the academic program or Chinese language program. 

Exchange applicants for the BIT Scholarship must be eligible for exchange and apply according to the regular application details posted here. Once nominated for exchange BIT students will be sent further instructions for the Scholarship. If you have any questions about the BIT exchange scholarship, please email saofficer@sfu.ca 

The scholarship has been confirmed for 2020/2021.

Ben West Student Exchange Annual Award

The Ben West Student Exchange Annual Award was established at Simon Fraser University in 2006 by Mr. Ben West. Mr. West graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Simon Fraser University in 2003.

Awarded annually to students who: 

  • Show good academic standing in their third or fourth year of any undergraduate program
  • Are registered to participate in a one term exchange
  • Demonstrate outstanding community service 
  • Are preferably enrolled in the Faculty of Business Administration pursuing an exchange in Asia

The Award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Value: $1000

British Columbia Study Abroad (BCSA) Consortium

BCSA administers a range of awards. See their website for more information.

The BUTEX Scholarship (UK)

The British Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) is pleased to offer two scholarships for students currently registered at an institution in the USA or Canada. To be eligible to apply, you must have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student in a UK university which is a member of BUTEX.

DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst - German Academic Exchange Service (Germany)

The German Academic Exchange Service is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. DAAD offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, and promotes Germany as an academic and research destination.

View profiles of recent DAAD Young Ambassadors.

Search for funding opportunities here.

The David & Mary Macaree Mobility Award

At least one award, valued at a minimum of $5,000 each, will be awarded annually to undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:

  • enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in the Faculty or Arts & Social Sciences in the term of eligibility;
  • enrolled in full-time studies in the term of eligibility;
  • in good academic standing (a minimum 2.00 CGPA); and,
  • have been accepted into an SFU Formal Exchange Program or Field School in Scotland administered by the International Services for Students office.

Preference may be offered to those students who have successfully completed at least one course offered through SFU’s Centre for Scottish Studies.

The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the Director, Centre for Scottish Studies.

If students are nominated to an institution in Scotland through SFU’s Formal Exchange Program, they will be automatically considered for the award. Additional documentation may be required at a later date. The application deadline is May 25th (students who apply for the January 25 and May 25 exchange application deadlines will be considered).

Dr. Catherine Black Award for Studies in French 

Criteria: 

  • Full time enrollment at SFU with a declared major in French with Concentration for Prospective Teachers
  • Acceptance to participate in an exchange term(s) or current enrollment in an exchange term(s), administered by SFU’s International Services for Students, at a university in France
  • Good academic standing (minimum 2.00 CGPA)
  • Nominated to an exchange at a university in France approved by International Services for Students

Preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled in or attending a term(s) at the University François Rabelais in Tours, France; and/or are enrolled in their 3rd year of study. 

Submit a letter of application clearly demonstrating your commitment to French studies, along with documentation of your acceptance/enrollment in the exchange (SFU nomination email), by mail or electronically (c/o Leena Edmeads, Secretary to the Chair, frensech@sfu.ca) to: 

Chair 
Department of French 
West Mall Centre 2630 
8888 University Drive 
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 

Value: Minimum of $1000 annually 

Dr. Rosena Davison Award for Studies in France

Criteria:

  • Full time enrollment at SFU with an approved major in French
  • Acceptance to participate in an exchange term(s) or current enrollment in an exchange term(s), administered by SFU's International Services, at a university in France
  • Good academic standing (minimum 2.00 CGPA) 

Preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled in or attending a term(s) at the University François Rabelais in Tours, France; and/or are enrolled in their 3rd year of study. 

Submit a letter of application clearly demonstrating your commitment to French studies, along with documentation of your acceptance/enrollment in the exchange (SFU nomination email), by mail or electronically (c/o Leena Edmeads, Secretary to the Chair, frensech@sfu.ca) to: 

Chair 
Department of French 
West Mall Centre 2630 
8888 University Drive 
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 

Value: A minimum of $1000 annually 

Education Credit Union Foundation of BC - Education Award Bursary 

This award is external to SFU and students need to contact any Credit Union in the lower mainland to request that an application form be mailed to them.

Value: up to $2000

Ernst Mach Scholarship for studying at an Austrian University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule)

Students nominated to Salzburg University of Applied Science may apply for this award. The application is done through the Austrian Academic Exchange Service. Information about the award and the application can be found here.

French Cohort Program Exchange Awards 

Available to full-time third year undergraduate students in the French Cohort Program, in good academic standing, who have been accepted to participate in a formal exchange program at a francophone university.

The Award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee, on the recommendation of the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs.

Value: $500

French Cohort Program Exchange Awards 

Available to full-time third year undergraduate students in the French Cohort Program, in good academic standing, who have been accepted to participate in a formal exchange program at a francophone university.

The Award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee, on the recommendation of the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs.

Value: $500

General One World Scholarship

For application, eligibility requirements and deadlines, please visit the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society website.

This opportunity is adjudicated internally by SFU, therefore institutionally-specific regulations apply with respect to academic eligibility requirements for scholarships, and as such the minimum requirement for this opportunity is 3.50 CGPA. 

Completed application packages from upcoming Summer and Fall term applicants (including all supporting documentation) should be addressed as follows -

One World International Scholarship Program
c/o Manoj Bhakthan
Financial Aid and Awards
Simon Fraser University
MBC 3200 - 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC  V5A 1S6

Application packages must come to the SFU Financial Aid and Awards office by 4.30pm at the deadline stated on the website.

Students must be accepted to a study/work abroad opportunity or an experiential learning opportunity (typically less than 4 months in length, involving language acquisition and/or cultural training). 

Manoj Bhakthan is SFU's institutional representative and as such, students may email him directly at manojb@sfu.ca with any questions pertaining to these scholarship opportunities.

Deadline: April (Summer and Fall applicants); Early November (Spring applicants)

Golden Key International Honour Society: Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship assists members who are going to participate in a study abroad program. With the global economy in today’s world, Golden Key feels it is crucial for members to have education-based study abroad experiences.

Value: $5000 

Government of Canada Scholarships

Three competitions are open to Canadians to embark on graduate studies or research abroad: Commonwealth Scholarships, Foreign Government Awards and Organization of American States Scholarships. Overall, up to 75 awards for top Canadian students are expected this year. CBIE administers the three programs on behalf of FAC.

  • The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan offers opportunities for graduate study in several Commonwealth countries.
  • The Foreign Government Awards, mirrored by the Government of Canada Awards for most participating countries, allow Canadians to study in 12 countries as follows: Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Russia and Spain.
  • The Organization of American States Fellowships Programs offer graduate study opportunities for Canadians, chiefly in the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America and in Brazil where Portuguese is the official language.

International Exchange Bursary

Bursaries are available for eligible SFU students participating in a full time SFU Exchange or Field School program. Financial Aid for Study Abroad Students sessions will be held for all nominated/approved exchange and field school students. These sessions will provide detailed information on how to apply for these bursaries. Sessions are posted on the Information Sessions and Advising page once scheduled.

International Scholarship Opportunities for Canadians

Explore international scholarship opportunities for the best and brightest Canadian students and researchers to study and conduct research abroad. You can find, based on your country of destination, scholarships, fellowships or other funding opportunities made available by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and other Canadian federal government departments. 

IREP Summer Scholarship (Germany)

Students accepted to the IREP Summer Program at Technische Universität Darmstadt will receive the IREP Summer Scholarship. The scholarship will be issued in three installments upon arrival in Darmstadt.

Value: €1200 for the 12-week program

JASSO Student Exchange Support Program (Japan)

This scholarship is available for qualified international students accepted by Japanese universities or graduate schools under the student exchange agreement on a short-term basis from about three months to one year. All applications will be processed through the Japanese host institutions once students are nominated for exchange.

The Killam Fellowships Program (USA)

Third year study abroad awards for undergraduate study in the United States. The Killam Fellowships Program, the first of its kind, supports exceptional American and Canadian undergraduate students in educational exchange each year. Applications are currently being accepted for students in all fields of study -- humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Eligibility:

  • Canadian citizenship 
  • Full time undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited degree-granting institution
  • Superior academic record
  • Proficiency in English.

Value: US$10,000 for one academic year (US$5,000 per semester); US$500 Health Insurance Allowance; Up to US$1000 for in-country travel; Killam Orientation in Ottawa; Spring Seminar in the United States.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Student Mobility Fellowship  (Korea)

KAIST International Relations Team offers Student Mobility Fellowship to students from SFU for the 2016-2017 exchange year. 

The selection process for this award will be announced to successful exchange nominees. 

Value: $1,000 USD to 2 selected students per year

Korea University International Summer Campus (ONLY)

Academic Excellence Awards are available for students enrolled in the Korea University International Summer Campus under the SFU Exchange Program (Fee-paying). 

Approx value KRW 500,000 - KRW 1,500,000 ($400 USD - $1360 USD)

Lewis Perinbam Award in International Development 

Administered by the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), the Award recognizes grassroots achievements in improving life in developing countries and expanding awareness of those countries among the Canadian public.

Value: $2500

Liberation Scholarship (Netherlands)

The Liberation Scholarship Program offers 70 credit mobility scholarships to highly motivated students from Canada who would like to study in the Netherlands for three to twelve months and become part of the long-standing historic ties between the two countries.

Kelly O'Hagan Memorial Bursary 

The Bursary will be granted annually in any term on the basis of financial need, to students in good academic standing from any faculty who are enrolled in an exchange or field school in Latin America.

Value: $1250

Program Code: UEBO-683

Mitsubishi Canada Limited Student Exchange Awards 

The Mitsubishi Canada Limited Endowment Fund was established at Simon Fraser University in 2006 with a generous donation from Mitsubishi Canada Limited and matching funds from the Burnaby Mountain Endowment Fund Matching Program.

The purpose of the endowment is to facilitate student exchange between Simon Fraser University and universities in Japan, effectively promote cultural exchange and understanding between Canada and Japan.

The Mitsubishi Canada Limited Student Exchange Awards will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student or students who is/are undertaking study in Japan on a Formal Exchange Program with one of SFU's Japanese exchange partners.

Eligibility:

  • 2.7 Cumulative grade point average
  • Completion of at least one year of study at SFU
  • Two letters of reference from faculty
  • Accepted for enrollment by one of SFU's Japanese exchange partners

Awards will be made on the basis of academic performance. The awards will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Adjudication Committee on the nomination of the Director, International Services for Students.

Value: $2000

National Chengchi University - College of Commerce (Taiwan)

SFU students may receive free accommodation in NCCU dormitories and can receive a scholarship for taking the Mandarin Studies Program while on exchange.

Value: $10,000 NT

Premier's One World Scholarship

For application and eligibility requirements, please visit the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship website.  There is a one application for all scholarships (International and/or Premier's).

Students who are self-selecting to apply for the Premier's must provide their completed application directly to the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society and not to the SFU Financial Aid and Awards office.

Ritsumeikan University Scholarships (JASSO and RUSSES) (Japan)

This competitive RUSSES scholarship is provided by Ritsumeikan to exceptional partner university students who will be enrolled in the Study in Kyoto Program for either one semester or one year.

Value: A monthly stipend of ¥40,000 for a period of four or ten months

SFU-India Student Mobility Awards (India)

Awarded to Simon Fraser University students in any faculty undertaking study or experiential learning in India with one of Simon Fraser University's India exchange partners, field schools, projects or co-op partners. 

Criteria:

  • Good academic standing 
  • Accepted and approved for a Simon Fraser University experiential learning opportunity in India such as an international exchange, field school program, co-operative education work term, volunteer or service learning assignment
  • Good academic performance and prior engagement in internationalization activities (e.g. volunteer activities, mentorships, community activities)
  • Eligibility consideration will include but not necessarily be limited to: geographical location within India, salary, stipends, honorariums and placement costs (e.g. work permits, association fees like AIESEC, immunization, travel, etc.)

The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee on the nomination of the Director, International Services for Students and Director, Simon Fraser University's Work Integrated Learning.

Value: up to $4000

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Award

SJTU will select one scholarship recipient sponsored by China Scholarship Council with RMB 7500/semester. This Award is only open to Canadian citizens.

Value: RMB 7500/semester (2016-2017 year)

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (India)

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute offers several new funding opportunities for scholars and students. These include: Partnership Development Seed Grants, Visiting Faculty Travel Grants, Mobility/Exchange Grants, Grants to Support Development of Study-In-India Programme, and Shastri Student Excellence Awards.

State of Baden-Württemberg Scholarships (Germany)

This scholarship offered by the Universität Mannheim (Business) may be available in some years.

Study in Switzerland Funding

Study in Switzerland administers a range of awards. See their website for more information.

Suite of Study Abroad Awards

In the Study Abroad (Formal Exchange or Field School) program application, degree seeking SFU students applying for a full-time study abroad program may apply to the Suite of Study Abroad Awards. Students will submit one application in order to be considered for the full suite of awards, but only a maximum of one International Mobility Award (IMA) will be awarded per student. IMA applications will first be considered for the highest value IMA eligible. Each award has its own eligibility and selection criteria, which are detailed on the application.

NOTE: visiting students accepted to SFU for the purposes of participating in a field school are not eligible for these awards.  

  • Diamond Family International Mobility Award 2020-21
    Awarded to undergraduate participants accepted into a formal undergraduate Exchange or Field School program intended to provide additional funding to assist with the costs of travel and living expenses while pursuing studies abroad.
    Value: Multiple awards, valued at a minimum of $2000 each are awarded each year.

  • International Mobility Award (IMA): SFU Exchange and Field School Programs 2020-21
    In an effort to support students who are participating in a formal international Exchange or Field School programs, in addition to bursaries and scholarships, SFU has identified this additional funding to assist students with the costs of travel and living expenses while pursuing studies abroad. Multiple awards will be distributed each year.
    Value: Up to $1000 

  • Beedie Study Abroad Award (BSAA)
    Beedie School of Business Student Exchange to a Business Preferred Partner 2020-21
    The Beedie School of Business recognizes the impact of educating students within a global context, developing diversity in the academic community and encouraging students to extend their learning beyond our borders. To support our students studying abroad while on exchange, Beedie has provided funding to assist students with the costs of travel and living expenses abroad. Multiple awards will be distributed each year.
    Value: Up to $1000

  • Lana Cooke International Mobility Award (IMA): SFU Exchange and Field School Programs 2020-21
    In an effort to support Faculty of Applied Sciences students who are participating in a formal Exchange or Field School programs, in addition to bursaries and scholarships, SFU has identified this additional funding to assist students with the costs of travel and living expenses while pursuing studies abroad.
    Value: A single award of at least $1000 will be distributed each year.  

Universität Basel (Switzerland)

A Grant may be available to a student pursuing an exchange term at Universitat Basel. Please email studyabroad@sfu.ca for more information.

Value: 1000 CHF monthly for four months total during the academic year 2018/19.

Study in Switzerland Funding

Study in Switzerland administers a range of awards. See their website for more information.