Enhancing The Learning Experience Of Postsecondary Students
Ontario International Education Opportunity Scholarships
International education enriches the experience of students and strengthens Ontario's competitiveness in the global economy. But the costs of travel, accommodation and living expenses put the option to study abroad beyond the reach of many students.
This year, the government is investing $3.5 million in Ontario International Education Opportunity Scholarships to support almost 1,400 students as they complete a portion of their studies abroad.
Scholarship recipients will receive up to $2,500 to pursue academic study, work study or co-op placements outside of Canada. Universities may award $2,500 scholarships to students participating in study abroad programs that are longer than eight weeks. Colleges may award $2,500 scholarships for programs longer than eight weeks or $1,250 scholarships for opportunities lasting longer four weeks, but less than eight weeks.
The Ontario government invested over $9.6 million in more than 3,800 scholarships for study abroad since the program was announced in 2007.
Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academic merit, with special consideration given to students from under-represented groups such as Aboriginal peoples, francophones and students with disabilities.
World University Service of Canada
The government is also investing $150,000 a year for three years in the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) to help deliver its Student Refugee Program.
Over the past year, 22 Ontario university and college campuses have welcomed 27 refugee students from some of the world's regions of greatest conflict. Local student volunteers provide ongoing social and financial support to refugee students for a minimum of 12 months. Through local WUSC chapter activities, hundreds of Ontario university and college students gain valuable international perspective through their volunteerism, fundraising, support and private sponsorship of refugee students.
Both initiatives are part of the government's plan for fostering international postsecondary education and training. As well as creating more opportunities for Ontario's students to study abroad through scholarships and student exchanges, the government is working to make the province a destination of choice for international students.
Last year, over 37,000 international students were enrolled at Ontario universities. The education of international students is estimated to contribute $1 billion annually to Ontario's economy.
International Education Week: November 16-20, 2009International Education Week is designed to showcase the significant contribution that international education makes in preparing students and institutions to engage effectively on the world stage. This year's theme is Promoting Global Citizenship.