As per a survey conducted by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE), Canada was home to more than 500,000 international students in 2018, making it one of the more popular destinations for studying abroad. Moreover, there was a whopping 154% increase in international students over a period of eight years. Good quality of life, competitive tuition fees and friendly people are some of the reasons for this increase in the number of international students. To further attract students, universities offer scholarships in Canada to international students. In this blog, we are going to discuss the scholarships, bursaries and grants offered by University Canada West (UCW).
UCW’s entrance scholarships for international students
UCW offers a variety of scholarships, bursaries and grants for international students, who are applying for associate, bachelor degree and master degree programs at the university. International students must submit their scholarship applications before the Entrance Award Application deadline, which is at least a month before the start of their term at UCW. Moreover, international students are only entitled to receive one entrance scholarship, grant or bursary. Most scholarships, bursaries and grants require a personal statement, so prospective students are encouraged to submit a personal statement along with their application. The value of a particular scholarship cannot exceed the students’ tuition fees; scholarship disbursements will be pro-rated based on the number of courses the student is registered in. Even after receiving scholarships, international students must continue to meet all the requirements, which includes remaining in good academic standing. Students who receive UCW’s scholarships, grants and bursaries are encouraged to represent the university as ambassadors for outreach initiatives in their home countries. Now, let’s take a look at the scholarships, bursaries and grants on offer.
Entrance Scholarship for Academic Excellence
This is meant for those students who display leadership potential in a global business environment through excellence in their chosen field and first-rate academic achievement. Students at associate, bachelor’s and master’s level can apply for this scholarship program. The scholarship value received by the students depends on their admission cumulative grade point average (CGPA). In order to receive continuing scholarship disbursements, the undergraduate scholarship recipients must maintain a CGPA of 2.67. On the other hand, the graduate scholarship recipients must maintain a CGPA of 3.0.
International Student Leader Award
This award is meant for those international students who want to contribute to the economic development of their home country. To receive this award, students are required to submit a personal statement explaining how a degree from UCW will help them in achieving their personal, educational and career goals. They also have to explain how they plan on assisting the overall economic development of their country and what obstacles they might face. The award value depends on the quality of their application and personal statement.
Live Our Vision of Education (L.O.V.E.) Undergraduate Scholarship
This scholarship is limited to those students who are pursuing an undergraduate program at UCW. International students who have gained admission to an undergraduate program will be considered for the scholarship based on their personal statement. The personal statement should include how obtaining a degree from UCW will impact their personal and career goals. This scholarship is distributed to the recipients as tuition credit for the first two years of their degrees.
MBA Foundation Grant
This grant is applicable to those students who have gained admission to UCW’s MBA Foundation program and possess leadership potential in a global business environment. In order for students to be eligible for this grant, they must submit a personal statement describing how completing an MBA and an MBA Foundation program will affect their future goals and careers. The grant will be disbursed as tuition credits for the final four courses of their MBA degree.
The Americas Bursary
This bursary is applicable for international students applying to undergraduate and graduate programs at UCW. This grant aims to make Canadian education accessible for international students coming from the Caribbean, North America, Central America and South America as they will be admitted under applicable domestic student rates. The grant value is calculated as the difference between international and domestic tuition rates.
Special Targeted Regional Award Program
This award is applicable to those students coming from Morocco, Mongolia, Turkey, South Korea and Mauritius. The recipients will be chosen from prospective students based on their personal statements on how earning a degree from UCW will help them in achieving their career and academic goals. The maximum value of this award is $5,000 and is disbursed to recipients as tuition credits.
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Regional Grant and Southeast Asia (SEA) Regional Grant
These study grants are provided through special arrangements with the aim of offering tuition support to those students who are interested in studying outside the SEA and CIS regions. Recipients are chosen on the basis of their submitted personal statement which explains how undertaking a degree program at UCW will help them in achieving their goals. Similar to other grants and awards offered at UCW, this one also is disbursed to the recipients as tuition credits.
If you are an international student who is interested in studying in Canada, then look no further than University Canada West, which offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate and preparatory programs. Once your application process is underway, you can take a look at the Canadian scholarships, grants or awards that you can apply for.
This article was written by Varun Mehta.