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April 23, 2014
 
 
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Financial Assistance for Study Abroad



Going abroad can be expensive. If cost is a concern, have a look at some of the available scholarships and awards provided by Laurier as well as by external sources


Laurier Scholarships and Awards

There are a variety of awards offered to Laurier students participating in study abroad opportunities.

Please visit student awards and the LORIS Student Awards Search Engine for more information.

Scholarships and Awards

Global Engagement Mobility Fund Awards for Student Exchange

Laurier International will be granting these awards to students with proven financial need and who are suitable for exchange institution course work

Complete section E of the student exchange application form to be considered for this award

Award Value: $1,000 each

Global Engagement Mobility Fund Award for non student exchange 

Laurier International will be granting these awards to students with proven financial need and who are participating in field courses, international internships, and other international learning opportunities supported by their academic department.

Complete the form found here: http://www.wlu.ca/docsnpubs_detail.php?grp_id=151&doc_id=57214 and submit to exchange@wlu.ca

Award value: $500 each  

BMO Financial Group Academic Exchange Scholarship

Eligible applicant will be full-time undergraduate students in the School of Business & Economics who are in the final two years of their program of registration.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B) and have been accepted to study at one of Laurier International's exchange partner universities outside of North America.

The scholarship will be granted annually to the 10 eligible candidates who present the highest cumulative GPAs. Laurier International will send list of candidates to the student awards office on your behalf.

Recipients are only eligible to receive this scholarship once during their program of registration.

Award value: $5000

Molycorp Technologies Academic Exchange Scholarships of Distinction

Full time undergraduate students in the School of Business and Economics who are in the final two years of their program of registration

Minimum cumulative GPA of 9.0 (B+) who have been accepted to study at one of Laurier's international exchange partner universities in China.

The scholarship will be granted annually to the 2 eligible candidates who present the highest cumulative GPA's and recipients are only eligible to receive this once during their program of registration.  Laurier International will send list of candidates to the student awards office on your behalf.

Award Value: $5,000

Toyota Academic Exchange

Eligible applicants will be full-time undergraduate students in the School of Business & Economics who are in the final two years of their program.

Applicants must be students in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B) who have been accepted to study at one of the Laurier International exchange partner universities.

The scholarships will be presented annually to the five eligible candidates who present the highest cumulative GPAs. Laurier International will send list of candidates to the student awards office on your behalf.

Award value: $10,000

Student accepted into the Laurier exchange program can apply for the following Laurier Scholarships and awards through Student Awards on LORIS.

Al & Linda Hecht International Exchange Award

Full-time graduate or undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts; minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B); registered to study abroad through Laurier International.

Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (landed immigrant) or Protected Person; long-term resident of Ontario; proven financial need.

This endowed award was established by Dr Al and Mrs Linda Hecht to assist students who wish to study at a foreign institution as part of an exchange program

Award Value: up to $1,000

Beverly Harris Study Abroad Award

Full time undergraduate students who have been accepted to study at one of Laurier's international exchange partner universities (not including schools in the United States), acceptable academic achievement (minimum cumulative GPA of 6.0).

Preference will go to a student with demonstrated leadership skills.

Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (landed immigrant) or Protected Person; long term resident of Ontario; proven financial need.

Recipients are selected by the Student Awards Office and Laurier International, based on which applicants will most likely benefit from and contribute to the exchange experience.

This endowed award was created by Beverly Harris, former Chair of the Board of Governors, and alumnus Tim Seegmiller ('82) to help deserving students study overseas.

Estimated Award Value: $750

Dr Rowland Smith Award for International Student Exchange

Full-time undergraduate students who have been accepted to study at one of the Laurier's international exchange partner universities; minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B).

Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (landed immigrant) or Protected Person; long-term resident of Ontario; proven financial need.

This special fund (endowed) was established by friends and colleagues of Dr Rowland Smith to honour the time he spent at Wilfrid Laurier University as vice president.

Estimated Award Value: $1200

Global Studies Education Abroad Fund

Full or part time undergraduate students in the Global Studies program (single or combined honours) who are taking part in any of the following:

1. Global Studies Experience

2. Study Abroad - either a university exchange that qualifies for Laurier credit, or academic study worth a minimum of 0.5 credits at Laurier, which includes a component abroad that lasts a minimum of 2 weeks.

This course must be pre-approved by the Global Studies Department. To be considered, students must have a cumulative GPA of 7.0 (B-) 

To apply, please select Student Awards & Financial Aid on LORIS. Then, click the Apply for Student Funding link. Finally, select "Global Studies Education Abroad" on the drop-down menu.  

Hans Viesmann International Scholarship Fund

Graduate and undergraduate students; good academic standing; admitted to a foreign academic institution; proven financial need.

This special fund (endowed) was established to assist Laurier students who want to study at an institution abroad as part of an exchange program or as an independent study and is intended to assist students wanting to study in Germany at Laurier's partner universities, but other destinations in continental Europe will be considered if funds are available.

Selection is done by committee, consisting of the director of Student Awards, director of Laurier International and one faculty member involved with a German exchange program

Award Value: up to $1,000

Scotiabank International Student Exchange Award

Full time undergraduate students who have been accepted to study at one of Laurier's international exchange partner universities; minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B).

Preference will be granted to applicants who will be studying in Latin America.

Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (landed immigrant) or Protected Person; long term resident of Ontario; demonstrate financial need.

Award Value: up to $1,100

Marc and Joan Kilgour Study Abroad Award

Full time undergraduate students registered in any faculty in Years 2, 3, or 4 who has been accepted to undertake an academic term at one of Laurier's international exchange partner universities (not in the USA). Eligible students will have a minimum cumulative GPA of 8.0 (B). Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident (landed immigrant) or Protected Person, and be a long term resident of Ontario. The applicant will be judged most likely to benefit from, and contribute to, the exchange experience. It should also be the intention of the recipient to return to Wilfrid Laurier University for one academic term following their Laurier International exchange opportunity.

Award Value: up to $1,000

Viessman-Marburg Travel Scholarship

Undergraduate and graduate students on exchange in Marburg Germany for a one year period. The selection based on academic excellence and personal engagement as determined by the Laurier faculty exchange selection committee; scholarship is paid to the student on arrival in Germany

Award Value, paid directly to the student in euro

Dr W J Villaume Scholarship

Students with outstanding academic achievement who have participated in an international program or have come to Laurier from another country.

Award Value: approximately $1,100

External Sources for Funding

External scholarships are also available for students interested in studying abroad. While there are a number of options, below are a few search engines and suggestions on where to consider beginning your research into additional funding.

Student Awards

Scholarships Canada.com

Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)

Canada-China Scholars Exchange Program

Foreign Government Awards - Korea 

Government of Canada International Scholarships Program

German Academic Exchange Service DAAD

ScholarshipPortal.eu - Europe

Some of our Laurier International Exchange partners also offer scholarships for incoming international students. While looking into this you can also do some more research into local service clubs and awards or bursaries they may offer. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

*Information is subject to change. Laurier International cannot be held responsible if the information provided is not current or wholly accurate.