Last update: February 10, 2021

The Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is seeking applications from Canadian publicly funded institutions for the following 2021-2022 Students' Exchange Programs (SEP):

ASEAN-SEED General Eligibility Criteria

  • These awards are available to international students to undertake research or study at UBC for a period of four to eight month  
  • For ASEAN-SEED students, the candidate’s studies or research may commence as early as August 1, 2021 and no later than February 1, 2022.
  • Students must be citizens of an ASEAN member state (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)), Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam).
  • Students coming to undertake coursework must be from UBC student mobility partner institutions. For a list of UBC mobility partners, please visit the list of partner universities.
  • For undergraduate students, a signed agreement or understanding between UBC and the student’s home institution must be in place at the time of application. 
  • Students coming to undertake research must be from institutions with which UBC has established research activity.
  • Students must have adequate funds to cover the initial 6-8 weeks at UBC as the award is typically not distributed until after arrival.

ELAP General Eligibility Criteria

  • These awards are available to international students to undertake research or study at UBC for a period of four to six months.  
  • For Emerging Leaders in the Americas students, the candidate’s studies or research may commence as early as June 1, 2021 and no later than February 1, 2022.
  • Students must be citizens of eligible countries:
    • Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos
    • Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
    • North America: Mexico; or
    • South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

All awards are available to graduate and undergraduate students for study or research activity except the Faculty Leadership Program, which is available only to full-time employed faculty or international managers/administrators.

  • Students wanting to undertake coursework must be from UBC student mobility partner institutions. For a list of UBC mobility partners, please visit the list of partner universities.
  • For undergraduate students conducting coursework, a signed agreement or understanding between UBC and the student’s home institution must be in place at the time of application. 
  • Undergraduate and graduate students coming to undertake research must be from institutions with which UBC has established research activity.
  • Students must have adequate funds to cover the initial eight weeks at UBC as the award is not distributed until after arrival.

Study in Canada General Eligibility Criteria

  • These awards are available to international students to undertake research or study at UBC for a period of four to six months.  
  • For Study in Canada students, the candidate’s studies or research may commence as early as June 1, 2021 and no later than February 1, 2022.
  • Students must be citizens of eligible countries:
    • Asia: Bangladesh, Nepal, Taiwan

    • Europe: Turkey, Ukraine

    • Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia  

    • Sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda

All awards are available to graduate and undergraduate students for study or research activity.

  • Students wanting to undertake coursework must be from UBC student mobility partner institutions. For a list of UBC mobility partners, please visit the list of partner universities.
  • Applications at the college or undergraduate levels must be accompanied by a valid student exchange agreement between the Canadian institution and the candidate’s home institution. For a list of UBC mobility partners, please visit the list of partner universities.

  • Undergraduate applications for research through the Visiting International Research Student pathway can be accepted when the student's application can be linked to a specific international research collaboration.

  • For graduate applications for research through the Visiting International Research Student pathway, an inter-institutional agreement is desirable but not mandatory. If there is no existing exchange agreement, graduate applications which involve a new or established collaboration between professors from a Canadian institution and the candidate's home institution will be accepted.

  • Students must have adequate funds to cover the initial eight weeks at UBC as the award is not distributed until after arrival.

Application Process

All applications must be submitted by UBC directly on behalf of the student. Applications submitted directly by the student or home institution will not be accepted by CBIE. Go Global plays a coordinating role on all applications submitted on behalf of the University.

The deadline to nominate and submit all application documentation for the Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) is Thursday, February 18, 2021.

The deadline to nominate and submit application documentation for the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) and Study in Canada Program is Monday, March 15, 2021.   

Application Forms

The application forms for all Global Affairs Canada programs are below. 

A complete application must be submitted to go.global@ubc.ca by the deadline in order to ensure that it can be considered.

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