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Exchange scholarships

Did you know that going on exchange doesn’t increase your tuition or affect the scholarships you’re receiving?

Meet the GSO Scholarship recipients:

Lucas Angelo Bruni

Lucas Angelo Bruni

Destination: Ca Foscari University of Venice, Italy.

Amount awarded: $8,333.

Program: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

“Thanks to the Global Skills and Opportunity funding I was able to take a trip to the beautiful city of Bologna in Italy for the weekend and visit some of my family and friends. Originally, I was coming to Italy with just enough money to live but now I can indulge in the beauty of this wonderful country. I could not be more thankful!”

Hyrie DelaLuna

Hyrie DelaLuna

Destination: National Taiwan University.

Amount awarded: $8,333.

Program: Honours Bachelor of Arts in Ethics and Political Philosophy.

“I had very big plans for this exchange, as I wanted to explore much of the natural environment of this country and learn the traditions and culture of the Taiwanese people. The Global Skills Opportunity Scholarship has enabled me to achieve that and so much more. The GSO scholarship makes it possible for me to participate in excursions via the university, allowing me to explore Taiwan with other local and international students. Although I’ve only been here for a short time, every day has been an educational journey and I don’t doubt the rest of the trip will be a blast.”

Global Skills Opportunity – Short Program

Summer 2024 – Indigenous Short-Term Program – Cape Town, South Africa 

Fully Funded Scholarship Opportunity (a value of approximative $8500)  

(Program fee, tuition, accommodation, meals, field trips, airfare from Ottawa to Cape Town) 


June 2nd - 15th, 2024 (excluding travel time) 


Through the Global Skills Opportunity program, the University of Ottawa is offering a Short-Term Program in South Africa at the University of Cape Town for Indigenous students and indigenous allies*. 

*Must meet eligibility criteria. 


The Program Society, Language, and the Arts will explore the diversity of South African culture in Cape Town including the Xhosa nation and Afrikaaps culture and language. 

As part of this program, you will: 
• Engage in learning more about Cape Town’s first people the San & Khoi, while partaking in activities such as rock art and healing dance.  
• Learn more about the different Xhosa communities in Cape Town and some of the cultural traditions they hold.  
• Dive deeper into Afrikaaps culture by gaining more insight about this unique group’s language, food and history. 

Activities include:  

  • V&A Waterfront 

  • Robben Island 

  • Iziko South African National Gallery 

  • San & Khoi Centre 

  • 18 Gangster Museum 

  • Community Experience 

  • Cape culture Cooking Class 

  • District 6 Museum

Learn more about UCT’s Short-Term Programs on their YouTube channel!  


The purpose of this Short Program is to have students learn from other Indigenous cultures and participate in knowledge-sharing and land-based learning, for a two-week duration. 

Develop and practice uOCompetencies like Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Creativity, Autonomy and Resiliency, Intellectual Curiosity and Lifelong Learning, Collaboration, Self-Awareness, Worldview and many more! 

Am I eligible?  

You must: 

  1. be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident; 

  1. be 18 years of age or older; 

  1. be enrolled full-time or part-time at the undergraduate level in a degree program at uOttawa (This fund does not apply to students who are part of the faculty of Medicine or Education); 

  1. have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 5.0 (C+); 

  1. have completed, or received advance standing for 24 units by the application deadline; 

You must also fall under at least one of the following student categories: 

  1. Demonstrate that they meet uOttawa's Indigenous eligibility criteria (*This category of student will be given priority

  1. Demonstrate Indigenous allyship through engagement including but not limited to: 

  • Enrolled in a course or have completed a course that is part of the Major or Minor in Indigenous Studies 
  • Member of uOttawa's Indigenous student association, demonstrating active engagement
  • Demonstrated volunteer work in an Indigenous community 

NOTE: Students can only participate in one physical mobility experience for the duration of the GSO program. If you have already completed a mobility experience in person and received funding from the Global Skills Opportunity, you are not eligible for this opportunity.

NEW Deadline: Application deadline: Friday, January 26th, 2024 at 11:59 p.m 


Global Skills Opportunity is funded by the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program. 

Summer 2023 – Indigenous Programme

Through the Global Skills Opportunity program Canada, Lakehead University and the University of Ottawa has organized a short-term opportunity for Indigenous students during the Summer term 2023 to Aotearoa, New Zealand via the University of Waikato. The purpose of this short program was to have students learn from other Indigenous cultures and participate in knowledge-sharing and land-based learning, for a two-week duration.

Global Skills Opportunity is funded by the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program.

Meet one the participant of the University of Waikato – Short Program summer 2023:

The University of Waikato's logo

Andrew Moar

Destination: TheUniversity of Waikato, New Zealand.

Fee coverage: Program fee (included accommodation and 2 meals per day), International flight (approximately :$7,500).

Program: Civil Law, Faculty of Law.

‘’It was a life-changing experience for me. I saw a completely different way of approaching indigenous issues. What I saw was pride and uniqueness. It gave me a lot of hope for what we are capable of doing in Canada. This motivated me to learn more about my roots and my own culture and to work harder to give back to my community and all indigenous peoples. I now know for sure that I can create change, and I will. In addition, I was able to observe different cross-cultural points of view, but also with my colleagues who come from different backgrounds. I feel much more ready to face the future obstacles that will present me during my professional journey. Finally, this trip was an extremely good opportunity to develop my independence and my social skills.’’

Student Mobility Scholarship

Embark on an exchange adventure and earn a $1,000 scholarship for each term you’re abroad!

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international students are eligible for this scholarship. 

This award is credited to your student account in late September (if your exchange begins in the fall) or in late February (if your exchange begins in the winter). If you study abroad for a full academic year (fall and winter), the scholarship is credited to your student account each term.

There’s no application process — the scholarship is automatically awarded if you’re part of the exchange program.

Please note that Faculty of Law Common Law Section students aren’t eligible for this scholarship.

Erasmus +

Erasmus+ is a program created by the European Union (EU) to promote education, training, youth and sport in Europe. One objective is to promote co-operation with partner countries such as Canada.

The University of Ottawa has been selected by several European partners to participate in Erasmus +, allowing our students, staff and professors to receive funding for mobility stays at these partners.

Funding varies according to the length of the stay, the host country and the distance between Canada and the host country, among other factors.

The scholarship covers travel costs as well as costs incurred during the stay. For example, a student who completes a mobility stay of five months in Spain could receive 800 EUR x five months + 820 EUR towards their flight, totalling 4,800 EUR.

Each year, funding granted to uOttawa exchange students may change. This section will be updated with the Erasmus + destinations available for the 2024–2025 academic year around October of this year.

Learn more about Erasmus+.

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