Entrance scholarships for international students

The University of Victoria awards entrance scholarships to academically outstanding international students. The exact number of scholarships varies each year, depending on available funding. International scholarships range in value from $1,500 to $10,000.

These scholarships and awards are meant for International students who are not studying a Canadian secondary school diploma. **International students completing a Canadian secondary school diploma, please see the International Eligibility section.

Eligibility

International students must be admitted to the University of Victoria before being considered for an entrance scholarship. Eligible candidates are automatically referred to Student Awards & Financial Aid by Undergraduate Admissions.

  • International students must send in an interim transcript (if a current secondary school student) or a final transcript (if a student has graduated within two years of application and has not attended another post-secondary institution) by February 28 to Undergraduate Admissions to be assessed for an International Scholarship.
  • Eligible candidates are automatically referred to Student Awards & Financial Aid by Undergraduate Admissions.

Aga Khan Academy Renewable Scholarship

A scholarship of $90,000, payable at $22,500 per year over 4 years, is awarded to an academically outstanding international student entering an undergraduate program at the University of Victoria directly from one of the Aga Khan Academies (Hyderabad, Maputo, or Mombasa). Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not eligible for this scholarship. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic excellence, community service, and school involvement and leadership. The financial need of the applicant will also be considered.

To be considered you must:

  • Be admitted to the University of Victoria
  • Be entering your first undergraduate degree program
  • Have an excellent academic record ("A" average, or minimum of 32 IB points)
  • Be an international student on a study permit status
  • Meet UVic's academic and English proficiency requirements. See English Language Proficiency requirements
  • Submit an online application via UVic My Page and have all required documentation, including your nominator's documentation sent to entrance@uvic.ca between January 10 and February 28.

Please note, students must be nominated by a school guidance counsellor, principal or department head at the Aga Khan Academy. The nominator must be able to comment on the student's academic performance, future goals, leadership qualities and their potential for success at the University of Victoria. The nominator MUST complete the required Form B and provide a reference letter and submit the information to entrance@uvic.ca by the end of the day on February 28.

Value:

  • One Scholarship of $90,000, payable at $22,500 per year over 4 years
  • Renewable up to 3 years or completion of first undergraduate degree (see above renewable criteria)

Deadline: February 28

*All required documentation must be received by Student Awards and Financial Aid by the required deadline.

To Apply

Complete the online Aga Khan Academy Application and send in all required documents by February 28.

How to access the online application:

  1. Have a NetLink ID
  2. Go to www.uvic.ca and sign onto your UVic My Page account using your Netlink ID
  3. Go to your 'My Page' account
  4. If you are not yet admitted to UVic, but have submitted an admissions application, select "Applicant Services". If you have been admitted to UVic, select "Student Services"
  5. Select "View and apply for awards"
  6. Select the 2017-2018 study period and select the "Aga Khan Academy Scholarship Application"
  7. Complete the online application
  8. Send in the required Student Supporting Documentation: Awards and recognition statement, activities statement, essay question (500 words), community reference letter, budget sheet.
  9. Have your Nominator send in the required Nominator Documentation: Form B, reference letter

Student Supporting Documentation

  • Awards and recognition statement: Submit a list of awards and recognitions you have received including scholarships and prizes received in the last three years. Please include the date that each award was received as well as the granting institution or organization.
  • Activities Statement: Submit a list of your extra-curricular and volunteer activities in the last three years. Please list them in order of significance, and include the start and end dates as well as the number of hours a week/month of involvement.
  • Essay Question (500 word maximum): Describe a recent challenge and how you responded to it. Explain what you learned, and how this experience will help you transition to student life at the University of Victoria.
  • Community reference letter: This letter of reference would be written by someone other than a family member or close friend who is familiar with your various roles in the community. *Please have your reference comment on your future goals, leadership qualities, adaptability, initiative and your potential for success at the University of Victoria. The reference should include their name, contact information including email, as well as the period of time they have known you and in what capacity. The letter must be signed and sent to entrance@uvic.ca by the end of the day on February 28, and include Aga Khan Academy Scholarship in the subject line.
  • Financial Need Assessment: The University of Victoria international scholarship supports those students who would otherwise be unable to attend the University of Victoria because of financial reasons. Please complete the Budget Sheet if you wish to be considered for the Aga Khan Academy Scholarship.

Required Nominator Information Documentation

Nominators are one of the following:

  • School Guidance Counsellor
  • Principal
  • Department Head

The nominator MUST:

  • Complete Form B: Nominator Information (click on the link to download and complete the form) and,
  • Submit a reference letter commenting on the student's academic performance, future goals, leadership qualities, adaptability and initiative. Please also explain how the student demonstrates the academic preparedness and emotional maturity necessary to ensure their success at the University of Victoria.

Both Form B and the nominator reference letter must be sent to entrance@uvic.ca by February 28.

East China Normal University Renewable Scholarship

A scholarship of $20,000 (payable at $5,000 per year) will be awarded to an academically outstanding international undergraduate student entering the University of Victoria from the No. 2 Secondary School attached to East China Normal University.

Note: a scholarship recipient will be nominated by No. 2 Secondary School attached to East China Normal University.

To be automatically renewed a student must have completed a total of 12 or more academic units in any two terms of study between May and April and maintained a grade point average of 7.50 or higher on the best 12 academic units. The scholarship is automatically renewed for each year of the student's full-time study until completion of a first degree or for a maximum of three years, whichever is the shorter period.

A student whose grade point average falls below 7.50 may file a written appeal with the Senate Committee on Awards to seek special consideration for the renewal of the scholarship.

Students registered in a co-op or work experience workterm will automatically be renewed when they next complete 12 or more academic units in two terms, provided they have a grade point average of 7.50 or higher in the two terms.

Any student who takes neither a co-op, work experience/workterm, nor academic units for one or more terms may forfeit their scholarship.

Me to WE Scholarship

The Me to WE Scholarship celebrates youth making a difference in their local and global communities.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the Me to WE Scholarship, you must:

  • be a US citizen or hold Canadian-American dual citizenship
  • have applied to UVic directly from a high school located in Washington State and begin courses in September 2017
  • have a minimum 3.2/4.0 admission grade point average
  • demonstrate your community involvement and leadership, either locally or globally

To apply: Students apply via their UVic My Page account.

The application is open February 15 to May 01. Four scholarships are available at $5,000 each.

*All required documentation must be received by Student Awards and Financial Aid by the required deadline.

International Entrance Scholarships

Twenty scholarships of $10,000 each are awarded to academically outstanding international students entering the first year of an undergraduate program at the University of Victoria.

Note: international students must be admitted to the University before being considered for this award. All documents, including transcripts, must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions by February 28.

International IB Scholarships

International students completing the International Baccalaureate program with a minimum of 32 points are guaranteed a minimum Entrance Scholarship of $2,500 CDN, provided they send in interim/final IB scores by February 28 to Undergraduate Admissions. Canadian citizens studying at a secondary school outside of Canada need to send in predicted IB marks to be assessed for an IB scholarship by February 28 to Undergraduate Admissions.

Note: transcripts sent after the deadline will not be eligible for GPA based scholarships.

President's Beyond Borders Fund

Three grants of $5,000 are awarded to academically outstanding international students from the Asia Pacific region entering an undergraduate program at the University of Victoria.

The Asia Pacific region includes: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, East Timor, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Tuvalu, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, American Samoa, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Northern Marian Islands, North Korea, Wallis and Futuma, Mongolia, Taiwan.

Contact Information

Regular Mail: 
Student Awards & Financial Aid 
University of Victoria 
PO Box 3025, STN CSC 
Victoria, BC V8W 3P2

Courier Address:
Students Awards and Financial Aid
University of Victoria
2nd Floor, University Centre - Rm A202
3800 Finnerty Road 
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Scholarship Assistant: Lauren Hume -

Scholarship Officer: Donja Roberts -