Funding

GLE is committed to supporting students who are interested in our global learning opportunities. We understand that expenses associated with travel and program costs can be a challenge. Therefore, we offer funding to eligible students to help them fund their global learning experience.

When you apply for a global learning opportunity, you will be considered for ONE of two funding options:

  • The International Experience Grant (Seneca bursary) 

  OR

  • The Global Skills Opportunity (funded by the Government of Canada's Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program).

It is essential to note that to receive funding, you must make sure that your SIN/ITN is correct on the Student Home portal under "Profile".


 

How to Apply for Funding

When you apply to one of our global learning opportunities, you will be automatically considered for funding from one of the sources listed below.

Once you are accepted to participate in a global learning opportunity, you will be notified of the exact amount of funding you will receive. This funding will be directly deposited into your student account via 'Student Home'.

International Experience Grant

 

The International Experience Grant is a Seneca bursary available to any student travelling on a global learning opportunity as part of their academic studies at Seneca.

Eligibility

Students must: 

  • be full-time enrolled in a Seneca program
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 & in good academic standing
  • be travelling outside of Canada for the Global Learning Opportunity 
  • receive academic recognition in fulfilment of the course or program requirements through participation in a Global Learning Opportunity.
  • not returning to their home country for the Global Learning Opportunity 
  • have no outstanding fees on their student account 
  • be returning to Seneca for full-time study after the completion of the global learning opportunity.
  • be at least 18 years old.

Notes: 

  • student is eligible for IEG once per academic year (academic year = September – August

Grant Amount

Amounts are subject to change based on program costs and the number of students participating in a global learning opportunity in the academic year.

Global Learning Opportunity Grant Amount (CAD)
Semester Exchange $2500
Faculty-Led Program Abroad $2000
Summer Academic Program $2000
International Work Experience $2000

Global Skills Opportunity

This funding project provides support for students participating in specific Faculty-Led Programs Abroad. Global Skills Opportunity is funded by the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program.

Eligibility

Students must:

  • be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • be full-time enrolled in a Seneca program
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and in good academic standing
  • be travelling on specific Faculty-Led Programs Abroad
  • receive academic recognition in fulfilment of course or program requirements through participation in the Faculty-Led Program Abroad.
  • have no outstanding fees on their student account.
  • be returning to Seneca for full-time study after the completion of the global learning opportunity.
  • be at least 18 years old.

In addition to the above eligibility requirements, Global Skills Opportunity funding prioritizes students from specific target groups:

  • Low-income students: students who report to be in receipt of Canada Student Grants, or similar non-repayable student financial assistance offered by provinces and territories, or, in the absence of receiving non-repayable student financial assistance, can provide information to demonstrate that they require financial support in order to study or work abroad. Information will be verified by Seneca’s Financial Aid Office.
  • Indigenous students: students who report being an Indigenous person, that is, First Nations, Metis or Inuk (Inuit).
  • Students with disabilities: students who report to have a difficulty or impairment due to a long-term condition or health problem and/or experience a limitation in their daily activities. Students must be registered with Counselling and Accessibility Services at Seneca.

Grant Amount

If students meet the above eligibility requirements and identify as one of the target groups, they will receive the following:

Global Learning Opportunity Grant Amount (CAD)
Faculty-Led Program Abroad $3000

Tips And Tools


 

Embarking on a global learning experience can be an exciting and enriching opportunity, but it's important to be prepared. Before you set off, take the time to research your destination thoroughly. This includes learning about the local customs, laws, and language, as well as any potential safety concerns.

In addition to researching your destination, it's essential to prepare a budget plan. This will help you to manage your finances effectively and ensure that you have enough money to cover all your expenses. Make sure to include costs such as transportation, accommodation, food, and activities, as well as any visa or insurance fees.

It's also a good idea to explore contingency options in case of emergency. This could include having a backup plan in case your original travel arrangements fall through, or knowing where to go and who to contact if you need medical assistance.

By taking the time to plan and prepare for your global learning experience, you can ensure that your trip is not only enjoyable but also safe and successful.

Some other tips:

  • Apply for Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries through Seneca.
  • Create a budget; understand what is paid now and what is paid later.
  • Create a digital piggy bank to save a little each week.
  • Talk to friends and family about your goals during the global learning opportunity, they may support you financially to meet them.
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