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Financial Support

Are you concerned that your international experience will add extra costs that you can’t afford? Don't let finances hold you back from the opportunity of a lifetime. There are many funding options to help offset the costs of your trip. If you are flexible on where you want to travel and study, you may be able to access funding of up to $7,000! Explore your options below. 

What are my funding options?

Dalhousie financial support

Dalhousie has many different funding opportunities available for students who need financial support to make their exchange dreams a reality. Explore the different options available and apply for internal funding now!

Go Beyond Borders bursary

Through funding from the Provost & Vice-President Academic, the Office of International Relations has established a new student bursary. The Go Beyond Borders bursary ($1500) will be available as of January 2018. Apply below. Applications will be reviewed and bursaries will be awarded on a monthly basis.

To be eligible for the Go Beyond Borders bursary students must:

  • Be Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Demonstrate financial need (e.g. have a student loan)
  • Are in good academic standing and have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50
  • Be participating in a short-term, for-credit international study programs (e.g. international field course, short-term summer program)
  • Return to Dalhousie for full-time studies after study abroad (either continuing a term in progress or starting a new term when the study abroad program takes place between terms)
  • Not have received this bursary in the past (students are eligible to receive this funding once)
  • Priority will be given to applicants who self-identify as a member of a historically underrepresented population
  • Priority will be given to students enrolled in direct-entry undergraduate programs, however, a proportion of funds can support graduate student mobility 

George Burris Study in England Awards

This grant was established by a bequest from George Burris to support Dalhousie students wishing to study in England. Grants will be awarded on the basis of academic and extracurricular excellence, financial need, and international experience.

The grant supports:

  • Study, work, or practicum placements of at least four weeks in duration
  • Course work that a student will receive six credit hours for toward a Dalhousie degree
  • Reduced level of support for placements with service or educational programs sponsored/recognized by the university

Criteria for selection:

  • Strong academic achievement
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens
  • Extracurricular achievement
  • Financial need
  • Currently registered as a Dalhousie student in good standing


We suggest applications be submitted at least four to six weeks prior to departure, to allow enough time to review the application and process the necessary paperwork.

Note: The grant does not provide retroactive funding. We recommend that you complete the funding application as soon as you are accepted into an international program.

Study/Work International Fund (SWIF)

Established as part of the Student Assistance Program, SWIF provides financial assistance to students who want to take part in an international placement. There is a maximum award of $2,000 CAD per applicant.

SWIF supports study, work, or practicum placements for which Dalhousie University will give a degree credit. It provides reduced levels of support for placements with service or educational programs sponsored or recognized by the university. In all cases, the placement must be a component of your degree.


You may be eligible for SWIF funding if you:

  • Qualify for financial assistance on the basis of need
  • Are in good academic standing and have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50
  • Will receive academic degree credit for the placement (funding is not available for individual travel, research, or data collection)
  • Have completed five full academic credit courses at Dalhousie
  • Are currently a full-time student

You must complete a pre-departure program prior to applying for any funding through the International Centre.

Application deadlines

The committee meets on a regular basis. This means that there is no deadline for applications, but there are two critical things to note.

  1. Your application and supporting documentation must be fully complete and submitted prior to your departure.
  2. The chair of the committee will go through your application to ensure everything is complete only if the application is submitted one month prior to your departure. This will allow you enough time to rectify any omissions. If you don't provide enough time in advance of your departure, we can't guarantee this check will be done, and you risk having your application rejected on the basis of being incomplete.

We recommend that you complete the funding application as soon as you are accepted into an international program. 

Faculty of Arts and Social Science Award

The Faculty of Arts and Social Science established this fund to make international study exchanges and study abroad programs more accessible to students in the faculty. This award is intended to supplement the funding available from SWIF.

Who is it for?

  • Students who are currently registered in a major or honors program in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Arts and Social Science.
  • Students participating in an international exchange or study abroad program.
  • Students who show an outstanding commitment to their studies as demonstrative through a solid academic performance, and
  • Students who demonstrate financial need for support to facilitate international travel.

How much is awarded?
Up to 10 awards annually, each in the amount of $1000

Emily Bevan Harrington Award

The Women’s Division of the Dalhousie Alumni Association established an award from the Emily Bevan Harrington Fund. Emily Bevan Harrington was one of the first women to come to Dalhousie, beginning her studies in 1888. As an important part of the Dalhousie community, a scholarship was started in her name, for women who wanted to further their studies abroad.

Who is it for?

  • Undergraduate or graduate student who will be participating in a study abroad or exchange program for a minimum of one semester.
  • Preference will be given to a female student and one who lives in or has lived in Shirreff Hall Residence.
  • Students who have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Students who demonstrate financial need.

How much is awarded?
One award annually in the amount of $2000


Howard C. Clark International Study Award

This fund was set up in honour of Dalhousie’s 9th president, Dr. Howard C. Clark on the occasion of his retirement. This award is intended to supplement the funding available from SWIF.

Who is it for?

  • Students undertaking a program of study or placement in an international setting related to their academic program at Dalhousie.
  • Students must demonstrate financial need as assessed in the SWIF application.
  • Students who demonstrate academic merit in combination with higher program costs.
  • Students whose programs of study require them to live in a non-western culture.

How much is awarded?

One award annually, in the amount of $1500

Other partially funded programs

Bader International Study Centre Grant

The Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle is in East Sussex, England. Students can expect a rich culture and historical environment in a quiet country setting.

The program offers field trips in England and to the continent to complement classroom study. During your international experience at the BISC, you will attend classes in the castle for Monday through Thursday. Friday, and potentially into the weekend, students travel with a professor to sites related to their studies, where they will engage in experiential learning for each course.

Dalhousie University students study here through the Canadian University Study Abroad Program (CUSAP). CUSAP students come to the Castle primarily from Canadian universities as well as from other countries.

Study program 

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) offers an upper-year program for students in their 2nd or higher year of an undergraduate degree.


Upper-year Dalhousie students may attend the BISC for one of the following academic terms:

  • Fall Term: September–December (5 courses = 15 credit hours)
  • Winter Term: January–April (5 courses = 15 credit hours)
  • Summer Term: Early May–mid-June (2-3 courses = 6-9 credit hours)


This amazing academic experience is also the most highly funded! You may not realize it, but depending on your level of financial need, participating in the BISC program can cost the same or less than staying at Dalhousie for a term! If finances are your primary concern, this program is an excellent choice!

Students who apply for nomination to this program through the International Centre will automatically be considered for a scholarship of approximately $7,000 CAD from Dalhousie's Bader International Study Centre Grant.

To be considered for this grant, it is critical that you apply for nomination be the following deadlines:

  • January 1 – Deadline for Summer BISC Nominations
  • February 1– Deadline for Fall BISC Nominations
  • October 1 – Deadline for Winter BISC Nominations

Note: Students who demonstrate financial need are given priority for this award. Please submit the funding application (link to funding page) in addition to your application for nomination to the BISC program.

Should your demonstrated financial need exceed what the BISC grant can provide, we will also consider you for Dalhousie’s George Burris Study in England Award. You may also qualify for funding through Queen's University.


Fees are set annually by the BISC and are paid directly to Dalhousie. The amount owing to Dalhousie will reflect any scholarship that is applied to your account.

For more information on these fees visit the BISC website.

Apply for funding

The Killam Fellowships Program

The Killam Fellowships Program offers awards to exceptional undergraduate Canadian students to spend one semester or a full year as an exchange student in the United States.

***The application for 2017/18 is now closed.  The application deadline for the next intake is January 12, 2018***

Value of the program

  • $5,000 USD per semester
  • Health insurance allowance
  • Up to $800 USD for in-country travel
  • Killam orientation in Ottawa, ON
  • Spring seminar in Washington, DC


  • Canadian citizen
  • Full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing

American universities in the program:

  • American University, Washington DC
  • Arizona State University, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Mass.
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
  • Florida Polytechnic University. Lakeland, Florida
  • Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida
  • Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
  • State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, N.Y.
  • University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i
  • The University of Maine, Orono, Me.
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.

Find more information on the Killam Fellowships website.


To be considered for nomination to this program, the standard Dalhousie Exchange Application must be received by the International Centre before January 12, 2018 (for Fall 2018 and/or Winter 2019).

Dalhousie selects 3 nominees to submit to the Killam annually. If selected, you will work with the Exchange Advisor in the International Centre to complete the Killam application. The Killam foundation will select one to two Dalhousie students to participate annually. 


External funding

Funding is also available through many private, corporate, and government organizations and associations. View the list of external funding.

Student loan funding

Student loan agencies only fund students for study abroad/exchange if they fall under one of two categories:

  • Dalhousie has a written exchange/study abroad agreement with another institution.
  • The other institution has been approved through the Canada Loans Program.

For more information contact the Registrar's Office.