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Canada varsity to offer merit-based scholarships to UG Indian students

Published On: 17 Oct 2014 | Last Updated On: 17 Oct 2014

The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada will offer merit-based Scholarships to students from India who join the undergraduate (UG) degree programs at the varsity. UBC will allocate a quarter of a million dollars in non-public funds for the Scholarships.

The varsity will offer 11 outstanding international student awards, each for $10,000 as well as five international major entrance Scholarships, each worth $28,000 or $7,000 per year for a period of four years, to students hailing from India with outstanding academic accomplishment. The initial awards will be tenable for September, 2015.

Indian educational institutes may also nominate exceptional students, who need the financial assistance for the varsity’s exclusive International Scholars Program.

At present, UBC has 130 fully-funded foreign scholars from 46 countries, which includes India.

According to sources from UBC, the new scholarship scheme is a stepping stone to UBC’s commitment to create a wonderful opportunity for meritorious Indian students to pursue their education in Canada at the university.

The North American country Canada provides ample educational opportunities to Indian students. Canadian Universities have been vying for Indian UG students in a big way and Indian students are also increasingly opting for Canada as a destination for higher studies. Canadian colleges and polytechnics are aligned to the needs of the labor market and their competency-based teaching approach prepares students to be productive in the workplace after graduation. Several Canadian colleges and universities offer internship programs which allow students to gain experience in their fields. Moreover, Canada offers bountiful research opportunities for students from India. Foreign students are offered abundant stipends as well as Scholarships which cover their tuition fee and living expenses. Moreover, the tuition fee is lower compared to that of countries including the United States (US).

Besides these facilities, Indian students can also take up summer jobs during their vacations. Although students go to Canada on student visa, they can work for three years after they complete their postgraduate (PG) studies. After that, they can apply for residency permit based on their job. Once they acquire a residency permit, their tuition fee becomes similar to local students

According to reports, Indian students constitute the second largest populace of international students in Canada, which has witnessed four-fold increase from 2008.

Source: The Times of India

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