Global Skills Opportunity Program

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Overview

Universities Canada offers a new outbound student mobility pilot, the Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) program. This program focuses on increasing equity to participate in education abroad opportunities for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and students with financial needs.

GSO's goals are to increase underrepresented students' participation in international learning opportunities, diversify the countries students visit, and reduce study/work abroad barriers.

GSO aims to increase your experiences, skills and connections through work and study abroad opportunities.

The University of Alberta supports Indigenous students and students with financial needs through the GSO Awards to participate in education abroad.

The 2023-24 competition is now open!


GSO Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students

Value: Up to $3,000 - $10,000 Based on program duration and unmet financial need.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student participating in a for-credit education abroad experience for at least one week
  • Students must declare their Indigenous status as part of their official record with UAlberta to be eligible for funding
  • Students must meet the minimum GPA required to participate in the program abroad
  • Students must submit a Declaration Form, unofficial transcripts, and FNMI documentation (if necessary) to support their application
  • Students must be citizens of Canada or permanent residents

GSO - UNSDG Award for Students in Financial Need

Students must identify how the education abroad experience will advance their understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Value: Up to $3,000 - $10,000 Based on program duration and unmet financial need.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student participating in a for-credit education abroad experience for at least one week
  • Students must meet the minimum GPA required to participate in the program abroad
  • Students can demonstrate financial need eligibility if they hold one of the following:
    • Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students
    • Canada Student Grant for Students with Dependents
    • Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities
    • Alberta Student Grant for Full-Time Students
    • Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities
  • Students must also submit a Declaration Form and unofficial transcripts to support their application.
  • Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

When can I go?

Students can choose to attend an education abroad program during the Summer, Fall, Winter semesters or for one academic year.


How to apply

  1. Find and apply for Education Abroad programs. Eligible Programs for GSO Awards:
    1. Exchange Programs
    2. Summer Study Abroad Programs
    3. Internship Programs
  2. Create an account in the Horizons portal and submit an application (find the GSO awards under the "Search Scholarships" tab)
Questions? Contact an Education Abroad Advisor by submitting an inquiry through our service portal.