Exchange scholarships open opportunities

Students and teachers throughout the province can earn the chance to study and learn in Asia thanks to a new exchange program...

Students and teachers throughout the province can earn the chance to study and learn in Asia, thanks to a new exchange program that builds on British Columbia’s education relationships with its Pacific Rim partners.

About 200 students and six teachers from B.C. public and independent schools will benefit from the exchange program between schools in China, Japan and British Columbia.

“These scholarships open up exciting new opportunities for students and teachers to study in schools abroad,” said education minister Mike Bernier.

“International education has the power to enhance our economy while at the same time providing our young people the important opportunity to study different languages and cultures.”

Student groups need a minimum of five students and, if approved, will receive $5,000 to $10,000, depending on the group’s size. Teachers with successful applications will receive $5,000 to assist with their exchange costs.

The application deadline for the scholarships is Feb. 12, and the exchange must be complete before the middle of August 2016.

More information on applying is at: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/international-education/scholarships-awards.