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International Students

Break down barriers to education for international students

International scholars at UBC are dynamic young leaders committed to driving positive change and creating a more equitable and sustainable future. They have so much to offer— but not all students have the same opportunities to succeed.

Together, we can help students thrive. Join us as we work to ensure international students have the resources they need to achieve their academic and professional goals—from addressing affordability issues to recognizing outstanding scholars. Please consider donating to:

FORWARD for Students: International

No student should be denied an education solely because of financial constraints. International students at UBC often encounter many challenges, from facing financial pressures to adapting to a new culture and navigating a different educational system. To address these barriers, FORWARD for Students: International aims to support need-based international students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels across UBC’s campuses—particularly those who traditionally lack access to essential funding—ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed.

International Scholars Awards

The International Scholars Awards provide crucial funding to outstanding international students who face financial barriers to higher education. As part of the International Scholars Program, the awards recognize students with high academic achievement and exceptional leadership skills in school and community projects. Thanks to donor support, this program has already benefited over 500 of the best and brightest international scholars from more than 90 countries since 2001.

FORWARD for Students Fund

Affordability is the greatest challenge facing students today, limiting their access to the transformative opportunities higher education brings. The FORWARD for Students Fund addresses this issue by providing all students across UBC’s campuses with access to need-based awards and affordability programs and services. This fund targets the most pressing challenges our students face today and offers support where it is needed most.


FORWARD, the campaign for UBC, is advancing healthy lives, creating solutions for the planet, and shaping thriving societies. Donors and alumni are the catalyst making it happen.