NEW WEBSITE PROVIDES SHORT TERM STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION TO BRITISH COLUMBIA STUDENTS
VANCOUVER, BC – November 20, 2013
For many students studying in British Columbia, the opportunity to participate on a short term study abroad program, also known as a “field school”, develops skills, knowledge, and life experiences, which they will carry with them as they complete their degrees, and after graduation. However, these types of opportunities are often not as accessible to students due to financial reasons or a lack of awareness that study abroad programs even exist.
The refreshed British Columbia Study Abroad (BCSA) website and Consortium will help address this challenge. The BCSA Consortium is a group of post-secondary institutions that work together to encourage students to gain international academic experience by offering short term study abroad programs across disciplines and countries around the world.
Launching during International Education Week, the new BCSA website connects BCSA Consortium institutions’ study abroad programs with interested students by providing information on short term study abroad opportunities, and helping students apply to their program of choice. BCSA is launching a $500 scholarship for students who participate in a field school program offered by a BCSA Consortium institution, while also providing students other provincial scholarships and funding resources.
“The new website with all its updated information is great news for students and for international education in British Columbia,” says Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. “Working together the institutions in the Consortium are giving students more opportunities to broaden their life experience and make global connections studying in another country.”
“We are pleased to be offering better access to information on short term study abroad options in British Columbia and for BC students, in line with the goals of the Province’s International Education Strategy. We continue to work with Consortium institutions to provide students (and parents) a wider variety of field school options to enrich and internationalize their degrees and importantly to enhance the ability of smaller institutions to create their own international programs and be able to attract students from all across the province,” says Randall Martin, Executive Director, British Columbia Council for International Education.
Visit the British Columbia Study Abroad (BCSA) website: www.bcstudyabroad.ca
For a full list of participating British Columbia Study Abroad (BCSA) Consortium institutions, visit: http://bit.ly/1ctVyhr
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About the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE)
BCCIE is a provincial Crown Corporation incorporated under the Society Act, which reports to the Ministry of Advanced Education. BCCIE is committed to profiling British Columbia as the education destination of choice for learners from around the globe and to promoting global citizenry and internationalization at all levels in BC’s education system. BCCIE serves the needs of all International Education sectors of British Columbia including: public and independent K-12, public and private post-secondary, and language schools. BCCIE provides coordinated leadership for all of the participants in British Columbia’s International Education sector; market support, such as the coordination of missions, delegations, familiarization tours and signature events; delivers communication activities to International Education professionals; and offers professional development opportunities, including the annual Summer Seminar conference.
For further information visit: www.bccie.bc.ca.
British Columbia Study Abroad (BCSA) Consortium
The British Columbia Study Abroad (BCSA) Consortium is a group of post-secondary institutions that work together to encourage students to gain international academic experience by offering short term study abroad programs across disciplines and countries around the world. The BCSA website connects BCSA Consortium institutions’ study abroad programs with interested students by providing information on short term study abroad opportunities and scholarships, and helping students apply to their program of choice. For more information visit: www.bcstudyabroad.ca
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For more information:
Christina Wu, Manager, Communications
BC Council for International Education