Global Skills Opportunity — The government of Canada’s outbound student mobility program

Who benefits when Canadian students gain global skills? We all do.

When young Canadians work and study abroad they bring back new experiences, skills, connections and knowledge which give their career a boost, and enrich Canada’s economic prosperity.

About Global Skills Opportunity

An integral component of the Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy Global Skills Opportunity will provide thousands of postsecondary students with invaluable international study and work experiences, strengthening their global skills and competencies. Global Skills Opportunity is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, and jointly administered by Universities Canada and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).

This program is designed to encourage low-income students, students with disabilities and Indigenous students to participate in study and work abroad programming. It is also an important step towards achieving Canada’s trade diversification goals and strengthening international networks.

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New GSO call for proposals launched!

Universities Canada is happy to provide Canadian universities another chance to offer their students with additional opportunities to study or work abroad. We’ve launched a call to universities for proposals for funds for mobility and innovation projects.

The RFP includes funds for mobility and innovation activity from 2023-2025 with the aim of providing additional opportunities for Canadian students to study/work abroad and support innovative approaches to reduce barriers to mobility.

Project proposals must be submitted online in English or French via the Universities Canada Portal (see below) by December 2, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

We’re hosting a webinar on October 4, 2022 from 1-2 p.m. ET to provide an overview of the RFP and answer questions. Register for this event by September 30th.


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