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

Global Skills Oppurtunity LogoWho 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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Innovation Fund

With the full program launch postponed by COVID-19, Universities Canada held in 2021 a call for proposals to Canadian universities for innovative outbound student mobility projects. The investment was intended to allow institutions to test new tools and approaches to outbound mobility and adapt existing mobility programming to the COVID-19 environment. Innovation projects offered a unique opportunity for institutions to develop new study/work abroad tools and resources, as well as gather insights and learnings to strengthen mobility programming at the institutional level. Read our final report summarizing program results, lessons learned and success stories, and see profiles of a few of the funded projects below.

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