Discover Concordia University’s Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries for International Students

Paying for tuition and other school costs are stressful — especially as an international undergraduate student. Concordia University wants to ease your worries by offering plenty of scholarships to offset your costs so that you can focus on your education. Some of these scholarships will even cover your full tuition and other school costs!

Explore some of the scholarships Concordia offers for international students:

Major entrance scholarships

The best financing option is a fully-funded scholarship for international students — and Concordia offers two!

Concordia Presidential Scholarship

Each year, two incoming international students in any full-time undergraduate degree program are awarded the Concordia Presidential Scholarship. This is Concordia’s most prestigious undergraduate entrance scholarship for international students. The award covers the full cost of tuition and fees, books, and residence and meal plan fees. You can receive this award for up to four years as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

You must be nominated by your school principals, teachers, or guidance counsellors for this award. Once you’ve been nominated and Concordia’s selection committee agrees with your nomination, you’ll be contacted in early February and invited to apply.

Concordia International Scholars

Two renewable scholarships are offered each year to incoming, full-time students from any faculty who have demonstrated academic excellence, in combination with resilience and ability to overcome personal hardship. The Concordia International Scholars award covers your tuition and fees.

To apply, you’ll need to sign into your Student Centre Account and upload the student application form, your resumé, and a 1,000-word personal statement where you express how you’ve shown resilience and overcome personal hardship while maintaining an outstanding academic performance.

Entrance Bursaries

Concordia’s Entrance Bursary Program is designed to provide financial support to newly admitted students to an Undergraduate Bachelor's degree program in any discipline of study.

To be eligible, you must:

  • have completed your most recent studies at a Cegep, Canadian high school, or international equivalent
  • have joined an undergraduate bachelor’s degree program at Concordia in any discipline of study
  • submit the Aid Declaration form, Needs Analysis form (if you haven’t applied for or received government financial aid), and the Entrance Bursary application on your Student Centre account

So, if you’re in financial need, apply for a bursary today! Watch this tutorial for the three simple steps to apply for bursaries:

Application-based awards

Whether you’re entering your first year of university at Concordia, or are in upper years continuing your degree, there are more scholarships and awards that you could be eligible for. Most in-course scholarships are awarded automatically based on your GPA, but a small number of scholarships and awards require an application to be considered.

The applications for these scholarships open during the month of August, and the deadline to apply is October 14, 2022.

Check out some samples of awards you could win and explore the full list of scholarships on Concordia’s Application-Based Awards page.

Scholarship name Scholarship value Scholarship description
Garnet Key Entrance Award $500 The Garnet Key Entrance Award is intended to encourage and reward students pursuing an undergraduate degree program at the University, whose commitment and spirit towards community involvement and academic excellence reflect the values exemplified by Garnet Key Society.
Lambda Scholarship Tuition Award $2,500 Eligible undergraduate students entering any full-time Concordia faculty are invited to nominate themselves for the Lambda Scholarship Tuition Award. The renewable scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded to a new Concordia student with a demonstrated ongoing commitment to LGBTQI2+ activism or community involvement.
ENCS Student Life Award $1,000 The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science Student Life Award is intended to encourage and reward Undergraduate students currently enrolled full-time, with at least 20 credits completed, in the Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Computer Science programs. Candidates will demonstrate commitment towards student life within the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, and also participate in the student associations within the Faculty.
Ryan F. Cianflone Memorial Award $4,000 Ryan Francis was a student who participated and played rugby at the University, was open to the community around him, who loved to be involved in sports activities, and who showed progressive and marked improvement with his grades throughout his studies, while carrying out many extracurricular activities. Candidates for this award will demonstrate commitment and spirit towards sports and student life activities at Concordia University and / or in the community at large.

Continuing Concordia students

Once you’ve reached your second year and above, you may be eligible for other scholarships and bursaries that weren’t available to you in your first year.

In-Course Bursaries

The In-Course Bursary Program is designed to provide financial support to undergraduate students who have been admitted to Concordia in the Fall of the previous academic year. The program is also applicable to newly admitted students who have transferred credits from another university.

To be eligible for an in-course bursary, you must:

  • be considered as a continuing student (have been admitted to and undertaken studies starting in the fall of the previous academic year at Concordia)
  • be registered in full or part-time studies in any discipline
  • be in acceptable academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.00
  • submit the Aid Declaration form, Needs Analysis form (if you haven’t applied for or received government financial aid), and the Entrance Bursary application on your Student Centre account

There you have it! Funding your education at Concordia is easier than you’d think! If you have any questions, check out our Undergraduate Awards FAQ.

Discover your scholarship options at Concordia