Global Skills Opportunity

Your next chapter is abroad.

When students work and study abroad they bring back skills and knowledge that benefit everyone.

For students

Unlock endless potential. New global skills and experiences are ready for you.

For institutions

Globalize your campuses. Create invaluable linkages with institutions and partners overseas.

For Canada

Strengthen international networks. Increased intercultural competency will boost Canada’s ability to succeed on the world stage.

“In our rapidly changing world, Canadian employers need workers who are culturally aware, resilient, and adaptable—skilled in problem solving, communication and teamwork. These are all competencies gained through international experiences.”

Paul Davidson

President, Universities Canada and Perrin Beatty, CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

“In an increasingly globalized world, study and work abroad programs are essential international learning experiences that ensure students are culturally literate, resilient and adaptable. Global Skills Opportunity will equip Canadian students to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace.”

Denise Amyot

President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada

How Global Skills Opportunity works for post-secondary institutions

Step one

Identify gap in ability to deliver international learning experiences

Step two

Submit project proposal with an innovative solution to Global Skills Opportunity through either Colleges and Institutes Canada or Universities Canada

Step three

Successful projects receive funding from Employment and Social Development Canada

Step four

Promote global learning opportunities to students

Step five

Students apply to participate in Global Skills Opportunity project(s) directly through their college or university

Our Funded Opportunities


Innovation Funded projects support institutions and their researchers as they build on and enhance strategic priority areas, accelerate current research and technology development, and take already-established capabilities to a globally competitive level.


Student Mobility Projects empowers Canadian students, especially underrepresented students, to take advantage of international learning experiences and to develop skills such as problem solving, adaptability, resilience, and intercultural competency.