Global Skills Opportunity

and Post-Secondary Institutions

While Global Skills Opportunity is jointly administered by Colleges and Institutes Canada and Universities Canada, the programming is delivered to students via their post-secondary institutions (PSIs) through multi-year projects. Colleges, institutes and universities each play an important role in preparing young Canadians for future opportunities.

Global Skills Opportunity recognizes that barriers to participation in international learning opportunities will vary between institutions. The parameters were purposefully broad to ensure PSIs across the country could propose projects that would meet the needs of their students.

Benefits of Participation


Bring your institution’s educational offerings to the next level.


Offer dynamic international learning to engage students beyond the classroom.


Make new global connections with students and host institutions.


Test new ideas to reduce barriers to participation.


Add intercultural competency, language fluency and technical knowledge to students’ resumes.


Attract new students with enticing international learning experiences on campus and abroad.

“We are developing professional skills and professional cross-cultural competencies with students working in multicultural settings as they advance in their careers.”

Andrew Lang

Senior advisor in International Relations at Concordia University

“We know the inequities present in society are also present in our mobility programs. But we don’t want the institution to be a hurdle. We want the university to help overcome barriers.”

Simon Hobeila

International Affairs Advisor, University of Montreal

“We want to inspire all of our students to see the value of student intercultural exchange and learning.”

Ashley Dunlop

Director of admissions, recruitment and international, immigrant and refugee student services at UWinnipeg.

“Thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program – Innovation Fund, Mohawk College was able to launch its first ever Virtual Exchange with our partner JAC in Italy. We are grateful for this funding that allowed us to explore innovative and exciting ways to connect our students to intercultural learning and further develop their future ready skills as global citizens.”


Dean, International & Partnerships, Mohawk College

How It Works

Step one

When Colleges and Institutes Canada and/or Universities Canada launches a call for proposal, submit an innovative project proposal that offers international work and/or study opportunities to students.

Step two

Global Skills Opportunity assesses the received proposals.

Step three

Successful projects receive funding from Employment and Social Development Canada through Universities Canada or Colleges and Institutes Canada.

Step four

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