Study Abroad Opportunities

Canadian JIBC students have the opportunity to expand their worldview, explore other cultures, and gain invaluable experience studying abroad

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JIBC's Office of International Affairs offers a number of study abroad opportunities for Canadian students in JIBC certificate, diploma and degree programs. Many of these exchange opportunities include valuable scholarships and awards to help provide financial support for your student exchange at an international post-secondary institution.

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Law Enforcement Study Abroad Opportunities


LESD/BLES - Study Abroad at the University of Portsmouth (UK)


Each year, students in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) and the Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) programs are eligible to spend a semester at the University of Portsmouth in Portsmouth, UK. 

This study abroad opportunity is open to

  • up to two LESD students in their second year of the program, and
  • up to two BLES students in their third year of the program.

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who have been residents of British Columbia of the last year.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence, leadership ability and/or community involvement.

To apply for this unique opportunity, JIBC students must complete the application for the LESD/BLES One World International Scholarship or the Jim and Vicky Chu Legacy Award

The scholarship will contribute $4,000 per candidate towards the study abroad opportunity, providing funding that can contribute to tuition, housing and flight tickets. Recipients will be responsible for purchasing medical travel insurance, which is conditional to accepting the scholarship, and their round-trip flight to and from the United Kingdom. Students will need to be prepared to pay additional costs and expenses for this experience. Some other expenses incurred will be meals, any off-campus extra-curricular activities, etc.

Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
LESD - Study Abroad at Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Each year, students in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma (LESD) program are eligible to spend a semester at the Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland)

This study abroad opportunity is open to:

  • Up to two LESD students in their second year of the program.

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who have been residents of British Columbia of the last year.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence, leadership ability and/or community involvement.

To apply for this unique opportunity, JIBC students must complete the application for the LESD One World International Scholarship  

The scholarship will contribute $4,000 per candidate towards the study abroad opportunity, providing funding that can contribute to tuition, housing and flight tickets. Recipients will be responsible for purchasing medical travel insurance, which is conditional to accepting the scholarship, and their round-trip flight to and from Ireland. Students will need to be prepared to pay additional costs and expenses for this experience. Some other expenses incurred will be meals, any off-campus extra-curricular activities, etc.

Firefighting Study Abroad Opportunities

UK Fire College (UK)
Study Abroad at the UK Fire College (UK)


Recent students in the FFTC program will have the opportunity to study abroad in the United Kingdom at one of the largest firefighter training schools in the world.

2 or 4 FFTC students will have the opportunity to gain invaluable international firefighter training experience for two weeks at Fire Service College (FSC)

Students will:

  • See and experience FSC training behind-the-scenes;
  • Participate in some of the world’s leading firefighter training;
  • Work alongside FSC Incident Ground Support Staff preparing a range of exercises;
  • Interact with instructors and firefighters from the UK Fire and other emergency services.

As part of the program, you will be enrolled in Fire Protection in the Global Community (FIRE-1051) with course work prior to departure and following your return to Canada. This three-credit course helps you meet your liberal studies requirements for the FFTC program.

The scholarship will contribute $3,500 per candidate towards travelling abroad for two weeks, including tuition, housing, meals at the Fire College, and transportation to and from the airport and Fire Service College (FSC). Recipients will also receive an additional $500 from The JIBC Foundation contributing towards tuition for the program.

Recipients will be responsible for purchasing medical travel insurance, which is conditional to accepting the scholarship, and their round-trip flight to and from the United Kingdom. Students will need to be prepared to pay additional costs and expenses for this experience. Some other expenses incurred will be meals while travelling, any off-campus meals, extra-curricular activities, etc.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Successfully completed NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter Level II Professional Qualifications at JIBC in the previous year (completion of the FFTC is preferred);
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who have been residents of British Columbia of the last year;
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate academic merit, leadership ability and community involvement.

Short Study Opportunities

University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Discovery Camps

Through the BC Council for International Education, JIBC has the opportunity to nominate two of its students to be considered for the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Discovery Camps hosted in various Asia Pacific countries each summer. Previous editions of the Discovery camp were held in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.

The purpose of the camp is to:

  • Offer students the chance to learn about the cultures, environment and society in English;
  • Encourage students to be socially aware, active global citizens through engagement and participation in discovery camp activities.

This opportunity is open to current JIBC students 18 years of age or older who are studying in one of the following programs:

  • Diploma in Law Enforcement Studies;
  • Diploma in Emergency & Security Management Studies;
  • Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS);
  • Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies;
  • Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies.

To be considered for nomination, you must:

  • Be a native English speaker or have an overall IELTS score of 5.0, TOEFL score 61 iBT/173 CBT/500 PBT or TOEIC overall score of 650 or D;
  • Be willing to attend and participate in all lectures and activities included in the UMAP Discovery Camp;
  • Be physically fit and able to engage in all activities;
  • Be willing/able to purchase international health insurance in Canada that covers both illness and accidents;
  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months following the return date;
  • Obtain a travel visa if required.

The cost associated with the program's courses, field trips, visits and accommodation are usually covered by the organizers. 

Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for travel to and from the destination and for expenses such as health insurance, meals, commuting, and other personal expenses. 

  1. JIBC will open the application (dates to be advised)  Interested students email the JIBC Office of International Affairs at international@jibc.ca to put forth their name for consideration, providing their JIBC student number, JIBC program name, along with confirmation they meet UMAP Eligibility Requirements as noted above.
  2. JIBC will nominate two students to participate in each the Discovery Camp and will submit the student names and contact information to UMAP.
  3. The UMAP Organizers will notify applicants to complete the application process, which involves:
    1. Completing an online application form;
    2. Providing a complete, official JIBC transcript;
    3. Provide a Statement of Purpose for participating;
    4. Provide a recommendation letter from a JIBC faculty member.
  4. Nominated applicants must complete their application. 
  5. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May of each year.
  6. Applicants will then submit copies of their passport and overseas health insurance to UMAP via email.

Additional Opportunities 

Other opportunities such as the recent Summer School for Law Enforcement Studies Students at Charles Sturt University in Australia may be offered.

In recent years, students in the LESD or BLES programs had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia with the Theme of Environmental Criminology. Students gained experience in field work through solution-focused and practice-based activities intended to prevent, disrupt, and reduce crime.

The program included:

  • Lectures from academics and police/government agencies exploring discussing environmental crime and its application;
  • Field-based research in the Port Macquarie District;
  • Social activities including barbecues and some tourist activities; and
  • Most importantly time to work with and get to know the other international participants.

Last updated January 10, 2020