Languages Canada members are awarding over $430,000 in scholarships to support Japanese youth who were affected by the Tohoku earthquake in March, 2011.  So far, 32 accredited language schools have offered 150 scholarships to Japanese students over the next year.


The “Hope for Youth - Study in Canada Project” is a joint program between the Embassy of Canada, Languages Canada and Samantha Thavasa Japan Ltd.  The scholarships will cover course tuition and, in most cases, accommodations.  Insurance for all the participants will be provided free of charge by Health Insurance, an associate member of Languages Canada.


“Canada and Japan have a long-standing relationship in education, and our members experience every day through their interaction with Japanese students the friendship that our countries have forged,” explains Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director at Languages Canada. “This initiative, proposed by our members, is the best way to let Japanese students know we are here for them.”


Round-trip tickets will be offered free of charge by Air Canada and Samantha Thavasa Japan Ltd for departure dates starting October 10, 2011. The list of participating institutions will be posted on the Embassy of Canada website. 


Applicants must be Japanese citizens between the ages of 15 and 30 who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.  This includes students who lost family, homes and jobs, or were evacuated due to the nuclear accident in Fukushima. 


The following Languages Canada Members have graciously offered scholarships for the Hope for Youth – Study in Canada Project:


Apex Language and Career College

Canadian College of English Language

CLLC Canadian Language Learning College

Columbia College

East Coast School of Languages

Eurocentres Canada

Global Village English Centre - Calgary

Global Village English Centre - Vancouver

Global Village English Centre Victoria

ILAC (International Language Academy of Canada)

ILSC (International Language Schools of Canada)

Interlangues Language School

Lethbridge College

LSC Language Studies Canada

Maple Leaf Academy 

North Island College

Pan Pacific College

PLI Pacific Language Institute

Quest Language Studies

Saint John College, University of New Brunswick, Saint John

Saint Mary's University - TESL Centre

St Giles International

Stewart College of Languages

Study Abroad Canada

Tamwood International College 

University of Alberta English Language Program

University of Windsor (Health Insurance for all participants) 


For more information about the scholarship program, please visit

To apply for a scholarship, please contact


Languages Canada is Canada's premier language organization representing its two official languages: English and French. Membership is limited to schools which meet the rigorous standards of the association and who are committed to upholding them. Languages Canada is recognized by the Canadian government and internationally.


Bogumila Lapinski Anaya
Public Relations Director
Languages Canada
416 671 6644

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