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International Students - Am I Eligible For a Scholarship

International Students: Am I Eligible For a Scholarship?

June 23, 2016

Paying for a period of international study is no easy feat, yet depending on your circumstances there may be assistance available to you in the form of international student scholarships. A scholarship is a sum of money paid either to you or directly to the university in order to fund all or part of your tuition costs, and some may even provide help with living expenses. \r\n\r\nThe criteria for acceptance to these programs vary wildly, as whilst many are offered by governments and academic institutions, some scholarships for international students are actually provided by private companies and charities. So how can you find out specifically which scholarships might be available to you?\r\n\r\nYour first step when looking for a scholarship should be to enquire at your chosen university. Many academic institutions are making a deliberate effort to increase their foreign student numbers, and are subsequently offering generous funding opportunities to make this happen. \r\n\r\nEligibility for these scholarships will be made clear by the university, but can involve details of your financial status, educational achievements, and country of origin. These offers aren’t limited to just undergraduate scholarships for international students, as many institutions also provide funds for those looking to study a Masters or Doctorate degree.\r\n\r\n

International Students In The UK & USA

\r\n\r\nIf your chosen university doesn’t offer any relevant scholarships then the government of both your home country or chosen country of study might. In the UK, scholarships are offered by the government to citizens of Commonwealth countries, and in the USA the Fulbright and Hubert Humphrey programs also offer opportunities to study there. \r\n\r\nSome nations have direct agreements with foreign universities to finance their best and brightest students, so it may be worth contacting either your own government’s education department or your nation’s consulate in your chosen country of study.\r\n\r\nYour government may also be able to advise you on the availability of non-governmental scholarships, but if not then try searching online at Internationalscholarships.com. This is one of a number of websites which offer a free scholarship search based on your personal circumstances. \r\n\r\nWhilst you may not be able to find out definitively if you are eligible, you will at least have the knowledge of where to start looking and applying. Another source of funding may come from private companies within the industry you are looking to work. Major businesses occasionally offer scholarships in return for undertaking work with them post-graduation – an opportunity which provides both financing and potential employment.\r\n\r\n

The Importance of TOEFL

\r\n\r\nIn order to achieve any form of scholarship you may be required to have passed certain criteria regarding your TOEFL score and be able to demonstrate dedication to your chosen course. Most awards cannot be completed without first securing a place at university, but as soon as you are offered one you must then make your scholarship application swiftly, as competition is often extremely high. The most common application procedures involve filling in a simple form, but others may request a test project, written essay or a formal interview. \r\n\r\nIt should also be noted that there have been reports of fraudulent scholarship opportunities being offered to international students, which not only fail to provide the proposed funds, but which also attempt to extort payment from the student. At IEC Abroad we can help protect you from such threats, whilst also providing expert advice on scholarships available and how to make an application. If you would like more information on which scholarships are specifically available to you, contact us today on 0161 233 4295.