Find the Right Scholarship for You
August 17th, 2018 by Felicity Bradstock

If you need financial support to study abroad it’s important to find the right scholarship for you. There are several different scholarships to which you can apply, but as you search through the various options you’ll realize each has different requirements. Below are just a few categories that scholarships often put requirements and limitations around.

Subject-based Scholarships

Many institutions and organizations offer scholarships based on the course you’re studying. It is common for fields that require greater numbers of graduate workers to incentivize study in that subject area. For example, some states or institutions may be lacking in qualified specialist nurses or criminal justice and finance managers, therefore providing grant opportunities such as the Global Nursing Research Grant.

Scholarships in specialist fields encourage students to make their studies more tailored to their future career by alleviating financial pressure. Therefore, graduates studying more general subjects, such as literature or history, may have a better chance of finding a scholarship based on different criteria.

Institution Specific Scholarships

Each institution has its own scholarship(s). Many universities provide financial support to students based on family income or academic success and potential. The criteria for these types of scholarships is usually to show you are a candidate of distinction – to have great grades, experience in an internship or volunteering program, to have extra-curricular hobbies and to show the institution what you can bring to the department by studying there. As well as university-wide grants, some departments offer scholarships only available to students within that specific department, reducing the competition.

Check out the 2017 rankings to see which institutions offered the most financial aid to their students last year.

Talent-based Scholarships

If you have a specific talent or extra-curricular interest you can apply for a talent-based scholarship. Many universities and companies offer grants to students with extraordinary skills in sports, the arts, and other areas outside of major work. You will be expected to prove your talent and be part of the sports team or music department, as well as maintaining excellent grades, to be eligible for this type of scholarship.

Company-based Scholarships

Companies, particularly big multinationals and law firms, often offer scholarships for students who intend to work in the company after they graduate, or as an intern. This is particularly common for MBA students (Master of Business Administration).

Consider internships with big companies near the institution you are going to attend to get your foot in the door. Also reach out and contact the department you are interested in for your future career to see if they have any grant opportunities. The worst they can do is say no, at best they may offer you a grant, internship or part-time job.

International Student Scholarships

Maybe surprisingly, some grants are provided for international students to gain valuable life experience by studying abroad. That’s right, you could be paid simply for attending an institution in the US as a foreign student. Employers recognize that traveling out of your comfort zone, learning to study in more than one language, and engaging both academically and culturally, are great qualities in employees.

 

Visit the Study Abroad Scholarship search engine for a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities for international students.

12 Comments

  1. Magdalne says:

    i would like to get student loan to study abroad

  2. Tewom bricks tebeck says:

    Hello,
    I really wish I can be opportune to have a scholarship.

    • Al Clunnie says:

      Thank you for your comment.

      We have loan programs available to international students studying at an approved school in the United States. Most international student loans require students to have a co-signer, the co-signer must be a US citizen or permanent resident with good credit and income history and who has lived in the US for the past two years. However, no cosigner loans are available to international students who attend select schools. You will also have to provide a valid student visa in order to finalize the loan. You can apply for up to the total cost of education (some lenders will have a maximum amount you can borrow so you will need to confirm that with them), as determined by your school, minus any other aid received. After you apply and receive credit approval for you and your co-signer, your school must certify the amount of the loan. The proceeds are then disbursed directly to the school.

      You should apply for a loan after you have been accepted and enrolled into an eligible school.

      You can see eligible schools here: https://www.internationalstudentloan.com/eligible_schools/all/

      You can start the application process and find all available lenders here: https://www.internationalstudentloan.com/apply/

      Please let us know if you have any further questions.

  3. Patrick Mang'ori says:

    I’m a student at a University in Kenya but I have a dream of studying in the US or UK. How can I get a scholarship from you??

    • Al Clunnie says:

      Thank you for your comment.

      We have loan programs available to international students studying at an approved school in the United States. Most international student loans require students to have a co-signer, the co-signer must be a US citizen or permanent resident with good credit and income history and who has lived in the US for the past two years. However, no cosigner loans are available to international students who attend select schools. You will also have to provide a valid student visa in order to finalize the loan. You can apply for up to the total cost of education (some lenders will have a maximum amount you can borrow so you will need to confirm that with them), as determined by your school, minus any other aid received. After you apply and receive credit approval for you and your co-signer, your school must certify the amount of the loan. The proceeds are then disbursed directly to the school.

      You should apply for a loan after you have been accepted and enrolled into an eligible school.

      You can see eligible schools here: https://www.internationalstudentloan.com/eligible_schools/all/

      You can start the application process and find all available lenders here: https://www.internationalstudentloan.com/apply/

      Please let us know if you have any further questions.

  4. Rodrigo says:

    Hello! I am a Venezuelan illustrator looking for a scholarship to learn English and continue studying 3D animation and video game design

    • Al Clunnie says:

      Thank you for your comment.

      Our loan programs are for international students from anywhere in the world studying in the United States, or for US students studying abroad. We do not currently have a program for international students studying elsewhere in the world, even with a US co-signer.

      If you would like more information about international student loans for studying in the US please let me know.

      For information and listings of scholarships available around the world, please visit: https://www.InternationalScholarships.com

      Be sure to receive the free International Student Newsletter — sign up at:
      https://www.InternationalStudent.com/newsletter/

  5. Mostafa Abdelmonem says:

    Hello,
    I have been accepted into KGI,CA Fall 2019,to study MSGDA.I have a financial hardship and i am looking for a scholarship.Could you please help me out with finding the best option for me to fund my studies?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Al Clunnie says:

      Where are you from?

      Our loan programs are for international students from anywhere in the world studying in the United States, or for US students studying abroad. We do not currently have a program for international students studying elsewhere in the world, even with a US co-signer.

      If you would like more information about international student loans for studying in the US please let me know.

      For information and listings of scholarships available around the world, please visit: https://www.InternationalScholarships.com

      Be sure to receive the free International Student Newsletter — sign up at:
      https://www.InternationalStudent.com/newsletter/

  6. BULCHA says:

    I am happy to gate this scholar

  7. Harerimana Aloys says:

    Hello, how are you? then I would like to study Intensive English Program and then Undergraduate degree therefore I am applying scholarship and Financial aid
    Thanks
    Harerimana Aloys
    From Rwanda

  8. Robert F. Freeman says:

    Joyfully acquiring a sound knowledge with an international scholarship in the United States of America will be a dream come true for me and my family.

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