Join Us Today to Chat About Scholarship Essays for International Students

March 6th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

connected people464897683Today, at 2:00 pm EST International Student Loan will be featuring their next FREE hangout on 8 Steps To Write A Killer Scholarship Essay. You will not want to miss this discussion, where one of their financial aid representatives will be discussing:

  • How to brainstorm your essay
  • Tips and tricks to make your scholarship essay stand out
  • Proofreading and editing

This discussion will all be focused on scholarship essays for international students, so don’t miss your chance to get the specifics. If you have used our scholarship search, then you know that most scholarships require you to have an essay enclosed in your application. The essay is one of the important considerations for the award panel and can be the reason an applicant is selected as the most deserving. You can spend hours applying for the many scholarships out there for international students, but it won’t matter if you don’t have a good essay.

Let International Student Loan help you with their Google Hangout today at 2:00 pm EST. All you need to do is click this link, and log in to join the conversation. You’ll also have a chance to ask all your questions live online, so be sure to create a calendar reminder and join the conversation.


Win a (small) Pot of Gold

March 6th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

goldworld92283661Win a (small) Pot of Gold

Deadline: March 17th

When it comes to finding scholarships, even those with a smaller award amount are helpful! Participate in the Internationalstudent.com Win a Pot of Gold contest and you will have a chance to win a $25 amazon gift card. Keep in mind that this award is only open for international students to participate in until March 17th- St. Patrick’s Day.

Here is a breakdown of the steps you need to follow to enter:

  1. Visit their Facebook, Google+ or Twitter page and like or follow them.
  2. On or before March 17th tell them what you would do if you found an actual pot of gold on their Facebook or Google+ wall, or tweet them @intstudent.
  3. Impress them with your answer and you could win a $25 Amazon gift card!

If you want to share what you would do if you found a pot of gold and have a chance to win a $25 amazon gift card- visit here for more information. Keep in mind that you must send in your answer before St. Patrick’s Day. Good luck!


Graduate Research Program Offers Scholarships for African Students to Study in Germany

February 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

earth melting186767766The WASCAL Graduate Research Program on Climate Change and Agriculture

Deadline: March 31st, 2014

 A number of scholarships are available to African students through the long-term research initiative established by the German Ministry of Education and Research, referred to as WASCAL (the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use). WASCAL consists of an educational network and infrastructure designed to help West African countries take on the various challenges and adaptations required by climate change. Through combining their experience and knowledge with that of several German universities, the ten African WASCAL countries will be able to strengthen their area’s infrastructures and capacities to adapt to the challenges associated with climate change.

 Eligibility:

  • Candidates must be no older than 40 years
  • Candidates must be from one of the ten WASCAL countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo)

  • Candidates must possess a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Soil Science, Crop Science, Agroforestry, Forestry, Animal Science, Integrated Pest Management, or other revelant disciplines, with at least an average of 60% (Second Upper Class, Assez Bien)

 While not a requirement, familiarity with modeling or geographic information systems is a benefit.

 Award:

  •  A stipend of 500.00 euro/month (350.00 during the pre-course language preparations) to cover accommodation and expenses during the study period
  • The student will be allowed to travel to Germany during the course of the PhD fellowship period in order to work with scientists at German universities or research centers

  • All airfare will be paid for by the project, as well as a monthly stipend of around 1000.00 euro per month will be provided for each month spent in Germany

How to Apply:

Students must apply directly to the 3 ½ year doctoral training program at the Graduate Research Program on Climate Change and Agriculture (GRP CC&Agric) offered through the University of Bamako, Mali in conjunction with the IPR/IFRA of Katibougou by March 31st 2014.

Want to learn about other upcoming scholarship awards? Check out our other blogs telling you which scholarships to look out for!


The Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS)

February 27th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

AidThe Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS)
Deadline: March 31st
The Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) is a postgraduate and postdoctoral scholarship intended to draw talented international students to Malaysia in order to study a number of prioritized disciplines at one of the well-established public or private universities in the country.

Each Malaysia International Scholarship consists of:

•Airfare to Malaysia
•A tuition waiver
•A monthly spending allowance
•An annual grant for books/domestic travel
•Medical/health insurance
•An installation and termination grant
•A thesis allowance
•A visa (assuming all other student visa requirements are adequately met—the offer of the MIS does not in itself guarantee a visa)

There are a number of criteria an international student must meet in order to be eligible for the MIS. Applicants for the MIS must:

• Be no more than 40 years of age for postgraduate applicants, or 45 years of age for postdoctoral applicants
•(Postgraduate) have obtained either a minimum of Second Class Upper (Honours) or a CGPA of 3.5/4.0 at the Bachelor’s Degree level (for Master’s Degree applicants), and a CGPA of 3.5/4.0 at the Master’s Degree level for Phd applicants
•(Postdoctoral) be prepared to be assessed based on the number of books produced, submissions to refereed/non refereed journals, overall portfolio, patent copyrights, reputation as a researcher, and possession of knowledge related to the research that is to be carried out
•Have taken an English Language Proficiency Test not more than two years before the date of application, scoring at least:

◦IELTS Academic Test/6.5
◦TOEFL (paper)/580
◦TOEFL (computer)/230
◦TOEFL (internet)/92

•Be certified to be in excellent health/condition by a certified medical professional
•Have written a proposal in one of the prioritized fields of study (to be listed, below) that shows a potential contribution to advancing technology and human well-being
•Have applied for and gained admission to postgraduate or postdoctoral studies in Malaysia (conditional letters of offer are accepted at time of application)

Prioritized Fields of Study:

1. Science and Engineering
2.Agriculture and Fisheries
3.Economics and Islamic Finance
4.Information and Communications Technology
5.Biotechnology
6.Biosecurity and Food Safety
7.Infrastructure and Utility
8.Environmental Studies
9.Health (not including nursing, medicine, or clinical pharmacy)

How To Apply:

All applications are accepted from January 1st through March 31st online through the Malaysian Ministry of Education’s website. To find more on this scholarship visit here.


IGlobal University Academic Merit Scholarship

February 21st, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

Money_ Tree 166681172IGlobal University Academic Merit Scholarship
Deadline: Rolling

International students from around the world who plan on studying at the IGlobal University are able to apply for the IGlobal University Academic Merit Scholarship on a rolling basis. To apply, students must submit a 500 word essay that describes their past, present and future goals. Along with listing these goals, international students must also explain how these goals have and will aid others in life-long learning.

Only students who plan on studying at IGlobal University are eligible to apply for this scholarship. One hundred students will receive this scholarship and award amounts will be contingent on the applicant’s undergraduate or high school GPA.

The award amounts are as follow:

  • 3.0 GPA: 5% of tuition
  • 3.3 GPA: 10% of tuition
  • 3.5 GPA: 15% of tuition
  • 3.7 GPA: 20% of tuition

If you would like to learn more about the IGlobal University Academic Merit Scholarship, if you’re eligible and how to apply, please visit here for more information.


Singapore Limits International Student Funding

February 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

singapore map175564741As many countries actively pursue an increase in international student enrollment, often facilitating such an endeavor with financial incentives and assistance, Singapore appears to be bucking the trend. Instead, Singapore has been reducing the number of international students receiving tuition grants and restricting the number of international students allowed to study at universities in the country.

Capped Aid

  • Since 2010 the number of international students receiving tuition grants in Singapore has decreased over 30%.
  • In private and polytechnic universities, around nine percent of international students received tuition grants to study in Singapore in 2010, where less than six percent did so in 2013.
  • In publicly-funded universities the current figure is 13 percent, down from 18 percent in 2010.

Moreover, this is in a country already famous for capping the number of international students enrolled in its country’s higher education system.

Capped Numbers

  • An announcement several years ago by Singaporean Education Minister Heng Swee Keat had indicated that Singapore would be pursuing a strategy to limit the number of international students enrolled in its higher education system.
  • The cap on the number of international students is intended to reduce the percentage of international students below 15% of the student body while advancing opportunities for Singapore nationals.
  • To that end, an additional 2,000 student positions were created and made available exclusively to students from Singapore at the same time the number of international students positions had been capped at 2011 levels.

So, if you happen to be an international student interested in studying abroad in Singapore (home to a university that has consistently been ranked around the 24th best in the world, and a highly developed economy) it would be in your best interest to act quick! Moreover, given the cut in tuition grants and funding available to international students in Singapore, searching through scholarship databases and finding alternate sources of funding would be your absolute best move (in the event you don’t happen to be one of the lucky 13%).


The Gaeilge Scholarship for Irish Students

February 13th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

money rainThe Gaeilge Scholarship for Irish Students

Deadline: March

If you’re an Irish citizen and want to study at the Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT) as an international student, you have a chance to win a scholarship up to $7,000. Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology is located in Australia and has three programs available to their students: management, business and marketing. Each of these courses also include free classes in other subjects to assist students who want to continue their education.

The Gaeilge Scholarship for international students from Ireland will cover 50% of the total student fees at AIBT. Applicants must be eligible for a student visa through the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and meet the AIBT entry requirements. To remain eligible for this scholarship students must meet academic and attendance performance targets.

If you are an Irish citizen and would like to study at AIBT, get more information on this scholarship here.


Taiwan Aims to Double International Student Enrollment

February 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

taiwan457951395International students looking for a particularly promising and exciting location in which to study abroad ought to seriously consider studying in the state of Taiwan.

Why Study in Taiwan?

Aside from Taiwan’s cultural features, proximity to China, and reputation as a stable and powerful economic world player, the nation has a highly praised education system— in fact, Taiwanese students boast some of the highest test scores in the entire world (particularly in the fields of mathematics and science). What’s more is, for international students, a new national directive has made studying in Taiwan more accessible than ever before.

International Student Enrollment Increases in Taiwan

Taiwan has recently issued a national directive and strategy to increase their international student enrollment to over 150,000 students by 2020. Over the next six years, Taiwanese universities will offer increased aid to international students seeking to study there, as well as permitting Chinese students who decide to study in Taiwan the ability to access healthcare and hold jobs (something Chinese students were previously unable to do in the state).

Taiwan’s Goal

Taiwan aims to double international student enrollment, making the number of international students over 10% of the total student population within six years. To do this, they plan on using a number of financial aid mechanisms to attract students from around the world. However, international students considering this opportunity should act quick—Taiwan’s international student population has more than doubled since 2008, and the current enrollment incentives won’t last forever!

—Study Abroad in Taiwan Recap—

  • East Asian island state with a population of over 23 million
  • Democratic government 
  • Highly developed and stable economic sector (considered one of the four “Asian Tigers”)
  • A renowned education system that produces some of the highest international test scores
  • Currently hosts over 78,000 international students
  • National initiative to attract over 150,000 international students over the next six years
  • The number of international students in Taiwan has far more than doubled since 2008
  • International students projected to make up over 10% of Taiwanese student population by 2020


KIC InnoEnergy Challenge

February 6th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

catching cash 76754691KIC InnoEnergy Challenge
Deadline: April 30

If you want a two year scholarship for your graduate studies, make sure you check out the KIC InnoEnergy Challenge. This scholarship is open to individuals from around the world with a bachelor’s degree from a European university who are pursuing an electrical, chemical, mechanical or energy engineering degree. These students must also be accepted and enroll in one of the KIC InnoEnergy Master School programmes to be eligible for this scholarship.

The winner of this challenge will receive a scholarship for €750 per month for two years along with a trip to Barcelona in July to attend the KIC InnoEnergy Master School info session and prize ceremony. Eligible individuals can enter this challenge through the following steps:

1. Register - start at the link below
2. Take the sustainable energy quiz
3. Solve the sustainable energy case based upon an upcoming energy problem
4. Apply to a KIC InnoEnergy Master School Programme

You can find more on the KIC InnoEnergy Challenge and how to apply here.


8 Questions To Ask Yourself to Find An International Scholarship

February 3rd, 2014 by Jennifer Frankel

103802381When it comes to finding an international scholarship, you’ll notice that there are a lot of options out there. You can find scholarships on merit or need. You can find scholarships based on where you are from or where you are going. You can find scholarships based on hobbies, the arts, sports, academics – the list goes on and on.

International scholarships are competitive, because many students are looking for ways to get funding that they don’t have to pay back. To stand out from the pool of applicants, we recommend focusing your efforts on applying to scholarships that are looking for someone just like you.

So how do we do that? The first step is to take an introspective look at yourself and find out what you like, what your good at, and what makes you – well – you!

Here are 8 questions to ask yourself to find an international scholarship:

  • What are your interests?
  • What are you good at?
  • What are your skills?
  • Where are you from?
  • Do you have economic hardship?
  • How are your academics?
  • What school are you going to attend?
  • What will you study?

Once you find out what makes you a unique candidate, then it is time to begin the hunt for scholarships. Use our scholarship search tool to find awards that matches your unique talents, skills, and interests. This also makes it much easier to apply for these awards because you’ve already demonstrated your passion whether it’s through previous awards or experiences.

Want to know about other tip and tricks for submitting a scholarship application? Check out our other relevant blogs to help you on your way!