The Undergrads Unleashed Scholarship
Deadline: December 6
If you’ve thought about exploring the world of online classes, here’s a great chance to receive a scholarship to help you fund you way. Chegg and Semester Online is granting one student the tuition for a four semester online course and a $3,200 stipend.
TheUndergrads Unleashed Scholarship is open to all US college sophomores, junior and seniors who are currently enrolled in a four-year accredited university and are in good standing. This award is not limited to those pursuing a specific field of study.
Eligible students can apply before December 6th by writing a 600 character statement in response to the question on the application form. This year’s statement should answer the question of how taking online classes would help the student make the most of their college experience. The winner of this award must apply and be admitted to Semester Online.
Find more about the Undergrads Unleashed Scholarship and if you are eligible to apply here.
As an international in the US, employment opportunities are not easy to come by as many of you may have already seen if you are a current student. Finding a job is not only hard in general, but your visa status may restrict where you work, what type of work you can do, and how long you can work for.
All hope is not lost, though! Many schools across the US will allow you to work right on campus up to 20 hours a week if you hold a F-1 visa. It’s important to discuss your employment options with your international student advisor before securing any type of position.
To help you on your way, we have given you 5 ways to land a job on campus:
For official guidance on working in the US as a J or F visa holder, check out InternationalStudent.com’s Working in the USA or ICE for more information.
For international students studying in the United States, the most difficult part of the process is funding. Tuition in the US can be extremely costly, particularly for international students, and many students let this fact discourage them from pursuing a US education. Don’t be one of these students! There are several ways to finance a US education. One of the best ways is through scholarships.
Scholarships grant students the money needed to finance their educations, and are provided by businesses, organizations, or schools to students for academic or other achievements.
When applying for a scholarship, you will generally be required to fill out an application detailing your personal and academic information, as well as write an essay on a particular subject.
We’ve collected a short list of tips to help you complete the best application so that you can improve your scholarship chances.
1. Actually Apply.
It seems too obvious to even mention, but many international students don’t apply for scholarships because they don’t want to spend the time the process requires, they don’t know there are scholarships available to them, or because they don’t think they have a chance. Don’t make this mistake!
2. Be a Leader.
Many scholarship foundations are seeking individuals with strong leadership abilities. International students may not be used to the American emphasis on leadership, and will need to seek out ways to develop and demonstrate leadership skills. Look for opportunities to volunteer for a leadership position in organizations or clubs on your campus. Many US schools offer campus workshops, leadership programs, and activities that help students develop their skills as a leader.
3. Brush Up On Your Writing Skills.
The scholarship essay is the most important aspect of your application; it allows you the opportunity to give the organization an idea of who you really are. Writing styles tend to differ from country to country, so international students should know that US committees will expect objective, structured essays that get straight to the point. Stick to the topic at hand, double check your grammar, and edit thoroughly. It may be a good idea to have your American friends proofread your essay; they may be able to point out aspects you have missed.
Read our full post about scholarship essays here.
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The New School Competition
Deadline: February 1
High school students who want a challenge won’t want to miss this opportunity! High school and secondary students around the world are able to participate in the New School Competition for the shot at receiving a full scholarship to the New School- worth $160,000! Here are the steps to enter the New School Competition:
Step 1: Register– Before the competition begins, you must first sign up!
Step 2: The New School Quiz- Show how much you know about the New School and New York City.
Step 3: Logical Reasoning Test- It’s time to give your brain a work out, with a few multiple-choice questions.
Step 4: Select Your School- Do your research to find which school you love and want to attend:
Step 5: School Specific Quiz- Answer a few questions on the school and field of study of your choice.
Step 6: Creative Case & Short Motivational Statement- Upload your creative video and motivational statement. Imagination is key for this step.
Step 7: Share on Facebook- Share your entry on Facebook and get recommendations from friends.
Step 8: Apply- Apply to the New School program of your choice by February 1st.
Get more details on how to apply for the New School Competition for the chance at a full scholarship, partial scholarship or iPad Mini!
Merit and Motivation Scholarship
Exception students at the Global College Malta now have the opportunity to receive financial assistance through the Merit and Motivation Scholarship. This award is not limited to international students from a specific country or who are pursuing a specific degree program. However, the amount awarded will vary depending on what you are studying. The award amounts are as follow:
International students must be enrolled at the Global College Malta to be eligible to apply for this award. Those who are interested in applying must send in the following before January:
This award will be granted to exceptional international students who stand out amongst the crowd. Those who apply will be evaluated based upon their transcript, achievements outside education and motivation behind studying at Global College Malta.
If interested in this award, you can find more information on the Merit and Motivation Scholarship here.
This week is a very important week in International Higher Education as it is International Education Week – and thus the week in which the Open Doors Report 2013 is released. In this report are facts and figures that show trends and changes with international students.
As we continue to sift through the data, we were of course especially interested to see what are the Primary Sources of Funding in 2013. As it comes to many as no surprised, the overwhelming majority of international students (63%) reported that their financial support was primarily covered by their own savings or with the help of their family. As a distant second, 20.7% of students said that US colleges and universities were their primary financial support.
In reviewing this data compared to last year, however, the majority of the increase in funding is coming from the U.S. and Foreign Governments. For those of you who have their finger on the pulse of international higher education, it comes as no surprise.
Saudi Arabia had a 30 percent increase in the number of international students in the US compared to last year. This brought the grand total of Saudi students to 45,000 in the US during the 2012-2013 academic term. The bulk of these students are finding their financial support through the Saudi government scholarship program which has given many students the opportunity to get their degree in the US.
Also seeing a spike in international students to the US is Kuwait, who has a governmental scholarship program that helped contributed to the 37 percent spike of Kuwaiti students in the US. This makes the grand total of Kuwaiti students at 5,100 – boosting them up to the top 25 sending countries.
That’s not all, Brazil also saw a 20 percent increase compared to last year, where the majority of the 10,900 Brazilian students are being supported on the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program that has also given students the opportunity to pursue their undergraduate degree in the USA.
Interested in seeing the data? Check out the Open Doors Report and let us know your thoughts.
Dan Beaudry is the former head of campus recruiting at Monster.com and former associate director of corporate recruiting at the Boston University School of Management. On October 10, Beaudry presented “How International Students Can Find Employment in the US” to students at Drexel University, and shared his knowledge of the job search system which he has used to help international students.
Drawing on his own experience, Beaudry shared innovative networking ideas that are valuable for both international and American students. For many international students, the word “networking” is an intimidating term that begins following them the moment they set foot on campus, evoking images of overwhelming career fairs at which they find themselves jockeying with dozens of other students for the recruiters’ attention.
This association can prove especially daunting for international students. After all, how are international students supposed to compete with their American peers when they are often conversing in their second or third language? According to Beaudry, you may not have to.
Maroon Global Excellence Scholarship
Deadline: December 16
Non-US citizens pursuing or who plan to pursue a degree at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities now have the chance to receive one of 70 awards in the amount of $12,500 to help fund their education through the Maroon Global Excellent Scholarship.
This scholarship is awarded based upon academic merit and does not require an additional application form. All freshmen and transfer student applicants who qualify will automatically be entered into the pool of candidates. Students selected for this scholarship are typically academic- focused individuals who rank in the top percent of their class. This award is not limited to individual in a certain field and will be dispersed over a four year bachelor degree program, equaling approximately $3,125 each year.
The University of Minnesota has multiple campus locations and encourage incoming international students to find one that will best meet their needs, including when it comes to financial aid.
If you would like more information on the Maroon Global Excellence Scholarship you can visit here.
When it comes to numbers of international students, the United States and United Kingdom top the list, with Australia at a rapidly climbing third place. However, a fourth country is attracting more and more international students every year: China. If you are considering studying internationally, you might consider China for your list of potential host countries.
On Thursday, October 24, the Ministry of Education reported that in 2012, a total of 328,330 international students hailing from 200 countries and regions studied in China. This number is up 12.2% from 2011, according to the ministry. The ministry continues to work to attract more international students to China; the director of the ministry’s international division, Zhang Xiuqin, said that “We plan to attract 500,000 overseas students by 2020, which will make us the largest receiver of international students in Asia.”
One method of encouraging international students to study in Asia is by offering scholarships to students who otherwise may not be able to study internationally. Last year, the Chinese government provided scholarships to 28,700 international students, according to Zhang. These students studies in the country’s 690 universities and research institutions, as well as other educational organizations. Read the rest of this entry »