Universities that offer full scholarships to international students

July 18th, 2022 by Sagnik Santra

universities that offer full scholarships to international students

Studying in the US or UK is not just about good grades and test results, your finances play a major role in the university application process as well. If you want to study in the United States or any other developed country, you will need to prove that you have the financial resources to cover your living and educational expenses.

And since we all know that education cost is skyrocketing, more and more students are looking for fully funded scholarships that will cover all their expenses. But how do you know which colleges or universities offer full scholarships to international students? This is why we have compiled a list of universities that offer full scholarships to international students from all over the world.

So if you are looking for universities offering scholarships for international students, this article is for you.

What are full scholarships?

universities that offer full scholarships to international students

Before we dive into the list of universities, let’s first understand what full scholarships are. A full scholarship covers all the expenses related to your education, including tuition fees, accommodation, books, and other necessary materials.

Scholarships that are fully funded by colleges or universities are usually merit-based, which means they are awarded to students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, or other extracurricular activities.

There are also need-based scholarships that are awarded to students from low-income families who cannot afford the high cost of education. These scholarships are usually granted by the government or private organizations.

If you want scholarships in developed countries like the US or UK, you will need to demonstrate financial need as well as academic excellence.

Universities that offer full scholarships for international students

So now that we know what full scholarships are, let’s take a look at the list of universities that offer them.

1. Harvard University

universities that offer full scholarships to international students

Harvard is known as one of the world’s finest universities that offer students a high quality of education as well as full scholarships. The university offers several full-tuition fellowships as well as other types of financial aid to make education affordable for all students. Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student, you can find a scholarship that suits your needs and finances.

2. The University of Toronto

If you are planning to study in Canada, the University of Toronto is one of the best options for you. The university offers several full and partial scholarships to international students from all over the world. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, financial need, or both. Canada is known for its high quality of education and affordable cost of living, making it an ideal destination for students who want to study abroad.

3. Yale University

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Next up we have Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States, and it’s also one of the Ivy League schools. It’s ranked 3rd in the nation by US News & World Report. Yale offers several full scholarships for international students, including the Yale International Relations Scholarships, the Yale World Fellows Program, and the Yale Young Global Scholars Program.

4. Stanford University

Located in Stanford, California, Stanford University is another top-ranked university in the United States. It’s ranked 2nd by US News & World Report. Stanford offers several full scholarships for international students, including the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, the Stegner Fellowships, and the Fulbright Scholarships. Stanford university is known for its high-quality education, research opportunities, and state-of-the-art facilities.

5. MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is another top-ranked university in the United States. If you have plans to study technology and engineering, this is the place for you. MIT is ranked 1st in the nation by US News & World Report. The university offers several full scholarships for international students, including the Fulbright Scholarships and the Mitchell Scholarships.

6. Oxford University

universities that offer full scholarships to international students

Oxford University, located in Oxford, England, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. It offers several full scholarships for international students, including the Rhodes Scholarships and the Marshall Scholarships. If you want to study at a world-renowned university, Oxford is the place. It has all the study programs such as arts, business, and sciences that you can think of.

7. Cambridge University

The University of Cambridge offers several full scholarships to international students every year. These scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and cover the cost of tuition, college fees, and living expenses for the duration of your course. If you are planning to study at Cambridge, be sure to check out their website for more information on how to apply for these scholarships.

8. Imperial College London

Located in London, England, Imperial College London is a world-renowned university known for its science and engineering programs. It offers several full scholarships to international students, including the Chevening Scholarships and the Commonwealth Scholarships. If you want to study at a top university in Europe, Imperial College London is the place for you.


So there you have it! These are the top 8 universities that offer full scholarships to international students. There are also other universities that offer fully funded scholarships, so be sure to do your research before you decide on which university to attend. If you are planning to study abroad, we hope this article has been helpful in finding American universities that offer full scholarships as well as opportunities in other countries. Thanks for reading!

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Announcing International Student Community

February 18th, 2022 by Al C

International Education Financial Aid International Student Community

We are excited to launch the International Student Community! It’s the place where ambitious students hang out, ask questions and empower each other to pursue the best international education. 

Click here to grab your invite to join the community. 

5 ways this community will help you pursue your ambitions:

  1. Expand your network

We know how your professional network can be your competitive advantage in your career. That’s why we have a dedicated channel for members to introduce themselves and share their LinkedIn profiles with the community. This allows you to form real life connections with like-minded people.

  1. Resources and tips

You will also find channels in the community where our team and other community members regularly share useful resources and tips to help you on this journey. These are resources on

  • financing your international education
  • examinations
  • selecting and applying for universities
  • visa and immigration process
  • travel and logistics 
  • specific career paths
  • and more…
  1. Get help

The best part of being in this community is having a safe space to ask any questions related to international education. We have dedicated spaces for different types of questions where students are already getting a tonne of value. 

  1. Celebrate with others

Another great part of being in this community is having a place to share your wins, small or big. Did you make progress towards your admission in your dream university? Share it to celebrate with the whole community!

  1. Help others

When you move along the path of success, this community will present opportunities for you to help others behind you. Plus, as a member you also get the ability to invite your friends to the community.

Excited? We are too!

Click here to grab your invite to join the community. 

Let’s empower each other to pursue the best international education and a great career!

MPOWER / InternationalStudent.com Scholarship Program for Central American International Students

December 2nd, 2019 by Al C

Education is vital in cultivating a productive global society.

This reality holds true throughout the world. But sadly, not all are given the chance – especially students from developing countries who have huge potential but lack the financial means to experience top-class education.

Fortunately, InternationalStudent.com has partnered with MPOWER in bringing Central American students closer to their dream of pursuing higher education in the United States with the help of the MPOWER/InternationStudent.com Central America Scholarship Program.

More about the scholarship

The Central American Scholarship Program worth $3,000 which serves as the grand prize will be awarded to one lucky scholar from Central America. There will also be two additional scholarships worth $1,000 that will be given away to two lucky scholars.

Students can apply before the application deadline on Jan. 31 at exactly 11:59 PM Eastern Time. The winners will then be announced on Mar. 31.

The eligibility of the winner will then be verified and the funds will then be directly disbursed to the college or university of the winners.

Who is eligible for the scholarship?

Students who are citizens of any country belonging to Central America are eligible. They should also be enrolled and or accepted to study full-time at any university or college that is supported by MPOWER in either the U.S. or Canada.

The student should also be legally allowed to study in the U.S. or Canada via green card, DACA program, study visa, or permanent citizenship.

How will the winners be selected?


The student’s written essay’s quality has a huge factor in the selection process. The essay should demonstrate that the applicant has clear thought, has compelling and attainable visions and goals, and has excellent writing skills along with good grammar.

Willingness to Help the Community

The applicant should have a proven track record and willingness in taking part in activities that help improve the quality of living of marginalized communities in the U.S. or in their home country.

Intent to study in the US or Canada

The student should have a reasonable and justifiable reason on why they intend to study in the U.S. or Canada. Their goals and aspirations should uphold the common good of not only themselves, but of the community as a whole. The applicant should demonstrate willingness to become a productive part of the U.S., Canadian or Central American community as a whole, with the help of the education acquired.

Leadership Potential

The application should show strong signs of having the potential of becoming a leader and advocate for global peace, unity, and productivity in the U.S. and that of their home country. He or she must serve as a positive example to others.

Final Thoughts

Bringing education to underprivileged students from Central American countries who have the potential to create a positive impact to society is what the scholarship is about.

Hopefully, the InternationStudent.com/MPOWER Central America Scholarship Program winners will help improve, in one way or another, the living standards of their home communities and that of the North and Central American society as a whole with the help of their education.

2019 International Student Travel Video Contest

September 9th, 2019 by Al C

International Student Travel Video Contest

The 2019 International Student Travel Video Contest is open for entries!

International Student are again giving you a chance to win – this year there are 5 unique awards, including the $4,000 grand prize! To enter, you will need to submit a video that you made specifically for the 2019 International Student Travel Video Contest. Your video should be up to 4-minutes long and about one of two things:

That your dream is to be an international student, and that you have a school in mind to attend that you want to tell us about.


That you are currently an international student with a dream trip that you’ve always wanted to take that you want to tell us about.

If your video is selected, you could win one of the following prizes:

  1. First Place Winner: $4,000
  2. Second Place Winner: $500
  3. Third Place Winner: $250
  • GoAbroad Choice Winner: $500
  • Viewers’ Choice Award Winner: $1,000

The judging panel this year is made up of an esteemed group of professionals in the international education sector, and you can meet the judges here, and all the details and deadlines for the contest can be found here.

Check out some past winners – this year it could be you!

Remember to submit your video for the InternationalStudent.com annual Travel Video Contest before October 15th, 2019.

While you’re with us, find out about how international students can apply for a loan to study in Canada.

Writing Contest Scholarship

January 25th, 2018 by Juncal Caballero


Deadline: May 15, 2018

If you think you’ve got skills when it comes to writing then you won’t want to miss the Aussiewritings Writing Contest where you’ll have the chance to win up to $1,000.

What is it about?

AussieWritings.com is pleased to announce its first essay contest among participants from all around the globe. To encourage passionate writers, there will be money prizes:

First prize – $1,000

Second prize – $800

Third prize – $600

There is also a special prize of $200 for the most compelling and thoughtful essay. Winning essays will be published on AussieWritings.com and promoted throughout its social media.


All participants who are passionate about writing regardless their location, age or nationality are welcome to participate.

How to enter

You need to write an essay, answering to any of these questions:

  • What is the greatest achievement of mankind?
  • How technologies have changed our lives.
  • Pros and cons of compulsory education.

When writing your essay, consider the following:

  1. Length: Keep your essay between 800 and 1000 words.
  2. Originality: Your final piece should be unique and written all by yourself.
  3. Language: English
  4. Submission format: Your file should be saved as a doc., docx., or pdf. and named Essay_Contest_(your surname). Example: Essay_Contest_Smith
  5. The number of entries: You can submit a few essays if you would like to.
  6. Participation Cost: Free.

Send your essays in through email before May 15th, 2018. Winners will be announced on May 31st, 2018 on AussieWritings.com. You can find further details here.

The 2017 Travel Video Contest is finally here!

August 31st, 2017 by Juncal Caballero

The 2017 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest

Deadline: October 13th

Like in years past, InternationalStudent.com is hosting its Travel Video Contest, which means that it’s your chance to win $4,000! The contest is now in its 12th year and if you are an international student or traveler, InternationalStudent.com is giving you the opportunity to showcase your creativity and explain why you want study abroad or take a specific trip during your international studies.

If you’re currently studying abroad, you can tell us about any trip you would like to take. If you aren’t abroad yet, you simply need to tell us why you want to study abroad.

How to enter

If you are interested in entering in the contest, there are a few things you will want to know:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should be either an international student or planning to become one
  • You have to create a 4 minute video that shares why you would like to become an international student or why you would like to take a specific trip during your time as an international student
  • Your video should tell a story and be made for this contest
  • Your video can be housed on Youtube or Vimeo
  • Originality and interest level in the trip, creativity and quality of the video, are the main criteria.

The deadline to submit your application for the twelfth annual travel video contest is 11:59 PM, EST on Friday, 13 October 2017. To get started, go to InternationalStudent.com and you also may want to have a look at:

Tips & Tricks

Rules & Regulations

Judging Panel

Previous Winners

The InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest is Back

September 2nd, 2015 by Jonathan Frankel

posterInternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest
Deadline: October 22nd

The InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest is back and ready for your entry! If you plan on becoming an international student or if you are currently, make sure you get the details you need on how to enter this contest. One lucky, grand prize winner will receive $4,000 and their very own blog on InternationalStudent.com. The InternationalStudent.com judges will also name a second place, third place and viewers’ choice winner. The grand prize winner will be announced on the last day of International Education Week: November 20th.

How to Enter:
If you would like to enter you need to be at least 18 years old and either plan on studying outside your home country or are currently. Create a 5 minute that shares why you would like to become an international student or why you would like to take a specific trip during your time as an international student. Read the full list of rules and regulations before you enter.

Your video must be original and creative, and have been created specifically for the InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest.

Before you start filming your video read these tips & tricks, view past winners and see who will be judging your video.

Get more information on how to enter the 10th Annual Travel Video Contest.

Dartmouth Goes Need-Blind for International Students!

February 14th, 2008 by admin

Dartmouth College, a member of the Ivy League and at the “forefront of US higher education since 1769,” has joined the elite group of US universities and colleges that offer need-blind admissions to international students.

From Dartmouth’s news release:

“Need-blind admissions for International Students

Starting immediately with the Class of 2012, the College will extend its need-blind admissions policy to all international students. Previously the College was need-blind for students from the U.S. as well as those from Canada and Mexico and provided financial aid to other international students up to a preset budget maximum. This cap will now be lifted and Dartmouth will join a very small group of schools that have a fully need-blind admissions process for international students.”

Under a need-blind admissions policy, a school reviews a students application for admission without considering the student’s ability to pay. Then if the student is admitted, the school must make the tuition affordable by meeting the student’s demonstrated financial need for all four years of their undergraduate study, through a combination of grants and loans. Dartmouth will become the 7th US school offering need-blind admission, joining MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Williams College and Middlebury College.

Visit InternationalStudent.com’s Schools Awarding Aid page to see more on the US colleges and universities that offer aid to international students.

Read the entire press release on Dartmouth’s website.

$5.75 Million for African Scholarships at Brown

January 28th, 2008 by admin

From the Brown Daily Herald

A new endowment will increase financial aid for students from sub-Saharan Africa and will help them financially for two years after graduation if they pledge to return to work in Africa, President Ruth Simmons and Israeli businessman Idan Ofer P’12 announced Thursday.

The “Advancing Africa Scholarship Fund” was announced in Davos, Switzerland, where both Simmons and Ofer are currently attending the World Economic Forum. The scholarship requires students to sign a pledge to return home for at least two years after receiving their degrees – an effort to “build capacity” in the continent, Simmons told The Herald.

Ofer’s gift of $5.75 million will fund $250,000 a year in scholarships for undergraduate students starting with the 2008-2009 academic year. The endowment will grow over time due to returns on investment, Simmons said, allowing the University to fund more students in the future.

The establishment of the fund marks an important milestone in Brown’s efforts to attract international students. Until recently, Simmons said, it was hard to attract students from Africa. Even with financial aid, those students would have difficulty paying off loans or fulfilling the parent contribution. International students have long complained about a lack of economic diversity among their peers at Brown, something Simmons called “a valid concern.” The endowment came as good news after years of “agonizing” over financial aid for international students, Simmons said.

Click here to read the rest of the story from the Brown Daily Herald.

Here’s a list of US schools that offer aid to international students.

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Rethinking College Rankings

November 19th, 2007 by admin

As we discussed in the last post, US News and World Report dominates rankings of colleges and universities in the US. The US News rankings are comprehensive and helpful in many ways, but there are critics of the rankings system. One small newspaper has proposed its own rankings system for the past three years.

When the Washington Monthly published its 2007 College Rankings, which can be viewed online here, it didn’t look at average SAT score, average starting salary or average alumni giving, all standard fare in the US News and most other rankings. Instead, it graded schools based on three general categories — Social Mobility, Research and Service. Why? In the words of Editor Paul Glastris, from his stint on the Colbert Report, colleges should be ranked on their contribution to the public interest, not on whether they have great rock-climbing walls.

Here’s the three things Washington Monthly uses to rank a college’s contribution to the public interest:

1. Social Mobility: “We want our colleges to be engines of social mobility so that the poor can get a better life.” Under this criteria, the magazine looks at the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants, which it considers a good indicator of the school’s commitment to poorer students, as well as the percentage of those students that graduate.

2. Research: “We want colleges to create the research and PhDs that can power the economy.” Because Washington Monthly believes that research and PhDs are the key to growing the economy in a global market, they measure numbers of PhDs and amount of research spending by the university.

3. Service: “And we want colleges to inculcate an ethic of service for young people.” For this, Washington Monthly looks at the number of students entering the Peace Corps, the size of the school’s ROTC program, and the percent of work-study funds spent on community service projects.

Click here to see the whole college rankings report.

As an international student, did you use the US News and World Report rankings to help you select a US school? Would this alternative rankings system play into your decision-making process at all? We would love to hear your input.

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