Best universities in the world that offer scholarships to international students

July 18th, 2022 by Sagnik Santra

Studying in North America or the 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 at a a school in Canada, 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, including both domestic and international students, are looking for fully funded scholarships that will cover all their expenses without needing education loans. 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 for undergraduate 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 full 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. These scholarships are specifically aimed at international undergraduate students and prospective undergraduate students, emphasizing the availability of undergraduate scholarships designed to cover a wide range of expenses for those seeking to study in the U.S.

1. Harvard University

Harvard is recognized globally as a premier institution, not only for its exceptional education quality but also for its comprehensive range of university scholarships. These financial awards are designed to support students at various levels of their academic journey, including undergraduate, postgraduate, research programmes, doctoral, and PhD studies. The university offers several full-tuition fellowships and other types of financial aid to ensure education is accessible to students of all backgrounds. Whether you’re seeking scholarships based on academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, research areas, leadership potential, or financial need, Harvard has options that cater to your educational and financial requirements.

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

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

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 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 IEFA

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!

How Do International Students Pay For College In the U.S.

December 22nd, 2020 by IEFA

Financial assistance for International Undergraduate Students

This article is primarily for higher education students with a non-immigrant student visa (F-1, J-1, etc.). Information for permanent residents of the United States is also included below. See the International Student Loan Terms Dictionary if you are unfamiliar with any terms used in this article. The Institute for International Education (IIE) reports that around 80 per cent of foreign students rely primarily on personal savings and family to cover the cost of their education in the USA. Very little federal student aid is available to international students. U.S. institutions generally offer little, if any, discount on school fees, although both private and public institutions may waive application fees in certain situations. In fact, foreign students tend to pay higher fees than domestic students – this is usually the case in the US, Canada and most other countries.

Calculating your cost of attendance

“Cost of attendance” is the calculation of the total cost of attending any given institution, and is used to determine the level of financial need of the student. It includes tuition, compulsory fees, room, board and an estimated cost of books and living expenses for students at each school or college.

If you will be living in private, off-campus housing, you should also expect to pay for electricity, heating, water and other utility costs.

Location will have a significant impact on your expenses due to different living costs around the country. A number of online calculators are available that show the cost of living in different locations. These can help you compare costs between cities. You should create a budget to keep track of the expenses you already know about, and talk to your university to find dout about any available support or fee waivers. 

Institutional aid

Many public and private universities provide financial incentives for students. At menay, the majority of the support available to foreign students is primarily for graduate level studies, such as assistantships and fellowships.

Because it is rare for US colleges to offer support for international undergraduate students, scholarships can be very competitive when they are available. Both private and public institutions may waive application fees in certain situations, so consult your financial aid office advisor to take advantage of anyopportunities they offer.

Merit-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of your skills, talents and abilities. Your chosen university may have scholarships to offer based on your academic record, artistic ability, music, or sports. These scholarships are very competitive, so to be considered, you will need to demonstrate exceptional capacity in the specific area.

Need-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student’s financial situation. Students who can demonstrate a need for support may be eligible.

Specific academic departments within the university may have funds set aside for their international students with exceptional prospects.

Consult your university financial aid office and/or your department of study to see if there are any special funding opportunities that they offer.

Scholarships and grants

Many local scholarships are only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. However, there are free scholarship databases as well as private, corporate, non-profit and government scholarship funds that do help foreign students. Some scholarship databases charge a fee to users and other databases provide their services at no cost. In general, the same information is available from both types of database services, so no fee is required. Ask in advance, and choose a free database service.

Although they are rare, there have been some dishonest scholarships in the past: do not send money, bank account numbers or credit card numbers to anyone that promises a scholarship in return. If you are at all concerned about any scholarship source, consult the admissions office, financial aid office or international student office at the university to which you apply.

Web sites with other scholarship resources

There are specialist websites that collect information on financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Both and are free to use for foreign students to search for grant programs to cover tuition costs, room and board and living expenses at an american school – or for international students around the world.

Private Student Loans

International student loans are available to individuals who meet certain criteria. In many cases you will require a cosigner (someone who guarantees the laon and is responsible for making the repayments if you are unable to repay the loan for any reason). Student loans without a cosigner are available at certain schools and for eligible students.

Interest-free Student Loans

The Organization of American States has a scheme of interest-free loans to students from Latin American and Caribbean countries. The program is called The Rowe Fund. For more information please see

Family and personal funds 

According to the Institute of International Education, the vast majority of international students  rely heavily on their own personal and family sources of funding.


Non-immigrant students are not eligible to be employed in federal work-study positions, and the regulations that cover the F, M, and J non-immigrant categories strictly limit both the type and amount of work that students can do while they are in the United States.

Working without authorisation in the United States is a very serious matter and is considered to be a violation of your immigration status.

The rules that deal with student employment for those with a visa are complex – you should discuss any issues about eligibility for employment with your International Student Services Advisor on campus before starting any work.

Working on or off campus, even if it is allowed under the conditions of your student visa, cannot be your sole source of funding. Most jobs will provide only enough money to cover some of your personal expenses – or additional “fun money”.


Many of the financial suport for international students are considered taxable. In some cases, you may be exempt from paying taxes on certain forms of financial assistance. Any exemptions depend on the type of visa you are on, the duration of your stay in the United States and the type or types of financial aid you have been awarded.

If your home country is in a “tax treaty” with the United States, you may be able to claim a full refund of any taxes that is withheld from your financial aid. To do this you must file a non-resident tax return (1040NR) including a letter stating that your home country has a tax treaty with the United States. Consult your International Student Advisor, Financial Aid Office or on-campus tax office to learn more.

Foreign students are more likely to be exempt from tax if the financial assistance they recieve is designated as an educational award and not work-related.

Information for permanent residents

US citizens and nationals, lawful permanent residents, refugees and asylum seekers are eligible for federal financial assistance in the form of federal student loans, grants and work-study opportunities.

Students in the non-immigrant visa category are generally not eligible for such aid.

If you are a permanent resident, you can apply for federal financial assistance by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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MPOWER / Scholarship Program for Central American International Students

December 2nd, 2019 by IEFA

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, 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/ 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 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.

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2019 International Student Travel Video Contest

September 9th, 2019 by IEFA

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 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? 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 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 You can find further details here.

The 2017 Travel Video Contest is finally here!

August 31st, 2017 by Juncal Caballero

The 2017 Travel Video Contest

Deadline: October 13th

Like in years past, 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, 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 and you also may want to have a look at:

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The Travel Video Contest is Back

September 2nd, 2015 by Jonathan Frankel Travel Video Contest
Deadline: October 22nd

The 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 The 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 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 IEFA

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’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 IEFA

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.

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