How to find international or study abroad scholarships for 2021

August 27th, 2020 by Al C

Who Provides Study Abroad Scholarships?

Scholarships can come from many different sources and you’re typically eligible to receive more than one form of financial support. Review the guidelines for each scholarship or award to see what opportunities you qualify for.

How to find international or study abroad scholarships for 2021

There are various sources of funding for the financial aid, such as:

  • Schools and Universities
  • Governments
  • Organizations
  • Businesses and Foundations
  • Private donors

Sponsoring institutions may be run or influenced by people who have studied abroad themselves and because of that they truly understand the value of experiencing an international education.

The availability of scholarships for international students will vary from country to country. Whichever scholarships you apply for, remember to be patient and persistent – as the application process and decision-making can take time. That being said, scholarships are an excellent way to help you finance your study abroad dreams.

What Can a Study Abroad Scholarship Cover?

Depending on which of the many scholarships you decide to apply for and who is sponsoring it, the terms of the scholarship, and what it can be used to pay for (and what it can’t be used for) can vary greatly.

Most scholarships are supposed to cover your basic cost of studying. This might include the cost of tuition, registration fees, books, and other school-related costs. With some scholarships, a portion of living costs may also be covered, such as the cost of food and accommodation (sometimes referred to as “room and board”.

Some international scholarships are much less strict. They will award you a sum of money which you can put towards your studies however you feel is appropriate depending on your circumstances. Of course that doesn’t mean you can just spend the money on whatever you like, it should all be used to fund your education – not for social activities or any other purpose. The difference is that you’re more in control of your own budget and can use the financial aid as you see fit.

It’s important to think about when the study abroad scholarship money will be released to you. Funds are most commonly paid out in a lump sum before the start of the fall semester, but in some cases, may be paid out in instalments over the course of the year. In the case of a study abroad scholarship that is paid out in instalments, in order to keep receiving the payments you may be required to maintain a certain level of academic merit.

Scholarships can be either paid to finance office of the school or to the student directly. Your school or the sponsoring organization will have their own procedures for when scholarship funds will be awarded. You should ask in advance so that you’re able to work out your budget effectively.

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students

Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, there may be different funding options for you, so remember to explore all the options.

How to Find Scholarships to Study Abroad in 2021

For huge numbers of students, the idea of studying abroad is incredibly exciting and interesting. They want to experience a different culture first-hand, work on their communication skills in a foreign language, or just explore the world as an international student.

Depending on the destination you choose and the type of program you enrol in, it can either be really expensive or could even save you money. But finding a study abroad scholarship to study abroad can reduce the overall cost, otherwise for some, the dream of studying at a school overseas may be out of reach.

To find scholarships to study abroad, first think about the destinations and courses that you are interested in. Contact the schools that you would like to attend to see what aid is available for international students, and use the IEFA.org scholarship search for the latest list of available scholarships.

Related Content

Studying in the United States vs. Canada

Financial Aid For International Students in the US: Explained

10 things you need to know about international student loans


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?

Essay

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.


Full Sail Global Achievement Scholarship

March 23rd, 2018 by Juncal Caballero

Full Sail University

Deadline: Applications must be submitted prior to the desired start date

Full Sail University is an American private, for-profit university located in Florida. Full Sail is dedicated to helping creative students follow their dreams in the entertainment and media industry. With students from over 65 countries, 110 world-class recording studios, and many spacious film soundstages, Full Sail’s innovative and accelerated style of education provides a unique real-world education in film, music, animation, video games and recording arts.

Full Sail University is offering students the opportunity to  apply for the Full Sail Global Achievement Scholarship, which is designed to encourage and develop future international entertainment and media professionals throughout the world.

What is it?

Through the Global Achievement Scholarship, eligible participants may receive up to $5,000 toward the tuition of their Full Sail campus degree program. If you are interested in attending Full Sail University and applying to this scholarship find more information about it here.

Eligibility

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a non-US citizen or non-permanent resident, as defined by Full Sail University.
  • Applicants must have applied for one of the following immersive campus degree programs: Computer Animation, Creative Writing, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Media Communication, Music Business, Recording Arts, Show Production, or Sports Marketing & Media.

How to enter

  • Complete and submit the Global Achievement application, and an original 250-word essay on “How My Full Sail Education Will Help Me Achieve My Career Dream” prior to the first day of class.
  • The Global Achievement Scholarship application must be submitted to the Full Sail Scholarship Committee prior to the desired start date.
  • To apply for this scholarship, please contact your admissions representative.

 

Get more details on this scholarship and how to apply.


SelfScore Scholarship

July 13th, 2017 by Juncal Caballero

SelfScore Scholarship

Deadline: September 28, 2017

If you are an international student studying in the US and seeking for some financial support, we found the perfect scholarship for you. The SelfScore Scholarship is a national scholarship program dedicated to F1, J1, and M1 students studying in the US.

SelfScore is an analytics based consumer finance company that helps populations gain financial independence through access to credit. But at the moment, they are focusing on connecting international students to fair credit.

This Fall, the company will grant twelve $5,000 scholarships: six for undergraduates and six for graduate students. That sounds good, right? Would you like to be considered for this scholarship? If so, here’s the eligible you must meet:

  • Be a student studying in the U.S. on a F1, J1, or M1 visa during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Must be accepted to study or continuing to study at an eligible college or university.
  • Must submit a valid I-20 or DS-2019 form.
  • Must score in the top 15% on a standardized U.S. college entrance exam (SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT).
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA, or higher, or the equivalent from your prior studies.

Recipients will be selected randomly among the eligible applicants and no purchase or credit application is required to apply for the scholarship. All applicants are enrolled in a Free Financial Literacy program and all scholarships are awarded on a one-time basis. Applicants may also designate an international student club or organization as part of their application which will receive a one-time grant of $1,000.

If you would like to apply for this scholarship, you can get more information on how to apply for the SelfScore International Student Scholarship here.


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.


Passion for Fashion Scholarship Competition

January 17th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

shutterstock_86331535Passion for Fashion Scholarship Competition

Deadline: February 14

If you love fashion and want to pursue a career in this field, now is your chance to receive financial assistance to do so! The Art Institute is sponsoring a passion for fashion scholarship competition for interested students to have a shot at earning a half-tuition scholarship to attend the Art Institute and a VIP trip to New York City. This award will be granted to one lucky grand prize winner. There will also be more than $100,000 in tuition scholarships granted to other local winners. This competition is open to high school seniors in the US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada.

The passion for fashion scholarship competition includes two categories that students can enter, based upon their area of interest:

Fashion Design: If designing clothes is your area of expertise, create three sketches of an evening garment and compete with others for the best design. If your design is selected as the local winner you will have the chance to work with a seamstress to have your creation made.

Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management: If you are more interested in following latest trends, you have the chance to predict the next hottest fashion through a vision board and demonstrate your ideas.

Find out more information on how to enter the passion for fashion scholarship competition here.

*Fashion designer photo courtesy of Shutterstock


Scholarships for International Students

October 22nd, 2012 by Jennifer Frankel

Studying in a foreign country is full of challenges. For many, one of the biggest of those challenges is finding a way to pay for the education. Many international students are not eligible for federal aid and many schools require that you prove your ability to pay for part or all of the school’s tuition up front. This is why scholarships for international students are so important. They offer a way for bright students to study in the US who may have otherwise been unable to afford it.

If you are interested in finding scholarships for international students, you can search through our list here. This list is a great place to search through all sorts of scholarships quickly and easily. You can narrow your search by what you are studying, where you are studying, and where you are from, which can really help narrow down the results to the scholarships that are best suited to you.

If you find a scholarship you are interested in you will just have to click on the “information” button (which is to the right and looks like the letter “i”) where you will find a more complete description of what is offered and what is required from you to qualify. Then, if you decide that you want to apply, you just need create a quick username and password. Having this username and password will also allow you to save scholarships that you are interested in and come back to them later.

Finding scholarships for international students doesn’t have to be hard – you just have to know where to look. With thousands of scholarships to search from, IEFA.org is the best online recourse for those who might not otherwise be financially capable of studying in the US.


IEFA logo
Thank you for visiting IEFA.org
Providing information about international financial aid & scholarships since 1998
2020 Envisage International Corporation
224 First Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266