Studying abroad can be costly, which can give you extra stress. All those fees, payments and grocery bills certainly begin to build up. Luckily there are a large number of study abroad scholarships open to international students. Some might offer money off your tuition fees, whereas others come as a lump sum that you can choose to do with as you wish.
Westminster is a name that immediately leaves an impression. Located in the heart of London, the University of Westminster is a popular choice for many and also comes with its own full international scholarship program.
To be eligible you need to come from a developing country and also have a full-time offer from the University. According to the University of Westminster, these scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, financial need and the potential for development.
You can apply for the international scholarship here.
The University of Westminster also offers the Windle Trust International Scholarship for refugees from Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya or Uganda. They aim to invest in those who may have been displaced in the hope of building peaceful development in Eastern and Central Africa.
One name that certainly rivals Westminster is that of Oxford. Each year, Clarendon offers 130-140 full scholarships to the prestigious University of Oxford.
This is a scholarship open to all, regardless of nationality, residence situation or field of study and gives students from around the world the chance to study in a city whose name has become steeped in knowledge and learning.
More information on the Clarendon Scholarship, including how to apply, can be found at their website.
If you don’t know much about England’s north-east, maybe this is a good time to learn. From the heady nightlife of Newcastle to the rolling hills of the Northumberland National Park and of course the famous Hadrian’s Wall, Northumbria has a little of everything.
And to make it even better, Northumbria University is offering £3,000 in fee discounts to all self-funded international students.
Check out the Northumbria University website for more information.
Liverpool. What more can you say? Football, the Beatles, history - a lively, international city. It’s no surprise so many international students choose Liverpool.
If you are a high achiever, from outside the EU and about to start at the University of Liverpool, then this could be exactly what you are looking for. But be warned, the benchmark is set high for this scholarship. Those gaining A*AA+ at the equivalent of UK A-levels are entitled to a £2,500 reduction in fees, while those with AAB can get £2,000 off.
You can find more information on the Vice’s Chancellor’s Scholarship here.
Now to the northern extremes of Britain: Scotland. Close to both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and just a stone’s throw from the idyllic Loch Lomand, the University of Sterling is just a short distance from where William Wallace defeated the English - a story famously retold in Braveheart.
The University of Stirling now offers a £4,000 scholarship in the form of a fee waiver to international students studying a Master’s degree. You can find more information on their International Scholarship at their website.
You would be hard-pressed to find a city anywhere in Britain that has such a transformation over the past few decades as Glasgow. The casual acceptance that Edinburgh is the place to be in Scotland is no more. Glasgow has arrived, and it’s a terrific place to study.
This year Glasgow Caledonian University is offering up to £4,000 off in tuition fees to any international student who studies with them. A complete breakdown on this scholarship and others can be found at their website.
Perhaps the warm climate of California is more your cup of tea and the University of the Pacific, which is spread across Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton, offers not one, but two excellent scholarship programs for international students.
The International Student Merit Scholarship is a $15,000 per year scholarship available to new students. You need to have a 3.5 GPA or above and you will automatically be considered for the assistance when you submit your application. This will be renewable for up to four years if you meet eligibility requirements
The Powell Scholars Program is an annual $41,000 scholarship which focuses on education abroad and research opportunities for international students.
For information on both scholarship programs, check out their website here.
To find out more about available scholarships, you can visit the Edvoy website.