Studying in another country in a university of considerable repute is a dream that can only materialize if you have the money required to pay your living and tuition expenses abroad. International students scholarship is one way of providing the money required for studying abroad. While it’s a big ask, if you put in some effort and time in the right direction, you will be able to find a scholarship that suits your needs.
Set Your Preferences
First of all you must clearly outline all your requirements. Thoughtfully choose the course or courses that you will prefer and that relate to your past qualifications (as most scholarships are awarded keeping in view your past achievements), and also choose the countries you will prefer to go to for studies.
Who Offers such Scholarships?
This is the first question that may come to your mind. There are schools that are willing to offer scholarships to attract international students to their campuses to build the repute of having a global community and also to stay ahead of their rivals. Studying at such schools can give you invaluable experience. Use of search engines is a good idea to find a scholarship at these schools that meets your needs. There may also be some government organizations in your home country that give scholarships to bright students: These scholarships are highly sought after because they normally provide for living expenses together with the tuition fees, however, these scholarships are normally tied with a contract to work for a specified period ( 5 to 10years) for the scholarship awarding body. You should try to find such scholarships by contacting higher education regulatory bodies in your home country. In some countries, such as Sweden and Norway, education is completely free, but you will normally have to go through a merit based selection process or a test for these scholarships. These scholarships can easily be found through internet as every college in these countries is offering free education.
How to Apply
After you have found a college that is offering an international students scholarship that suits your needs, you must contact the college authorities for the specific documents you require to apply for that scholarship. Make sure that you fulfill all their requirements and present the documents in presentable manner. Apart from your certificates, a thesis written by you or a statement explaining why you are taking this course and why you have interest in relevant subjects will go a long way in winning a scholarship. The students from developing countries should ensure that their personal statements contain grammatically correct English.