Studying in another country is the dream of many ambitious and adventurous students. The main aim in studying abroad for most students is to get valuable multicultural experience and exposure; however, students from developing countries generally wish to study aboard for better quality education then their home country.
Studying in another country is expensive because you will have to provide for the expenses of living and study together with other little expenses. There are many private and government organizations that provide travel scholarships to students to help them study in another country; one example of such programs is the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship program that provides aid to students to study outside US for one year. The following 6 tips can help you in getting travel scholarships:
- It is a good idea to appoint a counselor for yourself if you are looking for scholarships aboard. This is highly recommended because these professionals have knowledge of varying terms and conditions of different government and colleges in different countries of world, and they can provide you assistance to get through the scholarship and visa processes.
- You can talk to your counselor or research personally about countries that offer high quality education at lower costs. One example of such countries is South Africa that provides high quality education at low tuition fees and with low living costs as well.
- You can look for confirm discounts in addition to scholarships. Some countries have trend of offering these confirm discounts to every student that enrolls in a particular field or course. This trend is particularly prevalent in the UK.
- Prepare all your documents in advance of applying for a scholarship. The requirements for documents greatly depend on the country your are applying in. In some countries colleges will not be concerned with anything other than your educational documents, but in some other countries colleges may require you to submit bank statements and other documents. Your counselor can provide you complete information on such requirements.
- IF you have not appointed a counselor you should know the visa requirements of each country before you apply for a scholarship in that country, only apply if your are able to meet those requirements. These visa requirements can be seen online on foreign office websites of different countries.
- You should also bear in mind that in most cases you will be required to get travel insurance before you can leave your country, in addition to it some countries may require you to arrange a health insurance.