Upon graduation, many senior-year high school students have difficulties in deciding whether they should continue their studies by going to college or go straight into seeking jobs and start taking full responsibilities of their own lives. This dilemma may be caused by a lot of things. One of the most common factors is financial problems. As we all know, many higher education institutions have high tuition fees, yet paying tuition fees are not the only thing we need money for. Luckily, thanks to the generous governments, profit and non-profit organizations, and foundations around the world, there is a way to solve that problem. Many organizations, foundations and the governments around the world provide programs or make donations to offer scholarships, including full scholarships to study abroad. Many of the various scholarship programs offer fully funded scholarships for undergraduate international students who wish to experience what it’s like to study in a different country. Below are some of the most prestigious scholarship programs for international students, that offer full scholarships for undergraduate studies.
Australia Awards Scholarships
Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They aim to contribute to the development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.
Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training. The following benefits generally apply:
- Full tuition fees
- Return air travel – payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
- Establishment allowance – a once only payment as a contribution towards accommodation expenses, text books, study materials
- Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) – a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by the department
- Introductory Academic Program (IAP) – a compulsory program prior to the commencement of formal academic studies covering information on living and studying in Australia
- Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only) – provided to cover the scholar’s basic medical costs (with the exception of pre-existing conditions)
- Pre-course English (PCE) fees
- Supplementary academic support may be available to ensure a scholar’s academic success or enhance their academic experience
- Fieldwork (for research awards and Master’s by coursework which have a research component where fieldwork is compulsory)
For more information, visit the Australia Awards Scholarships’ official website.
Wells Mountain Initiative (WMI)
WMI supports undergraduate students obtaining degrees in community-oriented fields, and encourages them to be the agents of change in their own communities, nations and the world. WMI goes beyond providing financial support, ensuring its scholars have all the tools needed to reach their dreams.
WMI provides education scholarships to highly motivated and ambitious youth pursuing undergraduate degrees in regions with little or no financial resources. WMI currently supports students in 42 countries, who are pursuing degrees in various study fields including medicine and health sciences, community development, education, law, agriculture, social work, business, information technology and engineering.
WMI seeks students from a developing country who:
- Successfully completed a secondary education, with good to excellent grades
- Will be studying in their country or another country in the developing world
- Plans to live and work in their own country after graduation
- Have volunteered prior to applying for this scholarship and/or are willing to volunteer while receiving the WMI scholarship
- May have some other funds available for their education, but will not be able to go to school without a scholarship
WMI awards 20-40 scholarships per year. Each scholarship supports tuition and fees, books and materials, and other related costs. The scholarship award lasts throughout the entire duration of the scholar’s undergraduate study.
Visit www.wellsmountaininitiative.org/prospective-scholars for further details.
ICSP Scholarships at the University of Oregon
International students who demonstrate financial need and exceptional merit may apply for the International Cultural Service Program (ICSP). Selected ICSP students receive a tuition-waiver scholarship ranging from 0-15 non-resident academic credits per term. The scholarship amount will remain consistent each term. ICSP students agree to complete 80 hours per year of cultural service as required by the program. Cultural service can include speaking or giving demonstrations to schools or community groups about the heritage and culture of the student’s country or participating in international events on campus.
The following criteria are used to select the successful candidate:
- Demonstrated financial need
- Experience participating in cultural activities
- Demonstrated performance and presentation skills
- Strong academic records
- Strong communication skills
In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
- Be admissible or fully admitted to the University of Oregon
- Be a citizen and/or permanent resident of any country other than the U.S. Applicants cannot be eligible to receive U.S federal financial assistance, either
- Demonstrate financial need and meet the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement
Further details can be found at https://isss.uoregon.edu/icsp.
Maastricht University SBE International School Scholarship
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Maastricht University offers one scholarship for its three-year bachelor’s programs to talented students from international schools with the interest to expand their global education.
For non-EU/EEA students, the amount of the scholarship is €11,500 per academic year. The scholarship is renewable every year for the duration of the bachelor’s program on the express condition that scholarship awarded students:
- Fulfill all study requirements within given time
- Maintain an overall GPA of at least 75% each year
- Assist, on average, 4 hours per month in student recruitment activities
The SBE International School Scholarships cover the following (non-EU/EEA student):
- Allowance: €900 (one-time only)
- Health and liability insurance: €500 (arranged and paid by the Scholarship Office)
- Visa costs: €304 (arranged and paid by the Scholarship Office)
- Tuition fee waiver: €8,500 (paid by the Scholarship Office)
- Refund of travel expenses: €1,000 (one-time only)
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must:
- Be accepted to a SBE bachelor’s program:
- BSc International Business
- BSc Economics and Business Economics
- BSc Econometrics and Operations Research
- Not be older than 35 years at the start of the academic year
- Have an overall GPA of at least 70%
- Obtain their secondary school diploma at a Council of International Schools member international school. Please note: only students from a CIS accredited school can apply.
For more information, visit SBE International School Scholarship.
Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program at the University of Toronto
The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship Program is an admission scholarship, aimed at international secondary school students (i.e. a non-Canadian requiring a study permit) who are intending to begin undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in the following academic year.
The program is intended to recognize international students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and creativity and who are recognized as leaders within their school. A special emphasis is placed on the impact the student has had on the life of their school and community, and their future potential to contribute positively to the global community. Awarded annually, these scholarships recognize outstanding international students from around the world, including international students studying at Canadian high schools. This is the University’s most prestigious and competitive scholarship for international students. Each year approximately 37 students will be named Lester B. Pearson Scholars.
The Lest B. Pearson International Scholarships will cover tuition, books, incidental fees, and full residence support for four years. The scholarship is tenable only at the University of Toronto.
For more information, visit http://pearson.utoronto.ca.