Last week, I published an article on how to cope with studying abroad, if you haven’t, you can read it here. However, what I’ve forgotten to take into consideration is how much harder it is to actually find a scholarship to study abroad.
The place to find the scholarship you are looking for is, obviously, the internet. Keep in mind that today there is lots of information on the internet so it might be challenging to find the information you are looking for, but with persistence you will manage. If you have a specific program in mind, googling that particular program, or googling programs for a specific country might help you narrow your search and find better results. There is an abundance of online sources offering you different ways and lists of potential scholarships.
There are some basic websites whose search is a bit scars and scattered, but there is a chance for you finding some interesting stuff there. Among them are International Scholarships | College Scholarship, Study Abroad Financial Aid, Scholarship Search Center or Best Masters Degrees & Masters Programs 2016.
On the other hand, there are some brilliant search engines for scholarships, but you have to dig deep and try your best to find the perfect match for you. Here are some of the:
One of the best and most comprehensive online searches for scholarships I've found until now is Scholarships to Study Abroad | Top Universities. It has scholarships divided into different categories, such as region, countries, subjects or student nationality, which makes search a lot easier and specific, and prevents you from wandering around the vast sea of information on the Internet. This page was originally created in 2013. and is since regularly updated with new scholarships and information for students, and it represents one of the best sources for searching scholarships.
Another great website and search engine of this kind for scholarships is Fastweb : Scholarships, Financial Aid, Student Loans and Colleges. They have an excellent search engine which asks for your basic info in order to find the best matching scholarships for you.
Among them is also International Financial Aid College Scholarship Search | IEFA which is one of the safest and most recognizable sources for searching grants, scholarships and financial aid for students in the world. They also have a great blog which describes in detail some of the scholarships and grants, the ways of getting them, as well as testimonials of people who got those, which can be very helpful when applying. Also, there are great and helpful articles about private student loans for international students, budgeting hints / tips, budgeting for international students, employment restrictions etc.
Website Unigo offered 3.6 million different scholarships worth 1.4 billion USD the last time I checked. The thing with Unigo is, you have to make a profile or sign in with one of your social media accounts in order to be able to search through their database, and let the website "match" you with all of the opportunities you are eligible for. Unigo also has separated sections for jobs and internships, articles about studying abroad and scholarships, but what is very interesting and important - exchanging textbooks. As we all know, study books can be very expensive, thus this section can be very useful to you, even if you don't study abroad or have aspirations to do that, you might find tons of interesting textbooks you need here, even for free if there are good-willed people to share them with you.
Website International Student & Study Abroad Resource Center offers most of its information on how to travel to and study in the USA, but it also has a vast library of articles to help you with literally every and any aspect of studying abroad. You just need to be persistent and thorough, and browse all of these websites relentlessly until you find what you are looking for.
- Firstly, you have to register for the service at the official website: EdAid - Crowdfunding & Jobs for Students
- The next step is to create a compelling story through which you will explain why this opportunity means so much and why someone should back you.
- Spread the word through your channels and get funding from your family, friends, colleagues & alumni. EdAid will also hep you by presenting your campaign to the partner companies.
- You repay your supporters by giving therm back the money they invested through repayments capped at 10% of your monthly income. EdAid handles all payments and administration.
Another way to find out about programs that sponsor exchange students is by word of mouth - which is how I found about the program that sponsored my year abroad. If I hadn’t been in one specific hallway in my high school on that day, I probably wouldn’t have ever found out about this program, but seeing that I have, there is always hope.
These are some basic websites and ways of finding out about scholarships to study abroad. If you have any suggestions or good experiences with the stuff I haven't mentioned here, feel free to post it in the comments section, and I'll be more than glad to update this article with the new info.
Remember - being persistent is the key to success. I've given you the basic tools, the rest is up to you.
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