Choosing your intended major or college is a good first step to finding scholarships to study in the States
April 30, 2015 American colleges and universities are among the best in the world, and for many students from around the globe, attending college in the U.S. would be a dream come true.
Every year, thousands of students from nearly every continent flock to campuses across the U.S. to earn their degrees and take what theyâ€™ve learned back home. If you hail from another country and have always wanted to study in America, you donâ€™t have to be rich to achieve your goal.
Though itâ€™s true that American colleges and universities are far from free, many offer generous scholarships to international students, and there are a handful of private scholarships available to students as well. Before you write it off as impossible, check out scholarship opportunities for funding your American college dream.
Have you chosen a major yet? What are your interests? Itâ€™s important to think about what youâ€™d like to study in order to narrow your search down to institutions that have a reputable program in that field. After youâ€™ve narrowed down your selection, go directly to the institutions’ websites to search for scholarships for international students.
For example, the University of Wisconsinâ€”Stout offers international undergraduate scholarships worth $4,000 to $6,000 per year, based on academic achievement, community service and available funding. Scholarships are also available to graduate students.
Miami Universityâ€”Oxford in Ohio also provides renewable merit-based scholarships for international students. Their International Education Scholarship awards range between $2,000 and $20,000 each year and are based on academic records and test scores, among other factors.
Though most of your scholarship funding will probably come from your chosen college, there are a handful of more general scholarships geared specifically toward students from around the globe.
The NextGen Scholarship Fund was created for international students and non-U.S. citizens to earn their postsecondary degrees in the U.S. in order to create a better life for themselves and their families.
For this scholarship, you have to choose to attend a college or university in the Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia area. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded in the fall, but you can begin applying on Feb. 16, so donâ€™t delay.
If youâ€™re a female international student hoping to attend an American college, check out the International Peace Scholarship from PEO. Established in 1949, the program provides a need-based graduate scholarship worth up to $10,000 for study in the U.S. or Canada. To apply, you must be accepted into a full-time graduate program and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university.
Lastly, do your own research. Use a scholarship search tool like the one fromInternationalStudent.com. Plugging in what you hope to study, the country in which youâ€™d like to attend college and where you hail from will generate a list of scholarships available to you.
Many of the scholarships are specific to certain programs or institutions, or are only available to students from a specific country, but others are available to everyone.
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