For a good number of students, studying abroad
is the dream. However, as you can already tell, it’s a costly project. From tuition fees to accommodation and other living costs, you will need an ample sum of money to get through foreign universities.
- Fortunately, there are numerous study abroad scholarships to support you through your period of study.
Before going right into how to get these funding opportunities, let’s have a quick look at some basic information about scholarships. In fact, we are going to see how scholarships differ from grants and students loans, respectively.
A scholarship is the financial assistance that is given to a student to help them with the costs of studying.
A grant, like a scholarship, is given to help students study. But, grants are need-based. This means that they are given to students from low-income backgrounds that would ordinarily be unable to afford the costs of their studies.
Both scholarships and grants are grant-in-aids. Thus, students that receive them are not required to pay back the money.
A student loan
, on the other hand, is financial aid that is given to a student to be paid back at a later time. The money may be paid back with interest.
How to find study abroad scholarships
The internet is the best place to find almost anything. At least, it is where this post is sitting right now.
That said, if you do a general Google search for “study abroad scholarships”, you will get a wide range of results. Wide enough so you will have to do some filtering to find useful, up-to-date resources. So, we have brought you a list of sources where you can find, fresh, reliable information about scholarships.
Here’s a list of websites to help you get started:
An online platform that publishes learning and growth opportunities for young people. The site is replete with resources on internships, grants, competitions, job and volunteering opportunities and more.
Development – A list of study abroad scholarships for students from developing countries.
Scholarshipportal.com – is a page on Study Portal Masters website that has over 5,000 listed scholarship opportunities.
Official EU scholarship page – A page on an official European Union website has a list of scholarships available for European universities.
The official websites of your preferred universities
If there are specific schools you would like to attend, you should go directly to their websites to see what sorts of scholarships they offer, if any. If you don’t find any useful information, you can go ahead to contact any representative through email or chat, and make your inquiries.
Be on the lookout for mentions of study abroad scholarships on social media platforms. You can also follow the social media accounts of your favourite universities. Usually, they will may make announcements regarding available financial aid there.
Also, there are groups and pages that are dedicated to migration and scholarships on various social media platforms. Find these groups, and join them so you get notified of new opportunities.
One social media platform where you can get great information about education and study abroad scholarships is LinkedIn. So, if you don’t already have an account, consider signing up.
Once you’re signed up, connect with and follow people that seek similar opportunities as you do.
You can find these people by doing a search for “scholarship”, then looking through the results for profiles. You will find people that are recipients of scholarships, study abroad coaches, etc. Some of these will randomly drop links to scholarship opportunities.
Many LinkedIn users share their journeys and victories and in posts. Hence, it is common to see posts where people mention that they won scholarships to study abroad. Take note of the schools they are being admitted into and/or the bodies funding the scholarships. You can comment, connect. Then, go check out the school or financing body on Google.
A number of times, I have seen people create posts about the sort of opportunities they seek. With study abroad scholarships are usually one of these. You can do this also.
Search for “study abroad scholarships” or just “scholarships” on LinkedIn, and look through the options you have for groups in the search results. Find and join more than one credible group from the results.
Though I haven’t seen much of these, there are profiles on LinkedIn that states that the user is looking for scholarship opportunities. I don’t know if this would do any good, but I know it won’t do any bad either. So, why not give it a try?
Connect with people that can help
Just chill with the big boys.
Okay, you don’t have to go overboard with this but you should put some effort into connecting with people that are recipients of study abroad scholarships. You can find these people among your friends, classmates, former seniors at school, relatives, etc. Not every one keen on assisting you though. But, people are generally more inclined to help when you show enough enthusiasm.