December 6, 2019


International scholarships can be a bit difficult to get.  Anytime you cross boundaries between countries, you will immediately end up having issues with what can a non-citizen do and cannot do.  In terms of finding scholarships, the same seems to ring true.  Many scholarships will only help US residents.  In fact, a huge chunk of scholarships will only help students from certain states!

This is no good for the international student, but where can he or she go for tuition assistance?  Is there a foundation or government organization that will help those from other countries pay for an education?  That is certainly a pressing question, especially if you are already State-side.


Government Help

Believe it or not, the US government loves visitors, especially when they are academic in nature.  That is one reason why the ratio of “student visa” to “work visa” is 10 to 3.

With this kind of sentiment permeating the US Government, it is actually quite easy to get government based assistance for your college education.  Especially if you are coming for a graduate degree, nothing really looks better for a government than having a nation that “educates” other nations.  For all intents and purposes, feel quite welcome to come on over, the US will help out with the college tuition!


Think Religious

One of the fastest ways to get someone else from another country to pay for your education is to access that money through a religious institution.  Protestant colleges have a knack for accepting applications from Kenya to Asia.  In addition to that, many of those exceptional students are there on a majorly large scholarship.

Depending on the student, many of these religious institutions will pay full rides.  So always make sure that you consider religious schools to be a hotbed of scholarship activity.

The same is true when Americans go to other countries to study abroad.  Many of these other countries will give educational financial help in the form of “allowances”.  They may pay for books, food, and lodging, and will often have a hand at covering the expenses.  Having an excellent study abroad program always looks great for that country and encourages strong relations and growth.

In terms of International students being able to find scholarships from various foundations within the US, that may be a bit difficult for the fact that most of them will only finance US citizen students.  However, if you find one that will help out, then you’ve stumbled upon a goldmine… go for it!


A Few Suggestions

NSCS is proud to present the Academy Abroad Scholarships, which encourage academic excellence through the study abroad experience. We at NSCS encourage all of our members to gain the global exposure and perspective that is so critical to remaining competitive in the modern workforce. We are pleased to offer the Academy Abroad scholarship to our members in order to help defray the cost of the of the Academy Abroad. There will be three $500 scholarships, awarded to the applicants who can best demonstrate how these programs will help them develop professionally and academically.

The mission of the School for International Training (SIT) is to prepare students to be interculturally effective leaders, professionals, and citizens. In so doing, SIT fosters a worldwide network of individuals and organizations committed to responsible engagement in a changing world.

SIT offers HBCU scholarships are offered to students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate in any SIT Study Abroad program.

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Several fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S.