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Free Scholarship to Study Abroad

There are lots of free scholarships available, most universities around the world offer either free scholarships, endowment programmes or financial assistance for foreign students, if you need a free scholarship to study abroad and you are serious about your studies your be able to find a scholarship on the universities own website.

You can apply for scholarships for both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, for studying abroad you can choose either level depending on your current academic qualifications, whilst it's often thought by overseas students that you can only study abroad for a postgraduate degree that's not true, you can just as easily study abroad for an undergraduate degree.

If your applying for a scholarship for a undergraduate degree like a bachelor's degree then as its your first degree your have to be able to prove good grades at school or college to warrant a university or other endowment committee to award you a free scholarship, if you already have a first degree then you already have proof that your capable of study at that level and have good grades to show that continuing your study at a higher level in a related discipline will more than likely mean you will also do well and get a good postgraduate degree.

Scholarship Awarding Committee

So from the point of view of a scholarship awarding committee it's easier to determine the success of a undergraduate looking to continue to the postgraduate level than it is for a school or college student as there is no previous academic record in a related discipline, that's not to say that you can't get a scholarship for a undergraduate degree you can, but your school achievements will have to show that you are capable of undergraduate study.

On your scholarship application form your be able to submit reasons why you should be considered for a free scholarship, for example if you are looking to study a fashion degree can you provide website links that showcase your fashion designs, maybe you have won awards and can show a video link of the awards ceremony, it's up to you to show that you have been successful in your current studies.

If your applying for a undergraduate degree then can you show school work or extra activities that show you have an interest and ability in the subject, for example if you are applying for a scholarship for a programming based degree you might have built a website or written an app that is available in the app store, listing these achievements that the scholarship committee can investigate by downloading your app or watching your video will help the committee determine your interest and ability and bring your application to life far more than just listing your academic achievements.

Don't Pay Anyone for a Scholarship

Don't pay anyone for a scholarship application or to be shown a list of scholarships, simply pick a university you would like to study at and then visit their website and search for scholarships, its then up to you to follow the scholarship application procedure exactly, remember that applications that don't exactly follow the application requirements will be discarded and no one will get to read your application no matter how good it is because sadly it will have been thrown away without being read or shown to the scholarship committee.

The reason that I say not to pay anyone for scholarship information or advice is that scholarship granting bodies don't want payment, they want quality students who can complete a UG or PG level of study, if someone is asking you to pay for information or pay to submit your application for you they are not anything to do with scholarships and are just looking to take advantage of students looking to study abroad, use this website and university websites to find out about free scholarships and avoid websites that require you to register or pay for information, because frankly they don't have any scholarship information to give if they can't display it on their webpage.

If you're thinking about studying abroad your have to think about the language used by the country you want to go and study in, many countries speak English and will offer instruction in English with all classes taking place in English, these countries include England, Australia, USA and Canada, many other countries whilst not English speaking countries as they have their own language will offer courses in English and these include Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong as well as many others, but requirements vary so you will have to check out the individual university websites.

Learn the Local Language

Countries like China, Japan, Russia, France, Netherlands and Spain take a great many international students but classes are conducted in the local language, your have to learn the local language before you apply for a free scholarship, learning the language first proves that you are serious about studying in that country, you have shown commitment to learn the language, scholarship awarding committees will immediately see this commitment if you have at least a basic understanding of the written and spoken word of the country you want to study in.

Look at it this way, if the scholarship committee have two students to consider and one of the students speaks Russian and the other student does not, then the Russian speaking student is more likely to get the scholarship to study at a Russian university, your asking someone else to pay for your study because you don't have the money to pay for it yourself, you do have a good brain though and if learning the language helps you get the scholarship then why would you not learn the language.

So few students looking for a free scholarship are prepared to learn the local language that any student who does learn the local language has a big head start against any other students who do not yet speak the local language.


There's a lot of competition from students for international scholarships, the highest levels of competition are for English speaking countries or universities that whilst English is not the first language offer degrees conducted in English, so if you are prepared to learn a foreign language your find it much easier to get a free scholarship.

Consider a Russian or Chinese university offering free scholarships, they will give these scholarships to anyone prepared to take a undergraduate or postgraduate degree with study in Russian or Chinese, there are so few international students that know Russian or Chinese and fewer students looking for a free scholarship that can speak Russian or Chinese so there is literally no competition for free scholarships for these universities and if you apply and meet the minimum academic grades and speak the local language you will be awarded with a free scholarship.

Now that you have decided what country you want to study in and what subject you want to study your need to think about how you will support yourself whilst you ae studying abroad, some scholarships will be full scholarships which include payment for all study costs as well as accommodation, flights and living expenses, these it has to be said are rare and most universities will pay the full cost of your studies or most of the cost of your studies but will not include flight costs or visa costs or living expenses.


For flight costs your need to get a part time job in your home country and save for the cost of the flights and the visa fees, once you have been awarded a scholarship and start studying abroad your be able to get a part time job to support yourself whilst you are studying abroad, its worth mentioning that in most countries your be wanting to go and study in the amount you can earn in a part time job will be greater than the amount you can earn in a part time job in your home country, so it will be easier to support yourself abroad than you might think.

Most countries will limit the number of hours you can work on a student visa, after all you are there to study and not there for employment, however the hours allowed will be sufficient to support yourself whilst you study, when your study ends you might want to stay in the country in which you have been studying, there are some subjects which are more in demand than others, a shortage of skills in the country in which your studying will mean that visas are available for students who have qualifications in those subjects, for example computer science graduates are in demand in most western countries, a postgraduate degree in computer science will most likely allow you to apply for a visa and become resident in the country in which you are studying.

As another example, suppose you are completing a postgraduate degree in ballet or some other area of the arts, here you might also be able to get a visa as high levels of achievement in ballet may be part of the countries visa programmes for foreign students, if you had studied psychology for example it's reasonable to assume that a great many students from the country in which your studying would also be studying psychology so this would not be an in demand skill and a visa to remain in your chosen country would probably not be granted.

Apply for a Visa

Many countries will require you to apply for a visa to remain in the country you have been studying in whilst in your home country, this might seem strange as you will have been studying abroad and now you will have to fly back to your home country and apply for a resident visa from your own country, but that's the way a great many countries conduct their visa application processes.

Another concern of many foreign students is what will it be like to live in the country you have chosen, if you can't speak the language you may very well find yourself crying at the airport not knowing what to do next or where to go or who to talk to or even how to talk to them, I mention crying at the airport as I've spoken to a great many foreign students over the years and unfortunately that is the most common comment from a great many foreign students both male and female.

Talking of visas your need to be able to apply for and be granted a visa by the country that you will be studying in, usually there will be a student visa application form which your be able to complete once you have been accepted on a course of study by a foreign university and have been accepted for a scholarship, before you can get a visa from the country in which your be studying in your need to apply for a passport from your own home country, you cannot apply for a passport from the country in which you will be studying in as you are not a citizen of that country, so your own country will have to grant you a passport to go abroad.


Some countries do not easily provide their citizens with passports so being able to show acceptance on a course of study abroad and a letter confirming your scholarship will help your countries passport issuing authority to see that you really do intend to take up a course of study abroad and return home after your course of study, some countries are concerned that you will not return home after your course of study completes so it's important to provide assurance that you will indeed return home and use the skills you have learned abroad for the good of the people in your home country.

If your home country does not make it easy to be issued with a passport then consider the subject you wish to study, subjects that can be used for the betterment of your home country like medicine or engineering are likely to be considered favourably for your passport application whereas a subject like design may very well be considered less important for the betterment of your home country because the passport issuing authority is likely to say that design skills as an example are available already in your home country, so choose your subject wisely.