Scholarship Programs for International Students

Kristen Kaweck
Scholarship Programs for International Students

There are plenty of universities and organizations that provide scholarship programs for international students. Whether you are looking to study in the U.S. or on the opposite end of the world, each program is different and provides a unique experience for each individual looking for a well-rounded educational and cultural learning experience.

Many universities provide scholarships for incoming international students, but there are also other programs that provide aid and scholarships. Other grants and scholarships can come from the federal government, state government, or nonprofit organizations depending on what you are eligible for. Below are the basics about scholarship programs for international students.

U.S. Citizens Looking to Study Outside of Their Home Country

Generally, there are two major ways to study abroad. You can use a study abroad program affiliated with a college, or you can use an independent program such as IES, SIT, or AIFS. Each of these organizations provides transferable credits as well as scholarship programs for international students.

There are many well-known scholarships available for students from the U.S. looking to study abroad, such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This scholarship program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central &; Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Scholarships Provided for General Study Abroad

  • CIEE Scholarships
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CLS) Scholarship
  • Fullbright Program
  • Global Studies Foundation Student Grant
  • AIFS Study Abroad
  • SIT Study Abroad — Pell Match Scholarship Program
  • Academic Programs International (API)
  • GlobaLinks Learning Abroad
  • American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
  • IES Abroad
  • Education Abroad Network

Top Study Abroad Providers

Use this tool on to filter scholarships by region, subject, and program type to find exactly what you are looking for.

Non-U.S. Citizens Looking to Study in the U.S.

Studying in the United States can be very expensive for international students, but many colleges offer financial aid of sorts to help students pay for college and obtain their travel goals. Use this quick search tool to help you find out which scholarship programs for international students are available, sorted by school and geographical area.

Along with researching and applying to the 10 colleges that give the most international student financial aid, there are also ways to save while obtaining an education in the U.S. such as taking advantage of student discounts, buying school books online, eating at home, and budgeting.

The 10 colleges listed above are amongst some of the most expensive and prestigious. The universities listed below are the six U.S. schools that offer need-blind and full-need admissions to international students, which mean they will admit students regardless of their ability to pay tuition, or will help with paying tuition. If you are in a financial crunch, these universities may be your best choice to study internationally.

  1. MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Massachusetts
  2. Harvard University in Massachusetts
  3. Princeton University in New Jersey
  4. Yale University in Connecticut
  5. Dartmouth College in New Hampshire
  6. Amherst College in Massachusetts

Most foreign citizens are not eligible for federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education. There is a possibility that noncitizens may be eligible for financial aid from the U.S. federal government. Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants, and several other grants and scholarships can be awarded to students who meet the specified qualifications.


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