While many college scholarships are specific to a field of study, a country, or a type of student, some of the best and most respected scholarships are available to a broader range of international applicants. Studying abroad is a great way to further enrich your higher education, but it can also be an exceptionally expensive one. Luckily, there are college scholarships that can make international study much more affordable for prospective students. Here are the top three college scholarships for international students that are not subject, country, or student-specific.
In the interest of preparing exceptional U.S. undergraduate students for assuming a leadership role in today’s global society, Benjamin A. Gilman International scholarships are available to any U.S. student in good academic standing that would not otherwise be able to afford international study. The program offers more than 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000, depending on need and length of study, with a potential additional $3,000 award if you speak a ‘Critical Need Language,’ such as Arabic, Chinese, or Russian. Students must be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant in order to qualify for this scholarship.
Dedicating to improving international relations and making the world a better place for all, Rotary International provides Ambassadorial scholarships to help manage the cost of international study. This program is available to exceptional students hailing from and traveling to a number of countries. Offering a flat grant of US$27,000 for one academic year to selected candidates, recipients are expected to act as “ambassadors of goodwill” in their host country.
Fulbright scholarships are available to graduate students from the United States who wish to study in other countries and to graduate students from other countries who wish to study in the United States. Sponsored by the US Department of State, there are a number of different scholarships available in a variety of fields such as journalism, research, education, and business.