Obtaining education abroad can be if not free, then affordable. Do it as those provided for foreigners by grants and scholarships. They are issued by universities, various foundations and organizations. The criteria for selecting students in most cases are identical (there may be some nuances depending on the country, the university rating, where the training is planned, etc.).
First of all, the student must prove his interest in the grant (scholarship) and getting an education in the chosen institution. For this, a motivation letter is drawn up. Secondly, it is important to know the language of the country of destination (the level is confirmed by certificates TOEFL, IELTS and the like). Also, recommendations from teachers are required. Applicants for scholarships (grants) must have a high average score in the certificate. A big advantage is the active social activity of the student (volunteering, participation in various conferences, events, etc.).
Each country has its own peculiarities of granting. Consider the possibility of obtaining those in the example of 3 countries: England, Canada and the USA.
Financial support of students: British experience
Grants and grants in the country are issued by state, private organizations. Financial support depends on the level of education, the field of specialization, the type of institution chosen by the student.
University scholarships are provided for students on bachelor's programs. To obtain such a basic requirement is excellent academic performance. Own scholarship programs are available in many universities, includingCambridge , Oxford . Most educational institutions offer financial support to post-Bachelor program participants.
Masters can count on large grants and grants in the UK. The most popular scholarship program is the Chevening Scholarship Program (government). Every year on a competitive basis, scholarships are awarded by the British Council to the best masters of the leading universities of the country. The amount of financial support allows you to usually cover the costs of tuition, accommodation for a year. Applicants for master's scholarships may be foreign students who are fluent in English, wishing to obtain an appropriate level of education in international relations, economics, law, innovation, journalism, political science, public administration and others.
Scholarships and grants in the USA
A modern foreign student can getEducation in the United States for a modest amount. The country provides for the possibility of reducing the cost of training in colleges and universities through scholarships and grants. The financial support of students has various forms in America.
Academic scholarships are given at high achievement and personal achievements. Such support is provided in the universities of Alabama, Maine, and a number of others. Academic scholarship covers the costs of training in part or in full. It can be obtained by students who have a minimum of 71 points in TOEFL, a high average score in the certificate that passed the SAT.
Creative scholarships are given to students who excelled in the field of art. A number of US universities are providing financial support for musicians (instrumentalists, vocalists). To receive the scholarship of the admissions office of the university it is necessary to provide a videotape with 3 works performed by the candidate. You can also audition. The second option, as practice shows, is more effective. Art scholarships are provided for students - graphic artists, painters, sculptors and others. The amount of financial support can cover up to 50% of the cost of training at a university or college. In order to receive the scholarship, you will need photos of the candidate's work, submission to the selection committee of the certificates, diplomas, certificates of participation in events, exhibitions, etc.
A sports scholarship is awarded to students who have achieved certain results in their priority sport. Achievements are confirmed documentary (certificates, certificates with the specified sports category, etc.). A creative, sports scholarship does not oblige a student to enter the relevant specialties in a college or university. The general requirements for obtaining financial assistance differ from those for an academic scholarship. In particular, a TOEFL score of 61 is enough.
Canadian Scholarship Programs
Scholarships received by students in Canada can partially, in part, cover the costs of training. The country has state, university, charitable scholarship programs. They are designed primarily for Canadians. Foreign students will not be able to compete for the right to become a fellowship. At the same time with financial assistance should be careful. Many programs impose certain obligations on foreign scholarship holders. In particular, they can limit the length of stay in the country or the possibility of employment.
Government (state) grants, scholarships are provided for foreign students of master's and postgraduate courses. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada is responsible for their award. Bachelor students do not receive government scholarships. Also, this type of financial assistance is not provided for students of medical and dental faculties who study under MBA programs (business administration). The program works in the following areas:
- Natural Sciences;
- Humanities, social disciplines;
The specialty of the applicant for a scholarship must be related to the country in which he studies. That is, financially supported by the state in-depth study of history, culture, literature, sociology, geography of Canada. The peculiarity of the state Canadian scholarship is that it covers the registration expenses, training expenses and even the personal needs of the student (up to $ 1200 / month).
Provincial scholarships are also offered to students in Canada. The programs operate in Ontario and Quebec. They are targeted at foreign students of master's degree, graduate school. Special provincial grants are not provided for undergraduate students.
A university scholarship can be awarded to both a freshman and a graduate student. Requirements for candidates are at each educational institution. Most often the average score of the certificate (diploma), level of English (French) is estimated. Also, personal achievements of the future fellows are taken into account. His motivation also plays a role. As for the amount of university scholarships, they can be different. The amount of financial assistance for foreign students is approved by the scholarship commission of the Canadian educational institution. Most scholarships / grants are issued for a period of 6 to 12 months. If the grantee shows himself with the best hand, support can be extended for a similar period.
In other countries, there are also various scholarship programs for foreigners. They allow students to save money on education in the framework of world standards, to make study in England for students more accessible, as in other countries of the world.