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Types of Scholarships for International Students Abroad

Thinking about all the expenses when studying abroad can sometimes be discouraging, but there’s a range of financial aids available for international students you can try for.

Scholarships are not exclusive to only high academic achievers -- they can come from various sources, varies from country to country, and are a useful financial boost to anyone’s study abroad dreams and goals. There are different eligibility requirements for every scholarship, with each covering different costs across undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs.

Here are the types of scholarships for international students:

1. Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are scholarships awarded to students with excellent skills and/or credentials. These are given to students who (1) have outstanding results from standardized tests, (2) high extracurricular or community involvement, or (3) remarkable athletic talents.

2. Need-Based Scholarships

Needs-based scholarships, on the other hand, are scholarships given to students who need financial assistance to pursue their dreams of studying abroad.

3. Government Funded Scholarships

Government-funded scholarships are grants provided by the government to help students achieve their dreams. They do so by subsidizing a portion of their expenses.

You can opt to contact your destination country for assistance, or you can check out the subsidies provided by our government.

4. School-Specific Scholarships

School-specific scholarships are often private donations funded by some alumni of the university. These are often financial aids granted to those who need financial assistance, but sometimes, these are used to sponsor some students, encouraging or supporting them to study in a specific field.

Here are some details regarding partial school-specific scholarship offerings available for Filipinos across different universities in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

5. Country Based Scholarships

Some countries, like the US, have tailored fit scholarship grants to people living in developing countries. You may want to check these out in your destination country.

Fill out the form on this page to inquire about studying internationally, and our Education Counselors can help assess if you’re eligible for any scholarships abroad.

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Written by: Dani Mikaela Cheng

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