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International Undergraduate Scholarships

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:59

By Stephanie Augustin

 - The high and continually rising costs of living and tuition fees for study in developed countries such as the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada have led many prospective international students to put off their overseas studies until postgraduate level, when scholarships abound. Here is a brief rundown of a few scholarships which are available to international students.

This is due to the fact that the high volume of research and large number of PhD holders in a university greatly boost its rankings in renowned internationally-accepted guides such as QS World University Ranking or the Times Higher Education supplement.
Thus, postgraduate students who are spending one or two years on a Masters course can save money via merit scholarships, bonded funding, and bursaries from governments, NGOs, corporate organisations, and individual universities while the universities or organisations gain highly-skilled staff and better rankings.

This model is not currently seen at the undergraduate level, where students have to fork out the majority of fees over a 3-4 period, with most universities offering bare minimal discounts of £1,000 - £3,000 off ludicrous international student fees of £10,000 and over.

But not all hope is lost. In the absence of the usual sponsors cutting back undergraduate funding since the downturn, a few other organisations are offering specific undergraduate scholarships, some by geography and others by subject area. Needless to say, these are all highly competitive, here are a few options which we have compiled.

1. China:
a. Jiangxi Provincial Government Scholarship – 20,000RMB per year for tuition, accommodation, and miscellaneous fees.
b. Heilongjiang Government Scholarship - 13,000RMB per year for tuition, accommodation, and miscellaneous fees for up to 4 years (5 years for medical students)
c. Chinese Government Scholarships – full scholarship on entire course fees, accommodation allowance, monthly living stipend, miscellaneous and medical fees.

2. Netherlands:
a. Saxion Top Talent Scholarship (STTS) – Tuition fees of one academic year for non-EU students, not inclusive of government registration fees.
b. Utrecht Excellence Scholarships – for non-EU/EEA students majoring in business and economics, or liberal arts and sciences at University College Utrecht for entire tuition fee plus up to EUR10,000 per year.

3. Taiwan
a. Taiwan Government Scholarships – up to NTD40,000 per semester of tuition and miscellaneous fees, plus NTD15,000 monthly stipend. Eligible for all international students except those from China, Hong Kong, and Macau.

4. Australia
a. Bond University International Scholarships – 25-50% of any course except in medicine and physiotherapy.
b. Australian National University – 25% of one year’s tuition fees for those enrolled in the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences.
c. Macquarie – AUD4,000 one-off scholarship to students at the North Ryde campus.

5. Canada

a. York, Canada Scholarship – several scholarships of up to CAD100,000 annually, preference for students in need.

6. USA

a. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) – 50% of tuition and maintenance fees for 8 semesters.