EFFECTIVE TIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
- Start Early
As a student looking to study outside your country, your first step is to consider which country or region you want to study. Do you want to study in UK, USA, Asia or Australia? At least 18 months before you intend to gain admission, focus your scholarship research on the country or region where you want to study. That way you’ll have enough time to gather the required documents.
- Look within your country.
A number of scholarships originate locally. There are government and company scholarships for citizens to study abroad. Ask and find out about them from your friends and colleagues. Emmanuel learned about the PTDF scholarship – Nigeria – from a colleague at his workplace. He ended up winning a scholarship to study for Masters’s at the University of Manchester UK.
- Get your test scores and required documents ready
It’s common for international scholarship programs to require that students meet certain test scores; TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, GMAT, or GRE. For some scholarship programs, if you don’t have the required test result, you will not be eligible to apply. Register and take the required test and get your score ready. Start gathering other required documents – transcript, certificates, identification letters – ready.
- Ask – Am I eligible for a scholarship
It is important to note that there are no general rules to be eligible for scholarships. Each scholarship program has unique application requirements. Some scholarships require students to have a certain TOEFL or IELTS score; that you are from a certain country; that you have a certain Grade Point Average. Once you identify a scholarship program, read through the guidelines to see if you are eligible to apply.
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