One of the more common ambition of students is to study abroad — having the opportunity to learn and explore a different country and be able to meet new people and create lasting connections. Who doesn’t want to experience world-class education anyway?
But let’s face it, studying abroad tend to be exclusive to some people because it could get really expensive. Not only are we talking about school expenses but the cost of living as well. As you think about it, you will realize that the only thing probably stopping you from studying abroad is money. If your budget hinders you from pursuing your dream, always remember that there are alternatives that could very much help you to push through.
Here’s how you can afford to study abroad:
1. Apply for a scholarship
If you can’t afford to fund your study-abroad education out of your own (or your parents’) pocket, there are various scholarships that could help you out. There are merit-based scholarships offered to students with good academic records, government scholarships funded by the host country itself depending on your eligibility, university scholarships being offered by universities from all over the world, and sports scholarships for athletes who want to play for a college/university team.
Different scholarships would have different requirements. I, myself, was able to study abroad with the help of a fully-funded scholarship offered by the United States’ Department of State and it was truly a wish granted moment for me. All you have to do is to find the scholarship opportunity that matches your needs and eligibility and have the guts to apply!
2. Find schools that don’t have tuition fees
Believe it or not, there are universities that offer free tertiary education. Countries in Europe such as France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway have universities that don’t charge tuition fees to EU-citizens and non-EU citizens as well. If you are able to find one that offers a good program for your field of study and with a good living environment that doesn’t cost much, don’t think twice. It’s not often that you get to study abroad for free.
3. Get a part-time job
Being a working student in the Philippines can be hard to manage. This is why you will be amazed at how accommodating foreign companies are to students looking for part-time jobs in their countries. Most college students in the United States have part-time jobs in coffee shops, grocery stores, gas stations, or for families as babysitters. There’s no shame in being a working student and at the same time, you get to help fund yourself while studying abroad.
4. Find international education programs
Aside from different scholarships, there are also international education programs being granted by organizations wishing to promote friendships and diplomatic relations between participating countries. These programs are usually given by developed countries to developing countries with a specific funding.
You must have heard about crowdsourcing but nowadays there’s also a thing called crowdfunding. It’s a way of seeking financial support from people all over the world to raise funds for your study abroad. It’s not the best option on the list since studying abroad is a personal endeavour that shouldn’t really concern strangers but there will always be people out there who are supportive of international education and are willing to give a couple of bucks to help. Platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo,GoFundMe, and StudentBackr can help you in your campaign.
Now that you know more ways to help you pursue your academic dreams overseas, there’s nothing blocking your way. Know more about study abroad hacks and study abroad opportunities here or begin your search for international schools with Edukasyon.ph!