Choosing to study abroad may well be one of the milestones you will take in your life. However, fulfilling this decision may also entail financial burdens. But do not fret, for here are some ways to study abroad without spending a penny.
Aim for the top
Spending ample time studying and getting good grades never goes unrewarded. Exchange program scholarships such as the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (also known as the Global UGRAD Program) provides one semester scholarships in a US university to outstanding undergraduate students from around the world for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, professional development, and cultural enrichment. The program is sponsored by the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In the Philippines, it is administered by the Philippine-American Educational Foundation.
Paint and play your way to a degree
Navigating between the demands of competitive sports, life on the stage, and academics will prove to be a balancing act but it will surely be worth it. A prestigious institution like the Parson’s School of Design through the John L. Tishman Scholarship awards $40,000 to students who show interest in, and a commitment to sustainable development, design, and construction. If you are in the performing arts, consider applying to The Juilliard School as the institution also grants scholarships based on a combination of financial need and artistic merit.
Learn a new language
They say, learning a different language is like having a different vision of life.If you want to explore scenic mountains and beaches while learning a new language during your study abroad, best head to the Emerald of the Equator. The Indonesian government offers the DARMASISWA, a scholarship program open to all foreign students from countries which have diplomatic relationships with Indonesia to study Bahasa, art and culture in 54 Indonesian universities.
Study in the Land of the Free…Tuition Fees
Free tuition fees, high university rankings, and top of the line research facilities are sure to provide a worthwhile educational environment. Countries like Finland, Germany, and Norway welcome thousands of international students each year. Tertiary education may be offered for free but don’t forget to check the living costs in these countries to get an overall feel for how you can plan financially.
Research your way abroad
Getting a research grant or a graduate assistantship are some ways to be able to study abroad for free. Such grants include the Innovative Asia initiative, conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which aims to enhance the circulation of competent human resources between Japan and Asian countries and to promote innovation throughout Asia, by providing students from 12 Asian countries with opportunities to conduct research, enroll in master’s or doctoral programs at Japanese universities and participate in internships with Japanese companies. Officially dispatched students under the program will enroll in Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) as Research Students in the Research Student Program.
Fulfilling your study abroad dream don’t need to come with a hefty price tag. Surely, through one of these ways, you can enjoy not only an educational experience but also a cultural one. Learn more about studying abroad here.