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100+ Scholarships for International Students
The “American Dream” can mean something different to everyone. For international students hoping to attend school in the United States of America, that dream means getting accepted to and paying for college. It also comes with a price tag, as the cost of higher education in the U.S. continues to rise.
Applying for scholarships is one of the best ways for students – both domestically and internationally – to offset the costs of higher education. There are thousands of scholarships available each year, ranging from academic and athletic scholarships to need-based and creative. However, the scholarship application space is cluttered with information, and not all of it is factual. Additionally, you need to be wary of scams before applying.
To help ease the process for you, we’ve put together a guide to navigating the scholarship application process, as well as a complete list of scholarships for international students.
Start the process now by exploring our list of 100+ Scholarships for International Students (2017-18)!
Note: The information provided within this guide is correct as of the time of publication. Some information may have changed after the publish date, impacting accuracy.
The big list of scholarships for international students
|15-Minute MindSumo Mini-Scholarships||Up to $1,000||Rolling|
|1800wheelchair.com Scholarship||$500||May 1, 2018|
|AES Engineering Scholarship Program||$500||Oct. 6, 2017|
|AHIMA Foundation Student Merit Scholarship||Up to $2,500||Sept. 30, 2017|
|Airbus Leadership Grant from Women in Aviation International||$5,000||Nov. 13, 2017|
|Airports Council International – North America Scholarship||$5,000||Dec. 15, 2017|
April 15, 2018
|AJ Madison Scholarship Program||$1,000||Dec. 1, 2017|
|American Association of University Women Educational Foundation International Fellowships||Up to $30,000||Dec. 1, 2017|
|American Copy Editors Society Education Fund Scholarship||Up to $2,500||Nov. 15, 2017|
|American Occupational Therapy Foundation Scholarship||Up to $5,000||Oct. 31, 2017|
|Annual CGTrader Scholarship||$500 to $2,000||Jan. 15, 2018|
|Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship from The Expert Institute||$1,000||Dec. 31, 2017|
|Archie Motley Memorial Scholarships for Minority Students from the Midwest Archives Conference||$750||Mar. 1, 2018|
|Asia-Pacific Community Service Award from Golden Key||$1,500||Sept. 30, 2017|
|Asia-Pacific Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from Golden Key||$1,000||Sept. 30, 2017|
|Asia-Pacific Postgraduate Study Award from Golden Key||$1,000||Sept. 30, 2017|
|Asian Cultural Council Individual Grants||Up to $10,000||Nov. 9, 2017|
|Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International Scholarship||Up to $2,500||Feb. 2018|
|Bachus & Schanker, LLC Scholarship||$2,000||Nov. 30, 2017|
|BeSkinHost.com Scholarship Program||$1,500||Nov. 25, 2017|
|Be the Future Scholarship from ‘Internal Auditor’ magazine||$1,000||Sept. 30, 2018|
Nov. 30, 2018
Jan. 31, 2018
|The Boeing Company Career Enhancement Scholarship from Women in Aviation International||$2,500||Nov. 12, 2017|
|Brown Wharton & Brothers Scholarship||$500||Dec. 1, 2017|
|Build U. Scholarship from Buildium||$2,500||Nov. 1, 2017|
|“Business Plan” Scholarship For Students With Disabilities from FitSmallBusiness.com||$1,000||Nov. 1, 2017|
|Carole Fielding Grant from the University Film & Video Association||$1,000||Dec. 15, 2017|
|ChameleonJohn Annual Student Scholarship||$2,000||Dec. 15, 2017|
|Chereddi NarayanaRao and Radhamanohari Scholarship from the Telugu Association of North America||$2,000||Sept. 30, 2018|
|Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship||$1,000||Dec. 1, 2017|
|Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program||$50,000||TBD 2018|
|Comedy Defensive Driving Scholarship||$1,000||Dec. 31, 2017|
May 31, 2018
|Community Veterinary Partners College Scholarship||$1,000||Oct. 1, 2017|
April 1, 2018
|Costa Rican Vacations scholarship||$1,000||Feb. 15, 2018|
|The Cover Guy 5th Annual Scholarship||$500||July 1, 2018|
|CPR Certification Institute Scholarship||$2,000||Sept. 30, 2017|
|Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation from the Japan-American Society of Hawaii||Tuition + $25,000 for living expenses||Nov. 24, 2017|
|DEED Educational Scholarships from the American Public Power Association||$2,000||Oct. 15, 2017|
Feb. 15, 2018
|Dispensable Soccer Scholarship||$500||Mar. 1, 2018|
|Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss Scholarship Fund from the Hungarian American Coalition||$1,000||TBD 2018|
|The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics||Up to $5,000||Dec. 11, 2017|
|Elva Knight Research Grant from the International Reading Association||$5,000||Jan. 15, 2018|
|The Emily Murray Student Scholarship from The Hastings Center||$750 stipend + 2-4 week residency||Apr. 15, 2018|
|Engineering Technology Scholarships from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.||$5,000||Dec. 1, 2017|
|Fight For Sight Summer Student Fellowship||$2,500||Nov. 15, 2017|
|FormSwift Startup Scholarship||$1,000||Sept. 15, 2017|
Dec. 15, 2017
|The Future of Bariatric Surgery Scholarship from the Bariatric Surgery Source||$1,000||Jan. 1, 2018|
July 1, 2018
|Gadde Sitaramamma and Tirupataiah Scholarship from the Telugu Association of North America||$2,000||Sept. 30, 2018|
|Gear Up Your Future Scholarship from Gearupz||$2,000||Nov. 19, 2017|
|Geico Life Scholarship from Golden Key||$1,000||Dec. 15, 2017|
|Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Scholarship from the American Association of Colleges of Nursery and CastleBranch||$5,000||Oct. 31, 2017|
Jan. 31, 2018
|GOGO Charters National Scholarship for Immigrants and Refugees||$10,000||Spring 2018|
|Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award||$10,000||Dec. 15, 2017|
|Golden Key Research Grant||$2,000||Dec. 15, 2017|
|Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Award||$5,000||Dec. 15, 2017|
|Google Lime Scholarships for Students with Disabilities||$10,000||TBD 2018|
|Green Law Firm Nursing Home & Elderly Care Scholarship||$1,500||Dec. 31, 2017|
|Guthikonda BasavapunnaRao and Umadevi Scholarship from the Telugu Association of North America||$2,000||Sept. 30, 2018|
|Guthikonda Ramabrahmam and Balamani Scholarship from the Telugu Association of North America||$2,000||Sept. 30, 2018|
|Grungo Colarulo Giving Back to the Community Scholarship||$500||Oct. 31, 2017|
|Healthcare Training Scholarship Plan from the National CPR Association||$2,000||Nov. 30, 2017|
|HealthGrad.com Leadership Scholarship||$2,000||Nov. 1, 2017|
|https://www.literacyworldwide.org/about-us/awards-grants/ila-helen-m-robinson-grant||$1,200||Jan. 15, 2018|
|Hemingway Research Grants from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum||$2,500||Nov. 1, 2017|
|The Homes.Com #FeelsLikeHome Scholarship||$1,000||Oct. 13, 2017|
|Honest. Wild. Beautiful. Scholarship Program from Annmarie Skin Care||$1,000||Sept. 30, 2017|
|HubShout Internet Marketing Scholarship||$1,000||Nov. 1, 2017|
Mar. 1, 2018
|International Scholars Program for Young Vascular Surgeons from the Society for Vascular Surgery||$5,000||Aug. 2018|
|Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarships from the Archaeological Institute of America||$1,000||Mar. 1, 2018|
|Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies||Full tuition||Jan. 31, 2018|
|John J. McKetta Undergraduate Scholarships from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers||$5,000||June 2018|
|John R. Mott Scholarship Foundation||Up to $10,000||Apr. 15, 2018|
|JRC Insurance Group Scholarship||$1,000||Oct. 15, 2017|
|Kenneth Warren Scholarship from Slots.Info||$2,000||Nov. 15, 2017|
|Kerri Castellini Women’s Leadership Scholarship from Price Benowitz LLP||$500||Nov. 30, 2017|
|KidGuard for Education Essay Scholarship for University Students||$1,000||Dec. 1, 2017|
|Kodali Veeraiah and Sarojini Scholarship from the Telugu Association of North America||$2,000||Sept. 30, 2018|
|LabRoots Scholarship||$2,000||Nov. 30, 2017|
|Leonora Lindsley Memorial Fellowship||Up to $12,000||Dec. 1, 2017|
|ListShack.com’ Marketing Scholarship||$1,000||Dec. 14, 2017|
|Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women from Soroptimist International of the Americas||Up to $10,000||Nov. 15, 2017|
|The Lydia Cabrera Awards from The Conference on Latin American History||$5,000||Oct. 15, 2017|
|March of Dimes Dr. Margaret C. Freda Graduate Nursing Scholarship Award||$5,000||Jan. 12, 2018|
|Market Inspector Scholarship In Support of Those Under the Revised US Travel Ban||$1,000||Oct. 31, 2017|
|Microsoft Scholarship Program||Partial Tuition||Jan. 26, 2018|
|Money Metals Exchange Scholarship Program||Up to $2,000||Sept. 30, 2017|
|Monte R. Mitchell Global Scholarship from the Aircraft Electronics Association||$1,500||Apr. 1, 2018|
|Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program from the American Floral Endowment||$2,000 + internship||Oct. 1, 2017|
Mar. 1, 2018
|MuchGames.com Research Grant||$1,500||Sept. 30, 2017|
|Mulberrys Garment Care for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Scholarship||$1,000||Dec. 8, 2017|
|MyProjectorLamps.com Annual Scholarship||$500||Sept. 30, 2017|
|National Arab American Medical Association Foundation Scholarships||$1,000||July 1, 2018|
|NearMeFinds Scholarship||$1,000||Oct. 12, 2017|
|The NextGen Scholarship from P.E.R.K. Consulting||$1,000||Feb. 2018|
|Parking Solutions Scholarship from Parking BOXX||$1,000||Oct. 15, 2017|
|PAVE 2017 Student Design Competition||$7,500||Oct. 31, 2017|
|P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship||$12,500||Dec. 15, 2017|
|Percy Martinez Law Scholarship||$5,000||Dec. 31, 2017|
|PowerScout Smart Energy Home Scholarship Award||$1,000||Nov. 30, 2017|
|Pretty Lightroom Presets Bi-Annual Scholarship||$500||Dec. 15, 2017|
June 15, 2017
|Price Benowitz Social Justice Scholarship||$1,500||Apr. 30, 2018|
|QASymphony Software Testing Scholarship||$1,000||Nov. 1, 2017|
|QS Graduate Scholar Award from Golden Key||$2,500||Dec. 15, 2017|
|Raymond Davis Scholarship from the Society of Imaging Science and Technology||$1,000||Oct. 1, 2017|
|Reston Limousine Scholarship||$1,000||Dec. 10, 2017|
|Rice-Cullimore Scholarships from ASME International||$2,000||Feb. 15, 2018|
|Richard D. Stehly Memorial Scholarship from the American Concrete Institute||$3,000||Nov. 3, 2017|
|Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners||Up to $10,000||Jan. 29, 2018|
|Robert E. Altenhofen Memorial Scholarship from The Imaging & Geospatial Information Society||$2,000||Oct. 4, 2017|
|Robert Guthrie PKU Scholarship and Awards from the National PKU News||Up to $3,500||Feb. 15, 2018|
|The Rosenblatt and Herbert Scholarships from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers||Up to $6,000||June 1 2018|
|Ruth Abernathy Presidential Undergraduate Scholarship from the Society of Health and Physical Educators||$1,250||Oct. 15, 2017|
|Scandinavian Society of Cincinnati Foundation Scholarship/Grant||Up to $1,000||Oct. 1, 2017|
Jan. 1, 2018
April 1, 2018
July 1, 2018
|Scholarship Essay Content by EssayPro||$500||Sept. 20, 2017|
|Scholarship for Growing the Future from the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association||$2,000||Jan. 15, 2018|
Aug. 15, 2018
|Scholarship for Outdoor Lovers from Nature Immerse||$2,000||Nov. 24, 2017|
|SelfScore International Student Scholarship||$5,000||Sept. 28, 2017|
|https://www.senioradvice.com/senior-caregiver-scholarship-spring-2018||$1,000||Jan. 15, 2018|
|SeniorAdvice.com Senior Volunteer Scholarship||$1,000||Jan. 15, 2018|
|ShearComfort Scholarship||$1,500||Oct. 15, 2017|
|SHRM Foundation Student Undergraduate Scholarships from the Society for Human Resource Management||Up to $5,000||Oct. 10, 2017|
|Simplilearn Students Scholarship Program||$1,000||Dec. 1, 2017|
|Skilled Labor Shortage Scholarship by HomeAdvisor||$5,000||Dec. 15, 2017|
|Smile Marketing’s Bi-Annual Dental Scholarship||$500||Mar. 15, 2018|
|Society of Exploration Geophysicists||$2,500||Mar. 1, 2018|
|Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Graduate Scholarships||Up to $20,000||Feb. 1, 2018|
|Society of Plastic Engineers Pittsburgh Petroleum Section Scholarship Program||$2,500||Feb. 1, 2018|
|SWAAAE Academic Scholarship||$1,000||Dec. 8, 2017|
|Ted Parnell Scholarship from the Yukon Conservation Society||$500||June 30 2018|
|Transtutors Essay Scholarship||$1,000||Nov. 30, 2017|
|Undergraduate Engineering Scholarships from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.||Up to $10,000||Dec. 1, 2017|
|Unpakt College Scholarship||$1,000||Dec. 15, 2017|
|Vallabhaneni Sukundamma and Lakshmaiah Scholarship from the Telugu Association of North America||$2,000||Sept. 30, 2018|
|Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships||Up to $6,000||Feb. 5, 2018|
|Ward Law Group Better Future Scholarship||$500||Nov. 30, 2017|
|Why Decor Matters Scholarship from Southwestern Rugs Depot||$500||Jan. 2, 2018|
|Women in Technology Scholarship from Buildium||$2,500||Nov. 1, 2017|
|Zeqr Scholarship||$1,000||Dec. 15, 2017|
|Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Program||$10,000||Nov. 15, 2017|
Ready to apply? Download our full list of scholarships for links to application pages and additional info.
The cost of college
Higher education in the United States costs a lot! Exactly how much? To find out, the College Board looked at the average cost of attendance for undergraduates enrolled in 2016-17. These estimates include in-state and out-of-state students at both public and private schools. They accounted for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation, as well as other expenses.
- $17,000 – Public two-year, in-district, commuter
- $24,610 – Public four-year, in-state, on-campus
- $39,890 – Public four-year, out-of-state, on-campus
- $49,320 – Private, nonprofit, four-year, on-campus
And that’s just for one year! If the cost of college stays the same all four years, that means you’ll pay nearly $100,000 to attend a public, in-state school and stay on campus. However, that’s the cost for U.S. citizens. For international students, the cost is even greater. For instance, at the University of Iowa, the estimated total costs for international students (tuition, fees, books, health insurance, and living expenses) during the 2017-18 school year range from $42,219 for liberal arts and sciences majors to $57,478 for pharmacy majors. That’s a whopping $168,876 or more for four years of college!
Despite the costs, studying abroad – especially within the U.S. – is still desirable to international students and their parents. In the HSBC: The Value of Education Global Report, it was reported that 64% of parents would consider sending their children abroad for undergraduate study, while 70% would consider their children studying abroad for postgraduate degrees. As the HSBC Report states: “The USA is regarded as offering the highest quality education in the world, with 51% of parents ranking it in their top three countries.”
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The scholarship application process
Once you’ve decided to study abroad in the U.S., it’s time to start thinking about finances, including scholarships. In general, there are two types of scholarships – school-specific and general, which can be applied to any school.
How to find scholarships
If you’ve been accepted to a specific school and know that’s where you’ll be attending, your first stop should be the school’s financial aid website to look at financial aid and scholarship options.
For instance, the University of Oregon offers more than $1 million in financial aid and scholarships each year to international students, according to their website. Here you’ll find information about scholarships available to students from all countries as well as country-specific scholarships. The University of Oregon, for examples, offers the $1,000 Pressman Family Scholarship to students from all countries, but the $3,000 Sushil Jajodia Indian Student Scholarship is only open to students from India.
During this process, don’t hesitate to reach out to college admissions officers or financial aid experts at the university. They’re there to help you find as much money as you qualify for during your time at school.
In addition to school-specific scholarships, there are thousands of general scholarships open to international students attending any school within the United States. These can range from $500 from the Yukon Conservation Society to $20,000 from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, or even more!
Finding and applying for these scholarships may be harder than school-specific scholarships, though. Often, since these organizations only have a limited amount of money to offer, there are more restrictions on applying, such as specific majors or an essay component. Additionally, these scholarships can be posted anywhere on the web, so you may need to do some searching for them and confirm that they are a legitimate scholarship.
We’ve done the digging for you and compiled a complete list of scholarships for international students offered throughout the rest of 2017 and into 2018. As more scholarships for international students become available, you can check other resources, such as:
- Cappex – This site lets you search and compare colleges, get admission information, and find scholarships to apply for, all in place.
- Education USA – Run by the United States Department of State, this site offers information to help international students interested in studying in the U.S. find their best fit and finance schooling.
- Fastweb – This free scholarship service helps you find scholarships and also provides information about financial aid and student loan options.
- ForeignBorn.com – This site’s founders came to the U.S. in 1998 and have been providing information and guides on U.S. immigration, including studying abroad in the United States, since 2000.
- InternationalStudent.com – This site offers information and resources, including scholarships, to international students looking to study abroad in various locations, such as the United States.
- Peterson’s – With detailed information on more than 4,000 colleges and universities, you can find everything you need about the college process – from financial aid to test prep to scholarships.
- Scholarships.com – This free scholarship search tool compiles thousands (to millions) of scholarships, financial aid options, grants, and more to help you find money for college.
- Unigo – As a college matching and school review site, Unigo offers a lot of information about colleges, as well as a scholarship search to help you pay for school
- USA TODAY College – In addition to college related news, information on housing, jobs, tutors, and more, the news site also offers scholarship searches.
Tips for verifying scholarships
Whenever money is involved, there’s also the opportunity for scams. Here are some tips for verifying that a scholarship is legitimate.
Never pay an application or processing fee.
Paying money to apply for a scholarship is a huge red flag. “If you have to pay money to get money, it’s probably a scam. Never invest more than a postage stamp to find information about scholarships or to apply for scholarships,” says Mark Kantrowitz, publisher and vice president of strategy at Cappex.com, an online college matchmaker.
Check for contact information.
If there’s no address or phone number, question whether or not the scholarship is authentic. Scholarship scams typically avoid listing contact information (aside from an email address) because physical addresses and phone numbers are easier to trace.
Verify the scholarship name and past winners.
Do a quick search of the scholarship to see if you can find past winners or information about the award on other third-party sites. If there’s no other information available aside from the original website, that could be a red flag.
Never provide your personal credit information.
Sometimes need-based scholarships may ask for financial information, but you should never have to provide a credit card number, bank account number, or your social security number to apply for a scholarship.
Don’t claim a scholarship you didn’t apply for.
Be wary of emails or phone calls claiming you won a scholarship you don’t know about or didn’t apply for personally. The easiest way to do this is to keep a spreadsheet or list of scholarships you’ve applied for with the date applied, contact information, etc. so you can verify later.
Be wary of superlative claims.
Sites that claim to “do all the work for you,” that the scholarship is “guaranteed or your money back,” or “you can’t get this information anywhere else” should raise a red flag. There are a number of databases you can sign up for to search scholarships; however, that information should always be free and readily available and should outline the steps you need to take to apply.
An overview of the application process
Once you’ve compiled a list of scholarships you believe you qualify for, it’s time to start applying. In general, your application process should look something like this:
A few general tips:
- Review and verify the qualifications and deadlines.
- Gather or request all relevant information (transcripts, recommendation letters, etc.)
- Develop, write, and proofread required essays, if applicable.
- Prepare all the information and review it for accuracy.
- Submit the information using the proper method.
We’ve also created a checklist to ensure you’re gathering all the information you need for most scholarship applications.
Tips for applying for scholarships
While the scholarship application process may seem as easy as “Apply for a scholarship. Win money,” it’s actually highly competitive. To stand out during the application process and maximize your chances, follow these tips.
More is more.
With general scholarships, your motto should be “Apply early. Apply often.” A small amount like $500 to $1,000 may not seem like a lot, but if you receive ten of these smaller scholarships, you could have $5,000 to $10,000 to put toward your schooling. Smaller, local scholarships offered where you live or in the town where you’ll be studying may attract fewer applicants and could be easier to get.
Put in the work.
Create a strategy for applying to scholarships, and don’t wait until the last minute. In many cases, you can start applying for scholarships a year or two before you start college, and you can keep applying for undergraduate scholarships until you’re a junior in college. Take your time and put in the work.
Do it yourself.
It may be tempting to have a friend or parent fill out your applications or write your essays for you, but your submission won’t be authentic and may come across that way. Submit the application yourself, but don’t hesitate to ask a parent or friend to review or provide feedback for you.
Details, details, details.
Pay attention to all of the submission details and ensure you’re following them. Double check deadlines, names, addresses, email addresses, etc., proofread everything thoroughly, and think twice about the email address you use to send in your application. It may seem harmless, but officials may frown upon an email address like email@example.com.
Select recommendations wisely.
Having a senior level executive at the company you interned for write a letter of recommendation may seem fancy, but if they can only speak about you generally, it won’t be as impactful. Instead, ask someone who knows you personally – a direct boss, teacher, counselor, or another adult – and can make a case for why you deserve the scholarship.
Write or record with passion.
If the scholarship requires an essay or video submission, highlight your passions, not what you think the scholarship officials want to hear. Don’t be afraid to get personal, be original, avoid clichés, and tell a story that is motivating and empowering. You’re more likely to get their attention if you’re being true to yourself.
It may be easier to write one essay and use that for every application, but you should tailor each application to a specific scholarship. This shows officials that you take the scholarship – and the money they’re providing – seriously.
When it comes to scholarship applications, you want to be authentic to who you are and highlight your best qualities to officials. Don’t worry about telling them what you think they want to hear. They get dozens to hundreds of applications, so instead, make yourself stand out by being true to yourself.
Ronald Ramsdell, founder and president of College Aid Consulting Services, an independent, full-service advisory on financial aid, shares some dos and don’ts for international students applying for scholarships:
- Do ask the college(s) you are applying to if they have a list of scholarships you can pursue.
- Do read all of the qualifications and requirements before applying.
- Do ask a native speaker to read your essay(s) and make appropriate corrections.
- Do check with your home country. They may have resources for students that attend college in the USA.
- Don’t have somebody write the essay for you.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to get started. It does take a lot of time and effort to properly pursue scholarships.
- Don’t stop your scholarship search. Continue to pursue scholarships even when you are attending college.
Other ways to save money
In addition to scholarships and financial aid, there are a number of other ways you can save money while attending college within the United States. One area to look at is your living situation. Sharing an apartment or house with other students may be cheaper than living in a dorm. While some colleges require freshmen to live on-campus their first year, it’s something you may want to consider in subsequent years.
Another area is food. A meal plan is convenient, but if you’re not using it regularly – because you’re meeting up with friends for pizza off-campus, or the like – it may not be worth it. Research all your options, then consider downgrading your meal plan — or make your food at home in order to stick to a budget.
Another option is to explore alternative credits that meet some of your general education requirements at a lower cost. “International students can save on tuition by addressing the issue from the source and reducing the actual cost of college. Supplement the traditional college experience with low-cost alternative credit options like College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams or online courses, which are options available to international students,” says Adrian Ridner, CEO and co-founder of Study.com, a website for online college credit courses.
Ridner continues: “These alternative credit options can help get some of those general education requirements out of the way and speed up your path to graduation, ultimately saving you thousands of dollars in tuition.”
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Attending college within the United States can be quite a process – finding a school, getting accepted, taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), applying for scholarships, getting a student visa, and more. However, it’s also an extremely rewarding experience. You’ll have the opportunity to experience life outside of your home country, meet new people from unique and different backgrounds, and gain knowledge within your chosen field. Applying for scholarships helps relieve some of the financial burdens of college so you can focus on your studies!