The International Student Scholarship: Born in India. Trained in the U.S.

Date:19th November 2012
Posted By: Linda Forshaw

According to the Press Trust of India, despite the fact that the number of international students studying in the U.S. has reached a record high, the number of Indian students has dropped for the second consecutive year. It's possibly a direct consequence of the Tri-Valley University visa furore and subsequent scandals, but whatever the reason, the number of Indian students enrolled in U.S. universities has seen a drop of 3.5% as compared to the previous year.

That said, there are still thousands of Indian students who arrive in the States every year seeking a world class education. Those students wishing to become one of that number certainly have their work cut out for them. There's the seemingly endless tests, the knowledge gathering stage in respect of the universities themselves, the application process, sorting out the necessary documentation, not to mention learning the English language sufficiently so as to be able to study effectively in an English speaking country. It seems that there are many hurdles on the way to U.S. study, but the truth is that the whole process is somewhat of a well-oiled machine. The hurdles, although they undoubtedly exist, are fairly clear cut, not least the process of finding an international student scholarship.

Many Indian students will seek financial support in some form or another, since the costs of studying at American universities can be by no means underestimated. Finding a way to help meet at least some of those ever-increasing costs is a priority for most students. The international student scholarship is one such way that many students seek to lighten the financial burden of study in the U.S. Let's take a look at some of the resources available to students seeking financial aid.

Talking to the University

The easiest method of securing financial aid is from the university itself. Many leading universities operate their own schemes to offer financial assistance to students, with specific programs that are geared toward helping incoming international students to pay tuition fees and other costs, so it makes sense to contact them first. If the financial aid department in a particular university cannot offer assistance, they can most likely direct the student to other likely candidates where financial help might be available.

Alternative Options for Securing Financial Aid

- The United States - India Educational Foundation (USIEF)
This site has plentiful information pertaining to international student scholarships and also to fellowship opportunities. Resources are geared toward graduate students in particular, although there is also a focus on teaching and lecturing.

- The International Student Organization (ISO)
This site has a list of more than 100 grant and international student scholarship opportunities. Providers include the American Institute for Economic Research, Brown Library, and NATO Scientific Affairs Division.

These resources should provide ample opportunities to start the search for financial assistance. It probably goes without saying that the search for suitable support should commence as soon as is feasibly possible and at least twelve months before the start of the academic period when studying is due to commence.

Author Bio

Linda Forshaw is a Business Information Systems graduate from Lancaster University in the UK. A frequent contributor to Degree Jungle.com, she is a full time writer and blogger specializing in education, social media, and entrepreneurship. Contact her on Twitter @seelindaplay


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