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Any tips on university bursaries for an international student?

Is it possible to receive student financial assistance for a student from Canada who wants to get a postgraduate degree in the U.S.? Where can one look if the scholarships are provided? I don’t think that these higher education systems differ a lot. But, just to be sure, I would like to get your opinions on the matter. Also, what does the bursary application require? I know there should be many requirements for the student to qualify but what are they exactly? In Canada, university bursaries are hard to get, but you can reach this goal with a lot of work. How does one apply for bursary?

Carlton Burgess

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Tara Andrews on February 9, 2018

I don’t have any personal experience with your higher education system, but from what I’ve read, they are quite similar. I’m sure that the process of getting a university bursary is quite the same. There are many kinds of postgraduate student funding. Some of them rely on your specialization, subject areas, and research topics. There are also scholarships for the students from abroad. Though, you don’t live too far away. Your academic attainment and the overall financial situation matter a lot. There are even separate student financing schemes for these two categories.

Do you have any children or dependents? This could be a great base for receiving a charity or a scholarship. You always have to check whether you are eligible for one grant or another. Don’t spend your time on applying for a bursary that you don’t qualify for.   

When you find the offer you like the most, spend your efforts on creating a high-quality presentation of yourself. This is as important as your job interview. The council will not only look at your credentials and papers but at the way to present yourself as well. Provide trustworthy references from people who may qualify for the task. Ask your professors and supervisors for advice and help.

Your task now is to apply for any students’ financial assistance you qualify for. Either it is a student bursary, postgraduate loan, or even discount card—everything will be useful. The latter, for example, can help you save a lot of money on many things apart from the regular tuition fees.

My last advice is not to pick the place you want to visit; the university there may be too expensive for you and provide no benefits for the foreign students. Search for some place you can get into.

You can also look for a teaching assistantship in the university to apply for. There is a great chance they’ll want a foreign student to share their experience and knowledge with the younger generation. Of course, provided that your credentials are great and you can actually teach.

First of all, look for bursary applications, then, study the question of possible jobs on the campus—either the teaching one or a simple worker in the administration.

Finally, make sure that you want to get through all that trouble to study in a foreign place. It can be really hard and depressing.

Kyle Mckinneya year ago

I agree with every abovementioned point. The systems are quite similar. So, you should ask your supervisors for some help on the matter. I’m sure that they know something that can help you. In addition, they may know the exact place or fellow professors to advise you to go to.

My main addition would be to take time in deciding what you want. When you know for sure and have studied the question carefully, prepare beforehand. Don’t rush at the last minute and hope that some luck will present you the chance. Fight for it and grasp all possible chances. Here, I’ve recently found a very interesting article by a girl who has been an exchange student. https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/studying-abroad/how-study-abroad-budget

She offers many good tips on how to study abroad on a budget and where to look for the students’ financial assistance.


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