Studying abroad is a dream-like experience, nearly impossible to compare, as the feeling can be very personal. What you experience may not be what others would in the same circumstance. The culture, the life and the unforgettable moments you have abroad group together to form a surreal mosaic of images, which will permanently be etched in your mind. You may experience anxiety, impatience, cultural shock, and a roller coaster ride of extreme emotional highs and lows. This feeling or experience is quite natural, because of the new lifestyles and new values to which you are undoubtedly exposed.
However, the sad part is that students opt out of studying abroad, believing that it would be very difficult to cope because of the high expense. Such students would be surprised to know that it is not only easy to plan and organize their study, but also there are options that can make studying abroad quite affordable.
Types of study abroad scholarships available
There are certain scholarships that are merit-based, which are awarded to prospective students based on their marks or level of skill. For those students who are excellent in academics, athletics, arts, etc this type of scholarship would prove to be great.
Then there are student specific scholarships which are awarded to students based on certain characteristics possessed by them, for example a person’s race. If you are a member of a specific religion, you may get some money for your study abroad trip. You can earn money for the trip also based on your medical history. Many student specific study abroad scholarships are available which you may find by surfing the internet.
Whatever location you plan to travel to may give you access to money for your trips. They do it because, countries benefit economically from having foreign students study and reside. The money is offered probably to encourage them to travel to certain places. The information regarding such study abroad scholarships can probably be found on certain government funded travel websites.
The scholarship may also depend on the subject area that you plan to major in, thus making you eligible for a variety of scholarships, specific to pursuing a particular subject. The required qualifications for receiving such scholarships may vary, considering the standards imposed by the organization or any particular institution, or the individual granting the money.
Not all scholarships are the same. Each will require different materials and may have different deadlines. Therefore, it will be quite necessary for you to remain organized, and be very aware of what you are expected to do.
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