Many universities in the United States offer a range of different scholarships to international students.

These scholarships can vary in terms of:

  • eligibility criteria
  • application process and deadline
  • the amount awarded

Here are some common types of scholarships available to international students in the United States:

Merit-Based Scholarships:
Awarded based on academic achievements, standardized test scores, and overall excellence in academics, arts, sports, or other areas. Students are often considered automatically for these alongside their admission application.

Need-Based Scholarships:
Awarded to students based on financial need. Applicants may be required to submit financial documentation to demonstrate their need for financial assistance.

Diversity Scholarships:
Aimed at promoting diversity on campus, these scholarships are awarded to students from underrepresented backgrounds, including international students.

Country-Specific Scholarships:
Some universities offer scholarships specifically for students from certain countries or regions.

Departmental Scholarships:
Offered by individual academic departments, these scholarships may be tied to a student’s chosen major or field of study.


Athletic Scholarships:
Granted to student-athletes who excel in sports. These scholarships are typically awarded by the university’s athletic department.

Full-Tuition Scholarships:
Cover the entire cost of tuition for the duration of the student’s program. Examples include the Trustee Scholarship offered by Boston University and the King-Morgridge Scholars Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Partial Scholarships:
Cover a portion of the tuition costs, and students may need to supplement the remaining expenses through other means.

Research Assistantships and Fellowships:
Involves working on research projects alongside faculty members in exchange for financial support. These opportunities may include a stipend and/or tuition waiver.

Teaching Assistantships:
Involves assisting professors with teaching responsibilities in exchange for financial support, which may include a stipend and/or tuition waiver.


When applying for admission to U.S. universities, it’s essential to check the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available at each institution. The eligibility criteria, application procedures, and deadlines for scholarships can vary, so you must carefully review the information provided by the university’s financial aid office.

Additionally, international students may also be eligible for external scholarships offered by government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private foundations. It’s advisable to explore both university-specific scholarships and external funding opportunities to maximise your chances of receiving financial assistance for your studies in the United States.

When choosing a country for your studies, you should also consider other factors such as the quality of education, cost of living, language, cultural diversity, and potential job opportunities after graduation.

Check out our University Profiles, Country Guides and Student Stories for more in-depth resources to help you decide where might be a good fit for you.

If you are interested in studying overseas, get in touch for a free discovery call to find out how The Global Faculty can support you in reaching your academic goals.

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