Getting paid for studying abroad

Scholarship Search Secrets eBook by Christopher S. Penn@flickr

 Author: Linda Poort

Students will often find an excuse not to dive into the adventure of studying abroad. “I don’t speak the language”, “I don’t know where to start”, “I can’t miss my boyfriend that long”, and the most used excuse: “I don’t have the money”. Think again, it’s all part of the experience. And money is to be found if you work hard to find it!

How to find scholarships?

A good start is, of course, to follow MladiInfo, your link to free education. Every day of the week, we put a lot of possibilities online. Scholarships, paid trainings and conferences, jobs, internships and grants. Even the contests can give you everything you wish for. Just keep an eye on this website.


Another way, if you are in a hurry, is to go look for yourself. Just type in Google which country you want to study in and/or which field of study you are aiming at. For instance, with the search ‘scholarships, grants, fellowships, New York’, I run into this huge list ‘Scholarships & Grants for international students’

Other websites

• Diversity Abroad

• Study Abroad

• International Scholarships

and many more…

Per country

• Nuffic, Study in Holland

• Hotcourses, scholarship search UK

• China Scholarship Council

and many more…

International Scholarship winners by Nottingham Trent University@flickr

How to apply for scholarships?

 Every scholarship has, of course, a lot of rules. Like I said, free money doesn’t come to you easy.


You need to come from a certain country, have a certain background, gender or age, speak a certain language, have certain grades, experiences and/or needs. You need to be in a certain year, or have done a special research.

Then, when you have established you are an eligible candidate, by being for instance,

‘A Macedonian girl aged 26 , who has a University Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and 3 years of recent full-time professional work experience, who speaks perfect English and has a good health, a good character and wants to complete a Master’s Degree at the World Bank’,

you need to go through the application process.


For the application process, you usually have to include a motivation letter, resume, recommendation letters and copies of your passport and certificates. Besides that, you might need to fill in a questionnaire, include an assignment and/or proof of why you need the money.

Scholarship in the digital age by 46137@flickr

How to find the best project abroad

Certainly, the best idea is to already know where you want to go, or what you want to do. Not only does it make the searching a lot easier, but also, you will have the right attitude towards the project, and, therefore, a bigger chance that the money you apply for, will be awarded to you.

If you just want to study abroad, no matter when, where, how and what, then all the links above will give you a good start to find out what do you want. This is very important since you will have to be very clear in your motivational letter WHY you are the best candidate to receive the money.

Either way, the quest for a grant or scholarship will take a lot of searching, writing and working, so you have to be prepared to put a lot of energy in it!

Why studying abroad is great

Are you a little bit startled that getting paid for your experience abroad is not as easy as you hoped for? Well, you will receive a lot in return!

Forget about your excuses

Because studying abroad….

• Is the optimal way to learn a language;

• Allows you to get to know another culture first-hand;

• Will help you develop skills a classroom setting will never provide;

• Will expand your worldview;

• Will enhance your employment opportunities;

And furthermore…

• You will make friends around the world;

• You will learn about yourself;

• You will break out of your academic routine;

• You will have unforgettable experiences;

• You will gain a new perspective on your own country;

So good luck! And let us know about your best tips for getting a scholarship or grant!


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