7 Best Scholarships to Study Abroad For Foreign Students

For many foreign students, the amount of money that their dream programs cost overseas is just beyond the students’ power.

Depending on the country in which you want to study, there are a number of scholarships or award programs available to you as a foreign/international student. And these scholarship programs are usually offered on an annual or yearly basis.

We will also be putting up the links to follow to read up on each scholarship program as well. You are also advised to regularly visit the scholarship websites of your choice regularly to keep abreast of latest updates because they might change some vital information about their scholarship program at anytime.

Best Scholarships to Study Abroad For Foreign Students

The scholarship awards listed below are offered by different universities, foundations and organisations, and many times, the awards are for international students.

So without much ado, let’s look at the best scholarship awards that you can apply to as an international student to study abroad.

1. McGill University, Canada

Through the partnership of McGill University with the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MFSP), a brilliant scholarship award program has been created for African students that wish to study at McGill university. Although this award program is exclusively for Masters degree program applicants and African applicants.

The deadline to submit the MCF documents was by January 31, 2020 for the 2020/2021 academic session so you can use this date to gauge when the deadline is likely to be for the next year or just regularly visit their Scholarship webpage at for more information.

There are requirements to qualify for this award, so check the website page and read all the guidelines. The maximum number of years that a student can benefit from the program is 2 years.

2. The Go Overseas Study Abroad program

The partnership between the Go Overseas foundation and Trinity College, Ireland has resulted in scholarship funding for one student from the United States for their Masters program in Ireland for one year.

You can visit to find out more information. This one lucky student that is picked to be sponsored could be a student of any level and the full requirements vary.

3. Critical Language Scholarships

This program is perfect for you if you want to want to learn a foreign language while in school for your degree and also if you are a US citizen. Students of all levels can apply for the CLS program and the deadline for application is on November 17, 2020. To apply, visit and read the guidelines carefully.

4. MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship

There are about 5 scholarships awarded to students from each of these geographical areas: Africa, India, Asia and Latin America. Once a student has been awarded the scholarship, the money will be disbursed to the institution that the students are enrolled at.

Only Graduate students can apply and the award usually costs between $3,000 and $5,000 depending. And students must be studying at a US or Canadian higher institution.

Deadline for application for the 2020/2021 session was April 15, 2020. To apply, visit for detailed information.

5. University of Toronto MasterCard Foundation Scholarship

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program partnered with the University of Toronto to offer scholarship program for African students that wish to study at the university. Up to 67 students from Africa will have the privilege to be accepted. You can visit the University of Toronto official website to find out more about their MCF scholarship.

6. Commonwealth Scholarship

Did you know that up to 200 to 230 scholarships are awarded every year by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commision? This scholarship opportunity is for foreign students that want to study in the UK. You can visit to find out more information.

There is also the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship which is a joint partnership between UK universities and the CSC. You can visit for more information on this one. This Commonwealth Shared Scholarship is for Masters and PhD students only though.

7. IES Study Abroad Scholarships

This program offers grants, scholarships, etc. for undergraduates and the award costs between $500 and $5,000. To qualify for the IES scholarships, you must be enrolled for foreign studies through an IES program. Depending on the IES program you are doing, the deadline for application varies.

You can visit for full information on how to qualify and apply. IES Abroad is a big organisation that majors in study abroad programs.

All in all, you can do your further research on the seven scholarship programs we explained above. We hope you gained a lot from this article. Make sure you monitor the websites of whichever program you pick so as to not miss out on valuable information.