Yesterday during Quick Queries I saw three Indian students who were considering postgraduate study in the USA. This prompted me to write this blog entry.
Like the UK, the US is a popular study destination for international students. There are over 3000 universities in the US and every year over 500,000 students from all over the world choose to study in America. As I began your researching US postgraduate programmes, I differences in terminology such as:
- ‘Class’ and ‘course’ are also used interchangeably and are the equivalent of ‘module’ in the UK.
- The US term ‘degree program’ is the equivalent of a ‘course’ in the UK.
- The US term ‘undergraduate study’ is the equivalent of a ‘first-degree’ in the UK.
- The US term ‘graduate study’ is the equivalent of ‘postgraduate study’ in the UK.
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Before the Easter break I delivered a careers talk about Postgraduate Study and Funding for international students. A number of students expressed frustration about the lack of funding specific to non UK/EU graduates. As such I thought the information below may provide ideas for you to explore.
Contact your own Ministry of Education or Education Department, as they should have details of scholarship opportunities for students wishing to study overseas. You may also want to contact your nearest British Council office, which should have details of British scholarship schemes. If there is no British Council office, then contact your nearest British Embassy or High Commission.
The institution you wish to apply to is more than likely to have its own web pages about international student scholarships, information about funding at UCL is available on the Scholarships & Funding section of the UCL website.
In addition, it is also possible to find further information from the following websites about international student funding:
Education UK – a useful website for international students set up by the British Council.
UK Scholarships – a useful source of scholarships you may be eligible for.
Directory of UK Scholarships – developed by the British Council
Overseas Research Scholarship Scheme – details of grants to allow international students to undertake research degrees.
Association of Commonwealth Universities – funding opportunities for postgraduates resident in The Commonwealth.
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