Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Master and PhD Scholarships in Petroleum and Minerals at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia

The Deanship of Graduate Studies at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) is pleased to invite your attention that application to Graduate Studies at KFUPM is now open online on the link until October 29, 2010. KFUPM provides full MS and PhD scholarships for distinguished graduate applicants who demonstrate high potential for conducting original research in the fields of Engineering, Sciences and Business.

Distinguished Partnership of KFUPM with International Institutions

KFUPM has very strong collaborative partnership on conducting innovative research with the following international institutions:

* MIT: Clean Water and Clean Energy research.
* Stanford University: Oil and Gas research.
* California Institute of Technology (Caltech): Refining and Petrochemicals research.
* Cambridge University: Oil and Gas research.
* KAUST: Many research disciplines.
* Saudi Aramco (the largest oil company worldwide): Many research disciplines.
* SABIC (the 5th petrochemical company worldwide): Petrochemical research.

Centers for Research Excellence at KFUPM

To provide extreme support for research in areas of excellence, KFUPM has established the following Centers for Research Excellence, in which graduate students can conduct their research:

* KFUPM-MIT Collaboration Center on Clean Water and Clean Energy.
* National Center of Excellence on Nanotechnology.
* National Center of Excellence on Renewable Energy.
* National Center of Excellence on Refining and Petrochemicals.
* National Center of Excellence on Corrosion.

Graduate programs offered at KFUPM
Aerospace Engineering M.Sc
Architectural Engineering M.Sc., M. Engg.
Chemical Engineering Ph.D., M.Sc.
Chemistry Ph.D., M.Sc.
City & Regional Planning M.C.R.P.
Civil Engineering Ph.D., M.Sc., M.Engg.
Computer Engineering M.Sc.
Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D.
Computer Networks M.Sc.
Construction Engineering & Management M.Sc., M.Engg.
Electrical Engineering Ph.D., M.Sc.
Engineering Management M.Engg.Mgt
Geology PhD.,M.Sc., M.Geol.
Geophysics M.Sc., M. Geoph.
Environmental Science M.Sc.
Information and Computer Science M.Sc.
Business Administration M.B.A., E.M.B.A
Mathematics Ph.D., M.Sc.
Mechanical Engineering Ph.D., M.Sc.
Petroleum Engineering Ph.D., M.Sc.
Telecommunication Engg. M.Sc.
Physics M.Sc.
Medical Physics M. Med. Phys.
Systems Engineering Ph.D., M.Sc.

Online Admission System

The online graduate admission application for the coming Fall Semester 2010-2011 is now available starting from Sept. 18, 2010 until October 29, 2010 through this link:

After submission of the online application, mandatory documents need to be uploaded through the Upload System using the same Login ID and PIN created for the online application using this link:

Mandatory documents for application (without which application will not be processed)

* Copy of identification (National ID for Saudi nationals / Passport for international applicants / Iqama for residents of Saudi Arabia).
* Complete official transcripts for BS degree and MS degree (if applying to PhD).
* Statement-of-Purpose (a one-page essay focusing on career and research goals).
* Recommendation Letters from 3 referees through the online recommendation system after submitting the online application.

Other supporting documents (needed for final admission decision)

* Certificates for BS degree and MS degree (if applying to PhD).
* TOEFL score (min. is 68 IBT for MS and 79 IBT for PhD).
* Acceptable GRE General score (min. Quant. is 700, min. Analytical is 3.0).
* Upon approval, original/certified copies of degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) are to be sent through postal mail.

Application Deadlines

* Deadline for submitting the online application is October 29, 2010.
* Deadline for uploading mandatory documents is November 6, 2010.
* Deadline for recommendation letters to be received via the online recommendation system is November 6, 2010.

If there are any questions or further clarifications are required, please feel free to contact us at or Telephone : +966-3-860-2800, or check our website at:

Admission Office
Deanship of Graduate Studies
Tel: 00966-3860-2800
Fax: 00966-3860-2829

P.O. Box 5055
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
Dhahran 31261
Saudi Arabia


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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Master Programme Scholarship at Leiden University

1. Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master’s degree programme starting September 2010 or February 2011 ( All MA, MSc and LL.M programmes as mentioned on the website Master’s programmes in Leiden).
2. All nationalities enrolling in the following programmes starting September 2010 or February 2011:
- Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Air and Space Law
- Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European and International Business Law
- Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Tax Law
- Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law
- MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy

Value of Scholarship
The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has 5 awards:
Platinum Covers the tuition fee minus the home fee* and an allowance of €10,000 for living costs
Gold Covers the tuition fee minus the home fee*
Silver Covers 75% of the tuition fee
Bronze Covers 50% of the tuition fee
Ivory Covers 25 % of the tuition fee
• The tuition fee will be reduced to the amount of the home fee. Students who have been awarded a Platinum or Gold award still have to pay the home fee themselves.

How to Apply
1A Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University
B Upload all necessary documents
C Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page
D Upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page
E Submit your online application
F Pay the application fee
2A All LExS applicants will be informed by the scholarship department of the International Office.
Letter of motivation
To apply for the scholarship, you should write a letter of motivation (in Word) of a maximum of 500 words, in which you indicate why you believe you should be considered for this scholarship. The Word document should then be attached on the scholarship page in your online application for the master’s programmes for which you are applying.
It is possible to submit applications for more scholarship programmes simultaneously. However, it is not possible to obtain more than 1 scholarship from Leiden University for the same study programme.
Application Deadline
1st October 2010
Further information:

The Masters Scholarship in Tourism and Leisure 2010,Italy

Scholarship Description:

The MIB School and companies network fund scholarships awarded as a partial exemption from Master’s tuition fee.
Conditions for Selection
Scholarships are awarded based on merit and on specific requirements indicated by the company funding the scholarship.

Application Process

To apply for scholarships, candidates must:
1. Complete and send the application on-line to the International Master in Tourism & Leisure
2. Meet the requirements stated in the scholarship description
3. Send all relevant documentation indicated in the scholarship description.
Admission to the International Master in Tourism & Leisure program is independent from the scholarship process.
When outcomes for admissions are announced, candidates will be informed if they receive a scholarship and the amount.

Scholarship 2010
MIB School of Management wants to help talented candidates with a strong CV attend its International Master in Tourism & Leisure program
Application Deadline 5 October 2010

Further Information:

The HIV Research Trust Scholarships

The HIV Research Trust is a charitable foundation that provides financial support for researchers in resource – poor countries working in the field of HIV infection.
The support is in the form of Scholarships awarded annually. These are designed for the research worker to travel to another research unit to learn techniques that will be of value when he or she returns.
All aspects of research are eligible including clinical care, epidemiology, psychological and societal aspects, basic and applied biology.
Scholarship Award:
The Scholarships, which are usually for a few months duration, cover travel, living expenses and consumables. They are awarded competitively based on a peer-review process.

Deadline for Application:
Applications for HIV Research Trust Scholarships will reopen in September 2010

HIV Research Trust
c/o Marie Higginbotham
Gardiner-Caldwell Communications
Victoria Mill, Windmill Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire
United Kingdom, SK11 7HQ.
Fax: 00 44 1625 241 063

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The Wadsworth African Fellowships for African Students

The Wadsworth African Fellowship: The Wadsworth African Fellowships are intended to provide support for African students undertaking study leading to a Ph.D. at a South African university that can provide them with international-level training in anthropology (including biological anthropology and archaeology).
Currently applications to the University of Witwatersrand or The University of Cape Town are given priority.

The annual fellowship of $17,500 and can be used towards travel, living expenses, tuition, student fees, insurance, books, research expenses, and any other relevant categories of expenditure while studying at the Host institution.
The fellowship is renewable for up to two additional years upon successful completion of each preceding year’s study. A separate application can be made for an additional year of funding to support dissertation write-up.
Application materials are available 3 months before the application deadline. Applicants must use the most recent application form.
They must also submit their application materials using the Foundation’s online submission procedure as well as send two printed copies to the Foundation by regular mail.

The deadline for the Wadsworth African Fellowship Program is December 15 and final decisions are made by January 15.

Query about this program should be e-mailed to:


Thursday, July 8, 2010

International Undergraduate Scholarships in Turkey

Istanbul Sehir University 2010-2011

Istanbul Şehir University, established in 2008 by the Foundation for Sciences and Arts (BSV), will open doors to its very first students in the 2010-2011 academic year with 4 faculties and 10 departments. It is our vision to become one of the most prestigious and renowned research and teaching institutions in Turkey and in the world. Istanbul Şehir University invites international applicants to come study in Istanbul, Turkey.

* Duration of Study: At our university, as is the common practice in Turkey, undergraduate programs are 4 years. However, you may shorten this time by taking courses in summer school.
* Language of Instruction: The medium of instruction at our university is English. Students whose English level is not sufficient will go through one year of English Preparatory Program.

* Structure of Education: Undergraduate programs are 4 years. All undergraduate programs will follow a common core curriculum in the first year of study. Upon successful completion of first year, students will be given the option to change their departments.
* Double Major and Minor Opportunities: Under the Double Major Program you may follow two undergraduate programs and receive two diplomas. With our Minor Programs, you will be able to receive a certificate that supports your major.
* Scholarships: It has been decided that the entire quota of international students entering our university in the 2010-2011 academic year will be given a full scholarship (including tuition fees, accommodation and health insurance).
* Accommodation: International students entering our university for the 2010-2011 academic year will be provided rooms in our dormitories free of charge.
* Health Services and Insurance: Our university will provide health insurance for all international students in the 2010-2011 academic year.


All international students* must be either graduates or in their final year of schools equivalent to Turkish High Schools. The requirements explained below must also be met.

* Applicants who fit the descriptions listed below will not be considered to have international student status:
Citizens of Turkey and the T.R.N.C., citizens of either Turkey or the TRNC with dual-citizenship, those with dual-citizenship who revoke their Turkish or TRNC citizenship after 2011 and complete all of their high school in Turkey or the TRNC, Turkish citizens who complete their high school education in the TRNC, anyone expelled for a disciplinary measure from a higher education instution in Turkey.


Applicants may apply online or via mail between the dates specified below by the Rectorate to the Student Affairs Office. Explanations and updates regarding the applications will be announced on the university’s website.


1. Undergraduate Application Form for international students (for the form, please click here),
2. Certified English or Turkish translation of your diploma (if available) (your original diploma and a certificate showing equivalency to the Turkish high school diploma will be requested at registration),
3. Certified English or Turkish translation of your transcript (the document, approved by the school administration showing high school courses taken and grades received by the applicant),
4. Certified English or Turkish translation of your national ID card or passport,
5. A copy of your exam results (if available) indicating English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, etc),
6. One passport size photo (4.5cm x 6 cm),
7. Certified English or Turkish translation of one of the test results (if any) listed below
7.1. Gold, silver and bronze medals taken from International Science Olympiads recognized and participated in by TÜBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey),
7.2. YÖS (Examination for Foreign Students) Basic Learning Skills test score of at least 50 out of 80 standard points,
7.3. TCS (Turkish Republics with Turks and Related Communities Test) score of at least 50 points,
7.4. SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test) score of at least 1000 total points and a Math score of at least 500,
7.5. ACT (American College Test) Math, Science Reasoning and Composite score of at least 21 points,
7.6. GCE (General Certificate Education) test with at least 3 subjects related to the department to which you are applying at the A level,
7.7. International Baccalaureate diploma grade of at least 30,
7.8. German ABITUR test score of at least 4 points,
7.9. French Baccalaureate diploma grade of at least 10,
7.10. Matura diploma grade of at least 2,
7.11. Tawjihi of Jordan and Palestine test score average of at least 70 for all classes in the Scientific Stream,
7.12. Lebanese Baccalaureate (Baccalauréat Libanais) diploma grade of at least 60 out of 100 or 13 out of 20 for tests in the Scientific Stream.
7.13. Al-Shahada al-Thanawiyya (Baccalaureate) of Syria test score average of at least 170 out of 240 in the Scientific Stream, 165 in the Literary Stream, and 25 in the Language Stream,
7.14. High School Diploma of Iran (Diploma Debirestan) average of at least 15/20 and Pishdaneshgahi score of at least 15/20,
7.15. National University Test of Kazakhstan score of at least 90 out of 120,
7.16. Gaokaonda-University Entrance Exam of the People’s Republic of China score of at least 500 out of 750,
7.17. Besides the above listed exams, applicants may be evaluated by Istanbul Şehir University based on their high school diploma grade and university entrance exam results from their countries.The validity period of exams taken upon completion of high school (Abitur, International Baccalaureate, GCE, Tawjihi, etc.) is unlimited. However, the results of other university entrance exams (SAT I and ACT) and YÖS are valid for only two years.


The evaluation of applications and the placement of applicants will be carried out by the Istanbul Şehir University Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee may accept some applicants who have fulfilled the requirements after preliminary consideration. Applicants without any test results, if considered appropriate, will be called to take the International Students Entrance Exam.


The names of accepted candidates will be announced on the university’s web site and applicants will be notified online. Students who confirm the notification will be sent a letter of acceptance via mail and online. Applicants must then present their acceptance letter, together with all other required forms, to the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in their countries to receive a student visa.


Students admitted to our university must register in person at the date specified below by the Student Affairs Office. Registration cannot be done via mail.

You must bring the following documents with you for registration:

1. Original copy of your high school diploma and its translated English or Turkish copy certified by the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your country,
2. A Certificate of Equivalency for your high school diploma: a certificate issued either by the Ministry of National Education of Turkey or the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your country indicating that your high school diploma is equivalent to Turkish high school diploma,
3. Original copy of test results submitted in application and its English or Turkish translation certified by the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your country,
4. A certified Turkish translation of your passport,
5. Six (6) passport size (4.5 cm x 6cm) photos,
6. A photocopy of your student visa obtained from the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your country.

To complete the registration, international students must obtain their Residence Permit from the Foreign Branch of the Istanbul Police Department and submit photocopies of the relevant pages to the Student Affairs Office.


* Application dates: June 28 – August 2 (Monday), 2010.
* Preliminary evaluation: August 3 – August 6, 2010.
* Exam: August 12 (Thursday) 2010.
* Announcement of the Exam Results: August 16 (Monday), 2010.
* Registration dates: August 31 – September 3, 2010.


Mailing address: Istanbul Şehir University, Student Affairs Office, Ahmet Bayman Cad. No. 2, Seyrantepe-Şişli, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: + 90 212 444 40 34,
Fax: 90 212 282 66 27;

Istanbul Şehir University does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race and religion.

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The TWAS-icipe Postgraduate Fellowship Programme

The International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya, and TWAS offer one fellowship per year to young scientists from developing countries (other than Kenya) who wish to undertake their PhD studies in Kenya.

IMPORTANT: The following is additional information concerning the TWAS-icipe Postgraduate Fellowship Programme tenable in Kenya. It is an integral part of the information given here: TWAS Fellowships for Postgraduate Research
Programme Details

* TWAS-icipe Postgraduate Fellowships in natural sciences are tenable for a period of up to 3 years at the departments of the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Kenya.
* Eligible icipe departments: Fellowships are tenable at icipe in the Programmes of Animal Health, Human Health, Plant Health, Environmental Health, in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, in the Department of Behavioural and Chemical Ecology, in the Department of Entomology, and at the field station of Mbita, Lake Victoria, Kenya.
* icipe will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency.
* The language of instruction is English.


Applicants for these Fellowships must meet the following criteria:

* be a maximum age of 35 years on 31 December of the application year;
* be nationals of a developing country (other than Kenya);
* hold a Master’s degree in a field of the natural sciences;
* provide evidence that s/he will return to their home country on completion of the fellowship;
* be accepted at an icipe department and provide an official acceptance letter from the head of the department (see sample Acceptance Letter) to this effect. Requests for acceptance must be directed to Lillian Igweta (see contact details below);
* provide evidence of proficiency in English.

Submitting your application

* The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 September of each year.
* Applicants should submit the acceptance letter from the chosen department to TWAS when applying or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.
* Reference letters: Referees must send signed letters as attachments via e-mail directly to TWAS only. The subject line must contain: icipe/PG/candidate’s surname. Alternatively, letters should be sent by post in sealed envelopes.
* Applicants to the TWAS-icipe Postgraduate Fellowship Programme should send their application to TWAS only.
* Applicants should be aware that they can apply for only one fellowship per year. With the exception of the fellowships “for research collaboration”, all other fellowship programmes offered by TWAS and TWOWS that are mutually exclusive.


Click on the links below to download the application form and guidelines. Before applying it is recommended that you read very carefully the application guidelines for detailed information on eligibility criteria, deadlines and other key requirements of the application procedure.

* PG Application Form
* PG Application Guidelines

Contact Information

TWAS Fellowships Office

ICTP campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Tel: +39 040 2240314
Fax: +39 040 2240689

icipe’s Strategic Partnerships & Capacity Strengthening Prog.

Mrs. Lillian Igweta, Training Officer
Duduville, Kasarani – off Thika Road
P.O. Box 30772-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 863 2272
Fax: +254 20 863 2001/2

Application Deadline : 15 September 2010

Web Address

Friday, July 2, 2010

The University of Philippines And Arab Emirate Scholarships

The University of Philippine PGMA-SEGS (CHED) Scholarships

Eligible Programs

All graduate programs by thesis/dissertation (Full-time)


Engineering graduates who are faculty members of academic institutions who are not over 47 years old in age for masters degree applicants

Value of scholarships


• Regular term: P10,000 per month for masters and P12,000 per month for doctoral programs

• Summer term: same as above

Subsistence Allowance

• Urban: P2,500 per month for masters and doctorate
• Rural: P2,000 per month for masters and doctorate

Book Allowance

• Masters: P15,000 for the duration of scholarship
• Doctoral: P20,000 for the duration of scholarship

Transportation Allowance

• One round trip air/boat/bus for the duration of the program

Substitute Assistance:

• Maximum of P13,440 per month

Cash Incentive

• P50,000 will be awarded to those who will finish their degree one term ahead

Application Deadline

First Semester- 30 April
Second semester- 30 September

Contact Details

Ms. Lynne Serrano
Tel: 926-0703
981-8500 loc 3106

Full Scholarships for all Nationalities to Study at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The MASDAR Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi is pleased to announce full scholarships to highly qualified graduate students from around the world.
The Institute offers Masters and (in 2011) PhD programs in science and engineering disciplines, with a focus on advanced energy and sustainable technologies.

It welcomes and encourages applications from qualified students and provides scholarships to talented students who meet its high admission standards.
Beginning September 2009, the MASDAR Institute will offer five 24-month Master of Science programs (coursework and thesis).

• M.Sc in Engineering Systems and Management
• M.Sc in Information Technology
• M.Sc in Materials Science and Engineering
• M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering
• M.Sc in Water and Environment

Full scholarship is available to qualified talented students who meet its high admission standards which include appropriate TOEFL score, GRE and an excellent CGPA from a recognized university. A minimum CGPA of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) or 2:1 in the British system, minimum TOEFL score of 577, and a minimum GRE quantitative score of 700 are the basic requirements without which an applicant will most likely not be considered.

Students accepted into the Masdar Institute will be offered a full scholarship which includes the following:

• 100% tuition fee scholarship
• Textbooks
• Laptop
• Medical Insurance
• Housing in a single unit apartment (at the Masdar campus)
• International students will receive reimbursement of travel expenses (economy class air-ticket) into Abu Dhabi and back home after completion of studies.
Travel expenses (return economy class air-ticket) back to the student's home country at the end of the 1st year of studies will also be reimbursed.
• Reimbursement of TOEFL and GRE exam fees (upon registration at Masdar Institute and submission of original receipts)
• A competitive stipend per month (cost of living allowance).
• No bond or conditions to the scholarship upon graduation

The scholarship and benefits are subject to the student maintaining a minimum CGPA as determined by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and satisfactory progress on their research.

Contact Details
Any questions about the Institute and scholarships may be directed to Stephen Lee, Assistant Provost, at Email:

Why You Need a Foreign Degree

There are some privileges conferred on people who acquire advanced qualifications in the developed world. The students from the developing countries benefit from these opportunities more.

Entrepreneurship knowledge and Experience

International universities have recognized that the world is rapidly turning into a global entrepreneurship village and have created entrepreneurship programmes alongside the regular academic courses of study to equip the students with the business development and management skills and attitudes that will make a significant difference in the graduate employment market and through life.

The scheme is geared towards cultivating in the student irrespective of your area of study, the habit and consciousness of job creation through business ownership after graduation.

Some of the courses include business startup, entrepreneurship in the creative industry, new venture creation, entrepreneurial finance, internet based business, personal effectiveness and entrepreneurship, etc.

Excellent Employment Success

It is evident that one major reason why most people undertake higher studies is to improve their employment prospects and earning power.

A study in an international university grants the graduant an internationally recognized qualification with the opportunity to take up employment in several countries of the world by reason of his acquired new skills and transferable knowledge in a specialist area.

Also, a great number of graduates secure jobs relatively easily as well as obtain positions in line with their career ambitions and achievements in higher education with higher pay package.

Most universities in the developed nations work hard to ensure that their students graduate with the best prospects. The latest research published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) shows that within six months of graduation, 82% of the students at the University of Westminster who had graduated with a first degree were working or continuing further studies, while 89% of the Masters graduates were also in employment or studying.
Most universities by Times ratings in 2009 on international universities as regards graduate employability scored above 75% in terms of graduate employment.

Moreover, when you graduate from an international university, you’ll automatically become a lifetime member of the University’s alumni community. Your student Identification number becomes your alumni ID number which enables you take full advantage of alumni benefits including joining same on social networking sites as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

First-rate Links with Industry

International universities especially in the developed world dwell much on practice than theory. This explains why majority of the programmes are vocationally oriented to cultivate in the student relevant vocational skills in line with the demands of today’s employers.

They recognize that partnership lies at the heart of the university’s mission and constantly partner with industry, commerce and the professions, local governments and community organizations.

These arrangements offer the student the opportunity to attend workshops and receive firsthand information and tutorials from experts of various industries.

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The Benefits of Studying Overseas

Most prospective international students may desire to take up a graduate study in a country other than their country for the fun of it.
However, there are convincing reasons why one should aspire to study abroad. Many people are motivated to study abroad by a strong desire to develop a career in a specialized field which may not be available in their home country at a particular time.

However, others desire to enhance their career prospects, upgrade present knowledge and skills or take a career change or engage in research.

The following points lend credence to the need to study in an international institution of learning.
Availability of financial Support for International Students

It might interest you to know that the British Council, international universities, funding organizations, and Study abroad consultancies, record high volume of applications annually from international students who desire to obtain advanced qualifications in various universities around the world especially within Europe, America, Canada, the Netherlands and Australia amongst other developing countries.

Admitting that this is a very good intention, international prospective students are faced with the great challenge to secure funding for their intended undergraduate or graduate studies either for taught or research studies.
This issue is further compounded by the fact that international students pay higher fees than the local students or European Union students.

While the local Masters Degree programme student in the UK pays £3,500 as tuition fee, the international counterpart parts with a minimum of £9,000 or more depending on the programme of study and the institution of learning.
This fee does not include the cost of living as accommodation, books, feeding, travel and other miscellaneous expenses.

In the Netherlands, an international graduate programme student pays between €9,500 and €11,500 per year as tuition with another €755 per month for accommodation and living costs.

This huge financial outlay hinders many international prospective students from realizing their dream of obtaining an advanced Degree in international universities around the world with a global learning and research reputation.

More so, the exchange rate of the developing nations’ currencies to the international currencies as the Dollar, Pound Sterling and Euro leaves the cost of studying abroad running into few millions, which the low income earner may either not afford or find it difficult to invest such large sum of money into his/her education.

Availability of funds for study which is the main challenge for a student is of utmost importance to all prospective international students.
This is because choosing to take up studies abroad is a major investment and a commitment to yourself, your career and your future but most international student lack the fund to achieve this ambition.

Many international universities realize this challenge and have attracted funding for international students from donor organizations, private companies and the Government to enable them study for their advanced qualifications. These funding opportunities come as study loans, fellowships, grants, scholarships and studentships.

Most universities have earned highly prestigious awards in recognition of their commitment to providing educational and financial support for their students, especially to the students from the developing countries as Nigeria.
Some of the universities disburse scholarships worth well over £4 million annually.

The Career Service

One remarkable change in studying abroad is the opportunity to take up paid job after graduating for those who would want to obtain an international experience before going back to their respective countries.
Also, there are provisions to take up part time jobs while undergoing your studies abroad.

The career service plays an important role in the employment success both during and after your graduate studies. This is another area of disparity between studying in your home country and abroad.

Most universities in your home country do not have such service which means that the student must sought himself out during and after graduation in terms of securing either a vacation or full time job.

The career service offers services such as.
• CV construction
• Provision of vacancy bulletins
• Career counseling
• Skills workshops
• Provision of career leaflets and information booklets
• Career talks and presentations
• Career guidance programme
• Support after graduation through a vacancy mailing list.

Foreign Language Support

Another fascinating thing in studying abroad is the opportunity to learn another international language be it French, German, Arabic, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish, etc.

This programme offers the international student the opportunity to study and even secure a certification in at least one other language, regardless of his degree programme or year of study but by simply choosing the appropriate level for him/her.

This is very important in universities where other international languages are adopted as the language of instruction such as in Sweden, Austria, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Greece, China, Japan, Russia, Spain, etc.

These universities use reference materials in several international languages, audio and video workstations, where students can watch videotapes and broadcasts and listen to audiotapes in a variety of languages, as well as use multimedia facilities for interactive learning.

The universities of Westminster, Nottingham and Surrey respectively in the UK run these programmes.

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