Scholarships for studying abroad in Asian Universities

There are multiple ways to fund your studies abroad. We’ve gathered a few tips and words of encouragement to this page.

A scholarship is an award of financial aid given to a student for the purpose of furthering the student’s education. Scholarships are awarded based on various criteria that usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.

Should I even apply?

There is a lot of competition for a limited number of awards but it is worthwhile applying for the ones relevant to you. You should begin your research early on as some scholarships require you to apply even a year before your course starts.

Also, there are hundreds of scholarships available and a couple of days’ of work can potentially generate into a free study abroad semester. Many students think they don’t have a chance but the scholarship recipients are usually students who were willing to put the time and effort in the application.

Which scholarship?

If you wish to study abroad for a semester, it is recommended that you firstly approach the educational institution where you are enrolled in. Your home university or college will be able to tell you more about the scholarships they offer and how to apply. Your status as an exchange student is ‘free mover’ so please note that free movers might be entitled to different scholarships than students studying abroad through the universities’ own agreements and networks.

Where to look?

A number of governmental and non-governmental bodies, including educational charities, provide financial assistance to a range of students seeking education overseas. You can also approach commercial and industrial companies in the fields related to your specialization.

There might be scholarships, grants and student loans provided by your local government as well. Inquire about the different options from the Ministry of Education in your own country.

Asia Exchange is also partnering with which lets you reach out to your friends and relatives for help in gathering up a nest egg for your studies abroad.

Scholarship resources

Below you can find a list of some possible sponsors and foundations who provide grants for studying abroad, as well as general directories and government funding sources. Find more sponsors by searching the web with related key words.









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If you know a good sponsor not listed here, feel free to suggest it to us!


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