Scholarships for Studying Abroad in the Best Student Cities in the World

 

Want to further your studies in one of the top student cities on the planet? The top 10 cities this year in the list of the Best Student Cities are London, Tokyo, Melbourne, Munich, Berlin, Montréal, Paris, Zurich, Sydney, Seoul, and Hong Kong (technically 11, as two are tied for the top spot) (SAR).


If you want to attend school in one of these cities but require financial assistance, look no further. In reverse order (10-1) of how each of these towns placed this year, the list of scholarships available to overseas students in each of these locations is shown below.


All scholarships have different requirements, so before applying, be sure to read all of the information provided by each scholarship source. 


10. Scholarships for Hong Kong universities

In this year's Best Student Cities, Hong Kong (SAR) has moved up two spots and is now tied for tenth with another Asian megacity Seoul.


HKSAR Government Scholarships Fund - The government offers scholarships for local and international students to attend certain institutions in Hong Kong, including the Belt and Road Scholarship for exceptional students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam (it will be expanded in phases to students from other Belt and Road countries).

International students can apply for PhD scholarships through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) to study at a particular university in Hong Kong. 


Hong Kong universities that provide international scholarships:


University of City of Hong Kong

Baptist University of Hong Kong

University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong (HKUST)

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Hong Kong University (HKU) both score ten. Financial aid for students in Seoul, South Korea

This year, Hong Kong (SAR) and Seoul (one of Asia's most interesting student cities) are tied for tenth place overall. 18 universities that are rated in the QS World University Rankings® 2020 are located in Seoul, together with a sizable foreign student population. Opportunities for funding are listed below. 


General financial aid to South Korea:


50 graduate scholarships are available through the KFAS International Scholar Exchange Fellowship (ISEF) for students from Asia to attend prestigious universities in South Korea.

Master's and PhD scholarships are available through the Korean Government Scholarship Program for foreign students studying in South Korea.

Awards for studies in Seoul:


Tuition waiver scholarships are available to international students attending Chung-Ang University, as well as reduced dormitory fees.

Scholarships for the Seoul National University Exchange Program - Various awards for foreign exchange students attending Seoul National University.

International students attending Sogang University in Seoul who are enrolled in the Sogang Exchange Program are eligible for the Sogang Global Scholarship.

Additional Seoul universities that provide overseas scholarships: 


Scholarships for studies in Sydney, Australia, offered by Hanyang University and Kyung Hee University

Sydney is ranked second for both the desirableness and student mix factors in this year's survey of the Best Student Cities, confirming that its broad population of students is undoubtedly appreciating the city's laid-back lifestyle. Check out the scholarships available below.


Australian scholarships generally:


Australia Awards Scholarships and Fellowships - The Australian government offers scholarships and fellowships for international students to study in Australia at any level (bachelor's, master's, or PhD).

Scholarships for International Students at Destination Australia - Both domestic and foreign students may apply for more than 1,000 scholarships up to AU$15,000 per student each year to study at all levels at universities in regional Australia. 


Australian scholarships for graduate students from anywhere in the globe to study for a research degree at an Australian university that is a participant in the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP).

financial aid for students in Sydney:


The Macquarie University Vice-International Chancellor's Scholarship offers 'exceptional' international students who wish to study in Australia at Macquarie University in Sydney partial tuition fee assistance. Not open to residents of Australia or New Zealand.

Scholarships for engineering and IT students at the University of Technology in Sydney are available for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Sydney's other universities that provide overseas scholarships include:


Universitas Negocias del Sur

Western Sydney University, University of Sydney 


8. Grants for studying in Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland and home to some of the country's top colleges, notably ETH Zurich (The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), the sixth-best university in the world, is ranked eighth in the list of the Best Student Cities.


Unfortunately, the cost of attending school in Zurich is high, however the following scholarships may be helpful:


Swiss scholarships generally:


Excellence Scholarships from the Swiss Government for International Scholars and Artists Opportunities for merit-based financial aid for foreign students enrolling in postgraduate programs at particular Swiss universities.

Awards for studies in Zurich 


Merit-based scholarships are available to students who want to pursue their master's degree at ETH Zurich through the ETH Zurich Excellence Masters Scholarship Program.

Graduates from all over the world who have been offered a place to study at the Zurich Graduate School of Economics are eligible for the UBS Center Scholarship at the University of Zurich.

7. Financial aid for students in Paris, France

Paris, a famous city teeming with highly regarded universities, dropped two spots to rank seventh in this year's list of the Best Student Cities. For information about available scholarships to study in Paris, see the list below.


General awards for studying in France abroad:


Erasmus+ is a pan-European initiative run by the European Commission that provides financial aid to non-European students wishing to pursue academic studies there. 


International Students Can Apply for Eiffel Scholarships in France International graduate students seeking to attend particular universities in Paris (and the rest of France) may apply for master's and doctoral scholarships.

Awards for studies in Paris:


HEC Paris – The Forté Foundation Scholarships are available to excellent female candidates who wish to pursue an MBA at HEC Paris.

Paris Sciences Po Edward Boutmy Scholarships for International Students in France - Opportunities for non-EU citizens to receive money to attend Sciences Po Paris for their bachelor's and master's degrees.

ENS Paris's International Selection - Scholarships for graduate students to study in the departments of the humanities or sciences at ENS Paris. 


Scholarships for Studying in Paris at the Master's Level at the Paris Campus of the University of Kent are offered by the University of Kent.

Other Paris-area universities that provide international scholarships:


Université Paris-Saclay 6. Sciences Po Paris École Polytechnique (graduate scholarships) Scholarships for Canadian universities in Montréal

Despite dropping two spots to sixth place this year, Montréal remains the second most popular city among students, according to the city rating (based on our student view indicator). Three renowned universities may be found in the city, along with a varied mix of cultures. Click here to see more Canadian scholarships.


general awards for Canadians wishing to study abroad: 


Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are fellowships and grants offered by the Canadian government to graduate students who wish to pursue studies in the natural and social sciences or in the field of health research.

IDRC Research Awards are scholarships provided by the Canadian government to graduate students from developing nations who wish to pursue a postgraduate research degree at a particular Canadian university.

Graduate students from any OAS member state are eligible for the Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarship Program, which is administered by the Canadian government.

Trudeau Scholarships and Fellowships - Scholarships, fellowships, and mentorships for foreign students enrolled at certain institutions in Canada for doctoral-level study. 


Awards for studies in Montréal:


International students entering the Bachelor of Business Administration degree at HEC Montréal are eligible for Canadian entrance scholarships. (French text on page)

Merit-based scholarships are available through the Université de Montréal's Fondation Olivier et Yvonne Poirier for Caribbean students desiring to enroll in courses there.

Other institutions in Montréal that provide financial aid to foreign students:


Concordia University and McGill University

5. Financial aid for students in Berlin, Germany

Germany's capital is one of the trendiest in Europe and one of the most inexpensive, with free tuition for undergraduate and graduate degrees, moving up two spots in this year's Best Student Cities survey. Nevertheless, a few of scholarships are still open for application. To view additional scholarships, go here. Germany.


general fellowships in German:


Scholarships from DAAD Numerous scholarships for international students to study in Germany at various degree levels are available through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The European Commission oversees Erasmus+, the largest supplier of scholarships for study in the EU, which provides money to overseas students to attend school there. It offers funds to help with living expenses for those taking part in exchange programs to study in Europe.

Financial aid for studying in Berlin:


Fellowship provided by the Einstein Foundation for postdoctoral study at a university in Berlin. Einstein International Postdoctoral Fellowship.

GeT MA Scholarships for International Students - Scholarships for non-German students to attend the German-Turkish master's program in social sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 


4. Financial aid for students in Munich, Germany

According to the student view indicator, Munich has moved up two spots to place first among this year's Best Student Cities. It is renowned for its thriving Bavarian culture and beer and is ranked first overall. Similar to Berlin, it obtains great marks for affordability, but because lodging is more expensive, you might want to look into financial aid.


general fellowships in German:


The Deutschland Stipendium provides €300 monthly merit-based scholarships to encourage exceptionally gifted students in Germany. Your application does not take into account your personal income or nationality.

International Students Can Apply for Heinrich Böll Scholarships Scholarships for all levels of international students from within and outside of Germany.

Awards for studying in Munich: 


Technische Universität München offers a variety of financial aid options, including international student scholarships.

Scholarships and bursaries for international students to attend Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

Additional Munich universities that provide international scholarships:


Aerospace Munich Business School 3. Australian scholarships for studies in Melbourne

Melbourne, the #1 study destination in Australia, is home to seven major universities as well as a wide range of other cultural and natural attractions. The numerous financial options for studying in Melbourne are shown here. Click here for additional scholarships for studying in Australia.


Australian scholarships generally: 


Australia Awards Scholarships and Fellowships - The Australian government offers scholarships and fellowships for international students to study in Australia at any level (bachelor's, master's, or PhD).

Australia as a destination International Student Scholarships - Both domestic and foreign students may apply for more than 1,000 scholarships up to AU$15,000 per student each year to study at all levels at universities in regional Australia.

Australian scholarships for graduate students from anywhere in the globe to study for a research degree at an Australian university that is a participant in the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP).

monetary aid for college in Melbourne:


La Trobe College Excellence Scholarships: These merit-based awards are available to international students participating in any taught undergraduate or graduate program at La Trobe University in Melbourne. 


Master's and PhD scholarships for international students attending the University of Melbourne are available through the Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships program.

Monash University International Scholarships for Excellence - Merit-based financial aid for international undergraduate and graduate students attending Melbourne's Monash University.

Other Melbourne universities that provide overseas scholarships:



Deakin College

University of RMIT

University of Technology Swinburne

Victoria College

2. Financial aid for students in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, which holds second position in the list of the best student cities, has 12 institutions that have won awards internationally and gives students the chance to experience one of the most famous and interesting cities in the world.



general scholarships in Japan:



MEXT Scholarships from the Japanese Government for International Research Students - Government awards for graduate students participating in research programs in Japan. 


Scholarships for international students studying medicine, pharmacology, nutrition, physical education, or business administration in Japan are offered by the Otsuka Toshimi Scholarship Foundation.

Awards for studies in Tokyo:


International Students' "Design the Future" Award from Keio University - Keio University offers full-tuition scholarships to international students in any discipline.

International Students' Scholarship at the Graduate School of Science at the University of Tokyo Several scholarships are available for graduate students from abroad to pursue master's degrees at the University of Tokyo.

Additional Tokyo universities that provide overseas scholarships:


Aoyama Gakuin College

Ochanomizu College

Metropolitan University of Tokyo

Science University of Tokyo 


1. Grants for study in London, United Kingdom

With 18 ranked schools in the QS World University Rankings® 2020, London, the cultural and economic center of the UK, has been named the finest student city in the world for the second year in a row. Click here for a list of further UK study-related scholarships.


General UK fellowships:


British Chevening Scholarships: The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office funds these graduate scholarships for study in London and the rest of the UK. Open to any international students studying full- or part-time in any topic. 


Commonwealth Scholarships for Commonwealth Countries in Development - The UK Department for International Development sponsors master's and doctoral scholarships for students from Commonwealth developing nations (DFID).

Graduate students enrolled in taught master's programs in the UK may apply for scholarships through the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme at UK Universities.

UK-based Euraxess For graduate students wanting to study in the UK, Euraxess UK, which is operated by the British Council, provides a number of scholarships.

Scholarships for London-based studies:


International students can study engineering at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the UK thanks to the QMUL International Science and Engineering Excellence Awards. 


University of West London International Ambassador Scholarships: The University of West London offers scholarships for students of all academic levels to study abroad. Students must represent their home nations as ambassadors.

University of Westminster Scholarships: The University of Westminster in London offers numerous need- and merit-based scholarships to students enrolled in all levels of study.

Additional London universities that provide overseas scholarships:



University of London Goldsmiths

London's Imperial College

London's King's College

University College London (UCL), or the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 


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