New US Student Visa Rules To Study in America

International students now have the opportunity to work for three years after completing their education in United States.

The United States federal government changed rules for non-immigrant student visas on Friday, saying that international students will now be eligible to stay for three years after finishing their degrees for training potentially leading to employment and later Green Card.

This makes United States one of the best countries to study abroad when compared to other countries, like United Kingdom, which does not offer employment opportunities to International Students after completing their degrees.

This opportunity will be available for students who will complete their degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The new rule is seven months longer than old 17 month rule and will come in to effect on May 10, 2016. Extended time period will provide a successful transition from being an International Student to be an full-time American worker.

International students will have opportunity to try different jobs and discover how industry professionals across different sectors launched their careers in United States.
Here are some important points:

  • Only students who earned a degree from a school accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency and certified by SEVP may apply for a STEM OPT extension.
  • Participating students who receive an additional qualifying degree from an accredited college or university can apply for a second STEM OPT extension.
  • Participating students can use a previously-earned qualifying degree to apply for a STEM OPT extension. The prior degree must not have already formed the basis of a STEM OPT extension and must be from a school that is both accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency and certified by SEVP at the time of the student’s STEM OPT application. The student’s most recent degree must also be from an accredited and SEVP-certified institution.
  • Employers participating in STEM OPT must incorporate a formal training program that includes concrete learning objectives with proper oversight.
  • Employers and students must report material changes in their training program.
  • To guard against adverse effects on U.S. workers, terms and conditions of a student’s training opportunity – such as duties, hours, and compensation – must be on par with U.S. workers in similar positions in the same geographic area of employment. Additionally, the student must not replace a full-time, part-time, temporary or permanent U.S. worker.
  • Students must work a minimum of 20 hours per week per employer to qualify.
  • Students are permitted a limited period of unemployment during the initial period of post-completion OPT and the STEM OPT extension.
  • All STEM OPT employers must participate in DHS’ E-Verify program.

Three years is a long time and International Students will learn more about the American job market and gain valuable and practical tips on establishing a career in United State.

Most students find full-time job with a year after completing their degree and change their visa to H1-B, and later apply to Green-Card, which allows them to become American citizens.

Have a question? Ask our International Student Advisers, who have studied in United States, about their experiences during studying and working here.

Wishing you success!

$13.5 Million Mastercard Foundation Scholarships at Duke University – Apply!

Duke University, USA in Partnership with MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme is offering Undergraduate Scholarships to Students from Sub-Saharan Africa 2017.

Application Deadline: 31st January, 2017.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Duke University represent the intellect and energy of the youth of Sub-Saharan Africa. With a financial commitment of $13.5 million from The MasterCard Foundation, Duke will educate seven classes of five students — a total of 35 students — over the next 10 years.

One of Duke’s great advantages for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars is the network of resources the university provides to scholars, their families, and students who are interested in the program.

Selection Criteria and Eligibility: The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Duke is open to students from sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate financial need, academic ability and merit, and demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of others in their communities.

By simply applying to Duke University all students from Africa will be considered for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program based on academic talent, financial need, and interest in improving their communities.

Visit webpage for details.

This £20,000 Scholarship is for YOU! – Click Here

The University of Leeds, UK invites applications for the Tetley and Lupton Masters Taught and Research Scholarships which is awarded to International students who wants to pursue a Masters taught program, Masters of Research and Masters by Research degrees in any Faculty.

Eligibility

– Applicants must be International students.

– Applicants must have completed their bachelors degree program in any recognized institution with a UK equivalent of First Class Honours degree.

– Applicants must have applied or applying to University of Leeds.

Application Process

Once you have applied to University of Leeds, a Student ID Number/Student Application ID Number will be given to you. Then you can apply for this scholarship program via their website.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this scholarship program is on 17:00 (UK time) 1st February 2017.

Lissie Study Abroad Scholarships at University of Canterbury, New Zealand – Apply!

The University of Canterbury (UC), New Zealand invites applications for the Lissie Rathbone Scholarship program which is offered to International students that has interest to undergo an undergraduate program in the Institution.

This scholarship program is worth $750 per annum and it will be awarded to students who make it on merit.

Eligibility

– Applicants must be International students

– Applicants must have applied for an undergraduate course at University of Canterbury.

– Applicants must have completed their high school program.

– Applicants must have excellent results.

– Applicants must be fluent in English Language.

The mode of application is online. Apply.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this scholarship program is on 31st March 2017.

£30,000/Yr Scholarships at Newcastle University UK – Apply Now!

The Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarship (NUIPS) awards are available for international students starting their studies in September 2016, in the 2017/2018 academic year.

Who Can Apply? 

  • Undergraduate –  All undergraduate degrees including integrated Masters
  • Masters – MA; MArch; MBA; MClinDent; MClinRes; MEd; MFA; MMedEd; LLM; LLM (by research); MLitt; MMus; MPH; MRes; MSc

Number of Scholarships: 255. Value of Scholarship: £3,000 payable towards tuition fees. How to Apply:

Academic offer holders on an eligible course who have been assessed as international for fees purposes will be invited to apply for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship.  Details of how to apply will be emailed within 10 working days of an academic offer being made.

Easy Scholarships at Oxford University, UK – 2017

The Oxford University, United Kingdom (UK) is offering the Simon & June Scholarships to International students who wants to pursue a bachelors degree program in the Institution starting from 2017 or 2018 session.

This Scholarships are awarded for studying all subjects in the course listing, except medicine and it covers Tuition fees, college fees and a grant towards living expenses.

Eligibility

– Applicants must be International students.

– Applicants must have been offered a place of study at Oxford University.

– Applicants must have excellent results from Previous educational programs.

– Applicants must be ordinarily resident in any country except those in the following regions:
The British Isles, European Union, Norway, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Application Process

The mode of application is online.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this scholarship program is on 15th February 2017.

$140,000 York University Canada Scholarships for International Students, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for York University Scholarships. These scholarships are available to international applicants for pursuing the undergraduate programme.

York University is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is Canada’s third-largest university. York University has approximately 53,000 students, 7,000 faculties and staff, and 295,000 alumni worldwide.

To gain admission, students must demonstrate language proficiency in their program’s language of instruction.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing the undergraduate programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded to study the subjects offered by the university.

Scholarship Award:

International Circle of Scholars Scholarships: $15,000

Global Leader of Tomorrow Award ($20,000 x 4 years): $80,000

International Entrance Scholarship ($35,000 x 4 years): $140,000

Scholarship can be taken in Canada

Eligibility:

International Circle of Scholars Scholarships

  • Highest academic average
  • Demonstrated leadership skill
  • Must be nominated by high school. York requests that only one candidate be nominated per school.
  • By submitting this application, you will also be considered for the other available international scholarships requiring an application.

Global Leader of Tomorrow Award

  • Highest academic average
  • Leadership and demonstrated skills
  • To renew – must have a high academic standing (7.80 on a 9-point York scale) in each academic year at York
  • By submitting this application, you will also be considered for the other available international scholarships requiring an application.

International Entrance Scholarship

  • Highest academic average
  • Demonstrated leadership skill
  • Letters of recommendation
  • To renew – maintain a high academic standing (7.80 on a 9-point York scale) in each academic year at York.
  • By submitting this application, you will also be considered for the other available international scholarships requiring an application.

Nationality: International students can apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: For Ontario high school students, the minimum admission requirement is the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, and six 4U/M courses, including ENG4U. Students may also be required to fulfil Faculty or program-specific prerequisites.

English Language Requirement: Programs at Keele Campus are offered in English, while programs at Glendon Campus are offered in a bilingual environment (English and French). To gain admission, students must demonstrate language proficiency in their program’s language of instruction. These are general guidelines only. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. York University reserves the right to require a successfully completed language proficiency test.

How to Apply:

  • Meet minimum admission requirements
  • Meet program-specific requirements
  • Know the application deadlines
  • Submit application
  • Submit all required documentation
  • Consider a modified admission request (for students with a diagnosed physical, learning or mental health disability)
  • Check on Transfer Credit for Advanced Placement

The following requirements apply to all applicants applying to undergraduate degree or certificate studies at York University.

  • Official Transcripts (all students are required to submit official transcripts except those qualifying as Mature applicants or as Visiting Students on a Letter of Permission)
  • Course Descriptions (for any postsecondary work taken outside of North America)
  • Language Proficiency Requirements
  • Supplementary Application

Schulich School of Business (accessed through the Schulich Web site)

Faculty of Education (accessed via MyFile)

Social Work (not applicable to Canadian high-school applicants) (accessed via MyFile)

  • Supplementary Evaluation process (School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design)

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is February 15, 2017.

Apply: Internships at Bank of England, Scholarships at UK Universities 2017

We are delighted to inform our international students from Africa and other Developing Countries that Bank Of England, UK is offering scholarships + Internships to African, African American or Caribbean students who has interest in studying for an Undergraduate degree in any UK universities.

This scholarship program covers up to £30,000 to support living costs during applicants undergraduate degree, Paid summer internships, Mentoring, coaching and support.

Eligibility

– Applicants must be Africans, African American or Caribbean.

– Applicants must have finished their high school program.

– Applicants must have applied or applying to any UK university.

– Applicants must have excellent results from previous educational program.

Application Process

The mode of application is online. apply today.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this scholarship program is on 26th February 2017.

¥152,000 Scholarships in Yokohama National University, Japan – Apply!

The Yokohama National University, with a grant funded by the Government of Japan and administered by the World Bank under the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) is offering scholarships to students from low and middle income World Bank member countries who wants to pursue a masters program in Infrastructure Management at the institution.

This scholarship program covers a monthly allowance of JPY152, 000 and a round-trip air ticket to Japan plus a travel allowance of USD 500. The scholarship also covers tuition fees, the entrance examination fee and the admission fee.

Eligibility

– Applicants must be citizens of a low and middle income World Bank member countries.

– Applicants must have completed their bachelors degree program in any recognized institution.

– Applicants must be under the age of forty-five (45) at the time of the Scholarship Application Deadline.

– Applicants must have at least three (3) years of recent fulltime paid professional experience acquired in development-related work after a Bachelor’s Degree.

– Applicants must be in good health.

Application Process

Interested applicants are advised to download and completely fill in the application form.

Applicants should download and completely fill in the following documents and sent alongside the scholarship application form:

Completed forms should be sent to:

Infrastructure Management Program
Graduate School of Urban Innovation
Yokohama National University
79-5 Tokiwadai
Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama 240-8501
Japan.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this scholarship program is on 10th March 2017.

£15,000 International Scholarships at London School of Economics – 2017

This is to inform all interested students that the  Pauline Graham is offering a whooping £15,000 International Scholarships at the London School of Economics (LSE) this 2017/18 academic session for all prospective students of the institution.

Listed below are the eligibility criteria for applying. Candidates who wish to apply are expected to go through the instructions given or check other scholarships using the links on this website if they do not meet requirements for this very program.

Eligibility

– Applicants must be Africans

– Applicants must be Female.

– Applicants must have completed their high school program.

– Applicants must have secured an offer of admission onto a BSc programme at the LSE.

– Applicants must have outstanding grades.

Application Process

Interested applications should download and completely fill in the Application Form.

Completed forms should be sent to Student Services Centre drop box or posted to:
Financial Support Office,
LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this scholarship program is on 26th April 2017

Excellence Scholarships at Monash University, Malaysia – 2017

This is to announce to all interested students that Monash University, Malaysia is offering numerous scholarships to International students who wants to undergo a bachelors degree program in the institution.

All Undergraduate courses are available for this scholarship program except Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Pharmacy.

This scholarship program is worth RM5,000 per semester and it is provided to students with academic excellence.

Eligibility

– Applicants must be International students.

– Applicants must have applied or applying to Monash University.

– Applicants must have an outstanding Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) or equivalent.

– Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification or an international senior secondary qualification accepted by the University.

Application Process

Applicants who are interested in this scholarship program will need to apply for Admission at Monash University Firstly before Completing the Scholarship Acknowledgement Form

Completed forms should be sent to :
Admissions Office
Monash University Malaysia
Building 2, Level 1
Jalan Lagoon Selatan
47500 Bandar Sunway
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this scholarship program are as follows:

5th May 2017 for July intake
4th August 2017 for October intake.

€20,000 African Students Scholarships at HEC Paris, France – Apply!

Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris (HEC) is a European business school located in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. €20,000 African Students Scholarships at HEC Paris, France – Apply!

Applications are invited from African and Asian Women who wants to study for a Masters in Business Administration(MBA).

This scholarship program is worth € 20,000 per year and it is provided to applicants with outstanding results.

Eligibility

– Applicants must be citizens of an African or Asian country.

– Applicants must be Female.

– Applicants must have completed their bachelors degree program.

– Applicants must be affected by a natural disaster, drought or famine.

– Applicants must have applied or applying to HEC, Paris.

Application Process

Interested applicants should apply.

The following are accompanied with applications:

– Essay Question: Please explain in 1,500 words why you should be named the Fondation Rainbow Bridge Scholar at the HEC Paris MBA Program, while identifying your post-MBA goals.

– Personal Financial Statement: Applicants must submit a detailed description of their financial circumstances as well as a cash-flow forecast for the 16-month duration at HEC.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this scholarship program is Not Mentioned Yet..

Decision Dates

January 2017 Full-time intake: 18th August 2017
September 2017 Full-time intake: 18th August 2017

£23,500 Future Leaders MBA Scholarships At Imperial College, UK

Online application for 2017/2018 £23,500 Future Leaders MBA Scholarships At Imperial College, UK has commenced. The Imperial College, UK invites applications from International students who has interest in studying for an MBA degree program in the Institution.

This scholarship program is worth £23,500 and it is durable for one year. The scholarship will be awarded to applicants with outstanding leadership potential.

Eligibility:

– Applicants must be International students.

– Applicants must have completed their bachelors degree program in any recognized institution.

– Applicants must have applied or applying to Imperial college, UK.

– Applicants must have excellent results in previous educational programs.

– Applicants must have a strong academic background, a high and well-balanced GMAT score, and an excellent track record of professional achievement.

Application is online here to apply Application while deadline for this scholarship program is on 5th May 2017.

SPE Imomoh International Scholarships For African Students in USA

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is offering the Imomoh Scholarships to African Students who wants to pursue a masters scholarship in USA.

The scholarship program is worth USD 2,000 and it is provided to applicants who makes it on merit.

Eligibility

– Applicants must be citizens of a SPE Africa Region.

– Applicants must have completed their bachelors degree program.

– Applicants must have applied for a master’s degree in petroleum engineering in any USA University.

– Applicants must have outstanding results in previous educational programs.

Application Process

The mode of application is online. apply.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this scholarship program is on 15th April 2017.

Iowa State University Scholarship for International Students 2017 – in USA

The Iowa State University US is offering the International Merit Scholarship for Fresh Undergraduate students for October 2017 academic session.

Application Deadline: 1st March 2017 | Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Students: International students

To be taken at (country): Iowa State University USA

Eligible Field of Study: Courses offered at the university

About Scholarship: Iowa State is committed to enrolling a diverse and talented student population. The International Merit Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement, and outstanding talent or achievements in one or more of the following areas: math and sciences, the arts, extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, innovation, or entrepreneurship.

Type: Undergraduate scholarship

Eligibility

Incoming international freshmen applicants and international transfer applicants with fewer than 66 transferrable semester credits

Selection Criteria

Demonstrated strong academic achievement, and outstanding talent or achievements in one or more of the following areas: math and sciences, the arts, extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, innovation, or entrepreneurship

Number of Scholarships: not specified

Value of Scholarship: There are two international Merit Scholarship levels:

Gold: $8,000/year (renewable)

Cardinal: $4,000/year (renewable)

Duration of Scholarship: Recipients will be funded for a maximum of 8 semesters, or completion of the degree, whichever comes first.

Application Requirements

  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) comparable to a minimum of 3.0 out of 4.0 (B)
  • The SAT is not required, but if submitted, it will be considered
  • A resume or CV listing your achievements
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A 500-word essay. You may write something that will help the committee get to know you better and tell us why you deserve the award, or you may answer one of the questions provided on the scholarship application form
  • Applicants must be international students and must have completed an international application for admission

How to Apply

You must submit your Undergraduate Application for Admission and all required transcripts, financial documents, and examination results before you may apply for the International Merit Scholarship, as your application file will be reviewed as part of the scholarship consideration.

Once you have submitted your application for admission, you may then complete the International Merit Scholarship Application Form.

Please be sure to use your name exactly as it is entered on your application for admission so that your scholarship application can be matched to your undergraduate application. You will use this form to upload your current resume or CV (in PDF format), type your essay, and send the letter of recommendation form to the person you have asked to provide it. (These items must all be submitted using this form. Any scholarship materials via email or post will not be accepted.)

$1,000 Secondary School Scholarship Program in USA, 2017

FormSwift Scholarship Program is open to high school graduate and college students. Just create a Business Plan Infographic about industries and get a chance to win the FormSwift Scholarship Program this year.

The Winner of the FormSwift Scholarship Program will receive $1,000. It will be awarded four times each year.

Applicants must be a graduating senior in high school or enrolled in college. Community college, professional college, and graduate students are all eligible, in addition to undergraduates at four-year universities. Value is $1,000.

Eligibility: 

  • You must be a graduating senior in high school or enrolled in college. Community college, professional college, and graduate students are all eligible, in addition to undergraduates at four-year universities.
  •  You may not be related to any of FormSwift’s staff or our extended family.
  • International students, including students from a college or graduating from a high school outside the United States, are also eligible to apply.

Nationality: US and International students are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

How to Apply: To be enter in the FormSwift Scholarship Program, either write a one to two-page business plan or make a business plan infographic about one of the following topics:

  • A Startup
    • A Restaurant
    • A Non-Profit
    • A Transportation Company
    • A Clothing Company

Applicants will need to submit:

  • You can send your entry to jamie[at]formswift.com with the email subject line “FormSwift Scholarship Entry”
    • Include your full name, state, and school within your submission. More details are online at their website.

Cambridge Scholarship Competition For Secondary Students in UK, 2017

The Reach Cambridge scholarship essay competition is designed for academically excellent high school students aged between 14 and 18 who would otherwise not be able to attend our summer programs. Please note that this scholarship competition is not for application to the University of Cambridge.

First Prize:
3 week scholarship prize (awarded to a maximum of 2 students): 100% of the program fee for our 3-week Program 1 (Explorer) in 2017.

Second Prize
2-week scholarship prize (awarded to a maximum of 3 students): 100% of the program fee for either our two-week Program 2 (Leader) or our two-week Program 3 (Scholar) program in 2017.

Please note that both prices include all those items ordinarily covered by the program fee. They do not include the cost of flights or other items which are not ordinarily covered by the program fee. See terms & conditions for further details.

What is the essay question and what else will be taken into consideration?

The essay question for this year’s scholarship competition is:

“What do you think your country could learn from other countries, and what do you think other countries could learn from yours?” N.B.: You are welcome to refer to either your country of birth or your country of residence – whichever you wish to write about.

To craft a good essay requires careful argumentation, clear structure and personality. It is these characteristics that we will look for in judging applicants’ essays. We will also take into account the letter of recommendation supplied by your school. Details and application is available on their website.

USDA National Scholarships for Secondary School Seniors in USA, 2017

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program offers scholarships to U.S. citizens. The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and rising college sophomores and juniors.

The goal of the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is to increase the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and the related disciplines. National Scholars are required to study in the following or related disciplines.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the 1890 Land-Grant Universities. The program awards scholarships to students accepted to or attending one of the 1890 Land-Grant Universities in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food science, natural resource science, or a related academic discipline(s).

Course Level: The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in USA. Details on their website.

£5,000 Free Scholarships At Bath Spa University, UK – 2017

The Bath Spa University is offering the Vice Chancellor’s scholarships to International students who wants to undergo a Postgraduate taught masters program in the Institution.

This scholarship program is worth £5,000 and it is offered in diverse fields to help students in upgrading their education.

Eligibility

– Applicants must be International students.

– Applicants must have completed their bachelors degree program.

– Applicants must have applied or applying to Bath Spa University.

– Applicants must have outstanding grades.

Application Process

Applicants must hold an offer of admission for a Bath Spa University postgraduate taught Master’s degree programme that is full-time and taught on-campus, and complete the Application Form.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this scholarship program is on 22nd June 2017.

Wings to Fly Secondary School Scholarships – Apply!

Equity Bank Scholarships; Equity bank scholarship foundation provides over 2000 secondary school scholarships for Kenyan students each year. Download high school scholarship application forms!

Each year, the Equity Bank Group Scholarship Foundation Wings to Fly program offers over 2000 comprehensive secondary school scholarships in Kenya.

The Wings to Fly scholarships are given to top performing pupils ranked in the top 5 percentile in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam and who are economically and socially marginalized, from every district where Equity Bank has a branch.

Only children from needy backgrounds who would otherwise not afford to join Form 1 without financial support are considered for the scholarships.

Details about the Scholarship

  • Candidates who have attained 350 marks and above are advised to fill in the application form, attach their slip and return the same to the nearest Equity Bank branch or Equity Bank Agent.
  • Application forms can be obtained from Equity Bank or nearby Equity Bank Agents
  • Completed application forms must be returned to the Equity Bank branch or Equity Bank Agent not later than 10th January
  • Shortlisted students will be invited for interviews which will be conducted by the Equity Group Foundation District Scholarship Selection Board.
  • The Wings to Fly scholarship caters for school fees, books, uniform, transport, shopping and pocket money for the four years of secondary school.

The Wings to Fly program is a partnership between Equity Group Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation with support from USAID, UKAID, KfW and PEPFAR.

It is a program that provides comprehensive Secondary School education and leadership training to academically promising yet economically and socially marginalized young Kenyans.