Want to study in the United States? Join the crowd! Over $1M international students studied in the U.S. during the 2019–20 academic year.*
Studying abroad is an invaluable experience that will not only give you an academic edge over other students, but will also enrich your understanding of foreign cultures and perspectives. While many students wait until college or university to study abroad, there are plenty of opportunities to do so during high school. Don’t let the cost of studying abroad deter you—there are many scholarship opportunities available for students, to help make it affordable. Consider the following list of scholarship and grant funds available to international high school students interested in studying in the U.S.
This highly competitive, merit-based scholarship is offered to high school students from Europe and Eurasia to study in the U.S. The rigorous application process includes three rounds of testing. The scholarship is awarded to students who distinguish themselves by their “maturity, determination, and eagerness to share in a true exchange of cultures.”
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program provides year-long academic, homestay, and community service opportunities for American and German high school students, vocational school graduates, and young professionals.
Funded by the US Department of State, the YES program provides merit-based scholarships to high school students, ages 15–17, from countries with a strong Muslim population, to help improve U.S. foreign relations by encouraging “civil society, youth leadership development, and lasting ties” with other countries. Candidates will complete multiple rounds to the selection process, including an English proficiency exam, essay, application, and interviews.
The Rotary Foundation and other local and regional clubs offer a variety of scholarship opportunities for students to study abroad, in order to promote peace efforts, leadership skills, and global citizenship. Prize amounts and eligibility vary by club.
Scholarship database websites such as We Make Scholars provide filters to find the right scholarship, fellowship, or grant for you. Check in periodically to stay current on your financial opportunities. Application dates, requirements, and deadlines vary.
Find more money to study abroad. Check with your academic advisor or local organizations, foundations, and businesses that may offer scholarships.
Learn more about studying in the U.S. as an international high school student.
Visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Study in the States online resource for helpful tips.
*The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, U.S. Department of State. opendoorsdata.org/annual-release, accessed 13 January 2021.