International students

External Scholarships

Highlighted below are several external scholarships and loan schemes suitable for international students liable to pay tuition fees at Aalto University.

Please note, Aalto University does not administer the scholarship programs listed in this page directly or indirectly. They are totally external scholarships listed here for your convenience. For any inquiries on criteria, application process, decision making or time tables, kindly reach out to the respective institutions directly.

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Tips for applying for a grant, bursary or scholarship

Searching for the right opportunity

  1. Prepare in advance: It's crucial to start gathering necessary documents and drafting application materials well ahead of deadlines to avoid last-minute stress and ensure everything is in order.
  2. Think locally and creatively: Explore scholarships offered by local organizations, businesses, or community groups, as they may have less competition and be more tailored to your specific circumstances.
  3. Let people know you are applying: Inform mentors, teachers, and peers about your scholarship pursuits, as they may offer valuable advice, support, or connections to enhance your application.

Applying for a scholarship

  1. Check eligibility criteria:  Before investing time and effort into an application, carefully review the eligibility requirements to ensure you meet the necessary qualifications for the scholarship.
  2. Find a suitable referee: Select someone who knows you well and can speak to your strengths and accomplishments, as a strong letter of recommendation can significantly enhance your application. When requesting letters of recommendation, remember to include a CV, your latest transcript, and a concise statement outlining the program you are intending to join and the scholarship you are applying to.
  3. Have CV/Resume ready: Maintain an updated CV highlighting your academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and relevant experiences to streamline the application process.
  4. Have transcripts ready: Ensure you have official transcripts readily available, as many scholarship applications require academic records to verify your qualifications.
  5. Motivation letter: Reflect on your long-term goals and aspirations to tailor your scholarship applications to align with your future plans and demonstrate your commitment to your chosen field.
  6. Edit and proofread: Proofread your application materials thoroughly and consider seeking feedback from others to catch any errors or inconsistencies that spellcheckers may miss.
  7. Spend time on your application: Make your application compelling to read and ensure that you tailor it to the specific requirements and criteria. What makes you the right candidate for the scholarship? Showcase your academic achievements, extracurricular activities, leadership experiences, and community involvement in your application. Craft well-written and persuasive essays that demonstrate your passion, goals, and how receiving the scholarship would benefit you. 

After Applying

  1. Give thanks: After your application, remember to thank your recommenders and anyone who assisted you throughout the process, as well as the scholarship committee if you have been awarded a scholarship. 
  2. Have a contingency plan: While applying for scholarships, it's wise to have alternative funding options or backup plans in case your primary scholarship application is unsuccessful.

Contact External Scholarships

If you have any further questions related to external scholarships or you are planning to apply to Aalto University with another scholarship not listed here, please send a message to [email protected].

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