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There's a lot of debate and polemics about which is the best college to enroll in. For most of us, it would be a dream come true to get into any of these, but for a select few extraordinary graduates, the gates to these prestigious institutions are open. Now, obviously most of us have heard of the likes of Harvard, Stanford, MIT and so on, but how good exactly are they in comparison to each other? How do they set themselves apart? Thankfully, there are multiple sources which can be used to determine how good a college is, the one we've chosen to use here is the 2019 QS World University Rankings. This ranking ranks all of the world's colleges against one another, pitting strength against strength, weakness against weakness. Showing off every unique characteristic of each of these educational institutions. So, without further ado, we bring this information to you:

1.Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT for short, is according to this ranking, the crowning, number 1 university in the world. This comes as no surprise to many, as MIT has been near the top or at the top of these rankings for many years previously. The mainly technological giant has proven that it has gone far away from its initial role of a tech-only university and branched out onto a truly diverse field of subjects. To find out even more information about MIT visit their website here

Financial aid

Another thing MIT has been doing really well in its long existence since 1861 is supporting young talents from around the world. MIT has a very large and diverse set of students, taking the best from pretty much every country in the world, sometimes purely on the merit of what they did, rather than academics. In accordance with this, MIT has a top-notch financial aid program. A whopping ninety percent of students at MIT are on some kind of financial aid.

MIT also has needs-blind admissions, which means all students have an equal chance of getting in, regardless of financial background. At MIT the largest source of undergraduate financial aid is the MIT scholarship, a need-based grant. These are packaged based on your family’s ability to contribute towards the price of the student's education.

The way how much aid you get is calculated is simple, you take the student expenses( About seventy thousand dollars) subtract the amount the student's parents would be willing to contribute and the rest is obtained from MIT as financial aid.

The expected parent contribution is calculated in accordance with a variation of the College Board's methodology to determine eligibility for MIT undergraduate scholarships and the Federal Methodology to determine eligibility for federal student financial assistance for undergraduate students. There's also about $2000 expected earnings from the student during the summer.

In addition to all this, there are also grants and scholarships that are merit-based given by the US government.(Like the Penn grant) Which, to someone that qualifies for MIT are an almost guarantee given that the merit needed to get admission into the world’s top university are far above those needed to get a slight boost of a scholarship.

Now, as to MIT life off campus, if you can afford it, is actually quite similar in price? According to MIT’s official data here Studying off-campus is only $67 more expensive than doing so on campus. This means that students are given a lot of freedom about their whereabouts, however, it is expected of freshmen to spend at least one year on campus, to truly experience the Greek life at MIT.

The tuition fees for those that are able to pay them in full, are depending on degree, around $46 700, which while a hefty price, is worth it for attending the best university in the world.

 

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten into MIT, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are pretty steep, with the cheapest apartments we were able to find pricing above $2000 a month plus utilities.

Fortunate for those of us of Asian descent, MIT is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how much of a presence natively Asian students have at MIT. Our recommendations for shops would be the Reliable marked and Hmart Cambridge. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, MIT has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare your own culture’s meals at your leisure.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in on the MIT campus, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at MIT.

For those of us that are a bit more party-minded, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be the Havana Club and  Muddy Charles pub.

Due to a reasonably high amount of upper-income families sending their children to MIT, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Area Four or Legal Sea Foods.

However, despite all the good things, MIT is not without a single drawback to it. It doesn’t offer any kind of supplementary English course, which means that for international students for whom English is a second language, the MIT experience might be partway frustrating due to the potential language barrier.

2.Stanford University

Coming up at the No.2 spot is again a US-based institution. This time, it’s an university in Stanford, US, appropriately named Stanford University It’s coming in right behind MIT, trailing it quite closely due to its vaster facilities. Stanford also has an online learning platform which you can, and should check out here. Unlike MIT which focuses on technology, Stanford puts emphasis on raising future business owners and leaders in fields like politics. This is to say that it’s a more soft-science heavy university. However, Stanford should not be underestimated in the hard sciences, and especially not as a research institution. With over 6200 externally sponsored research opportunities in it, it’s the ideal place for young minds with an interest in research to go to. Famous for some particular examples: like the Stanford prison experiment in psychology which has made its way into textbooks across the world. These are just some of the things that make Stanford university a top-notch institution worthy of its spot on this ranking. You can visit their website at: https://www.stanford.edu/

Financial aid

Finance is an issue for a lot of students at Stanford, ironic given the university’s heavy business and silicon valley ties. Another thing Stanford has been doing really well in its long existence since 1855 is supporting young talents from around the world. Stanford has a very large and diverse set of students, attempting to see the potential in every student. Stanford as an institution understands that talent can come in many shapes and forms and Is something available in all regions of the world. Sometimes, Stanford will take a student purely on their achievements outside of school, such as setting up a successful business or marketing agency. Quite unlike this is however, Stanford Universities financial aid program. Unlike MIT, it’s not anywhere near as accepting, nor as easygoing with its funds when it comes to investing into students. So while it will take international students, it goes out of its way to help them much less.

Stanford has a limited amount of financial aid for international students. International students needing assistance must make that indication on the admission application. Applicants who are admitted with eligibility for aid will be awarded assistance from institutional funds based on their family financial circumstances.

International students who do not request consideration for financial aid at the time they apply for admission will not be eligible to apply for aid at Stanford throughout their undergraduate years.

However, if your citizenship status changes during the time you are enrolled as an undergraduate, and you become eligible for federal student aid, you may also be considered for need-based scholarship funds starting in the quarter during which your citizenship status changes.

In order to receive university scholarship funds, international students must obtain either a Social Security number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Stanford's Bechtel International Center offers information on their website about obtaining an SSN or an ITIN. The SSN or ITIN is not required as part of the financial aid application process. For more about the process for applying, check

Now, when it comes to the actual amounts gotten from Stanford, to those few applicants that actually get financial aid, are need-based and cover everything that the student will need. Which could be quite a bit, given that a school year at Stanford costs $49,617 for the tuition alone. The on-campus living costs are estimated to be $18,804 which is quite a conservative estimate given the area. To see more about financial aid visit:

https://financialaid.stanford.edu/undergrad/apply/index.html for undergrad studies and

https://financialaid.stanford.edu/grad/apply/index.html for graduate studies.

Now, as to Stanford  life off campus, the prices can vary quite a bit, though the main expenses being more living costs and cuisine, it’s estimated to be about $4230 more expensive which puts it at a hefty figure of $ 23,034 just to live off of campus, combined with the tuition costs you’d be looking at around $72 654

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the financials and the low acceptance rates, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are not quite as bad as they could be, we managed to find an apartment for just $1395 and it is this one, despite this, we’d recommend getting a roommate to split the costs with you anyways, as it can be quite fun during the college years of ones life. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Fortunate for those of us of Asian descent, Stanford is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how many of today’s business owners are natively Asian. Our recommendations for shops would be Sigona’s farmers market and the hankook supermarket. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Stanford has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare your own culture’s meals at your leisure.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in on the Stanford campus, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at Stanford. Of course there’s also a wide variety of business clubs to join, each with their own niche.

For those of us that are looking for a traditional, partying heavy college experience, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be the Patio and Calave.

Due to a reasonably high amount of upper-income families sending their children to Stanford, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Lakeside dining or Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and wine bar.

However, despite all the good things, Stanford is not without a single drawback to it. It doesn’t offer any kind of supplementary English course, which means that for international students for whom English is a second language, the Stanford experience might be partway frustrating due to the potential language barrier. However this is unlikely to be an issue, as a good command of English is required to even enter Stanford

If you wish to contact Stanford admissions offices you can do so here for undergraduate and graduate studies both:

 admission@stanford.edu For general admission questions

 intl.admission@stanford.edu For personal admission questions

To contact your specific admissions officer, visit here: https://admission.stanford.edu/counselors/officers

3.Harvard University

Another US-based university is at No.3 and boy is it a surprise. Harvard university, the arguably most famous Ivy-league university is coming up behind two of its competitors at number 3. Unlike the previous two which have distinct focuses, Harvard is the oldest university in the states. It doesn’t restrict its views into any one category. Harvard holds its place with earned pride, and although it may have dropped in the rankings a bit, it should not be underestimated. It is a force to be reckoned with, and without a doubt the best university for making high-level business connections. Harvard has taught many future business owners and leaders in fields like politics, even presidents of the US have attended it! However lately it’s been putting a really heavy emphasis on science and engineering. To find out more about it you can visit Harvard’s website at: https://www.harvard.edu/

Financial aid

Finance is an issue for a lot of students at Harvard, ironic given the university’s heavy business and political ties. Since its inception, Harvard has supported students around the world. Over 50% of Harvard’s student body gets some form of financial aid, and 100% of Harvard graduates do so debt-free. This means that if you get into Harvard, you shouldn’t need to concern yourself with trivialities like student loans. Over 20% of Harvard is made up of students whose families pay absolutely nothing. Harvard, like MIT  has needs-blind admissions, meaning that they give out all the money that cannot be achieved by the parents.

Once you are admitted to Harvard, they work closely with your family to ensure you can afford to come here. Because Harvard seeks the best students regardless of their ability to pay, they are committed to meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all four years. International students receive exactly the same financial aid as Americans. In fact, approximately 70 percent of their students receive some form of aid, and about 60 percent receive need–based scholarships and pay an average of $12,000 per year. Twenty percent of parents pay nothing. No loans required.

Harvard claims to follow two key principles:

·        Admission to Harvard is need-blind, meaning your financial need will not impede your chances of admission.

·        Aid is based entirely on need, not merit.

Harvard has specially delegated financial aid officers that work closely with your family to determine your demonstrated need and your family’s expected contribution. For many families, this is between zero and 10 percent of family income. You will also be asked to contribute to the cost of your education through term-time and summer employment.

Eligibility for aid

Harvard’s generous financial aid program—bolstered by the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, which seeks to increase low- and middle-income students’ awareness of Harvard’s affordability—aims to make Harvard accessible to any student who is admitted.

·        The program requires no contribution from Harvard families with annual incomes below $65,000. About 20% of our families have no parent contribution.

·        Families with incomes between $65,000 and $150,000 will contribute from 0-10% of their income, and those with incomes above $150,000 will be asked to pay proportionately more than 10%, based on their individual circumstances.

·        Families at all income levels who have significant assets are asked to pay more than those in less fortunate circumstances.

·        Home equity and retirement assets are not considered in our assessment of financial need.

Use The Net Price Calculator to quickly estimate your aid package and expected family contribution.

To find out even more about Harvard’s financial aid programs, go here: https://college.harvard.edu/financial-aid

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the financials and the low acceptance rates, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are not quite as bad as they could be, we managed to find an apartment for just $983 despite this, we’d recommend getting a roommate to split the costs with you anyways, as it can be quite fun during the college years of ones life. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Fortunate for those of us of Asian descent, Harvard is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how many of today’s business owners are natively Asian. Our recommendations for shops would be Sigona’s farmers market and the hankook supermarket. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Harvard has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare whichever meals from whichever culture you desire.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in on the Harvard campus, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at Harvard. Of course there’s also a wide variety of political science, debate and science clubs to join.

For those of us that are looking for a good hard party, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be the Havana and Middlesex lounge.

Due to a reasonably high amount of upper-income families sending their children to Harvard, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Lakeside dining or Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and wine bar.

However, despite all the good things, Harvard is not without a single drawback to it. Much like the previous two,  it doesn’t offer any kind of supplementary English course, which means that for international students for whom English is a second language, the Harvard experience might be partway frustrating due to the potential language barrier. However this is unlikely to be an issue, as a good command of English is required to even enter Harvard

If you wish to contact Harvard admissions offices you can do so here for undergraduate and graduate studies both: https://college.harvard.edu/contact-us unfortunately, Harvard doesn’t publicly state its admissions email addresses.

 

4.California Institute of Technology(Caltech)

 

At the number 4 spot is yet another US university. This time, it’s an university in California, US, appropriately named California Institute of Technology, though more commonly referred to as ‘Caltech’. It is MIT’s biggest competitor in the field of technology. Unlike the other 3, Caltech is not a massive university, it’s smaller, and more focused. This focus lies in technology, with most Alumni going off to silicon valley for employment or entrepreneurship. Caltech also has an online learning platform at http://online.caltech.edu/. This is an excellent opportunity for future students to have a taste of what might be the most difficult university for hard sciences in the US. Caltech only admits around 230 undergraduates a year, making it one of the, by far, most selective universities in the world, and even on this list. Caltech asks that its students display an interest in ‘math,science and engineering’ which is to illustrate even better just how intent on getting precisely the students it needs Caltech is.

You can visit Caltech’s website at: http://www.caltech.edu/

Financial aid

Finance is an issue for a lot of students at Caltech, partly because of the needs-blind admission process they employ. Another thing Caltech has been doing really well in its short existence is supporting young tech talents from around the world. Caltech has a very large and diverse set of students, attempting to see the potential in every student. Caltech as an institution understands that talent can come in many shapes and forms and Is something available in all regions of the world. Caltech has one of the best financial aid programs in the world, covering all the students’ needs.

In order to determine your level of need, Caltech uses the following formula:

Cost of Attendance - Family Contribution = Demonstrated Financial Need

The Cost of Attendance is the total cost of attending Caltech for one year.  It includes both direct charges from Caltech, like tuition and fees, as well as other expenses, like books and supplies.

The Family Contribution represents the amount of money your family would be expected to pay for one year of school.  They calculate the exact amount of your family's contribution with our needs analysis formula. Obviously, in case the student themselves contributes to family finance, this would be accounted for.

Your Financial Aid Package
Caltech will meet your demonstrated financial need through a combination of awards known as a financial aid package.  A typical package will consist of 
grants and scholarshipsstudent employment, and student loans.

Additional Resources
If you are receiving any additional financial resources, e.g. outside scholarships, notify the Caltech office with the source and amount you expect to receive.  External financial resources may reduce or offset your demonstrated financial need.  If this is the case, we will need to adjust your financial aid award. 

This means that Caltech will give you all you need to study in it. It’s an excellent opportunity for science passionate students to indulge in their passions and grow as professionals in an environment that’s unparalleled in the world. And what’s more it gives you an ideal framework to graduate debt-free regardless of your financial background. If you want to know more about admissions visit admissions.caltech.edu or their email ugadmissions@caltech.edu

Now, as to Caltech  life off campus, the prices are…quite large. Luckily Undergraduate students, graduate students, visiting students, and Caltech postdoctoral scholars may be eligible for Caltech Housing. Though the main expenses are living costs and cuisine, it’s estimated to be about $500 more expensive which puts it at a hefty figure.

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the financials and the low acceptance rates, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are about as bad as they could be, we managed to find an apartment for $1760, due to this, we’d recommend getting a roommate to split the costs with you anyways, as it can be quite fun during the college years of ones life. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Luckily for those of us that are of Asian descent, Caltech is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how much of the student body is, Caltech has the highest percentage of Asian undergrads among the Ivy league, at 43%. Our recommendations for shops would be 99 Ranch Market and the good food supermarket. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Caltech has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare your own culture’s meals at your leisure.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in on the Caltech campus, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at Caltech. Of course there’s also a wide variety of Science clubs to join, each with their own niche.

For those of us that are looking for a traditional, partying heavy college experience, there’s a few excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be the Arroyo chop house and ITzUSA. However, if you’re looking for a different kind of experience, Los Angeles is very close, so a lot of students elect to go there for their partying needs.

Due to a reasonably high amount of upper-income families sending their children to Caltech, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Roy’s Pasedena or Parkway grill Steakhouse and wine bar.

However, despite all the good things, Caltech is not without a single drawback to it. It doesn’t offer any kind of supplementary English course, which means that for international students for whom English is a second language, the Caltech experience might be partway frustrating due to the potential language barrier. However this is unlikely to be an issue, as a good command of English is required to even enter Caltech. Another disadvantage is the comparatively small student body, Caltech only takes about 250 undergrads every year. This means that it has a total of about 1000, this means that the campus can feel slightly empty at times. However, for students that prefer a small, tight knit environment this is perfect.

5. University Of Oxford

 

At the number 5 spot, finally finishing off the reign of US universities, is one from the UK. This time, it’s an university in Oxford, UK, intuitively named University of Oxford,. It is the UK’s biggest and most famous university. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century.  There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, 40% of these are international students, and about half the city’s population are students.

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Financial aid

Finance is usually not an issue to students at Oxford, due to the fact that they DO look at financial background before accepting a student, however their tuition costs are nowhere near as oppressive as US universities. However, Oxford DOES have a financial hardship program.

It is expected that all students will secure the necessary funds to cover their fees and living costs. The University and its colleges have limited funds available to students who experience financial difficulties after starting their course.

If you feel that you are in financial difficulties you should follow the steps below:

1. If you are a Home/EU student, you should ensure that you have applied for all government funds to which you may be entitled.

For undergraduate and PGCE students, this relates principally to the maintenance support and/or tuition fee support as well as any extra support available, as outlined on the Gov.uk website.

For graduate students, this relates principally to the Postgraduate Master’s loan, as well as government allowances and benefits available to students who have extra needs, such as students with a disability or student parents who may be eligible to claim child benefit or tax credits.

2. Speak to your college

If you are in financial difficulty you should always approach your college or hall in the first instance. Colleges understand the financial constraints students experience and will be able to offer advice on the support that you may be eligible to apply for, including any relevant College Hardship Funds.(This refers specifically to each individual college which is part of Oxford university)

3. Assess your financial situation

Each year a large number of students apply for assistance without looking to see what action they can take to improve their financial situation first. Assess where you are spending money and whether it is necessary, for instance by looking at your bank statements. You may also find it useful to refer to the Managing your finances webpage. The University is committed to helping students in financial difficulties but cannot offer assistance where this is caused by excessive and unnecessary expenditure.

4. Check your eligibility to apply for hardship funds provided by the University

Students can apply to the following centrally-administered hardship funds, which offer financial support through grants and/or loans:

Access to Learning Fund (ALF) for students with a Home fee status

University Hardship Fund (UHF) for all students (regardless of their fee status) experiencing unexpected financial difficulties

Vice-Chancellors' Fund for students in the final stages of their DPhil.                 

To find out even more about Oxford’s financial aid programs visit: https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/fees-funding/assistance?wssl=1

The tuition costs themselves aren’t too high, resting at about $15000

 

Life in the area as an international student

After getting through the grueling admittance process, how will your life as an international student be? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are quite good given the UK’s housing market compared to the US, we managed to find an apartment for $516 and it is this one, although despite this, a roommate wouldn’t hurt to help adjust to UK culture. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Luckily for those of us that are of Asian descent, Oxford has a lot of  high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how popular Asian food is in the UK. Our recommendations for shops would be Jing Jing Oriental Food Store and Thong Heng which has a 4.5 star review average on Google. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Oxford has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare your own culture’s meals at your leisure.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in every Oxford college, although they place a particular point on music, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at Oxford. Of course there’s also a wide variety of business clubs to join, each with their own niche.

For those of us that are looking for a traditional, partying heavy college experience, there’s a LOT of excellent night clubs near the university, I mean it’s a student town, what would one expect. As well as pubs, as is traditional for England, our personal recommendations would be the Cellar and ATIK Club.

Due to a very high amount of upper-income families sending their children to Oxford, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as The One or Victors.

However, despite all the good things, Oxford is not without a single flaw to it. It doesn’t offer any kind of English course, which means that for international students for whom English is a second language, it’ll be a bit difficult, especially given that Oxford speaks quite a peculiar accent.

To find out more about admissions, visit here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions

 

6. University Of Cambridge

At No. 6 is Oxford’s eternal rival and compatriot, being also a UK based university comes the University of Cambridge. Cambridge is widely acknowledged as a vibrant place to be a student. On the academic side, the university is home to over 100 libraries, which hold more than 15 million books in total. There are also nine world-renowned arts, scientific and cultural museums such as Kettle’s Yard and the Fitzwilliam Museum, which are open to the public throughout the year, as well as a botanical garden for those of us intent on biology. Ninety-eight Nobel laureates and 15 British prime ministers have a connection of some sort with Cambridge as students, faculty or alumni, including Francis Crick and Frederick Sanger. It is divided into 31 colleges, each with their own autonomy.

 

Financial aid

Financial support for overseas undergraduate students is limited. Few full scholarships are available at undergraduate level; most support is a partial contribution to your overall costs and is means-tested. This is to say that while Cambridge does offer SOME full scholarships, most scholarships are only partial in nature.

You can get awarded awards from the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International trust. These awards are mostly part-cost to foreigners, including those that are affiliated with Cambridge and have been accepted by it.

 You cannot apply for funding through the Trust until you've been offered a place at any of the Cambridge colleges. At this point, the College will send you full details of the Trust awards and an application form. All awards are means-tested. To browse available awards by country, see the Trust website.

Some Colleges offer partial financial support for foreigner students. You can get more information through any of the specific college’s admissions office. This means that before applying to Cambridge, if you’ll need financial support, you should check ahead with the college you want to apply to.

In case you have a certain disability which could inhibit you from normal function you should check the International Disabled Students' Fund (IDS Fund) is administered by the Disability Resource Centre. Eligible offer holders and students of the University who are classified as an international student for fees purposes are able to apply to the Fund for support in meeting the costs of academic-related disability support. See the Disability Resource Centre website for details.

For those of us that are of Hong-Kong descent: If you're a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region applying for a first degree at Cambridge, you're eligible to apply for one of these Scholarships. The Scholarships offer cash awards and means-tested support for tuition fees and maintenance (living costs).

To apply for one of these Scholarships, you need to send your application for the Scholarship at the same time as you submit your application to Cambridge. For further information about the Scholarships and how to apply, see the Prince Philip Scholarship website.

To learn more about the scholarships offered at Cambridge visit: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/fees-and-finance/financial-support

The tuition costs themselves aren’t too high, resting at about $15000, which while not little, is a mile off of what you’d pay to attend any of the universities on this list from the US.

 

Life in the area as an international student

After getting through the grueling admittance process, how will your life as an international student be? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are quite good given the UK’s housing market compared to the US, we managed to find an apartment for $980 and it is this one, while this is a bit above the prices in Oxford, the vibrant city life should make up for this. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Now, being a student town, Cambridge has a LOT of Asian stores, for all your native needs. This is to little surprise given how popular Asian food is in the UK. Our recommendations for shops would be Seoul Plaza and Samping Oriental Supermarket, which is a really massive Asian store. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Cambridge has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare your own culture’s meals, such as the very popular Arjuna wholefoods.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in every Cambridge college, although they place a particular accent on drama, from fraternities and sororities, to debate clubs,  to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at Oxford. Of course there’s also some oddball clubs to join, as with every UK university.

For those of us that are looking to have a good night out every few days, there’s a LOT of excellent night clubs near the university, as with every other student town, what would one expect. As well as pubs, as is traditional for England, our personal recommendations would be the The Q club and Cambridge Junction Club.

Due to a very most of Cambridge’s student body coming from wealth, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as The Midsummer house or Cotto Restaurant.

Like most of the other universities on this list, It doesn’t offer any kind of English course, which means that for international students for whom English is a second language, it’ll be a bit difficult, especially given that Cambridge speaks quite a peculiar accent.

To find out more about admissions, send an email here: Jon.Beard@admin.cam.ac.uk

7. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

 

At the number 7 spot, is a doozy from the non-English speaking world. We’re talking about ETH Zurich, or colloquially, just ‘Zurich’. This university is known for a large variety of things, although most of them relate to science. It has perhaps the best roster of alumni in the world, with 20 Nobel winners, amongst them sir Albert Einstein himself, perhaps one of the biggest scientists of all time. Education at Zurich is more about theory than it is about practice, most degree programs contain some form of mathematics. For undergraduates, the main teaching language will be German, while for masters and doctorates it’ll be English. Zurich also demands an AT LEAST C1 level of German for undergraduates, seeing this as necessary for following the lectures at the university. The University’s students have twice as many lectures as other Swiss institutions do. Built on the outskirts of Switzerland’s largest city, the students can still attend plays, concerts and other stress-relief activities.

 

You can find out more about Zurich at: https://www.ethz.ch/en.html

Financial aid

Finance as a whole is very, VERY rarely an issue at Zurich. This is because the tuition costs for undergrad students are a measly $583 per semester The tuition fee covers the enrolment in all courses. It is payable for each regular semester and for the semester in which the Master’s thesis is written.

Students who are enrolled both in a Bachelor's and a directly following Master's program are charged with only one tuition fee. Students who are enrolled in more than one study program (additional enrolment in a different program) have to pay the tuition fees for each enrolment.

There are also other small fees, as well as voluntary donations to affiliated projects you can check here: https://www.ethz.ch/en/studies/financial/tuition-fees.html

While Zurich believes in the policy that the student should be able to pay for their own fees, they do offer multiple kinds of scholarships for those that aren’t quite so fortunate.

Scholarships from ETH Zurich are always intended to provide subsidiary funding. In other words, they are designed to supplement the resources the student themselves puts into their study. In particular any other scholarships from the student’s canton of residence or country of origin will be applicable to this. ETH Zurich scholarships will not completely cover the costs of studies and living for the student.

The scholarship calculator given here can help determine the amount of a potential ETH-Scholarship. There is no entitlement to benefits on the basis of this estimate sum. However, this can serve as an useful pointer.

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Study grants from foundations

There are a large number of organizations in Switzerland and abroad offering grants of to support students. It is worth researching for these opportunities online and/or making enquiries at your local authority of choice for more of them.

An estimation of living and study costs in Zurich for international students is given in this PDF file:

Living costs (PDF, 57 KB)

 

Zurich also gives scholarships based on ‘Excellence’. ETH Zurich supports students which have demonstrated far above average achievement and who wish to pursue Master's degree studies. For said studies, Zurich can help out by offering two scholarship programmes:

Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP)

Master Scholarship Programme (MSP)

 

The Swiss government itself also gives some scholarships in itself, the Swiss Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) awards scholarships for postgraduate studies to foreign students with a university degree.

For further information see Swiss Government Scholarships

If there’s anything else you’d like to find out about the financial aid at Zurich, visit: https://www.ethz.ch/en/studies/financial.html

Life in the area as an international student

After getting your admission letter from ETH Zurich, how will your life as an international student be? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. Another worry that a student might be presented with here is the distance from said apartment to the university, hence a life on-campus is recommended. The prices in the area are really good given that Switzerland’s housing market is excellent compared to the US, we managed to find an apartment for just $350 a month and it is this one, although despite this, a roommate wouldn’t hurt to help adjust to Swiss culture. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Unfortunately for those of us that are of Asian descent, Zurich isn’t very plentiful with high-quality Asian shops. However, the ones that are there offer quite a wide sellection. Our recommendations for shops would be the Asia Store and the New Asia Market. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. Zurich tries very hard to keep its students nutrition at an excellent level. However when all else fails, Zurich has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare your own culture’s meals whenever and however you might want to do so.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in Zurich, although a particular accent is placed on sport, music and dance. There is even an annual competition where thousands of dancers come to visit Zurich. From fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at Zurich. Of course there’s also a wide variety of science clubs to join, each with their own niche.

For those of us that are looking for a traditional, partying heavy college experience, there’s a LOT of excellent night clubs near the university, I mean it’s a student town, what would one expect. In addition to this, it serves German beer, which is famous well, everywhere. Our personal recommendations, some from personal experience would be the Mascotte and Hiltl Club.

Due to a very high amount of upper-income families sending their children to Zurich, and Switzerland naturally being a rich country there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Maison Manesse or Mesa.

However, despite all the good things, Zurich can and oftentimes does present an issue for international students. This is because it requires EXEMPLARY knowledge of German for all undergraduates, and English for graduates. Switzerland’s multi-nationality as a country doesn’t help either, in practice a student should know 2-3 additional languages in addition to their own.

To find out more about admissions, visit here: https://www.ethz.ch/en/studies/registration-application/master/application/contact.html

8. Imperial College London

At number 8 is another British university, this time one in the heart of the UK, we are of course talking about the Imperial College London. It is a one of a kind university in the UK, focusing exclusively on areas such as Science, Engineering, Business and Medicine. It is a research-focused university, trying to educate students through practice rather than rote repetition as many of us may be used to doing. There is plenty of green around the university, with parks at about a 10min walk from the center. Imperial is one of the most international universities in the world, sitting at about 59% international students, it’s a very research focused university, and presents an unique opportunity for the students to interact with the Nobel prize level scientists within the faculty. To find out more about this, and all other things Imperial, visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/ .

Financial aid

Imperial boasts itself to have a quite robust and need-based financial aid program. They say that your financial need will not stop you from enrolling, however the truth of this is arguable. While Imperial does have a lot of financial aid programs, we wouldn’t quite say that it’ll always be enough to support a person in studying there.

The tuition costs range from $12000 for EU students, to up to $40000 for foreigners. That said, here are  some of the ways that Imperial helps fund its prospective students’ educations:

First, there’s the The Imperial Bursary scheme which provides support on a sliding scale for Home undergraduate students with annual household incomes of up to £60,000. This is much higher than the UK Government threshold for financial support (£42,875 for 2017 entry). The Government threshold is also the level at which most other UK universities cap their support.

The Imperial Bursary is available for each year of your course (as long as your annual household income remains under £60,000). A program like this does not distinguish between students living at home and students living away from home. However, it may be revised each academic year to take into account changes to your household income

The Imperial Bursary is not available for those that are on a repeat year, a graduate, a medical student currently intending to be intercalating in your 5th or 6th year, or to overseas and EU students. Those that’ll spend a year abroad will be eligible for only 15% of it and those with a year in industry will be decided upon on a case-by-case basis. Students undertaking an intercalating year at Imperial will be eligible for the bursary rate of the cohort that they started at their home university.

The President's Undergraduate Scholarships are the most prestigious awards the College has to offer. They are designed to reward students of any nationality who demonstrate the highest academic excellence and potential. There are up to 112 of these scholarships available for students starting their studies in 2018-19. Each student that wins this scholarship will receive £1,000 for each undergraduate year of study. These scholarships are funded entirely by philanthropic donations from generous alumni and supporters of the College. The university also offers a scholarship search tool at: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/bursaries-and-scholarships/scholarships-search-tool/ However it’s proven to be quite lackluster when it comes to use.

Life in the area as an international student

Setting past the admittedly steep financials, how will your life as an international student be? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are bad although the UK’s housing market compared to the US, this IS London, famous for its difficult housing. We managed to find an apartment for $1300 and it is this one, while this is a bit above the prices in Oxford, the vibrant city life should make up for this. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Now, London is the capital of the UK, it has a LOT of Asian stores, for all your native needs. This is to little surprise given how popular Asian food is in the UK. Our recommendations for shops would be Taj stores and Patel Brothers, which is a really massive Asian store. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Imperial has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare your own culture’s meals, such as the very popular Imperial college union shop wholefoods.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in every Imperial department, although they place a particular accent on the sciences, from fraternities and sororities, to debate clubs,  to fine dining and robotics, there’s something for everyone at Imperial. Of course there’s also some oddball clubs to join, as with every UK university. However they’re mostly focused on science.

For those of us that are looking to have a good night out every few days, there’s a LOT of excellent night clubs near the university, as with every other student town, what would one expect. As well as pubs, as is traditional for England, our personal recommendations would be the Imperial clubs and Virgin active.

Although a lot of Imperial’s students aren’t very wealthy when it comes to monetary situation, it is still in the middle of London, near some important historical sites. This means that Imperial’s got quite a few restaurants surrounding it. Our personal favorites would be The imperial arms and Coda restaurant.

Like most of the other universities on this list, It doesn’t offer any kind of English course, which means that for international students for whom English is a second language, it’ll be a bit difficult to blend in, it’s also definitely not a good place to go to in case you’re not interested in science or research.

To find out more about admissions, send an email here: engineering.admissions@imperial.ac.uk ormedicine.ug.admissions@imperial.ac.uk  or ns.admissions@imperial.ac.uk depending on your chosen major.

 

 

9. University of Chicago

This time we’re facing another US university. However, The University Of Chicago is the only non Ivy-league US university on the top 10 of this list. Although it possesses excellence in the arts and sciences department, Chicago has a glowing and further growing reputation for its professional schools such as the Pritzker School of Medicine, the Booth School of Business , and the Harris School of Public Policy. The University focuses quite heavily on the soft sciences like sociology, economics, law and. The university’s crest is a phoenix rising from its ashes, it refers to the flame that demolished the last university of Chicago campus. This one emerging with victory from its ‘ashes’ in 1890. Today, the university has about 16 000 students in it, with a  male-female ratio of 56 to 44. This is the ideal university for those with a heavy, deep seated interest in film. The university of Chicago is home to the longest continuously running student film society-Doc Films. It publishes multiple newspapers and magazines.

Financial aid

Finance is an issue for a lot of students at Chicago, quite fitting of the ‘starving artist’ image of today, however, with the tuition fees reaching up to $52030  a lot of the students in it are in need of aid. Since its second building, Chicago has supported students around the world, putting promising talent in front of those that can finance themselves. This is further supported by the fact that Chicago has over a quarter of its student body made out of foreign students. This shows the university’s objectivity and readiness in accepting foreign talent.

They follow federal, state, and university policies to allow their students to achieve and exceed their educational goals. There are two new initiatives Chicago is taking to ensure all of its students can complete their studies with ease. They are:

UChicago Empower

Starting in 2023 , the UChicago Empower initiative will increase access to UChicago for many less fortunate students. In addition to admissions policy enhancements, UChicago will guarantee free tuition for families with incomes under $125,000 per year, meaning the 52 grand tuition cost becomes nil. Families earning less than $60,000 per yearwill have tuition, fees, and room and board covered by financial aid.

UChicago: No Barriers

The University of Chicago is deeply committed to ensuring that students from every background, regardless of financial need, can find a good time, and an even better education there. Their No Barriers policy allows UChicago students to graduate debt-free regardless of circumstance and prepared for lifelong success—no matter their chosen major or background prior to enrolling in college. They work with you and your family to create a financial aid package that fits your unique circumstances and ensures that a UChicago education is within your reach.

There are also multiple grants UChicago gives out, they are:

University Grant

UChicago uses information from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the University of Chicago Financial Aid Worksheet, and your family’s tax returns determine your eligibility for University funds. When awarding a University Grant, they first determine your parent and student contributions as well as your eligibility for federal and state grants meaning that the university tries to keep itself from losing money out of pocket, however they’re more than ready to if there arises a need. They then award the University Grant funds based on the remaining costs associated with your enrollment.

Illinois MAP Grant

The State of Illinois operates the Monetary Award Program (MAP), award need-based grants to students who are residents of the state. The Department of Education forwards your FAFSA data on to the Illinois Student Assistance Committee (ISAC), and they determine your eligibility for the MAP Grant. Your eligibility is based on the financial data provided by the information you supplied on the FAFSA. The maximum MAP Grant for 2017-2018 is $4,870, based on full-time enrollment.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

There is limited information about this program, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a campus-based program. Students who are eligible for a Pell Grant and who demonstrate exceptional financial need are given priority for these limited funds.

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the low acceptance rates, and elected to study at Chicago, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are not quite as bad as they could be, we managed to find an apartment for just $900 and it’s this one despite this, we’d recommend getting a roommate to split the costs with you anyways, as it can be quite fun during the college years of ones life. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Fortunate for those of us of Asian descent, Chicago is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how many of today’s artists are natively Asian. Our recommendations for shops would be Metro spice market and the Chinatown Market. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Chicago has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare whichever meals from whichever culture you desire.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in on the Chicago campus, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at Chicago. With over 400 clubs started by people from this university, it’s little to no surprise that Chicago has so much fame.

For those of us that are looking for a good hard party, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be the Pub and Quadralange club.

Due to a reasonably high amount of upper-income families sending their children to Chicago, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Oriole or Acadia.

Chicago actually does offer some courses in English, although those are quite advanced and wouldn’t be suited for a beginner, this means that for international students for whom English is a second language, the UChicago experience might be partway frustrating due to the potential language barrier.

If you wish to contact UChicago admissions offices you can do so here for undergraduate and graduate studies both: collegeadmissions@uchicago.edu

10. UCL(University College London)

 

The last of the top 10 is another British university, this time one in the heart of the UK, another one in London, we’re speaking of University College London. UCL is one of the world’s top multidisciplinary universities, with an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching, though it is not to be underestimated in the arts either, being in the top 5 universities worldwide in art. A world-leader in research, with outstanding results in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, UCL is home to centers of teaching excellence in all manner of subjects, philosophy, physics, film, art, mathematics, none are above UCL’s exemplary teaching. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged and a belief that all areas of study can inform and enrich each other is woven into all the programs at UCL. So far 29 Nobel laureates have graduated UCL, with at least one every decade since the establishment of the prizes in 1901. Being in central London, the location gives not only world-known culture and night life, but also academia. UCL has teaching and research connections with countless hospitals, museums, libraries and other professional institutions.

To find out more about this, and all other things UCL, visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ .

Financial aid

Imperial boasts itself to have a quite robust and need-based financial aid program. They say that your financial need will not stop you from enrolling, however the truth of this is arguable. While Imperial does have a lot of financial aid programs, we wouldn’t quite say that it’ll always be enough to support a person in studying there.

The tuition costs range from $10000 for that said, here are  some of the ways that UCL helps fund its prospective students’ educations:

UCL offers you a range of scholarships if you're a student from overseas. These vary in terms of both value and eligibility criteria. Many scholarships can be found on UCL's Scholarships and Funding website. Some of these are full-ride, meaning you won’t have to pay a dime for your tuition fees, however a lot of these are dependent on whether or not you’re from the UK. Furthermore they will usually depend on which country you ARE from.

You can work part-time, as many students do, to supplement your income during your studies.

That said, UCL would like to emphasize that your academic work should take priority! One of the many benefits of studying and living in London is there is no shortage of opportunities for varied and reasonably paid part-time work. UCLU's JobShop service could help you find flexible part-time employment. Visit JobShop here: http://studentsunionucl.org/services/jobshop

On Jobshop, you can find loads of opportunities for part time student work. You will find all of the roles the Union has to offer, including their bar staff, flyering and office support roles. As well as a commitment to paying everyone the real London Living Wage (currently at least £10.20 per hour), the people at JobShop understand your commitment to your studies and the need to be as flexible as possible.

On top of that, you will also vacancies from external partners, who are looking to hire students. These are updated regularly, so make sure you check back if you don’t immediately see the role for you.

If you're a student from outside the UK and have a disability, you may receive support through the UCL Fund for International Disabled Students.  These will cover a range of things, from accommodation, to tuition, even psychologist visits etc.

Life in the area as an international student

Setting past the admittedly steep admissions, how will your life as an international student be? International students make up nearly half of the student population and come from over 150 countries, giving UCL its cosmopolitan atmosphere. UCL works hard to embed a global perspective in their  teaching and there are many opportunities to study abroad for a term or a year—approximately 25% of students spend some time in another country as part of their degree program.

The first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are bad although the UK’s housing market compared to the US, this IS London, famous for its difficult housing. We managed to find an apartment for $150 per week and it is this one, while this is a bit above the prices in Oxford, the vibrant city life should make up for this. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Now, London is the capital of the UK, it has a LOT of Asian stores, for all your native needs. This is to little surprise given how popular Asian food is in the UK. Our recommendations for shops would be Oriental Delight and Oseyo, which is a really massive Asian store. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Imperial has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare your own culture’s meals, such as the very popular Imperial college union shop wholefoods.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in every UCL department, although they place a particular accent on the sciences, from philosophy to dance, to fraternities, sororities, to fine dining and robotics, there’s something for everyone at UCL. Of course there’s also some oddball clubs to join as well in case you’re up for something a bit odd.

For those of us that are looking to have a good night out every few days, there’s a LOT of excellent night clubs near the university, being the capital of the UK, what would one expect. As well as pubs, as is traditional for England, our personal recommendations would be the Roxy and The Loop.

Although a lot of Imperial’s students aren’t very wealthy when it comes to monetary situation, it is still in the middle of London, near some important historical sites. This means that Imperial’s got quite a few restaurants surrounding it. Our personal favorites would be The imperial arms and Coda restaurant.

Like most of the other universities on this list, It doesn’t offer any kind of English course, which means that for international students for whom English is a second language, it’ll be a bit difficult to blend in, however, its international environment should help with this

To find out more about admissions, send an email here: admissions@ucl.ac.uk

 

11. University of Singapore

At number 11 is the first of these universities in Asia. And it is the world-famous University of Singapore. It is the global leader in Asia. The National University of Singapore(Aka NUS) is Singapore’s greatest university, offering a global approach to education and research, it has a large emphasis on Asian perspectives and expertise.

NUS has 17 faculties spread across its three campuses. The transformative education It propagates is based on a broad curriculum underlined by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty studies.  NUS takes an integrated, multi-disciplinary methodology when it comes to research. It works with partners from industry, government and of course other academic fields. The university has 30 university-level research institutes. The Research Centers of Excellence cover a wide range of themes like energy, environmental and urban sustainability, as well as disease prevention among Asians.


To find out more about the university and its activities visit: http://www.nus.edu.sg/

Financial aid

Finance can be an issue for quite a few students at NUS, however they pride themselves on their excellent financial aid program. They say that no matter your financial need you will get admitted and the support you need to study at NUS. This means that they, in word at least have needs-blind admissions, this is excellent for every student from a lower financial bracket. The tuition costs at NUS range from $29,350 to $48,836 meaning it’s quite a financially intensive university to attend. However, the university recognizes this, and offers multiple ways to solve this issue:

They range broadly into 3 categories, Work-Study assistance, Bursaries and Loans, subsidies & PSEA

Work-Study Assistance

The Work-Study Assistance Scheme may be offered as a component of the financial aid package to needy students. The scheme enables needy students to supplement their finances through part-time work and helps students minimize their debts servicing burden upon graduation. you must be a full-time undergraduate student, regardless of nationality. Other than that, you can’t work more than 16h per week, be a recipient of the financial aid package from NUS and this is only guaranteed for one year.

Bursaries

NUS Donated Bursaries are at least $1000 yearly. Successful recipients are required to submit appreciation letters to donors, attend meet-up session with donors, provide assistance at Faculty or University events and have up to 80% of the tuition fee (based on the rate payable by Singapore Citizens) covered by one or more of the following:

Tuition Fee Loan

CPF Education Scheme

Post-Secondary Education Scheme

MOE Bursary goes fromm $700 to $2700. It is for Full-time Singapore Citizens Undergraduates whose monthly per capita household income* (PCI) is not more than $2,250 or total monthly household income** (GHI) is not more than $9,000.

CDC/CCC Bursary offers up to $4000 for students. Full-time Singapore Citizens Undergraduates whose monthly per capita household income* (PCI) is not more than $1,000 or total monthly household income** (GHI) is not more than $4,000.

Loans, subsidies & PSEA

Tuition Fee Loan is a loan with the value of the loan being up to 90% of the subsidised tuition fee payable by Singapore Citizens for the same course. Full fee paying international undergraduates who have used up their MOE Tuition Grant subsidy and have taken up the Tuition Fee Loan before they are charged the full tuition fee rate. (Percentage of coverage is based on the subsidised tuition fee rate portion only) can apply for this particular loan.

Central Provident Fund-The value of the loan should not exceed the tuition fee payable and the CPF member may only use up to 40% of accumulated savings in the ordinary account, excluding amounts withdrawn for housing. The Central Provident Fund (CPF) Education Scheme is for the payment of tuition fee for full-time undergraduate programmes.  It cannot be used to pay for the compulsory miscellaneous fees and hostel fee. You can use your own, your spouse’s or your parents' CPF savings to pay for your tuition fees. The CPF Board will consider the use of sibling's or relative's CPF savings only on a case-by-case basis.

To find out even more about NUS financial aid programs, go here: http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/financialaid.html

 

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the financials and the university’s unintuitive financial aid package, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are minimal, Singapore is a densely populated city, and having an apartment is a normal, we found one for just. $200 a month. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Singapore, being in Asia is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. However that’s not to say there are no options for Europeans, Africans etc. to dine. Our recommendations for shops would be FairPrice Finest market and fair price. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, NUS has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare whichever meals from whichever culture you desire.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in on the NUS campus, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at NUS. Of course there’s also a wide variety of political science, debate and science clubs to join.

For those of us that are looking for a good hard party, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be Altimate and Kilo lounge.

Due to a reasonably high amount of upper-income families sending their children to NUS, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Kuriya dining or JAAN.

However, despite all the good things, NUS is not without a single drawback to it. It is in Singapore, meaning that there are 3 spoken official languages, and while yes one of them is English, the other two are just as, if not more popular. This could make an international students’ life very difficult The NUS experience might be partway frustrating due to the potential language barrier.

If you wish to contact NSU admissions offices you can do so here for undergraduate and graduate studies both: snuadmit@snu.ac.kr unfortunately

 

11. Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

At number 12 is the second of these universities in Asia. Again, it is one based in Singapore And it is the Nanyang Technological University (Aka NTU). It is the global leader in Asia. NTU is Singapore’s second best university.

The Nanyang Technological University is a young research-intensive university with a rapidly growing reputation. It has over 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and is organized into eight colleges and schools: Engineering, Science, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the Nanyang Business School, and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (the latter is a joint venture with Imperial College London which is prior on the list).

Its large main campus and has been named one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. NTU has two other campuses, in Novena and at the One-North business park. NTU is consistently ranked among the world's best universities, including in the QS World University Rankings®.

Founded prior to Singapore’s independence from the British, NTU has since grown into a major educational force to be reckoned with thanks to a series of mergers with neighboring institutions.

The university is a has a lot of international students and partners such as BMW, Rolls-Royce and Lockheed Martin.

To find out more about the university and its activities visit: http://www.nus.edu.sg/

Financial aid

Finance can be an issue for quite few students at NTU, given the low tuition, however they pride themselves on their excellent financial aid program. They say that no matter your financial need you will get admitted and the support you need to study at NTU. This means that they, in word at least have admissions that are needs blind, this is excellent for every student from a poorer background. The tuition costs at NUS range from $4000 to $6000 meaning it’s quite a financially unintensive university to attend. T university recognizes this, and offers multiple ways to further decrease this issue:

They range broadly into 3 categories, For Paying Tuition Fees, For Defraying Living Expense, Miscellaneous Loans / Grants

For Paying Tuition fees there are two:

Tuition Fee Loan

Eligible are:

1.     those Students taking Biomedical Sciences & Traditional Chinese Medicine programmes will only be covered under the scheme for the first 3 years of the programme.

2.     SPR/International students paying non-subsidised tuition fees are not eligible to apply for financial aid schemes.

The Tuition Fee Loan covers up to 90% of subsidised tuition fee payable by Singaporeans for a similar programme. It does not cover compulsory miscellaneous fees and hostel fee.

NTU Study Loan

Eligible students:

Must be held concurrently with one or combination of the following schemes: Tuition Fee Loan / CPF Education Scheme / Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy / Mendaki Loan / Post Secondary Education Account.

For Singaporean and SPR students, the Per capita monthly household income (PCI) must be ≤S$2,700 (with effect from AY2015-16).

For International students, the Per capita monthly household income (PCI) must be ≤S$1,200.

For Defraying Living Expense          

Besides the already mentioned NTU study loans, there are 2 financial aid packages that cover living expense:

Bursaries

For the most part these are the same as NUS,  the only requirements are:

SPR/International students paying non-subsidised tuition fees are not eligible to apply. NIE trainee teachers who are either drawing salary/stipend from MOE or paying non-subsidised tuition fees are not eligible to apply.

Gross Monthly Household Per Capita Income (PCI) of less than or equal to $2,250 per month or Gross Monthly Household Income (GHI) of less than or equal to $9,000.

Work Study Scheme

These are schemes made for you to mix studying and working a job to support yourself.

Eligibility

All full time undergraduates (except for students on selected scholarships administered by the university) are eligible to work part-time on campus

Students who are on industrial attachment / professional attachment / professional internship / practicum are not allowed to work part time.

Maximum Hours allowed: Term Time (includes Recess week): Students are allowed to work for a maximum of 16 hours per week. Vacation Time: Students are allowed to work for a maximum of 9 hours in one day or 44 hours in one week.

To find out even more about NTU financial aid programs, go here: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/NSS/NSSFinance/FinancialAssistance/Pages/index.aspx

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the financials and the university’s unintuitive financial aid package, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are minimal, Singapore is a densely populated city, and having an apartment is a normal, we found one for just. $200 a month. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Singapore, being in Asia is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. However that’s not to say there are no options for Europeans, Africans etc. to dine. Our recommendations for shops would be FairPrice Finest market and fair price. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, NTU has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare whichever meals from whichever culture you desire.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in on the NTU campus, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at NTU. Of course there’s also a wide variety of scientific research.

For those of us that are looking for a good hard party, here’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be Altimate and Kilo lounge.

Due to a reasonably high amount of upper-income families sending their children to NUS, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Kuriya dining or JAAN.

However, despite all the good things, NTU is not without a single drawback to it. It is in Singapore, meaning that there are 3 spoken official languages, and while yes one of them is English, the other two are just as, if not more popular. This could make an international students’ life very difficult The NTU experience might be partway frustrating due to the potential language barrier.

If you wish to contact NTU admissions offices you can do so here for undergraduate and graduate studies both: adm_local@ntu.edu.sg

 

13.Princeton University

The US-based Princeton University, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United states. Founded in 1746 Princeton wasn’t always where it lies today, it was moved to New Jersey in 1896. It is known worldwide for its greenery and the architectural wonder of some of its landmark buildings, only one of which is the great Lewis Library, designed by architect Frank Gehry. Princeton has a rather small student body, with only 10 000 enrolled, and international students making up 12% of the undergraduates. It is one of the world’s most renowned universities for its excellence in the area of research, having educated two US presidents: Jams Madison and Woodrow Wilson. Other graduates which might ring a bell include Michelle Obama, David Duchnovny and Pete Conrad.

To find out even more information about Princeton visit their website here

Financial aid

Another thing Princeton has been doing really well in its long existence since 1746 is supporting young talents from around the world. Princeton has a very large and diverse set of students, taking the best from pretty much every country in the world, sometimes purely on the merit of what they did, rather than academics. In accordance with this, Princeton has a top-notch financial aid program. A whopping ninety percent of students at Princeton are on some kind of financial aid.

Princeton also has needs-blind admissions, which means all students have an equal chance of getting in, regardless of financial background. At Princeton the largest source of undergraduate financial aid is the Princeton scholarship, a need-based grant. These are packaged based on your family’s ability to contribute towards the price of the student's education.

Princeton’s financial aid program is recognized as one of the most generous in the country. We determine a family's ability to pay using our own need formula, with fair and generous individual results. Princeton’s no-loan policy replaces student loans with grant aid that students do not pay back — this makes it possible to graduate with little to no debt.

The way how much aid you get is calculated is simple, you take the student expenses( About seventy thousand dollars) subtract the amount the student's parents would be willing to contribute and the rest is obtained from Princeton as financial aid.

The expected parent contribution is calculated in accordance with a variation of the College Board's methodology to determine eligibility for Princeton undergraduate scholarships and the Federal Methodology to determine eligibility for federal student financial assistance for undergraduate students.

In addition to all this, there are also grants and scholarships that are merit-based given by the US government.(Like the Penn grant) Which, to someone that qualifies for Princeton are an almost guarantee given that the merit needed to get admission into the world’s top university are far above those needed to get a slight boost of a scholarship.

Now, as to Princeton life off campus, if you can afford it, is actually quite similar in price. This means that students are given a lot of freedom about their whereabouts, however, it is expected of freshmen to spend at least one year on campus, to truly experience the Greek life at Princeton.

The tuition fees for those that are able to pay them in full, are depending on degree, around 43,450 USD, which while a hefty price, is worth it for attending the best university in the world.

To find out more about Princeton’s extremely generous financial aid program, as well as about the process of admission through which all Princeton students must go through, go here: https://www.princeton.edu/admission-aid

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten into Princeton, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are pretty steep, with the cheapest apartments we were able to find pricing at $1250 a month plus utilities. For more cheap-ish apartments near Princeton visit here

Fortunate for those of us of Asian descent, Princeton is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how much of a presence natively Asian students have at Princeton. Our recommendations for shops would be Lupia Groceries and Princeton Morning Glory. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Princeton has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare your own culture’s meals at your leisure.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in on the Princeton campus, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at Princeton.

For those of us that are a bit more party-minded, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be the Tower club and Colonial Club.

Due to a reasonably high amount of upper-income families sending their children to MIT, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Area Four or Legal Sea Foods.

However, despite all the good things, Princeton is not without a single drawback to it. It doesn’t offer any kind of supplementary English course, which means that for international students for whom English is a second language, the Princeton experience might be partway frustrating due to the potential language barrier. Princeton also only has about 12% international students, which is quite low for an Ivy League.

14. Cornell University

Another US-based university is at No.14, Cornell University "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study,” is the motto of this institution, words first uttered by its co-founder Ezra Cornell. Cornell was founded in 1865 with the then radical intention of teaching and making contributions in all fields of knowledge and making people into multi-disciplinary researchers.

Since its founding, Cornell has been a liberal, co-educational, non-sectarian institution where admission has not been restricted by religion or race. These are liberal traditions that Cornell holds dear: a recent article in the Cornell Chronicle heralded the first all-female class admitted to its famous Farrier program in veterinary science, whether this be a good or bad thing. Cornell was also the first university to offer degrees in journalism and the first to teach Far Eastern languages.

 To find out more about it you can visit Cornell’s website at: https://www.cornell.edu/

Financial aid

Finance is an issue for a lot of students at Cornell. Seeing this, the university has chosen to take matters into their own hands and offer indiscriminate financial aid Based on the following factors:

Total Annual Cost for Family: After factoring in Cornell grants, loans and work-study, the remaining portions the total annual cost for each family. This is a combination of the parent contribution and student contribution.

Student Contribution: Students are asked to contribute to the cost of their education through summer employment and a portion of the student’s savings or trust. This amount is based on the student’s year in college and will increase every year.

Parent Contribution: Income, assets, family size and the number of undergraduate children enrolled full time in college are all considered when calculating the amount your family can contribute. Cornell reviews financial information from both parents, regardless of marital status.  This cost can be covered by parent assets, federal loans, private loans or other types of assistance. Families with a total family income of less than $60,000, and total assets of less than $100,000 (including primary home equity), will have no parent contribution and no loans.

There are two main types of financial aid at Cornell

Cornell University Grant

Cornell Grants are available to students with financial need, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. The aid comes from several sources - university endowments, alumni gifts, and a general fund. Things to keep in mind:

There is no minimum or maximum amount of grant awarded. There is no standard “income bracket” or cut-off for grant aid recipients; eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. University grants are awarded after non-university funds, work-study, and loans. You are automatically considered for these funds when you apply for financial aid; there is no separate application process.

Student Employment

You can work as a student employee as long as you remain registered full-time in a degree-granting program, enrolled in classes, and have no registration, bursar, or other holds on your Cornell record. Cornell does not place students in jobs. You conduct your own job search to identify opportunities that best fit your interests, skills, and class schedules. Our student employment job database posts on-campus student job opportunities, and part-time jobs in the local Ithaca/Tompkins County area.

To find out even more about Cornell’s financial aid programs, go here: https://admissions.cornell.edu/costs-and-aid

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the financials and the low acceptance rates, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are not quite as bad as they could be, we managed to find an apartment for just $920  despite this, we’d recommend getting a roommate to split the costs with you anyways, as it can be quite fun during the college years of ones life. For more cheap apartments you can look here.

Fortunate for those of us of Asian descent, Cornell is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how many of today’s business owners are natively Asian. Our recommendations for shops would be Winli supermarket and Ithaca Tofu. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself with Cornell being in the top 10 universities when it comes to food, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Cornell has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare whichever meals from whichever culture you desire.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in on the Cornell campus, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at Cornell. Of course there’s also a wide variety of political science, debate and science clubs to join. With over 1000 to join, you’ll be hard pressed NOT to find one for you.        

For those of us that are looking for a good hard party, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be K HOUSE and Lot 10 bar and lounge.

Due to a reasonably high amount of upper-income families sending their children to Cornell, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Taverna Bamfi or Gola Osteria.

However, despite all the good things, Cornell is not without a single drawback to it. Much like the previous two,  it doesn’t offer any kind of supplementary English course, which means that for international students for whom English is a second language, the Harvard experience might be partway frustrating due to the potential language barrier. However this is unlikely to be an issue, as a good command of English is required to even enter Cornell

If you wish to contact Cornell admissions offices you can do so here for undergraduate and graduate studies both: https://www.cornell.edu/contact/

15. Yale University

Another US-based university is at No.15 and boy is it a surprise. Yale University. Yale University is a private research university it is situated in New Haven, Connecticut, the first planned city in America, Yale was founded by English Puritans in 1701. Today, the city, which is part of the New York metropolitan area, is very much dominated by Yale, though it’s also billed as the “Cultural Capital of Connecticut” due to the large amount of art pieces surrounding it. Undergraduates follow a liberal arts curriculum which allows you to think and learn across disciplines before deciding upon a major. Perhaps its most distinctive feature, Yale undergraduates are organized into a social system of residential colleges, which allows them to experience the cohesiveness and intimacy of a small school while still enjoying the cultural and scholarly resources of a large university.

 To find out more about it you can visit Yale’s website at: https://www.yale.edu/

Financial aid

Finance is an issue for a lot of students at Yale. Seeing this, the university has chosen to take matters into their own hands and offer indiscriminate financial aid Based on the following factors:

All undergraduate financial aid at Yale is awarded on the basis of financial need, with the goal of making a Yale education affordable to all students and families.  Yale's financial aid resources meet the full demonstrated need of every undergraduate—regardless of citizenship or immigration status—without relying on loans, for all four years. This means that while there are no merit-based scholarships, all your needs will be covered by the university. 64% of Yale’s students are recipients of some form of financial aid. While the total parent contribution for families earning under $60 000 is 0$.

A Yale financial aid award meets 100% of a student’s Demonstrated Financial Need based on the Estimated Cost of Attendance and a calculated Expected Family Contribution.

Every Yale financial aid award includes two parts: grant aid and the Student Effort. Grant aid may include a need-based Yale Scholarship and/or funds from external sources including entitlement grants (Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant/SEOG, and state grants) or merit-based scholarships a student may have earned from outside organizations. Yale does not award any merit-based scholarships, but funds from external scholarships may reduce or replace the Student Effort.

The Student Effort is a fixed amount students receiving aid should anticipate contributing from term-time and summer job earnings. The grant aid and Student Effort in every Yale financial aid award will meet a student’s full demonstrated financial need, so while Yale will cover all your needs, you may need to work for it a bit.

 

To find out even more about Yale’s financial aid programs, go here: https://finaid.yale.edu/costs-affordability/types-aid-and-other-financial-resources

 

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the financials and the low acceptance rates, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are not quite as bad as they could be, we managed to find an apartment for just $790  despite this, we’d recommend getting a roommate to split the costs with you anyways, as it can be quite fun during the college years of ones life. For more cheap apartments you can look here.

College life is rich, reflecting the diversity of cultures and nationalities on campus. There’s always a packed arts calendar which includes exhibitions at world-class museums and galleries. There’s also a Tony Award-winning theater, Yale Cabaret – a theater-restaurant run by students – and hundreds of student groups, ranging from the serious to the silly.

Fortunate for those of us of Asian descent, Yale is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how many of today’s business owners are natively Asian. Our recommendations for shops would be the million Asian market and Oriental Pantry. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself with Yale being in the top 10 universities when it comes to food, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Yale has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare whichever meals from whichever culture you desire.

For those of us that are looking for a good hard party, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be the Graduate club and Quinnipiack club.

To contact Yale admissions go to: https://admissions.yale.edu/contact-us

 

16. Columbia University

Yet another US-based university is at No.16 is Columbia University Established in 1754, Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City.  With an undergraduate acceptance rate of 5.8 percent, Columbia is currently the third most selective college in the United States and the second most selective in the Ivy League after Harvard university. The institution is made up of 20 schools, including undergrad schools for engineering, science and general studies. As well as grad schools like law, medicine, journalism and business, it’s a mainly postgraduate university, with only 8500 of their 28,000 students being undergrads. This makes Columbia an excellent center of research at an international level. Columbia’s main campus, Morningside Heights occupies six New York city blocks. It has the neo-classical Butler library, and two dozen undergraduate dormitories. It also owns almost 8000 off-campus apartments. The campus was designed by Beaux-Arts principles, with the idea in mind that on a campus such as this, all disciplines should be taught. Some more features of this campus are the Low Memorial Library, the site of invention of FM radio, as well as the location where the first ever attempt at doing nuclear fission succeeded. Another significant part of student life at Columbia are the steps, a long series of granite steps which are a popular place for students to meet and hang out. The bronze statue of Alma Mater that is also on campus serves as a reminder of scholarly duties.

on science and engineering. To find out more about it you can visit Columbia’s website at: https://www.columbia.edu

Financial aid

Finance can present an issue for a lot of students at Columbia, ironic given the university’s heavy business and political ties. Since its inception, Columbia has supported students around the world. Columbia, like MIT or Harvard  has needs-blind admissions, meaning that they give out all the money that cannot be achieved by the parents, as well as accepting students regardless of financial conditions. Columbia prides themselves on the simplicity of their financial aid program: Needs-blind, Need-based, Full need.

For students coming from families with calculated total incomes of less than $60,000 annually (and typical assets), parents are not expected to contribute to the cost of attendance.

Calculated Incomes: A family’s calculated total income includes taxed income, and any untaxed income (e.g., tax-deferred retirement and pension contributions, Flexible Spending Account contributions, Social Security benefits, child support received, and tax-exempt interest). In cases of divorced or separated families, both parents’ incomes are considered to determine the total family income.
Typical Assets: Parents’ assets include cash, savings, investments, home equity, other real estate equity, and business equity. Retirement assets are not included in our financial aid analysis. For families with total calculated income up to $100,000, we consider typical assets are those up to approximately $250,000

Columbia meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for international students admitted as first-years and transfers pursuing their first degree. International applicants must apply for and demonstrate financial need at the time of admission. Undocumented students who reside in the United States are evaluated in a need-blind manner.

Columbia offers enhanced financial aid to support students pursuing enrichment activities and programs, including study abroad during the academic year.

·        Admission to Columbia is need-blind for US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens, meaning the Office of Undergraduate Admissions considers your application without regard to your financial need. Undocumented students who reside in the United States are also evaluated in a need-blind manner. International applicants, please see International Financial Aid information.

·        Columbia will continue to meet 100% of your demonstrated financial need for all four years of study. For an estimate of the need-based financial aid for which you may qualify, visit their Net Price Calculator. Combined Plan applicants, please see Combined Plan information.

To find out even more about Columbia’s financial aid programs, go here: https://cc-seas.financialaid.columbia.edu/how/aid/works

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the financials and the low acceptance rates, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are really, really amazing, we managed to find an apartment for just $375 despite this, we’d recommend getting a roommate to split the costs with you anyways, as it can be quite fun during the college years of ones life. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Fortunate for those of us of Asian descent, Columbia is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how many of today’s business owners are natively Asian. Our recommendations for shops would be Asian market and the Hyundai oriental grocery. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Columbia has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare whichever meals from whichever culture you desire.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in on the Columbia campus, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at Columbia. Of course there’s also a wide variety of political science, debate and science clubs to join.

For those of us that are looking for a good hard party, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be the Art bar and Friends Club.

Due to a reasonably high amount of upper-income families sending their children to Columbia, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Cola’s restaurant or Saluda’s restaurant.

However, despite all the good things, Columbia is not without a single drawback to it. Much like the previous two,  it doesn’t offer any kind of supplementary English course, which means that for international students for whom English is a second language, the Columbia experience might be partway frustrating due to the potential language barrier. However this is unlikely to be an issue, as a good command of English is required to even enter Columbia

If you wish to contact Columbia admissions offices you can do so here for undergraduate and graduate studies both: https://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/ask/contact

17.Tsinghua University

At number 17 is the third and last of these universities in Asia. And it is the world-famous Tsinghua University. It is the global leader in Asia. Tsinghua university is China’s only top 20 university. However that is not to suggest it is by any means bad.

Students looking for great engineering and computer science programs need look no further than Tsinghua University in Beijing, which has been ranked near the top for both of those. Tsinghua was risen up in 1911 in wake of the Boxer Rebellion. Roosevelt negotiated a decrease in fees, this money ended up being used to start this university. Tsinghua’s motto of “self-discipline and excellence has taken it far. Most university rankings place Tsinghua among the best universities in China, and famous alumni include President Xi Jinping himself.

The university is academically organized into 20 schools and 57 departments covering a broad range of subjects, including science, engineering, arts and literature, social sciences, medicine. There’s also Xinya, which follows a looser plan.

On campus, students keep themselves occupied with more than just academic study (although the heavy workloads mean studying is always a priority), which seems to stay quite true to the stereotype. Overseas students are particularly encouraged to join in the fun, with a host of extracurricular such as welcome parties, New Year’s parties, graduation parties, and visits to cultural and historical landmarks around China.

To find out more about the university and its activities visit: http://www.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/thu2018en/index.html

Financial aid

Finance can be an issue for quite a few students at NUS, however they pride themselves on their excellent financial aid program. They say that no matter your financial need you will get admitted and the support you need to study at NUS. This means that they, in word at least have needs-blind admissions, this is excellent for every student from a lower financial bracket. The tuition costs at NUS range from $29,350 to $48,836 meaning it’s quite a financially intensive university to attend. However, the university recognizes this, and offers multiple ways to solve this issue:

Currently, Tsinghua University mainly offers three kinds of scholarships to international students:

Chinese Government Scholarship, Tuition Scholarships, and Confucius Institute Scholarship.

Chinese Government Scholarship

The Chinese Government Scholarship, set up by the Chinese government to sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to study and conduct research in Chinese universities. It is aimed to promote the mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges in various fields between China and foreign nations.

The CGS is open to both the degree program students (undergraduate and graduate) and the visiting/exchange students which wish to participate. The full CGS covers tuition fees, on-campus accommodation, living allowance and comprehensive medical insurance, so in essence, it’s a need-complete package. The partial CGS covers one or few items in the full CGS. Specific items covered by the partial CGS are in accordance with the regulations of the CGS program concerned and the Letter of Admission.

For eligibility, application channel and procedure of CGS, please refer to the Scholarships for Incoming Full-time International Graduate Students at Tsinghua University at: 
http://gradadmission.tsinghua.edu.cn/f/login
 Scholarships for Incoming Full-time International Graduate Students 

 

Tuition Scholarships

Tuition Scholarships cover full or partial tuition during one academic year and could be applied year by year (competitive). Tuition Scholarships mainly refer to the following scholarship programs:

1. Beijing Government Scholarship (for undergraduates and master’s students)

The Beijing Government Scholarship is established by Beijing Municipal Government to attract and support excellent International students to study in Beijing in particular. It is used to cover the tuition fees fully or partially, and needs to be applied year by year much like the previous.

At Tsinghua University, the Beijing Government Scholarship is open only to the undergraduates and Master's students.

2. Tsinghua University Scholarship (for doctoral students)

The Tsinghua University Scholarship is established by Tsinghua University to encourage and support excellent International postgrad students to study at Tsinghua University. The Scholarship is used to cover tuition fees fully or partially, and needs to be applied year by year.

Confucius Institute Scholarship

The Confucius Institute Scholarship is established by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) to encourage and support International students to study Chinese language and culture in China as the home of it. Tsinghua University is authorized by Hanban to enroll the Confucius Institute Scholarship students who will be studying Chinese language in China for one semester or perhaps evenone year. The Scholarship application should be recommended by the Confucius Institute or the Education Section of Chinese Embassies in the applicant's own home country.

To find out even more about Tsinghua university financial aid programs, go here: https://www.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/thu2018en/newthuen_cnt/02-admissions-3.html

 

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the financials and the university’s financial aid package, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are minimal, Beijing is a densely populated city, however housing is not expensive, we found one for just. $11 a day. For more cheap apartments you can look here

China, being in Asia is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. However that’s not to say there are no options for Europeans, Africans etc. to dine. Our recommendations for shops would be O’Steak and China Grill. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Tsinghua has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare whichever meals from whichever culture you desire.

There are many, many extra activities to engage in on the Tsinghua campus, from fraternities and sororities to fine dining and religious organizations, there’s something for everyone at Tsinghua. Of course there’s also a wide variety of political science, debate and science clubs to join. About 110 of them in total.

For those of us that are looking for a good hard party, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be White Rabbit and Mao Livehouse.

Due to a reasonably high amount of upper-income families sending their children to NUS, there’s a fair share of high-quality restaurants such as Lush.

However, despite all the good things, Tsinghua is not without a single drawback to it. It is in China, meaning that knowledge of Chinese is mandatory This could make an international students’ life very difficult and the Tsinghua experience might be partway frustrating due to the potential language barrier.

If you wish to contact Tsinghua admissions offices you can do so here for undergraduate and graduate studies both via this email: admissions@tsinghua.edu.cn and grad@tsinghua.edu.cn

 

18. University of Edinburgh

At number 18 is another British university, this time one in the heart Scotland, we are of course talking about the University of Edinburgh. The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities, consistently ranking in the top 50. The entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture present at the institution creates an unique experience. As well as a rich, stimulating working and learning environment, Edinburgh also has access to some of the world’s best labs and research stations. With over 35,000 students, it is packed and brimming with life, continuing to attract the world’s greatest young mind in 2018. It offers a wide range of study, from on-campus programs to online part-time studying. They’re the largest provider of online learning in the Russel group, offering more than 60 programs.

The latest report from the Quality Assurance Agency gave Edinburgh the highest rating possible when it comes to learning experience. Offering more than 500 undergrad courses, 300 masters courses and 135 research areas.

To find out more about this, and all other things Edinburgh, visit https://www.ed.ac.uk/

Financial aid

Edinburgh is, unlike most universities on this list, quite cheap to attend. They don’t take a large amount from their students, tuition costs capping at $4000 a year. However despite this, Edinburgh still does have a rather rich financial aid program.

There are multiple ways that Edinburgh ensures its students can attain their maximum potential, they are:

Edinburgh Global Undergraduate Maths Scholarships

The scholarships are worth £1,000 per year and tenable for the duration of the programme of study, subject to satisfactory progress. A student is deemed to have made Satisfactory Progress in each year if there has been a formal School decision of either "Progress" or "Conditional Progression", without the student needing to repeat a year. If a student does not make satisfactory progress in any one year the award will terminate from that point onwards.

Biomedical Sciences Scholarships - Zhejiang

Scholarships are available for international undergraduate students at the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute in Haining, China

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Scholarships are available for international students (non-Chinese nationals) who are offered a place on the BSc Integrative Biomedical Sciences or BSc Biomedical Informatics programme at the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh (ZJE) Institute. This scholarship covers:

Full or half tuition fees (tuition fees are normally 200,000 CNY)

Exemption from accommodation fees (approximately 8,000 CNY)

Living allowance of up to 17,000 CNY per year

International student medical insurance (approximately 3,200 CNY)

To find out more about Edinburgh’s financial aid programs go to: https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding

Life in the area as an international student

Setting past the admittedly steep financials, how will your life as an international student be? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are bad although the UK’s housing market compared to the US, this IS Edinburgh, famous for its difficult housing. We managed to find an apartment for $500 and it is this one and in all rights, quite bad, while this is a bit above the prices in Oxford, the vibrant city life should make up for this. For more cheap apartments you can look here

Now, Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, it has a LOT of Asian stores, for all your native needs. This is to little surprise given how popular Asian food is in the UK. Our recommendations for shops would be PCY oriental and Janatha Food Store, which is a really massive Asian store. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Edinburgh University has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare your own culture’s meals, such as the very popular Imperial college union shop wholefoods.

For those of us that are looking to have a good night out every few days, there’s a LOT of excellent night clubs near the university, as with every other student town, what would one expect. As well as pubs, as is traditional for Scotland, our personal recommendations would be the Bongo Club and The Liquid room.

Although a lot of Edinburgh University students aren’t very wealthy when it comes to monetary situation, it is still in the middle of Edinburgh, near some important historical sites. This means that the university has got quite a few restaurants surrounding it. Our personal favorites would be Rhubarb and The Pompadour.

Unlike most universities on this list, Edinburgh DOES offer supplementary English lessons. This means that for international students there won’t be that many issues with language barriers, so in case your English is a bit rusty, but you still want a top-quality education in the UK, Edinburgh is the best place to apply to

To find out more about admissions, send an email here: UGAdmissions@ed.ac.

 

19. University of Pennsylvania

Another US-based university is at No.19, the next to last place and boy is it a surprise. University of Pennsylvania.The University of Pennsylvania, aka. Penn, is a private Ivy League research university located in the city of Philadelphia. It was founded in 1740  one of the United States’ founding fathers, who was eager to create a school to educate future generations. Franklin advocated a concept of higher education that focused not merely on the education of the clergy, but on teaching knowledge of arts and humanities, as well as practical skills. His maxim of “well done is better than well said” lives on today through its commitment to inclusive policies and innovation amongst Penn faculty.  There are 21,599 students studying at Penn, split equally between undergraduate and graduate students. Penn has a strong focus on interdisciplinary learning and research, offering double degree programs, unique majors and academic flexibility. This means competition to study at Penn is fierce, particularly at undergraduate level even more than some other ivies. The admission rate for the class of 2021 was 9.3 percent, of which 46 percent were either black, Hispanic Asian, or Native American. Unusually for an Ivy League school, women comprise over half (54 percent) of all students enrolled at the institution.

All of Penn's schools and most of its research institutes are located on its main campus, with the surrounding neighborhood including restaurants and pubs, a large supermarket and cinema.

Student life at Penn serves up opportunities to discover new interests and passions galore, through a wide diversity of social, political, religious, and cultural activities students can participate in. There are cultural centers and one-of-a-kind museums on campus that allow the arts to play a leading role in student life such as the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the Arthur Ross Gallery, and Institute of Contemporary Art, which are all major cultural destinations and easy for Penn students to access, this gives the university a lot of benefits.

 

The university also takes sports and recreation very seriously, with students taking part in ice hockey, athletics and joining a variety of competitive, instructional and recreational sports clubs, this shows Penn takes its Varsity sports seriously.

To find out more about it you can visit Penn’s website at: https://www.upenn.edu/

Financial aid

Finance is an issue for a lot of students at Penn. Seeing this, the university has chosen to take matters into their own hands and offer generous financial packages. As you begin to research financial aid, it is important to understand that Penn’s practices include:

Need-blind admission: For citizens and permanent residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, meaning admissions decisions are not affected by a family’s ability to pay.

Need-aware admission: For international applicants, non-citizens, and non-permanent residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico meaning illegal immigrants get no benefit. This means a family’s ability to pay does factor into admissions decisions. Please visit financial aid for International students for more information, which is usually bad news for any applicant.

All Penn aid is exclusively need-based. Penn, like all other Ivy League schools, doesn’t award merit-based or athletic scholarships to students. Instead, all aid is devoted to helping families who need financial assistance to meet Penn’s cost of attendance.

Penn financial aid packages include grants and work-study jobs. About one-third of undergraduates find it necessary to secure a loan at some point in their academic careers.

Grants: Grants do not require repayment and are provided by Penn, the federal government, and some states of the US.

Work-study jobs: As part of your financial aid package, on- or off-campus work-study jobs allow students to apply their earnings to college expenses and help themselves finance.

Penn commits to meeting full demonstrated need for four years or eight semesters for all admitted students, if your family’s financial circumstances remain the same, financial aid remains similar; if circumstances change during the year (such as a parent losing a job), your financial aid package may be adjusted. Students have to reapply for financial aid each academic year.

Admitted students are assigned financial aid counselors at Student Financial Services to help navigate this lengthy process. Prospective students can also connect with Student Financial Services as they begin the financial aid application process to Penn.

To find out even more about Penn’s financial aid programs, go here: https://admissions.upenn.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/cost-and-financial-aid/financial-aid-at-penn

 

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the financials and the low acceptance rates, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are not quite as bad as they could be, we managed to find an apartment for just $545  despite this, we’d recommend getting a roommate to split the costs with you anyways, as it can be quite fun during the college years of ones life. For more cheap apartments you can look here.

Fortunate for those of us of Asian descent, Penn is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how many of today’s business owners are natively Asian. Our recommendations for shops would be the Orient Shop and Kings ride Supermarket. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself with Penn being in the top 10 universities when it comes to food, and they oftentimes serve food that may suit an international taste. However when all else fails, Penn has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare whichever meals from whichever culture you desire.

For those of us that are looking for a good hard party, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be the Erie Club and Maingate club.

To contact Penn admissions go to: info@admissions.ugao.upenn.edu

20. University of Michigan

At number 20, the last place is another US-based university, last but not least there’s the University of Michigan. One of the foremost research universities in the United States, the University of Michigan was founded in 1817, before Michigan had even become a state.Michigan has been lauded for having high standards of research, and the university’s comprehensive graduate program offers doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields as well as professional degrees in architecture, business, medicine, law, pharmacy, nursing, social work, public health, and dentistry.

Michigan's body of living alumni comprises more than 540,000 people, which is one of the largest alumni bases of any university in today’s world and a valuable resource for current students when it comes to networking and building any industry connections.

Around a quarter of students are accommodated on campus, with three large residence halls serving undergraduates, and family housing which is intended mainly for graduates. There are also off-campus apartments, houses, and co-operatives, which generally house upper division and graduate students, as well as ‘theme communities’ within residence halls, where students can immerse themselves among peers with similar interests to their own. Michigan has a history of student activism, and there are a number of groups dedicated to various worth causes. Some, such as the United Students Against Sweatshops , devote themselves to more left-wing causes, in this case holding to account multinational companies that exploit their workers in factories, but there are also conservative groups such as Young Americans for Freedom, as well as non-partisan groups. 

Cultural and ethnical student organizations help students forge smaller communities from the large university population, and publications such as the Michigan Daily, published five days a week during term time, allow students to keep abreast of the latest news on campus. 

To find out more about it you can visit Michigan’s website at: http://umich.edu/

Financial aid

Finance is an issue for a lot of students at Michigan. Seeing this, the university has chosen to take matters into their own hands and offer generous financial packages. As you begin to research financial aid, it is important to understand that Michigan’s Non-resident students have higher tuition charges because the University of Michigan is a publicly supported state institution and a portion of the cost to Michigan residents is subsidized by the state

The Provost's Award is offered to the neediest entering and continuing non-resident undergraduates who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. Non-resident students are given automatic consideration for the U-M Provost’s Award when they apply for financial aid as an entering student. The award does not carry into further graduate-level studies.

In combination with other federal and University need-based grants, the Provost’s Award covers 100 percent of tuition costs as well as most of the cost for room and board. Total aid will meet full demonstrated need for this selected set of students. (The Expected Family Contribution is determined during the U-M aid application process when income and assets are considered based on an analysis of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.) Award amount varies based on need and students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution on the FAFSA and PROFILE receive it.

Renewal of the award is based upon recipients meeting or exceeding the University’s minimum standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress and maintaining full-time, continuous enrollment at the University of Michigan. As with all U-M institutional grants, eligible U-M students will receive the Provost's Award during the first 10 terms of undergraduate enrollment in college including U-M or any other institution of higher education..

Demonstrated, institutional financial need need is covered for students with families that have incomes of up to about $90,000 per year and assets below $50,000. Scholarships from U-M schools and colleges or private sources may be able to cover costs for other students by using these combined resources.

To find out even more about Michigan’s financial aid programs, go here: https://finaid.umich.edu/new-undergraduates/

Life in the area as an international student

Now, you’ve gotten past the financials and the low acceptance rates, what do you need to know now? Well, the first thing of interest for a lot of students is how much the apartments surrounding the campus cost, due to on-campus life either being unsuitable for them or it being unavailable due to circumstances. The prices in the area are not quite as bad as they could be, we managed to find an apartment for just $640  despite this, we’d recommend getting a roommate to split the costs with you anyways, as it can be quite fun during the college years of ones life. For more cheap apartments you can look here.

Fortunate for those of us of Asian descent, Michigan is surrounded with high-quality Asian shops. Which is to little surprise given how many of today’s business owners are natively Asian. Our recommendations for shops would be the 168 Asian Mart and August Chinese Supermarket. There are also high-quality dining options available on the university campus itself However when all else fails, Michigan has an assortment of grocery shops around it, so you can prepare whichever meals from whichever culture you desire.

For those of us that are looking for a good hard party, there’s plenty excellent night clubs near the university campus. As well as pubs to enjoy a good pint with your friends, our personal recommendations would be the Michigan Shores Club and Moose Martini’s pub.

To contact Michigan admissions, go to: https://admissions.umich.edu/contact-us