Get scholarships abroad would be a dream of many people. How not, you can get the experience of living and studying different, and of course you can feel all of it for free. If you are lucky, you may be able to save some of the money for capital after college scholarships or just to buy souvenirs for friends and family. What are the steps that must be taken and appropriate tips for getting scholarships abroad and study at top universities there?
1. Check website embassies of foreign countries in Indonesia.
Scholarship offer the most reliable and nominally big enough is a scholarship provided by the government of a country. Typically, such information on the scholarship is only available on the website of the embassy of the country. So, once you determine the state of learning objectives, be sure to check the website of the country’s embassy in Indonesia. Also, be sure not to miss the “Scholarship” or “Grants”, in which usually contain information on scholarships provided to the state government for Indonesian students, complete with terms and conditions of the application.
2. Prepare a foreign language certificates
Learning in any country, you definitely need a certificate of fluency in English in the form of IELTS or TOEFL. If indeed you intend to study abroad, in any country, TOEFL or IELTS certificate shall be owned and would have been useful. After having the certificate, make sure to check your state language requirements in applying for a scholarship. Some countries such as Germany and France requires you to have a standard certificate of their language as ZD for German or DALF for French. Typically, these tests can you take in foreign cultural centers in Jakarta by paying a sum of money.
3. Establish contact with the Indonesian Students Association (PPI) abroad.
Indonesian students currently studying abroad definitely belong in the organization the Indonesian Students Association (PPI). This organization holds Indonesian students, helping them develop their talents as well as a forum to share their experiences while studying abroad. In some countries, there PPI comprising hundreds to thousands of people, for example, US PPI or PPI Malaysia. But there is also the only PPI consists of tens of people, such as India PPI, PPI Sweden, and others. Be sure to contact the organizations PPI if you want to know the tips and information about scholarships from the country.
4. Visit the website of the university are you interested
Scholarships not only come from the government, but can also directly from the University. An example is a scholarship from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, where they are widely provide financial assistance for students from Indonesia. Therefore, also visit the university website that you want, and be sure not to miss the “Scholarship” or “Financial Aid”.
5. Prepare a letter of recommendation from lecturers / teachers
Almost all scholarships require the applicant to include a letter of recommendation from professors or teachers. These letters can be a determinant of whether or not you received a scholarship program. It would be better if you ask for a scholarship from your professor who has been Professor, or have ever been published journals / international papers, as this would be a plus. Also make sure the professors really know your academic potential while studying under his guidance, so that letters of recommendation you will look more convincing.
6. Note the scholarship requirements before submitting an application
Make sure you’ve included all the required documents to complete and in the proper format. Do not let you fail to get a scholarship just because of technical problems or lack of documents. Checks are also in the scholarship agreement, about the amount of money you receive each month, whether or not the cost of tickets, holiday assistance, and other things.
7. Create a CV convincing and quality
Curriculum Vitae quality will really help you get a scholarship. Learn to create a good CV format and correct. Do not forget to select a photo that looks convincing and confident. Make sure to mention achievements that you have ever achieved, organizational experience, work experience, experience seminars / international events, as well as foreign language skills.
8. Make sure you apply for a scholarship in the field most of your master
The possibility to obtain scholarships success will be greater if you apply in areas that previously had been master it. For example, if you are an S-1 students majoring in Communication Studies, will be easier to obtain a scholarship in the disciplines linear as Media & Journalism, Public Relations, or take more of Communication Studies; rather than applying for courses that you’ve never learned as a Business or Management. Although it is likely to remain even when the subject is not related, but will be more secure and his chances are greater if you enroll into fields sejurusan with which you mastered today.
9. Join a group of international scholarship database
There are many sites of international scholarship that regularly sends emails to its members if there is an opportunity scholarships, contests, or cultural exchange. One of the websites I have ever used is “Fastweb”. Be sure to fill in your details as complete and rigorous scholarship to get an email that really meets your qualifications. Note also the time of the scholarship deadline.
10. Consider the possibility to search for non-academic scholarships
Scholarships abroad not only in the form of academic scholarships alone. There are also scholarships in the form of cultural exchanges, summer course (usually to learn the local language), artistic talent scholarship, art residency, international seminars, internship (internship), and many more types. So, do not forget to check the types of the scholarship. Although shorter duration and smaller funds received from academic scholarship, this opportunity certainly could be a valuable experience as well as a “springboard” to get an academic scholarship.