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A limited number of international scholarships are offered on a competitive basis to well qualified degree-seeking students. Interested students should complete a separate scholarship application in addition to the application for admission. These scholarships are primarily for incoming freshmen (first time students who have not attended a college or university after high school) but transfer students may also be considered.

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Global Leader Scholarships are equivalent to instate tuition waivers estimated at approximately $12,000 per academic year.

It’s Easy! Complete one application to apply for all international student scholarship opportunities!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Before completing the International Student Scholarship Application, students must first apply for admission and be accepted to USI.
  • Complete the International Student Scholarship application by the deadline. Applications for priority consideration must be submitted by March 15th for the Fall term or October 1st for the Spring term.
  • The application for Fall 2024 is closed.
  • Have a demonstrated record of achievement with a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4 point scale.
  • Have or plan to have a non-immigrant visa (i.e. a F-1 or J-1 student visa).
  • Preference given to freshmen (first time student who has not attended any colleges or universities after high school with the exception of ESL study).
  • Applicants can start in USI's Intensive English Program first, but must complete the International Student Scholarship application with original application/acceptance to USI.

Application Components

The international student scholarship application consists of four components: the application, two recommendation forms with recommendation letters, and two  essays. The international scholarship review committee will award available scholarships to appropriate applicants based on a variety of factors.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

USI is a proud participant in the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship program, granting in-state tuition waivers to 2 selected scholars. To apply, visit the YAWH website at