Australia has become a destination of choice for nursing students wishing to study abroad and work in Australia. Nursing in Australia is a profession that is very much respected, and nurses enjoy a high standard of living. Qualifications from Australia Universities are recognised across the world and Australia has been on the cutting edge of advancements in the field of nursing for many decades now. At present, there is a growing shortage of skilled nursing professionals in the country, which had led to nurses getting priority for Permanent Residence, and visa approvals being quick and painless. Nursing jobs abroad are plentiful and will give you immense job satisfaction.
International students wishing to study in Australia can take advantage of the range of scholarships available for deserving students. These scholarships can partly or fully assist with tuition fees, cost of living and accommodation, or both. Some scholarships may offer a one-time lump sum which you can use for financial assistance. Most of these scholarships are offered to those who have proven academic merit and are in financial need.
Check out the following scholarship providers to see if you are eligible:
Scholarships provided by your educational institution: Check the international student page on the website of your educational institute to see if you can apply for any scholarships or fee waivers.
Australian Government: The Australian Government offers many scholarships for international students under the Australia Awards scheme, which are awarded on the basis of both achievement and development. Please check this link to find out more: http://australiaawards.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx
Your accommodation provider: Some accommodation providers offer scholarships for international students.
Your home country Government departments: Contact relevant authorities in your home country, or get in touch with your country’s consulate in Australia.
Other organisations: Some organisations based in Australia or your home country may offer scholarships for the deserving. You can also contact international organisations, including charities, industry associations and some corporate organisations.
What should you keep in mind?
When applying for scholarships, keep the following in mind:
Carry out extensive research: Google is your best friend! Search the internet and make a list of all the scholarships you could be eligible for. Keep track of costs covered, application deadlines and requirements.
Get your documentation in place: You may need to send across financial statements and academic transcripts, your letter of offer and referrals. Check if copies should be certified, and keep everything ready to avoid last minute stress.
Read the fine print: When you fill out the application form, make sure you read all the prerequisites. You may need to submit a personal statement or an essay. Stick to the word count suggested as if your statement is too long it will not be read at all. Make sure that you write in perfect English and get your grammar and spellings corrected if needed.
Apply for many scholarships, not just one: There is no guarantee that you will get the scholarship you have applied for. So do apply for all the scholarships you are eligible for. Even if some give less funding than others, it is better to get some financial assistance than nothing at all.
Do seek help if you need it: If you have any doubts at all, do not hesitate to seek the help of a professional overseas education consultant. They will be able to guide and support you through the entire process of applying for your overseas studies and visa requirements and can help you with your scholarship applications too.
Article By Usha Sunil