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Here’s How Filipinos Can Apply For International Scholarships (Covers Plane Tickets And Living Allowance If You Pass)

Here’s How Filipinos Can Apply For International Scholarships (Covers Plane Tickets And Living Allowance If You Pass)
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At some point during our college years, we dreamed of studying abroad. Shows like Emily In Paris and Gossip Girl continue to feed our wanderlust as we witness the characters reach their dreams while traveling in another country. What most people do not know is that you actually can do this too, through several international scholarships that are available for Filipinos who want to take their graduate and doctorate degrees abroad! Read up and see how you can make your dream come true!

South Korea

Heads up, Hallyu fans! We know that South Korea is one of our dream travel destinations for a vacation, but what if we can study there too, for free? Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) offers Filipinos graduate-level scholarships every year.

GKS is run by the South Korean government whose aim is to “provide international students with opportunities to conduct advanced studies in undergraduate & graduate programs at higher educational institutions in the Republic of Korea.” This institution promotes international exchanges in education and mutual friendship among the countries included.

The scholarship covers your airfare and a 200,000 Korean Won (KRW) settlement allowance (about Php 8,660). Accepted applicants are also entitled to a monthly allowance of 1,000,000 KRW (Php 43,297) for master’s and doctoral degrees, a 20,000 KRW (Php 866) medical insurance, and a language learning fee worth 800,000 KRW (Php 34,638).

However, you can only apply if you are under 40 years of age, a bachelor’s degree holder, and possess a grade point average (GPA) above 80% from the last educational institution you attended. Accepted applicants have a chance to study at several Korean educational institutions, such as the University of Foreign Studies, Hanyang University, Korea University, Dongguk University, Seoul National University, and many more.

Application ends in April every year, and results are released in June. If you get accepted, you must fly to South Korea by late August to prepare for classes in September!

For more information, visit Global Korea Scholarship’s website.


A survery conducted by Navitas Insights shows that Canada is among the safest countries for international students. Because of this, it has become a go-to study destination, with around 6,000 Filipino students living there as of 2019, and 550,000 other international students from all over the world.

The International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarships at the University of Manitoba, Canada gives opportunities to international students who want to participate in Master’s and PhD research programs. The university covers up to 2.5 million Canadian dollars for new students every year, depending on the degree program you are going to take.

To apply, you must be a non-Canadian citizen with a 3.5 GPA based on your last two years of undergraduate education. If you have subjects that are not conducted in English, you may be requested to submit English language proficiency test results to prove that you are skilled in the language.

They accept applications until May every year.

For more information, visit the University of Manitoba’s website.


This is a win for those who widely embrace the French culture! The PhilFrance Scholarship program is an annual financial assistance institution “directed to the next generation of Filipino leaders with strong academic, leadership and professional abilities, and who wish to study in France for a Master’s degree.”

It is open to all academic disciplines, except culinary arts and fashion design. Scholars are entitled to round-trip tickets, exemption from visa application fees, exemption from public university registration fees, a monthly living allowance, a relocation allowance, a health care package, and access to student accommodations.

Applicants must be residents of the Philippines and are bachelor’s degree holders by the time of application. Applicants who are currently college or university seniors must have graduated before September of the current year.

For more information, visit PhilFrance Scholarship’s website.


For several years, Japan has been accepting over a hundred Filipino scholars annually. The Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program and Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan hold yearly applications for Filipinos who want to pursue Teacher Training and Japanese Studies. Accepted students are entitled to up to 145,000 Japanese Yen (Php 64,682) monthly allowance, depending on the degree and university.

To apply for the Teacher Training program, you must be under 35 years of age, a bachelor’s degree holder, and has at least five years of teaching experience in your home country.

To apply for the Japanese Studies program, you must be between 18 and 30 years old, and a holder of a Japanese language or Japanese culture degree.

The Embassy accepts applicants until February or March of each year (wait for their announcements).

For more information, visit the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines’ website.

New Zealand

New Zealand is popular for its picturesque landscapes, and now also for their government’s excellent COVID-19 response, so it’s no wonder it’s on everybody’s bucket list. According to an article by AECC Global, over 4,000 Filipinos are currently pursuing their studies in the country! Here’s how you can be one of them.

The New Zealand Aid Programme accepts 24 qualified individuals each year from the public, private, and civil society sectors. It covers your full tuition, establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, airfare, and living expenses.

To apply, you must be 18 to 39 years old and has at least a year of work experience in the Philippines. You must also agree to return to your home country after two years of study in New Zealand.

For more information, visit New Zealand Embassy in Manila’s Facebook page.

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