There are some fantastic online resources to assist you in your search for U.S. colleges and universities. USEF has compiled the following useful resources to help you get started.
Downloadable EducationUSA Publications
You may download (for free!) booklets published by EducationUSA. They contain detailed information on studying in the United States, including information about the US education system, choosing colleges, application process, standardized tests, financial aid, and much more! Download the appropriate volume of the series of booklets, entitled “If You Want to Study in the United States” for a wealth of information!
Book 1: Undergraduate Study http://www.educationusa.info/pdf/study/english1.pdf
Book 2: Graduate and Professional Study and Research http://www.educationusa.info/pdf/study/english2.pdf
Book 3: Short-Term Study http://www.educationusa.info/pdf/study/english3.pdf
Book 4: Getting Ready to Go http://www.educationusa.info/pdf/study/english4.pdf
Websites of General Interest to International Students
The official US Department of State website for international students. Information about studying and living in the US, as well as pre-departure information.
Student guide to studying in the US. Information and links on college admission, financing college, obtaining a visa, cultural differences, and more.
Hobsons US Education Guides
Information on studying in the United States.
US Journal of Academics
Information for international students coming to the US, including financial aid, visa and passport issues, etc.
General College Guides
Information on planning for college, applying to a college in the US, and financing a college education.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Includes databases of institutions accredited by recognized United States Accrediting Organizations.
Database of Accredited Institutions in the US
Database of approximately 6,900 postsecondary educational institutions and programs accredited by accrediting agencies and State Approval Agencies.
A career and college planning website that contains information on careers, choosing colleges, applying online, and financing your education.
Information on undergraduate colleges and graduate schools, online and continuing education, and K-12 schools and programs. Contains search tools for colleges, articles, and resources for school selection.
US Embassy in Nepal
US Department of State
Official source of information on US visa policy and procedure.
US Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs
Official source of information on US visa policy and procedure, maintained by the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Funding and Scholarship Databases & Information
American Association of University Women
Contains information related to women in higher education. AAUW offers competitive scholarships for women planning to come to the US for graduate or post-doctoral studies.
Searchable database of over 600,000 scholarships.
Source of scholarship opportunities from private funds.
A comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice, and tools.
Funding for United States Study
Database of over 500 scholarships, fellowships and grants for international students, organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Database of grants for training in the sciences and undergraduate science education.
International Education Financial Aid
Free searchable database of over 800 scholarships and awards for international students. Most are restricted to use at specific universities.
International Education Finance Corporation
Gives information about loans, both private and federal, that can help fund your education in the US.
Institute of International Education
IIE manages a number of scholarship and fellowship programs for international students, including the Fulbright program. For a list of opportunities specifically for international students, select “non-US students” from the drop-down menu in the Programs Portal frame.
Comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other financial aid information.
Database of US higher education institutions awarding scholarships to international students.
International Student Organization
Contains a list of private scholarships specifically for international students. Many funding opportunities are listed for students with specific educational goals and interests in a wide array of specialties like environmental education and public health.
National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)
Does not offer scholarships, but their student page lists excellent advice for anticipating and managing the cost for studying in the US.
Advice on how to apply for scholarships.
Scholarship Research Network
Database of over 8,000 scholarship programs. Create a free login account to gain access.
Foundations Offering Funding
Fellowship Office of Policy and Global Affairs
This organization administers pre-doctoral, dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowship programs in research-based fields of study.
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is a fee-based website for institutional grant-seekers.
The Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the US Department of State, supports educational exchange between the United States and over 150 countries. Over 2,400 foreign students study and 800 Visiting Scholars conduct research and lecture in the US each year under the Fulbright Program. In Nepal, the Fulbright Program is coordinated by USEF-Nepal. www.fulbrightnepal.org.np
Institute of International Education (IIE)
IIE offers programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding provided by government agencies, foundations, and corporations.
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
IREX offers various scholarships, fellowships, and grants to international students.
The foundation makes grants through four programs: Human and Community Development, Global Security and Sustainability, the General Program, and the MacArthur Fellows Program.
The National Academies offer fellowships in science, engineering, and medicine.
National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for Humanities makes grants that support research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
National Science Foundation
The foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It provides federal support to academic institutions for basic research.
Open Society Institute
The OSI of the Soros Foundation administers merit-based grants to international students.
The Rockefeller Foundation offers grants in four program areas: Food Security, Health Equity, Creativity & Culture, and Working Communities.
Rotary International offers a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational programs and activities designed to improve the human condition and advance the organization’s ultimate goal of world understanding and peace.
Social Science Research Council Fellowship
SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have long-term impact on society and scholarship.
The Soros Foundation Network supports the development of an open society through funding specific educational opportunities around the world.
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The Center awards 20-25 residential scholarships annually to individuals with outstanding project proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/ or international issues.
Funding databases maintained by Universities
Cornell University Graduate School Fellowship Database
Harvard University’s Graduate Guide to Grants
Harvard Guide to Postdoctoral Fellowships
Notre Dame Graduate Fellowships Database
New York University Grants in Graduate Studies
Simon Frasier University Graduate Awards Database
UCLA Graduate and Postdoctoral Extramural Support
Columbia University Graduate School Fellowship Database
University of Wisconsin’s Database
Yale University Fellowship Database
Articles about Studying in the USA
Articles Written by USEF Staff
Articles from Students in the USA