Demographically speaking, Kenya has one of the fastest-growing populations of college-aged students in the world, many of whom choose to obtain their university degree internationally. However, one of the major barriers for Kenyans looking to study at an international university is cost:  the tuition for attending a university in England is roughly 1,192,835 KSh, a figure that is much higher in many universities in the United States. Luckily, Kenyans benefit from a range of scholarship and finance options that can help alleviate the burden of affording university as an international student.

Scholarships And Student Aid

Depending on your target country, Kenyans are eligible for a wide range of scholarships designed to promote an international student body. In the UK, for instances, Kenyans can apply for a commonwealth scholarship from British Council, which covers all costs of tuition and living expenses for the duration of your programme. Kenyan citizens are also eligible to apply for financial assistance from the Australian government, which offers a range of awards based on student interest and their chosen programme. Many other agencies sponsor student tuition from sub-saharan Africa more generally, including private corporation scholarships and charity aid designed to promote an educated workforce globally.

Review Your Financial Options

Once you have applied for scholarships, it’s time to crunch the numbers to determine exactly how much your university degree is going to cost. In many instances, it will be necessary to take out a student loan for your education. However, if you cannot find a feasible student loan, it is also acceptable to use a personal loan to cover your expenses. When applying for a loan, it is often possible to obtain a lower interest rate if someone in your family is willing to co-sign your loan agreement: this means that they agree to pay back your loan in the event that you are unable to do so.

Use Your Available Resources

Once you enroll in university, it’s wise to take advantage of the career and personal resources you are entitled to as an international student. Most universities have international student advisors and career advisors that can assist you in matters like renewing your visa, finding a job after graduation, and finding paid work in your host country. If you are unable to secure a scholarship initially, many funding opportunities are open to current international students attending university, meaning you may be able to secure more aid during your time as a student.

Kenya’s student body represents a bright and talented population of young people ready to enter global industries at a competitive level. Although cost is a necessary factor, the expenses of attending international university can often be alleviated through funding opportunities.