We look at the benefits of scholarships for international students in Dubai.
10 March 2022| Last updated on 20 April 2022
In this article, we’ll discuss some reasons schools in Dubai offer scholarships, and why your child deserves one.
Scholarships are an important part of the education system. Not only do they acknowledge academic and other achievements of students, but they can also reward students' performance and help ease financial burdens on families.
What types of scholarships are available in Dubai?
Dubai school scholarships may include partial or full time coverage of a school's tuition fees and can be offered annually or more frequently throughout the year.
The most common type of scholarship is merit-based, given to students based on excellence in an area. Schools may also offer need-based scholarships that consider a student’s financial situation, and scholarships for foreign students. Criteria may also include a mix of both merit and need.
How can students earn scholarships in Dubai?
To earn a scholarship, a student has to display high performance in academics, sports, arts, science, technology, or other subject areas. As scholarships are not required to be paid back, it attracts talented and skilled students to a school.
Scholarship amounts vary, but they allow many children to attend school with little or no cost to parents.
Parents may look for a school that provides an individualised education for their child, for example, schools for children with a disability. Schools with scholarships may help parents decide the best school based on the environment that will serve their child’s social, emotional, and academic needs.
At the college level, some scholarships offer internship opportunities, which benefit college students with work experience. Interns bring insights from their education into the company they work for, and support innovation. It’s also an opportunity for the company to show it values its employees.
Scholarships for students of expat parents
Scholarships enable schools to practice corporate social responsibility and teach philanthropy.
Offering scholarships to foreign students or those of minority groups can show that the school values diversity in its student population.
Students are grateful when they receive a scholarship and can understand the value of giving back. As a result, they may be more willing to be in service to others in the future.
3. Accessibility and affordability for prospective students
Scholarships may be essential for students and can open doors for those in minority populations who may not otherwise have the funds to attend school. At the high school level, scholarships allow parents to save funds for their child’s future college tuition.
Costs of a college or university education are rising along with inflation, and can be difficult to manage. According to Sallie Mae’s How America Pays for College report, 65% of college students and 58% of families used scholarships to help cover their costs from 2019 to 2020. The report showed scholarships and grants provided a quarter of coverage for college costs per family.
Scholarships help students pursue their career goals while minimizing the need for student loans to pay back after college.
Many scholarships are awarded to students with both a high GPA and some sort of public service or extracurricular activity. For that reason, they support ambitious goals and show the importance of giving back.
4. Benefits for students
When students earn scholarships, they learn compassion and the importance of hard work in academics, sports, service, or other abilities. Earning a scholarship at the high school level can provide a boost when applying for college. It also looks good on a job resume as well. High achievement gives students a competitive edge.
Scholarships can be a source of pride for both students and parents. The recognition the student receives for excelling and maintaining a reputation can build their sense of self-confidence. Even more so if they receive the scholarship at a young age.
Aside from rewarding students for performance and providing a financial incentive, scholarships lessen the financial burden of school. College students may have to work while attending school to meet their financial needs, which can lead to less time to focus on their studies. Scholarships can help students use their time at college more wisely.
At SISD, we offer academic scholarships to gifted students from Grade 11 onward. We also have sporting scholarships from Grade 9 onward.