Students from all over the world find soccer scholarships in North America; however, students who want a true soccer scholarship to an international school are presented with a challenge. Overcome this difficulty by understanding the vocabulary differences--while in Canada and the United States the "world's favorite sport" is known as "soccer," most of the world calls it "football." A scholarship is known as a "grant" or "bursary" in foreign lands. Knowing the right terms provides opportunities.
Craig Gowans Football Scholarship: Stirling University, Scotland
This scholarship began in 2005 to honor local player Craig Gowans. In his name, the University of Stirling, Scotland partnered with Falkirk FC (Football Club) and offers up to 16 male players a full soccer scholarship. International applicants are welcome. Besides proving their football/soccer skill, prospective students must show their commitment to the sport. They must also meet all normal requirements for a degree program at the University. The scholarship covers cost of equipment and lodging. The soccer program provides a high level of training, facilities and coaches. The university also has similar international soccer scholarships for women.
Sports Performance Manager
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme: University Of Cambridge, England
The University of Cambridge offers a scholarship open to international students ages 16 to 25. While other sports are considered, skilled soccer players qualify. As a top university, the program and training are held at premier multi-sport facilities. This diversity increases the performance and skill of all athletes.
The Old Schools
Cambridge, CB2 1TN
Green and Gold Soccer Academy Award, University of Alberta, Canada
The University of Alberta has an incredibly strong athletics program, offering scholarships in many sports. The soccer program is equally strong, with multiple scholarships available to eligible candidates. To qualify for the Green and Gold Soccer Academy Award, applicants must demonstrate their soccer skills, have a minimum grade point average determined by the coaches on an individual basis and continue to keep their grades at this level or higher. International students are accepted. Students can apply for and combine multiple scholarships.
University of Alberta
120 Administration Building, Edmonton
Alberta, T6G 2M7
Bill Jameson Soccer Scholarship: UNSW, Australia
This soccer scholarship enables international students with exceptional soccer skills to attend the University of New South Wales in Australia. Students must participate in a full-time bachelor's degree program that is at least two years long. During the two year program, students must actively participate in the university's soccer team--UNSW. The scholarship is open to men and women players.
The University of New South Wales
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