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Cleveland State Offers Increased Scholarship Opportunities for International Students

Published on November 10, 2021

Cleveland State Global now offers undergraduate international students a four-year academic excellence scholarship to make their prestigious degree even more affordable.

Cleveland State Global, a collaboration between Shorelight and Cleveland State University, has announced new four-year academic excellence scholarships exclusively for undergraduate international students. 

At Cleveland State, located in Cleveland, Ohio, international students can pursue undergraduate degrees in more than 175 fields of study including education, health, liberal arts, and more. The university is also committed to research, having received $84 million USD in research grants in 2018.

Read on to learn more about the scholarship, how Cleveland State supports international students, what international students can expect on campus, and how they can pursue professional opportunities. 

Cleveland State’s Four-Year Undergraduate International Student Scholarship 

Cleveland State’s new scholarship will go to students exhibiting consistent outstanding academic performance. International students enrolled full time, in good standing, and with a minimum 2.0 GPA are eligible to apply. 

A variety of other scholarships are also available, from incoming freshman scholarships for newly enrolled students to discipline-specific scholarships awarded from various departments and schools at Cleveland State.   

Students Can Access Additional Support and Entry Routes Through UStart

For students who need support with academics, Cleveland State Global offers UStart — a pathway program that increases access for a wider range of international students. Designed to provide international students with extra guidance and resources, UStart improves international students’ academic skills and English-language proficiency, and gives previously underserved students a way forward to pursue their degree.

UStart helps international students who may not meet typical US university entry requirements. Students receive expert support and guidance in an encouraging environment, with a curriculum that focuses on individual learning. Services include one-on-one tutoring, multiple program completion options, personal guidance, and more.

After completing the program, students can immediately proceed to their undergraduate studies at Cleveland State without any additional admission application requirements. Students can also work with UStart counselors to identify and apply to transfer to other US universities. Through UStart, students have improved access to US university degree programs.

Life at Cleveland State University 

The Cleveland State campus offers a friendly and welcoming environment where students can grow together with their peers, all with easy access to Cleveland’s internship opportunities, arts and cultural organizations, dining and nightlife attractions, and more. 

Students can choose to get involved with more than 200 student-run organizations, including clubs focusing on social, cultural, academic, sports, and community service interests. The campus is also home to a recreation center featuring exercise equipment and machines, fitness classes, indoor track, and even an Olympic-sized swimming pool! 

If students have questions about their visa, scholarship, life in the US, program, or other concerns, they can visit Cleveland State’s Center for International Services & Programs (CISP). CISP is a dedicated support center for international students where they can seek assistance from staff who specialize in providing guidance to students from all over the world. 

The campus is surrounded by more than 300 miles of trails and beautiful lakefront parks which are perfect for a relaxing outing with friends. For students with a passion for cuisine, Cleveland is home to food from all over the world, including cuisine from Brazil, Hungary, India, Ethiopia, and Poland. Additionally, with its campus nearby NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center, students can access one-of-a-kind opportunities for internships with NASA while they study.

Opportunities To Grow Professionally 

International students can also gain valuable work experience in the US by applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

During their program or after graduation, international students can apply for OPT to work in the US for up to 12 months. Students who graduate with a STEM-related degree can apply for an additional 24 months of OPT, giving them the opportunity to work in the US for three years. CPT is usually a part of specific degree programs, and helps students gain work experience in a career related to their field of study.

I was challenged by rewarding coursework, learning the importance of remaining proactive in asking questions. I loved the learning flexibility, coupled with meeting others from different cultures. Studying in the US is an experience I’ll never forget.” — K. Aditya, MS in Engineering

By enrolling at Cleveland State, international students can pursue their degree with the support of expert faculty and programs designed to help them succeed. Alongside a Shorelight advisor, you can choose the perfect program at Cleveland State for your students and discover all the opportunities that await them in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Reach out to a Shorelight advisor today >