UAE expands student visa and residency programs to five plus years


The UAE will now offer five-year visas for international students, in lieu of the current one-year visa term in place.  Additionally, they are preparing to introduce ten-year residency options to high performing students and students who currently live as dependants to their parents in The UAE.

The announcement was made last week by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.  The news comes as The UAE works to introduce a knowledge-based economy into what has traditionally been an oil and gas economy.

The country has steadily been positioning itself as an international education hub.   As host to the second largest number of university branch campuses in the world after only China, they are well on their way to not only building a knowledge pool but a highly trained workforce to fill jobs that require international applicants in-country.

Dubai is currently home to more than 200 nationalities which accounts for 90% of the population. 40,000 of whom are international students?  The country should see a boost to these numbers as the new visa extension goes into effect.

Other countries that are extending visa parameters and work periods for foreign students include Canada, Japan, China, Ireland and Taiwan.  These countries have also introduced policies that make it easier for international students including African Students to study, work and in some cases immigrate.

While looking at post-secondary and career opportunities, be sure to look at local and international institutions in the United Arab Emirates.

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Japanese Government Scholarships for Undergraduates

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The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) invites applications for college scholarships available for international students to study at a Japanese college of technology. A graduated grantee will be awarded a diploma and an associate degree.

Scholarship awards will be tenable for four years from April 2019 to March 2024 including one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship grantees majoring in maritime engineering, the term of scholarship will be four and a half years up to September 2023.

Scholarship Description: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) is offering scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese college of technology under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2019.

Study Subject (s): Scholarships are awarded in the following fields of specialization (major): Mechanical Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Information, Communication and Network Engineering; Materials Engineering; Architecture and Civil Engineering, Maritime engineering; Other Fields. Materials engineering may not be studied in combination with other fields of study. Applicants wishing to choose more than one major should select their first, second and third choice of major from ones under “(4) Materials engineering.”

Course Level: Scholarships are available to study at a Japanese college of technology. A graduated grantee will be awarded a diploma and an associate degree.

Scholarship Provider: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)

Scholarship Location: Japan


  • Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. Stateless persons can be applicants, too. Applicants screening will be made at the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (hereinafter referred to as “Japanese diplomatic mission”) in the country of applicants’ nationality.
  • Age: Applicants generally must have been born between April 2, 1993, and April 1, 1998.
  • Academic Background: Applicants generally must have completed a school curriculum equivalent to an upper secondary school (an 11-year or longer curriculum starting at an elementary school). Applicants, who will meet the above qualifications by March 2015 are included.)
  • Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to learn the Japanese language and receive college of technology education in the Japanese language.
  • Health: Applicants must be mentally and physically healthy enough to pursue study at a college of technology in Japan. An Applicant who wishes to major in maritime engineering must have 0.6 or more vision in either eye with or without glasses and no color-blindness.

Arrival in Japan: In principle, the selected applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2015.

Visa Requirement: In principle, the selected applicants must acquire “College Student” visas before entering Japan. It should be issued at the Japanese diplomatic mission, located in the country of applicants’ nationality.

Note: Applicants who change their resident status to any status other than “College Student” after their arrival in Japan will lose their status of a Japanese government scholarship student.

Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible. If identified after acceptance of the scholarship grantees, the applicants will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:

  • If the applicant is a service member or a civilian employee registered on the active military list at the time of his/her arrival in Japan;
  • Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the accepting university;
  • Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the accepting university; If an applicant is a previous recipient of a Japanese government scholarship. Unless more than three years have passed since the first day of the month following the final payment of the previous scholarship, as of April 1, 2018 (In the case where the student starts from the fall semester, the month of entrance.);
  • If Applicant is, in principle, currently enrolled in a Japanese university with the resident status of “College Student,” or will be enrolled in a Japanese university as another source or self-financed international student between the time of application for this scholarship in his/her country and the time the scholarship period is due to begin. This does not apply to current self-financed international students at Japanese universities who will complete their courses of study and return to their countries before the end of the current year;
  • If an applicant is a grantee of a scholarship from any organization (including any governmental organization of his/her own country) other than the Japanese government (MEXT) (Prospective beneficiaries are included);
  • Applicants who are expected to graduate at the time of application and, cannot satisfy the qualifications and the conditions of academic background by the deadline given; or
  • Applicants of dual nationality who cannot prove their expatriation of the Japanese nationality by the time of arrival.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students who have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government (Asia-Pacific: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam. North America: Canada and United States of America. Latin America and the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and Vatican. Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Palestinian Authority. Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe) can apply for these college scholarships.

Duration of award(s): Scholarship awards will be tenable for four years from April, 2015 to March, 2019 including one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship grantees majoring in maritime engineering, the term of scholarship will be four and a half years up to September, 2019.
If a grantee graduates from a college of technology and is admitted for enrollment in an advanced course at a college of technology or university as a junior transferee, he/she may have the term of his/her scholarship extended upon successful examination by MEXT provided that he/she has outstanding academic achievement that meets certain criteria. If a grantee completes an advanced course at a college of technology and satisfies the requirements established by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation, he/she may apply to the Institution for a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

What does it cover?

  • School Fees: Fees for entrance examinations, matriculation and tuition at a college of technology will be paid by the Japanese government.
  • Allowance: Each grantee will be provided monthly with 117,000 yen. An additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen may be provided to those undertaking study or research in specially designated regions. The amount of allowance will be subject to change, however, depending upon the annual budget of each year.
  • The scholarship will not be paid to a grantee who takes a leave of absence or is long absent from his/her college of technology or the preparatory Japanese-teaching institution.

Traveling costs:
Transportation to Japan: Each grantee will be supplied generally, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her place of residence* to the New Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the preparatory school usually uses. Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her home address to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special taxes on travel, or inland transportation within Japan will NOT be supplied. *The address in the country of the recipient’s nationality stated in the application form is in principle regarded as the recipient’s “home address.”

Note: Those who cannot arrive on the day that is described in “2. QUALIFICATIONS (6) Arrival in Japan” shall not be paid the travel expenses coming to Japan.
Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be supplied generally, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for the travel from the New Tokyo International Airport (or any other international airport that the appointed college of technology uses as a normal route) to the international airport nearest to his/her home address.

Selection Criteria: In cooperation with the governments of the applicants’ countries the Japanese diplomatic mission will conduct primary screening of applicants by means of submitted application documents, interview and academic examinations. (Examination subjects). All applicants wishing to study Materials engineering must sit examinations in Japanese. ]
All applicants wishing to study (4) Materials engineering must sit examinations in Japanese, English mathematics and physics. Results of primary screening will be notified to applicants on the date designated by the Japanese legation.

-Applicants who have been selected by this primary screening will be recommended to MEXT.
-MEXT will conduct final selection of the recommended applicants and decide scholarship grantees.

Notification: Results of primary screening will be notified to applicants on the date designated by the Japanese legation.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission by the required date. The submitted documents will not be returned.

  • Application Form (by the prescribed forms)
  • Placement Preference Form (prescribed form for applicants for direct placement only)
  • Photographs (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm, Upper body, Full-faced, Uncapped) taken within the past 6 months (name and nationality should be written on the reverse photo to be pasted onto the application documents. Digital photographs also acceptable)
  • Academic transcript for the past 3 years
  • Recommendation from the principal or the adviser of the last school attended
  • Graduation certificate of the last school attended (or certificate of expected graduation for an applicant due to graduate)
  • Certificate of passage of university entrance qualification examination (if applicable)
  • Certificate of enrollment (for an applicant currently enrolled in a university)
  • Medical certificate (on the prescribed form)

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline of the applications differs according to the country. Please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country. Read more: MEXT College Scholarships for International Students, 2015:


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Interested In Studying in America?

We did an interview with Voice of America several years ago.  The presentation and tips about getting ready to study in the United States are still relevant.  Start Early and do as much research as possible.  We will be providing some tools to help guide that process by next year.  in the meantime, the following video is a great introduction to some things you need to consider when preparing to study in the United States.

The Netherlands as a Study Destination


Did you know that 1 in 10 students in Holland is an international student? Holland has more than 90,000 international students and that number is increasing every year. So why should you study in Holland?

1. There are 2,100 + programmes in English

Dutch universities offer the largest number of English-taught programmes in continental Europe. Also, 95% of the Dutch speak English, so it’s easy to communicate in daily life.

Find your study programme

2. Get a high-quality education and value for your money

The quality of Dutch institutions is well-recognized. The tuition fees and cost of living are considerably lower than in English-speaking countries.

Also, there are lots of scholarship opportunities.

3. Be part of an international community

Holland’s many international students come from more than 160 different countries. Dutch society is strongly connected to other cultures, the business community, and the world. The Dutch are open-minded and direct, so it is easy to meet them and exchange ideas.

4. Develop valuable skills and be more successful

The Dutch teaching style is interactive and student-centered. Studying in Holland means developing your own opinion, an open mind and increasing your international orientation. You will develop valuable skills such as analyzing, solving practical problems and creative thinking.

5. Live in one of the safest and happiest countries in the world

Holland is one of the safest countries in the world, according to the 2016 Global Peace index and belongs to the top 10 happiest countries in the world. Read more about the good Dutch standard of living in the OECD’s Better Life Index.

6. Have the rest of Europe at your doorstep

An international trip is just around the corner. In just three hours you can be in Paris. London and Berlin are just a five or six-hour train ride away. Holland is the gateway to Europe!

7. Get plenty of international career opportunities

Holland is the 17th largest economy in the world. Some of the world’s biggest multinationals, including Philips, Heineken, KLM, Shell, ING, and Unilever, are Dutch. Holland is a world leader in many areas of expertise, including agriculture, water management, art & design, logistics and sustainable energy.

8. Start a career in Holland after graduation

The Dutch government wants to attract knowledge and retain talent. International graduates can, therefore, apply for a residence permit of one year to find a job, or start a business within three years of graduation. For more info on this orientation year as well as tips on how to find a job, join our Holland Alumni network to increase your chances in the job market.


Australia Awards Scholarships in Africa

Australia’s international development assistance in Africa aims to help people overcome poverty through economic development. The Australia Awards form a core part of Australia’s development assistance in Africa. The Awards develop the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to enable them to contribute effectively to development in their home country.

Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.

Applicants will be assessed for their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in Africa.

Applications are strongly encouraged from women and people with disability.

Priority fields of study

The priority areas of study for Africa are aligned with development priorities indicated at:

Level of study

Australia Awards Scholarships

These Scholarships provide citizens of eligible African countries with the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification at an Australian tertiary institution. Awards are available for studies at Masters-level for 11 African countries. Details of eligibility by country can be found

Short Course Awards

The Australian Government also offers a range of short courses for applicants seeking targeted professional development studies in extractives governance, agricultural productivity, and public policy.  Awards are available for 22 African countries. For information on how to apply visit:

Australia Awards Benefits

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian education institution, including any preparatory training.

Scholarship recipients will generally receive the following:

  • return air travel
  • a one-off establishment allowance on arrival
  • full tuition fees
  • contribution to living expenses
  • introductory academic program
  • Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of the Scholarship
  • supplementary academic support and
  • fieldwork allowance (for research and masters by coursework which has a research component where fieldwork is a compulsory component).


Equity and participation

Mechanisms and funding are available to support people with disability to participate in the Australia Awards Program. To ensure equity and broad participation, the Australian Government encourages women, people with disability, ethnic minorities, people living in rural areas and members of socio-economically disadvantaged groups to apply.

Eligibility criteria

Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at:

Additional eligibility criteria may vary from country to country. For more details on the application guidelines and eligibility for your country, please visit the following website:

Special conditions

Special conditions may also differ from country to country. For more details on the conditions for your country, please visit

Application dates (for Masters study commencing in Australia in 2019)

Opening date:     1 September 2017

Closing date:      15 December 2017

Applications or supporting documents received after these dates will not be considered.

Application dates (for Short Course Awards commencing in 2018-19)

Opening date:     1 September 2017

Closing date:      15 January 2018

Applications or supporting documents received after these dates will not be considered.

The application process­

Electronic applications

We strongly advise applicants to submit their application and all required supporting documentation via email to the correct e-form.

The e-form can be obtained by sending a request via the Australia Awards website for Africa:

Hardcopy applications

Application forms can be downloaded from: www.australiaawardsafrica.organd must be submitted to the Australia Awards offices in Nairobi, Kenya or Pretoria, South Africa, as indicated on the application form.

Supporting documents

Applicants must submit with their application all of the relevant supporting documents listed in the Australia Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at:

Document type Certified
Proof of citizenship i.e. birth certificate /passport if available and photographic identification i.e. student card/drivers license if a passport is not available. yes
Tertiary degree certificates (Bachelors level for Masters Awards and Masters level for Ph.D. awards) yes
Academic transcripts (where they are not in English please provide an English translation) yes
IELTS, TOEFL or PTE Academic results No
Academic Referee Reports (with seal) No
Employment Referee report with seal No
Curriculum Vitae No
Reintegration Action


Letter from Supervisor No
Signed Signatures and Commitments Page No
Statutory Declaration Yes

The selection process­

  • Following eligibility checking, applications will be shortlisted. The selection process will also include an interview. Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
    • Academic competence
    • Potential outcome, including contribution to development outcomes in your home country.
    • Professional and personal leadership attributes
    • Work experience and level of seniority in the organization.

Preparatory training

  • All successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-departure briefing
  • You may be required to complete the following preparatory training and or testing:
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing System to assess English language competence.


All applicants will receive notification as to whether they have been successful by July 2018.

Participating countries

Scholarships and Short Course Awards

  • Botswana
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia

Short Course Awards Only

  • Cameroon
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Ethiopia
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe


African Union – Youth Envoy Application Deadline – May 15

African Heads of State and Government in their Decision Assembly/AU/Dec. 591(XXVI) declared 2017 as the year for “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth” and called for the development of a comprehensive roadmap with clear deliverables and milestones to guide the Member States and Regional Economic Communities on key steps to take, beyond 2017, towards harnessing the demographic dividend in Africa.

This decision was based on the realization that in order to achieve sustainable development and meet the aspirations of Agenda 2063 that envisions the “Africa We Want”, Africa must accelerate and increase strategic investments in its young people who constitute the majority of its population.

It is against this backdrop that AUC developed its youth engagement strategy which recognizes the centrality of young people in driving continental development; the major objective of this strategy is breaking barriers to direct communication with African youth.

Within the framework of the implementation of this strategy, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, during the 30th Ordinary Session of AU Heads of State and Government Assembly, in his speech at the opening session announced the upcoming appointment of an AU Youth Envoy.

The Youth Envoy shall be the spokesperson of African youths before continental decision-making bodies. He/she shall encourage AU Member States to define and implement youth-related policies at national, regional and continental levels. He/she shall also advocate for better youth mainstreaming in decision-making and will promote African core values across the continent and beyond. The AU Youth Envoy will also have the critical task to reconcile AU efforts on youth development with the aspirations of African youths, help in enhancing AU response to youth needs, and break communication barriers between the African Union and African youths.

To this end, his/her mission shall focus on 4 priority are including: Participation, Advocacy, Partnerships and Harmonisation.

It is within this context that the African Union Commission is hereby launching a call for nominations for the position of AU Youth Envoy who will be assigned to the Chairperson’s office and will directly report to him, while working in close collaboration with HRST Department. This call is open to all qualified young Africans. The scope and focus of the work of AU Youth Envoy will reflect AU vision and especially Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063 “An Africa whose development is people driven, relying on the potential of its people, especially its women and youth and caring for children…” which focuses on youth engagement and empowerment.

German Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) • DAAD

With its development-oriented postgraduate study programmes, the DAAD promotes the training of specialists from development and newly industrialized countries. Well-trained local experts, who are networked with international partners, play an important part in the sustainable development of their countries. They are the best guarantee for a better future with less poverty, more education and health for all. The scholarships offer foreign graduates from development and newly industrialised countries from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognised German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany.

Who can apply?

Graduates with at least two years’ professional experience

What can be funded?

Individual scholarships exclusively for Postgraduate courses in Germany

Duration of the funding

12 to 36 months (dependent on study programme)


  • Depending on the academic level, monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding


  • Candidates fulfill the necessary academic requirements and can be expected to successfully complete a study programme in Germany (above-average result for first academic exam – top performance third, language skills)
  • Candidates have a Bachelor degree (usually a four-year course) in an appropriate subject
  • Candidates have at least two years’ professional experience
  • Candidates can prove their motivation is development-related and be expected to take on social responsibility and initiate and support processes of change in their personal and professional environment after their training/scholarship
  • Students from most African nations are eligible to travel.

Further information on this and other Scholarships

Brochure “Development-Related Postgraduate Courses – Educating Professionals for Sustainable Development 2018/2019”