Virginia International University Regional Scholarships

Virginia International University Regional ScholarshipsInternational Prospective Students Scholarships

There are several types of Virginia International University Regional Scholarships open to qualified international students (yes, as a Jamaican or Caribbean national – you are qualified). These are the:

  • Virginia International University Regional Scholarships
  • Special Achievement Virginia International University Scholarships
  • New Horizon Scholarships

The Virginia International University Regional Scholarships

Amount: From $500 up to full tuition for one academic year

The purpose of Virginia International University Regional Scholarships are to provide and maintain awareness of the value that Virginia International University places on ethnic diversity and multiculturalism within the community. The Virginia International University Regional Scholarships will be awarded to prospective students from 7 regions around the world with a dream to study in the USA.  There are 18 scholarships available for each region.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a first-time applicant for any of VIU’s academic programs.
  • Must apply for one of VIU’s undergraduate, graduate program, or bridge program, as a full-time student.


North America and the Caribbean: 17 countries

Canada, The United States, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Haiti, Honduras, Belize.

Central and South America: 18 countries

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Sub-Saharan Africa: 52 Countries

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Congo Democratic Republic, Cote D’Ivore, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan St. Helena, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Yogo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

East Asia And The Pacific: 25 Countries

Australia, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Mainland China, Federated States of Fiji, Hong Kong and Macau, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua Nova Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vietnam.

Europe And Eurasia: 45 Countries

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Icelanda, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of), Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

Middle East And North Africa: 19 Countries

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen.

South And Central Asia: 13 Countries

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

Application Documents

Completed applications must include all of the following:

  1. Scholarship application form (Online Form)
  2. Secondary or higher education transcript.*
  3. Personal statement of success of at least 500 words describing your background, future goals, education, influential experiences, and career objectives in the form of an essay; not a list of facts.
  4. Letter of recommendation from faculty (academic) or supervisor (professional).
  5. Evidence of English proficiency.
    Option 1: Test scores  
    Option 2: Provide an official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 9 credit hours (graduate level) or 12 credit hours (undergraduate level) from an accredited United States post-secondary institution (not VIU) at which the language of instruction was English. The GPA for those credits must not be lower than C-level.
    Option 3: Provide a high school diploma from a recognized institution within the United States.

*If you earned your bachelor’s degree in its entirety in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Anglophone Canada, you are exempt from the evidence of English proficiency requirement.

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