Our international students are an integral part of the Temple community. We provide opportunities for financial awards to promising international students to help make their college education in the United States more accessible.

Merit Scholarships

Temple awards merit scholarships to international students with strong academic records. These scholarships range from $2,000 to full tuition. The availability of funding and the size, quality and characteristics of the overall applicant pool will determine the number and value of merit scholarships offered. Please note full-tuition scholarships are extremely competitive.

Students are automatically considered for merit scholarships upon applying to Temple—a separate application is not needed. Submit your application for admission and all supporting documents by the application deadlines. We strongly encourage students to apply early in order to have the best chance to receive a merit award.

#WhyUS Campaign and Scholarship

Temple has introduced the #WhyUS campaign and scholarships to help ensure all international students know that the U.S. is one of the most desirable places in the world to study.

These scholarships, which range from $2,000 to $10,000 for up to four consecutive years (four years for first-year students and two years for transfer students), will be awarded for the best responses to our creative prompt. Winners will be chosen independent of a prospective student’s academic performance, and scholarships can be combined with other awards already received. Scholarship winners will be announced by April 1.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign and Scholarship

In 2016, Temple pioneered a nationwide welcome message from U.S. higher education to international students around the world. Through the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship, Temple recognizes international students who demonstrate a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. Temple was one of the first nine universities to make an initial commitment to the #YouAreWelcomeHere initiative. Every year, we select two first-year students to receive an annual, renewable scholarship of $20,000. Scholarship winners will be announced by April 1.

To check on the status of your admissions and scholarship decision, check TUportal, or contact us at YAWH@temple.edu or +1-215-204-4900.

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Learn more about one of our first recipients.

In 2019, Ayna Mammedova of Turkmenistan and Andres Mondragon of Peru became the inaugural recipients of Temple’s #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship.

Picture of Ayna Mammedova

Ayna Mammedova

Biochemistry Major, College of Science and Technology

“Before applying, I watched a lot of videos about #YouAreWelcomeHere. I was a bit nervous about the application process. Now, I am calm and confident. I know Temple is welcoming me. The university is so kind with its international students—and I am proud to be one of them.”

Learn More About Ayna

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Broad Street Finish Line Scholarship

The Broad Street Finish Line Scholarship supports first-generation college students and helps them stay on track financially to graduate in four years. It’s awarded annually in increments of $500 to $5,000, depending on need.

Incoming undergraduate students are automatically considered for the Broad Street Finish Line Grant at the time of admission.

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Sister City Scholarships

If you are a first-year applicant from one of Philadelphia’s Sister Cities, Temple University welcomes you to apply for this special scholarship opportunity. These are scholarships of $10,000 per academic year for four years. Click below to learn more about qualifying sister cities, eligibility and to apply.

Scholarship winners will be announced by April 1.

Philadelphia’s Sister Cities

  • Abruzzo, Italy
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Douala, Cameroon
  • Florence, Italy
  • Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Incheon, Korea
  • Kobe, Japan
  • Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Tianjin, China
  • Toruń, Poland