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Sponsored Students at ASU


The International Students and Scholars Center is pleased to serve as your primary resource regarding sponsor-related questions and processes while attending Arizona State University. We staff a team dedicated to supporting the sponsored student population and who are specially trained to assist in matters related to the sponsored student experience at ASU.

Who is considered a sponsored student?

A sponsored student is a student who meets the following two requirements:

  • The student receives funding to attend ASU from a third party organization (the sponsor). Sponsors are typically government organizations or private companies.

  • The student's sponsor will be billed directly for the student's tuition and fees by ASU.

A student is not classified as a sponsored student when the student receives scholarship funds directly and remains responsible to pay ASU for tuition and fees through their student account. Students who are sponsored by a family member for their studies are also not considered sponsored students.

Some of the companies and government agencies that sponsor ASU students include:

  • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company


  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority 

  • Kuwait Cultural Office

  • Oman Cultural Division

  • Qatar Defense Attaché

  • Qatar Higher Education Institute

  • Qatar Petroleum

  • Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission 

  • UAE Cultural Division

  • UAE – Military Attaché

  • UAE Scholarship Coordination Office