As an international university student looking to study in the UK, there are a number of opportunities available to you including scholarships. Before we go into the details, we’ll cover different types of support available to students, such as scholarships, grants and bursaries. We’ll also discuss where to find them, the application and selection process, and how to prepare for it.
1. Scholarships, bursaries, and grants – explained
There are a variety of scholarships, bursaries or grants available to international students looking to study at university level in the UK, each offering a unique opportunity for you to pursue your education goals. Some provide financial assistance to cover tuition costs, while others may offer assistance with living costs or books. No matter what type of scholarship a student chooses, it can be a great way to help them reach their educational goals beyond financial barriers.
- Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded to students based on their academic achievements or excellence in their studies, sports or music. Often offered by universities, colleges, employers or organisations wanting to support young talent.
- Full Scholarships: these cover your tuition fees and living costs in full but are very competitive and usually go to high-achieving students.
- Part Scholarships: these can range from small, one-off payments to covering your full tuition fees. They do not usually include support for living costs.
- Course-specific Scholarships are for students who intend to study a particular course.
Based on Nationality: depending on your Nationality, you might also find scholarships exclusive for students of a specific nationality.
- Bursary: Bursaries are awarded to students based on low household income, background or personal circumstances, such as disabled students, etc. They’re often offered by universities, colleges, employers or organisations who want to support young talent. Bursaries help students with some of their living costs (one-off payment).
- Grant: Finally, grants are based on low household income, background or personal circumstances and are awarded by charities or trusts representing underrepresented groups. Grants are meant to help cover living costs or specific expenses such as studying abroad (one off-payment).
2.Where to find Scholarships
The best place to start is with the University you have chosen. Their student support team can help you select the best option and guide you through the application process. If you still need to choose a university, check if your country offers scholarships or grants to study abroad. You can also check our university partners; we provide a range of direct-to-university degree courses and pathways to students who do not qualify for direct entry. Below, we share a list of the scholarships available for our pathway courses:
It’s important to note that you must apply for any scholarship, grant or bursary you qualify for; these are awarded on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.
- University of Dundee
International students who decide to study at the International College of Dundee may be considered for a number of scholarships that recognise academic achievement while studying at the college. All scholarships at Dundee are awarded to the period of study at the University. For more information, please visit the International College of Dundee page.
- De Montfort University
At De Montfort, international students can apply for a scholarship once they have progressed to the degree course of their choice. For more information on your pathway to De Montfort University College International, visit the international college page.
- Bangor University
At Bangor, international students can apply for a range of bursaries and scholarships worth over £1M. Visit the Bangor University International College page for more information on the courses available to international students and how you can apply.
- University of Greenwich
At the University of Greenwich International College, international students can apply for a range of scholarships and bursaries awarded at the university stage of their studies. Visit the University of Greenwich International College page for more information on the courses available and how you, too, can study in the UK.
- University of Bradford
Students at the International College can apply for various scholarships based on country of origin or subject of study awarded at the university stage of their studies. Visit the University of Bradford International College page for information on available pathways.
3. How to Apply for Scholarships
Each scholarship will have its requirements, so it is essential to start early to have enough time to collect proof that you are eligible for the scholarship you want to apply for.
- Start Early: Many scholarships have deadlines, so start your search as soon as possible.
- Check the Requirements: Make sure you meet the requirements for the scholarship before applying. Your application is likely to be accepted if you meet all criteria.
- Prepare Your Application: Scholarship applications often require essays, letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Make sure you have all the necessary documents and that they’re well-prepared.
- Submit Your Application: Submit your application before the deadline. If you miss the deadline, you won’t be considered for the scholarship.
- Receiving your letter: The university services team will check and confirm and make you an offer if you’ve met the entry requirements for your course. We wish you the best of luck with your application, but only a few students are awarded every year.
At Oxford International, we believe in studying without limits. Discover more about what we do at oxfordinternational.com and how we can help you achieve your study goals, start your journey today. We hope you found this guide helpful, and please contact our team if you have any questions. Good luck, and remember to start early!