For all international students:
Practical information and insight on UK education for international students.
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK. Applications for Chevening Scholarships opened on the 12th September and closed 7th November – final outcomes on applications are due by June/July 2024. Information on their website can be found here.
The International Education Financial Aid website, IEFA.org, is an internet resource listing financial aid information for students who wish to study in a foreign country. You will find a comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs and other information to assist students in their quest to study abroad.
Funding in Africa:
The Beit Trust offers annually a number of Postgraduate Scholarships abroad for studies or research to graduates who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe (the beneficial area). Scholarships are taken up at a university in the United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa, for study in a subject of the individual’s choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area. Duration is normally for a maximum of three years at the discretion of Trustees.
One-off and recurrent grants according to need are awarded to African students studying in the UK. Applications in writing and must include a stamped self-addressed envelope. Contact: Mrs E Gray, Assistant Karimjee Jivanjee & Co UK 21, Whitefriars Street, London, EC4Y 8JJ. Telephone: +44 (0) 207 5833768
Funding in the Americas:
Offers financial assistance to US citizens who are war veterans.
Each year up to 9 awards are offered to US citizens for the first year of Masters or PhD study in any discipline at any accredited UK university/institution. Candidates will be selected by the US-UK Fulbright Commission and the Institute of International Education (IIE) to receive grants to be used towards tuition fees and maintenance costs in their first year of postgraduate study in the UK. Grants are for up to £20,000 (pound sterling), paid in instalments directly to the grantee, the first of which is typically given upon arrival in the UK. This funding is intended as a contribution towards the first year of tuition fees and general maintenance costs whilst in the UK. Limited sickness and accident benefits coverage (typically not needed with free access to the NHS) is also provided. All grantees in the UK attend a 3-day orientation program on arrival in September, a 5-day Fulbright Forum in January and a farewell event, the Fulbright 'End-cap'.
Open only to United States citizens who (at the time they take up their Scholarship) hold a first degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.7. Persons already studying for or holding a British degree or degree-equivalent qualification are not eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship. University fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse. Funding is for two years only.
Provides awards of between £500 – £2,500 to Canadian men and women who have already commenced their studies in the UK.
Funding in Asia:
The Partnership between the London Film School (LFS) and the SAID Foundation is aimed at students originating from and residing in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan or Palestine. Successful applicants can study at LFS on a full scholarship, including living costs. The SAID Foundation Scholarships application window will likely open in September 2024 for a 2025 start.
Funding in Europe:
Students from EU countries can apply for financial help with the cost of tuition in England. Additional help may also be available for migrant workers from an EEA (European Economic Area) country or Switzerland, and for children of a Turkish worker in the UK.
Every Dane over the age of 18 is entitled to public support for his or her further education. The State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme award support for student’s living costs. It is a system managed by the Danish Educational Support Agency (Styrelsen for Statens Uddannelsesstøtte) in collaboration with the educational institutions and under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Education. For studies in foreign countries, students are supported for four-year courses or for the last four years of longer ones.
Entente Cordiale Scholarships are prestigious awards that fund French postgraduate students who wish to study in the UK. The scheme provides a total of 20 scholarships each year. The maximum amount offered for a scholarship is £10,000, which is paid directly to the scholar and can be used as a contribution to tuition fees or living expenses during your year in the UK.
Students from Sweden may be able to apply for loans for study outside of Sweden.
Lånekassen provides financial support for education to Norwegian citizens. The State Educational Loan Fund may provide financial guarantees for study abroad on certain conditions.
The Icelandic Student Loan Fund offers student loans for tertiary education at institutions that make demands of the students compared to those made regarding university studies in Iceland. Courses of study qualify for loans if they are organised by an educational institution as full-time studies. Students may receive a loan for a total of up to 5 years, subject to satisfactory progress. Students progressing to Postgraduate studies may granted loans for a duration in excess of this up to a maximum of 10 years in total. Loans can be obtained for living expenses and tuition fees. Contact: Borgartuni 2, 105 Reykjavik, Iceland, Telephone: +354 560 4000
Many countries have scholarship programmes for students wanting to study abroad and it’s worth investigating these in your home country. There are also British Government-funded scholarship schemes available through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Overseas Development Administration or United Nations. You can find out more from the British Council, Embassy or High Commission in your own country or from www.britishcouncil.org and www.educationuk.org.
The application deadline for these scholarships may fall before our selection process is over, so you should ask if you can make an application in principle even though you may not yet have been offered a place at the School.
Last updated 8 January 2024