Scholarships For International students

Scholarships For International students
A lot of students every year look at studying in the United Kingdom as a very attractive choice. In addition to being able to experience British culture first-hand, you are guaranteed a top class education and a degree that will be looked upon favorably by employers worldwide. However, with the recent tuition fee increases not to mention the fact that international students typically pay an increased amount anyway any financial help is always greatly appreciated. One way of substantially decreasing the amount you are required to pay in tuition fees and sometimes even in living expenses as well, is to obtain a scholarship or a grant. There are many sources of funding available to you for studying in the UK – particularly if you are a postgraduate student. The British government and other UK organisations offer a range of international student scholarships and awards.

The specific University that you are hoping to attend will provide you with information on the scholarships and grants that they offer but there are also additional external organisations that offer scholarships to exceptional applicants. These organisations include the likes of the Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme (ORSAS), Royal Society Fellowships and the British Chevening Scholarships. However, one thing that you need to remember when applying for a scholarship either at your University or an external scholarship organisation is that you should be preparing and submitting your application up to a year before. Typically you will be provided with a scholarship form which you would be required to fill out detailing the course you are looking to study and your personal, work and educational history. It is important that this is filled out flawlessly and in full as well as providing any additional information that is requested. This will often include a short essay the subject of which varies.

The university will often offer scholarships to individuals who have particularly excellent grades and who intend to do a vocational degree such as medicine, science or engineering based. They will also often provide an additional smaller bursary which will help to cover some of your living costs. This will have a less strict eligibility criteria often giving them based on the total income for the applicants parents which they use to determine the applicants financial position.

Scholarships are a great way of obtaining funding to support your studying and with the high costs of studying and living in the UK, every little helps. Unfortunately it is a very competitive area with thousands of applicants for most scholarships every year and even at the lower ranked colleges and universities have hundreds of applicants for their internal scholarships every year. Post-graduate degrees are more achievable with more funding offered and a smaller number of applicants (although these are still still competitive). The amount you can get from a scholarship varies and whilst it may not always cover all of your tuition fees, it will certainly be a significant bonus that can will inevitably help you as you pursue your studies in the UK.