Many international students dream of coming to the UK but are worried about the cost of studying. There are many expenses to consider when planning where to study, such as tuition fees, living expenses, visa costs and travel expenses.
The good news is, the majority of universities in London offer a number of scholarships to international students from all around the world. There are different types of scholarships so be sure to check the details carefully. You can apply to as many relevant scholarships as you like, so don’t stop your search after the first one. Search the scholarships database to find scholarships available at universities in London.
Types of Scholarships
There are a number of different types of scholarships available. Some will be offered by your university, others will be from an external sponsor.
Full scholarships: These are the most popular scholarships as they cover your tuition fees and living costs. Full scholarships are, of course, very competitive and you should aim for high grades in your current studies to have a good chance of being successful.
Part scholarships: These can range from small, one-off payments to covering your whole tuition fees. They do not usually include any support for your living costs.
Country-specific scholarships: Check the eligibility details carefully for each scholarship as some are for students from specific countries only. They can be full or part scholarships.
Course-specific scholarships: These are for students who intend to study on a particular course. They can be full or part scholarships.
Home/EU scholarships: You may find that some scholarships are only open to Home/EU students. This is often the case when the funding comes from UK or European bodies.
How to Apply for a Scholarship
The most important advice is to do as much research as you can and to start your research early. The majority of scholarships at London universities are for postgraduate studies (Master’s and PhD) but some also offer funding support for undergraduate studies (Bachelor).
There are also external scholarship options which you can consider. Some governments and local organisations sponsor students from their country or provide student loan options to study overseas.
Scholarship deadlines are often many months before the start of the course. In general, you need to apply for a course at the university before you can apply for the scholarships.
To begin your search, follow these steps:
- Search the Study London course database for your preferred subject
- Check the profiles of your selected universities to find out more details
- Search the scholarships database to see what scholarships are available at your preferred universities
- Contact your preferred universities to ask about their scholarship options and requirements
From tuition fees to living costs, here’s a guide to how much it costs to study in London. Students from outside the EU will need to pay “overseas” Tuition fees which are £11,000 on average, although it is possible to find universities that charge as little as £8,000. It all depends on the university, your […]
The University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has been given £20m in one of the biggest-ever donations to a UK university. SOAS has said that the £20m donation would be “transformational”, paying for building upgrades, research and 80 scholarships. The money was awarded by the Alphawood Foundation in Chicago, which was […]
Imagine living in one of the world’s most vibrant cities and studying at a prestigious university – at a fraction of the usual price. That’s what a scholarship can do for you – scholarships help to pay for your tuition fees and living costs as you study. Many London universities offer scholarships for international students, […]
Last week, King’s College London announced a major scholarship programme for its School of Law. From 2013, up to 80 scholarships will be available to students from around the world: 75 for undergraduates, and five for PhD students. The scholarship programme is the biggest for a law faculty in Europe and has been made possible after […]