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Scholarships for international students in the UK

The UK is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. And, being awarded a scholarship to study in the UK can give you access to a top-level education at a more affordable price.  

So, how do you apply? UK university scholarships are offered by both the UK government and individual universities – and are available for undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD students alike. In this blog, we’ll highlight some of the top scholarships for international students in the UK:  

Undergraduate scholarships in the UK

Many UK undergraduate scholarships are offered directly through universities. For example:  

Many scholarships and bursaries are awarded to students automatically upon admission. For others, you need to apply separately.  

If you’re unable to get a scholarship, consider applying for government student support. Receiving student support doesn’t go against visa rules. You can learn more here.  

Postgraduate scholarships in the UK

As a postgraduate, there are several ways to get financial support. You can be awarded a scholarship directly through your university, or through a government-run initiative set up to support international students. For example:  

The CSC is also a great place to start if you’re looking for PhD scholarships in the UK – especially if your thesis or area of study would help you improve the lives of people in your home country.  

A case study: University of Manchester scholarships 

To learn more about the different types of scholarships offered to international students, let’s take a closer look at one university in particular: The University of Manchester. Here are a few ways students can receive funding at the university:  

Universities throughout Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland all offer similar scholarships. Once you have an acceptance offer, you can find out more information about scholarships and other financial support on your university’s website.   

So, whether you’re fresh out of school, continuing your studies as a postgraduate, or hoping to become a PhD candidate, there are lots of scholarships to help you pursue your dreams of studying in the UK.  

Want to know how much it costs to live in the UK? Check out our article: Living Expenses in the UK for International Students 

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