Friday, December 09, 2016
The UCAS deadline to start an undergraduate degree in September 2017 is fast approaching – it’s the 15th January. If you are seeking asylum or have temporary leave but don’t have access to student finance, applying to universities offering scholarships is how you might be able continue with your education, but you need get it right, which is why we’ve created this handy guide for you.
In the last few weeks alone two more universities have announced scholarships for asylum seekers bringing the number of universities across the UK with similar programmes to over 40. Birkbeck have introduced their Bridges to Study Programme, which is offering fee waivers for 20 asylum seeking students to study on any of their undergraduate or postgraduate courses. City, University of London have also announced scholarships, which comprise of a full fee waiver and living costs grant for 3 asylum seeking students starting undergraduate programmes. You can find more fee waivers, scholarships and bursaries in our handy table
To help you apply for scholarships like these, we’ve put together a simple step by step guide to help you figure out what you need to do.
Your step by step guide
1. Check your eligibility for student finance
People with different immigration statuses have different eligibility for financial support. Coram Children’s Legal Centre have put together a fact sheet on access to higher education in England for refugees and migrants which outlines the eligibility for different groups. UKCISA also produce guidance on eligibility in England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland.
2. Check which universities offer scholarships of fee waivers
If you aren’t eligible for home fees or students support, a scholarship might be the only option. Whilst you can’t rely on being offered a scholarship, applying to the universities that offer them will improve your chances. View our full list of universities offering scholarships for people seeking refugee protection. We try to keep this list as up to date as possible but make sure you double check that the university is offering a scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year if you are not sure get in contact with them to ask.
3. Check eligibility for the scholarship
All the scholarships are slightly different. Some of them include refugees, people with limited leave to remain or humanitarian protection as well as asylum seekers. Get in touch with the university if you are uncertain of the eligibility criteria. Make a note of the scholarship deadline.
4. Prepare your personal statement
Whether you are applying for an undergraduate course, or a postgraduate course, you will need to write a personal statement. This is to outline why you are applying (your ambitions and what interests you about the subject, university and higher education) and what makes you suitable (any relevant skills, experience or achievements gained from education, work or other activities). Take a look at this online tool to help you write your personal statement!
5. Apply for your course:
a. Undergraduate – to apply for an undergraduate degree you must apply through UCAS. The deadline to apply is January 15th 2017. UCAS produce some guides to applying for international students in different languages that may be helpful. Students can apply for up to 5 universities through UCAS.
b. Postgraduate – to apply for a postgraduate degree you can either apply directly through the university’s website or through UCAS depending on the type of course. Whilst there isn’t usually a deadline for postgraduate applications, it’s better to apply early to ensure there is time to apply for the scholarship.
6. Apply for the scholarship!
Each university have their own guidance on how to apply for the scholarship so make sure you follow that. Give yourself enough time to complete your application so you aren’t rushing.
7. Wait to hear if you have been successful!
Posted by STAR team on 09/12/2016 at 01:07 PM