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International student funding advice

A good way to start exploring your funding options is to speak to staff in your subject area to find out how previous students have financed their studies.

You should also contact the Ministry of Education or Education Department along with the British Council office in your own country. The location of your nearest British Council office can be found on the British Council website.

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Before you start your search for funding you should consider the following:

  • Funding opportunities are very competitive and are generally given to students that have achieved outstanding academic results and submitted high quality applications
  • The application process for funding opportunities can start very early in the admissions cycle so you should start looking for funding opportunities 12-18 months before you intend studying
  • If you need a visa to study in the UK you will need to prove to the immigration officer that you are able to meet both the tuition and living costs which may take the form of bank account information and/or a letter confirming sponsorship

Search our funding opportunities database to find which awards you are eligible to apply for. The database contains details of the major international student award schemes offered by the British government and other organisations, as well as a number of awards offered by the University and its Faculties and Schools.

In addition, funded studentships attached to specific research projects are advertised in more detail on School websites. Some of these studentships are not available to international students, and you should check your eligibility before making an application.