Studying in England is the dream of every student. England is a country, which hosts most of the top-notch universities and colleges in the world. With an enrollment rate of more than a million per year, England’s higher educational institutions have a reputation for conducting world-class research. Universities like Oxford University, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London, and the University of Manchester are the most sought-after universities in England.
Universities in England, England federal and municipal governments, and the department of education in England provide scholarships or financial aid to many local and international students each year for various degree programs. We have put together a list of all the scholarships available for students in England this year.
Cost of Living in England
England is the home of vast metropolitans and rich countrysides which offer idyllic sceneries, music festivals, fine cuisines, and some great camaraderie. The living expenses vary from city to city with London being the most expensive city to live in. You can expect to pay around £500 excluding rent for living expenses. Rent expense can vary a lot in different neighborhoods of just one city. For example, a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of London will cost you more than 1500 GBP and a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Manchester can cost you more than 700 GBP. This cost can go down to a great degree if you choose to live in a modest neighborhood.
England IELTS Requirement and Working on a Study Visa in England
Unfortunately IELTS is mandatory for non-native speakers in a lot of English universities because the subjects are taught entirely in English. But some universities waive the requirement of IELTS if:
- Your English score in High School Examination was more than satisfactory.
- If your previous institution used English as a primary medium of instruction.
- If you prove, via an online interview, your English language proficiency.
The students can work part-time while they are on a study visa in England which is up to 20 hours a week. They are also allowed to work full-time when they are on a semester break or when the session is off.
List of Scholarships in England in 2021
As it is quite expensive to study in England, the English government and universities/colleges offer a lot of scholarships to local and international students. These scholarships are usually offered to students with impressive academic records but a lot of them are also reserved for underprivileged students.
- British Chevening Scholarships:
Number one on the list is this British Chevening Scholarship offered by the government of the UK. These scholarships are aimed at international students to study a master’s program in any of the universities in the UK. The number of scholarships awarded every year is around 1500.
The scholarship value covers tuition fees, gives a monthly living allowance, and a round trip and airfare to and from the UK. Some other petty educational expenses are also covered by this grant but that depends upon the type of your study program and the value of the scholarship awarded to you (for example an allowance for thesis expenses will only be given to students who have a thesis to submit in the first place).
- Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships:
These scholarships are aimed towards outstanding international students of developing countries of the British Commonwealth (see the list of eligible countries from the scholarship’s official website). The scholarship offers a yearly air travel allowance to and from the UK, tuition fee waiver, examination fee stipend, a grant for thesis expenses (to those applicable), and an initial allowance at the time of arrival.
Remember that some specific universities are affiliated with this scholarship and a handful of subject streams are eligible. So, be sure to apply to a university and program that the Commonwealth scholarship supports.
- Cambridge University Scholarship:
These prestigious scholarships offered by the University of Cambridge are highly competitive and the most sought-after. Offered to international students to study a postgraduate program (master’s and Ph.D., full-time) at the University of Cambridge, this scholarship covers the full cost of study of the awardees.
The scholarship offers a tuition fee waiver, maintenance allowance, and cost of travel (to and from home country as well as travel costs for the purpose of study or research). Some additional allowances given on a case-to-case basis are; an academic allowance for the development of students, fieldwork allowance, and some stipend or grant for supporting the family.
- University of West London Scholarship:
The University of West London, one of the most competitive institutions in the UK also offers a number of scholarships every year. This particular scholarship, with the name of the International Ambassador Scholarship, is awarded to 100 students every year.
The scholarship is offered to non-EU students and gives a 5000 GBP waiver in tuition fee for the first year of the program. It is open for deserving international students enrolled in an under or post-graduate program at the University of West London.
- University of Oxford Scholarship:
The scholarship program at the University of Oxford with the name Clarendon Fund gives out 140 scholarships every year. These are awarded on the basis of merit in all the streams at the graduate level.
For full-time studies, the students will receive a generous grant of around 15000 GBP in terms of living costs. For part-time Doctor of Philosophy students, this can go down to 2500 GBP. For part-time master’s students, this will be around 5000 GBP. This amount will go toward other non-tuition study expenses of the students.
- Scholarships at the University of Bristol:
The University of Bristol has spent £500,000 on its scholarship scheme with the name Think Big. It is offered to outstanding international students on the undergraduate and postgraduate levels (one-year full-time program). The undergraduate grantees will get awards of £5,000 and £10,000. The postgraduate awardees will get an award of £5,000, £10,000, or £20,000. The awards will be used in waiving the tuition fee of the awardees.
- University of Surrey Scholarships for Female Students:
The Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey is awarding female MBA students with tuition fee waivers. These female students can be from all over the world. The scholarship award is meant to cover the tuition fee of the awardees from 10% to 50%. There is no need to apply separately for the scholarship as all the newly enrolled students in the MBA program are automatically considered for the scholarship.