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How To Fund Your Degree

Explore the different funding options open to international students, from sponsorships and bursaries, to scholarships and loans

You can get financial assistance from various sources to help fund your course. Sources of financial help include sponsorship, bursaries, scholarships and loans. You can also get a discount on your tuition fees by referring a friend to the University.


In some cases, you may have your study sponsored by a government organisation or large company. This means that the organisation will pay your tuition fees (and sometimes your living costs), and may even be able to cover your deposit for you. In some cases, you might receive this sponsorship in the form of a scholarship.

There will usually be some terms and conditions, such as you returning to your home country after the course, or working for a particular organisation for a fixed time. You'll need to check the exact details with your sponsor.

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In general, a bursary is usually a non-competitive, automatic sum that can help towards your studies. This could be based on financial need or other factors like what country you are from.

In most cases, bursaries are given automatically, and can take the form of a discount from your total fees. You'll be able to see the bursary details on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter.

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Unlike a bursary, a scholarship is usually awarded to you on merit. This means that they are normally awarded to students who may have a proven skill in academics or athletic ability, or to those who fit the specific criteria of the scholarship.

Many scholarships have rules associated with them, such as an expectation that you maintain a high grade throughout your studies, and you'll normally need to follow these rules to continue receiving aid.

Unlike a loan, you are not expected to pay scholarships or bursaries back.

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Student loans are normally designed to help students pay for educational expenses, like tuition fees, course materials and living expenses. You'll be expected to pay these funds back at various repayment thresholds. Unfortunately, there are no UK Government-backed loans available for international students.

However, if you're an undergraduate student from the European Union, you can apply for a tuition fee loan. These can cover your tuition fees while you're studying in the UK and are paid directly to the University.

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Referral Awards

If you're a current student or alumnus, you can get a reward for promoting the University of Portsmouth to your friends, family or colleagues. You can earn up to £400 by recommending us to others.

Read more about referral awards