Scholarships for international students

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international student SCHOLARSHIPS

Discover more about the scholarships we offer to international students

As an international or EU student at Portsmouth, you can access many scholarships. Your eligibility for these scholarships varies depending on which course you're studying, where you're from and your academic achievement to date.

Here's a summary of the scholarships you can access as an international student if you choose to start studying with us from October 2021 or January/February 2022. If you're a home (UK) student, see our information about scholarships and bursaries for undergraduate (Bachelor's) and postgraduate taught (Master's) UK students.

University of Portsmouth International Scholarships

Vice Chancellor's Global Development Scholarship

For October 2021 entry onwards, eligible students will be able to receive the Vice Chancellor's Global Development Scholarship. This scholarship will take the form of a £1,600 fee reduction that will apply to your first year of study.

If you are from one of the countries below, you will be eligible for this award:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Colombia
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Dominican Republic
  • DR of the Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Macau
  • Mauritius
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Terms and Conditions for Vice Chancellor's Global Development Scholarship

  • If you're studying an undergraduate course, you must be a self-funded student on a full-time, on campus, course with annual fees of £15,500 or above for October 2021 and February 2022 entry.
  • If you're studying on a postgraduate research or postgraduate taught course, you must be a self-funded student on a full-time, on campus, course with annual fees of £15,500 or above for October 2021 or February 2022 entry.
  • The scholarship is not available for students who have previously studied other courses at the University of Portsmouth, who will instead be allocated the alumni discount.
  • The scholarship is available for ICP (International College Portsmouth) students progressing to the University
  • The scholarship will take the form of a £1,600 fee reduction, effective at the time of registration and will only apply to your first year of study.
  • The scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship, discount or fee offer.
  • The discounted fee will be stated on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS). This is the final document you receive when you have an unconditional offer to study at the University of Portsmouth and have paid your deposit.
  • Only applicants who have been assessed as overseas students for tuition fee purposes can access this scholarship. Eligibility is determined by nationality.

Chancellor's Global Academic Merit Scholarship

For February 2022 entry onwards eligible applicants will be considered for the Chancellors Global Academic Merit Scholarship. This scholarship will take the form of a £5,000 fee reduction that will apply to your first year of study. 

This scholarship is merit based and applicants will need to have applied and accepted their offer by 1 December 2021 (for February 2022 entry). To be considered, applicants will also need to complete this form as part of their application, again before 1 December 2021 (for February 2022 entry). Applications will then be considered by the University's scholarship panel and the successful candidates will be contacted to confirm their status.

If you are from one of the countries below, you will be eligible for this award: 

  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Tanzania
  • The Caribbean (including Dominican Republic)
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe

Terms and Conditions for The Chancellor’s Global Academic Merit Scholarship

  • If you're studying an undergraduate course, you must be a self-funded student on a full-time, on campus, course with annual fees of £15,500 or above for February 2022 entry.
  • If you're studying on a postgraduate research or postgraduate taught course, you must be a self-funded student on a full-time, on campus, course with annual fees of £15,500 or above for February 2022 entry.
  • The scholarship is not available for students who have previously studied other courses at the University of Portsmouth, who will instead be allocated the alumni discount, provided they have successfully completed an eligible qualification.
  • The scholarship is not available for ICP (International College Portsmouth) students.
  • The scholarship will take the form of a £5,000 fee reduction, effective at the time of registration and will only apply to your first year of study.
  • The scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship, discount or fee offer.
  • The discounted fee will be stated on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS). This is the final document you receive when you have an unconditional offer to study at the University of Portsmouth and have paid your deposit.
  • Only applicants who have been assessed as overseas students for tuition fee purposes can access this scholarship.

School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences (SEGG) Scholarship

If you are a self-funded international student, achieve a first or upper second (2:1) from your Bachelor's degree and accept an offer onto a Master's course before Monday 4 July 2021, you could get 50% off your course tuition fee with our Master's Scholarship.

Eligible programmes are:

Eligibility

To be considered for this Master’s Scholarship you must be a self-funding international student and:

  • Accept an offer on a full-time masters programme listed above before Monday 4 July 2021, to commence in September 2021
  • Achieve a first or upper second (2:1) honours in your undergraduate degree
  • Hold nationality from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria or Ghana
  • The scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship, discount or fee offer. 

How to apply

Only candidates holding a 2:1 or 1st will be considered and the decision will be made based on the highest GPA score who fulfil the above criteria. If you are one of the successful candidates, you will be informed by Monday 12 July 2021. 

To apply, complete this form before 4 July 2021.

Get in touch with sci-int@port.ac.uk if you have any queries on this. 

Faculty of Business and Law Postgraduate Scholarship

If you're a student from the European Union (EU) joining our Faculty of Business and Law on a full-time or part-time postgraduate course, you may be eligible for a 40% discount on your tuition fees.

You can apply to be considered for the scholarship if:

  • You're fully self-funded
  • You have UK or EU nationality
  • You've been offered a place on a campus-based full or part-time 180 credit postgraduate course, excluding distance learning or 'top-up' courses
  • You've achieved, or are predicted to achieve, a 2:1 from your undergraduate degree, or have significant, relevant managerial or professional work experience (if you're awarded a scholarship but don't achieve a 2:1 when you get your results, you won't be eligible)
  • You haven't started your postgraduate course at the University of Portsmouth

You must apply for this scholarship before you start your course.

You can't combine this award with any other University discount or bursary.

How to apply

Visit the Portsmouth Business School Scholarships page for details on how to apply.

SQA Advanced Diploma Scholarship

The Advanced Diploma Scholarship from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is worth £2,000 to £3,000. You can apply for this scholarship if you meet the following conditions:

  • You're a Chinese mainland student
  • You will graduate in 2022
  • You've firmly accepted an unconditional or conditional offer with us
  • You've achieved, or are predicted to achieve, a general Graded Unit of A (i.e. AAA or AA) with no subject grade below 60 from your academic studies or you have significant, relevant social practices experience, or managerial or professional work experience
  • You've achieved English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
  • You haven't yet started your postgraduate course with us

You must apply for this scholarship before you start your course. Applications are open from May 15 2021 - June 15 2021.

If your application is successful, we’ll assess your application and grades against other applications to decide the scholarship amount you’ll be granted. Your scholarship amount will be automatically discounted from your tuition fee at the start of your course.

Sanctuary Scholarship

If you're seeking asylum and studying an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree, you could get a Sanctuary Scholarship to cover all of your undergraduate tuition fees.

You'll also get ongoing personal and financial support during your course so you can concentrate on your studies. There's one Sanctuary Scholarship available each year. It isn't based on your income and you don't need to pay it back whilst you're ineligible for UK Government financial support.

Find out more about the Sanctuary Scholarship here. 

Transition Scholarship for EU students

If you're an EU student, the Transition Scholarship is applied to your tuition fees so you pay the same amount as a UK student.

You can see the fees you’ll pay with the scholarship applied on each course page.

No need to apply

You don’t need to apply for this scholarship. We’ll add the scholarship to your tuition fees automatically.

External Scholarships

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.

Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers an opportunity for future leaders and influencers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

These highly coveted scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a 1-year Master’s degree in any subject.

We've welcomed many Chevening scholars to Portsmouth over the years – could you be the next one?

How to apply

To apply for a Chevening scholarship you must have:

  • An undergraduate degree
  • At least two years' work experience (including voluntary experience)
  • Leadership skills such as excellent communication skills, a positive attitude, and the sheer determination to achieve your goals.

For more information about Chevening, please visit chevening.org.
 
You will need to apply for both a full time master's degree and a Chevening Scholarship. We recommend applying for your chosen courses of study before or at the same time as applying for a Chevening Scholarship. Chevening Scholarships open on 3 August until 2 November 2021. Courses will begin in September 2022.

Commonwealth Scholarship

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) gives scholarships to students from the Commonwealth. These scholarships aim to attract outstanding talent to British universities and to combine sustainable development with the UK national interest.

Scholarships reward merit and promote equity, inclusion and access to education, especially to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

How to apply

Visit the Commonwealth Scholarships website to find out which scholarships are open to you and for information about how to apply. 

Other External Scholarships

There are many other external scholarships from various sources you may be eligible for.

It's a good idea to do your own research to find out about scholarships that are available for students from your region, but we've listed a few below.

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