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The quality of British education is universally acknowledged: British universities and colleges frequently come out top of the list in global ratings of educational institutions.

Tuition fees in Britain are rather high; however, many universities and colleges have established their own scholarship programs for international students.

The student can be granted either a flat sum (which is determined independently by every educational institution, according to the student’s chosen program) or a scholarship which covers from 50% to 100% of tuition fees. The number of recipients may be restricted, though some scholarships are available to all candidates who meet the requirements of the institution.

Some scholarships are only available for certain educational programs during a fixed period of time. There are also subject scholarships, for example, for outstanding performance in sports.

Scholarships available at British universities, colleges and schools for 2018–2019 are presented in this section.

New College of the Humanities

In order to assist international students, and to recognise exceptional academic achievement and potential, New College of the Humanities provides a number of international scholarships:

  • scholarships of up to £6000 per year of study for Undergraduate students
  • scholarships of up to £2000 for Postgraduate students.

All scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded automatically - no separate application is required. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as scholarships are usually awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

See full information on the website.

London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science is placed second in the QS World University Rankings (2015-2016) overall, with the research awarded the highest 4* rating. The university offers several financial support opportunities Russian students are eligible for:

  • approximately 16 scholarships for international undergraduates, ranging from £6000 to £25000 in value, as part of the LSE Undergraduate Support Scheme
  • scholarships totalling £2 million for master’s students, as part of the LSE Graduate Support Scheme
  • five Santander Scholarships worth £10000 for graduate students
  • 64 full PhD scholarships, covering international tuition fees and £18000 per year living expenses, as part of the LSE PhD Studentships programme.

See full information on the website.

University of Essex

The University of Essex offers a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to support students. The awards relevant for Russian students are listed below, and students can also search the Scholarship Finder to see what else they might be eligible for.

Undergraduate Scholarships and bursaries

  • International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship – students who have achieved academic excellence in the International Baccalaureate are eligible for a £2000 scholarship for the first year. 
  • Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship for undergraduate students – four £1500 scholarships are available for international undergraduates in the International Foundation Programme. 
  • Tinson Scholarships – scholarships worth up to £9750 are offered to UG applicants from the former Soviet Bloc.
  • Sports scholarships – sports scholarships package includes access to over £1000 worth of services and is open to first team squads for both men and women in our three focus sports of volleyball, basketball and rugby sevens. An adapted scholarship package may be available to exceptional individual athletes outside these sports.
  • Santander Scholarships – scholarships worth up to £5000 are offered to Master Programme students. 

Masters Scholarships

See full information on the website.

Cardiff Sixth Form College

Cardiff Sixth Form College has been awarded Top Independent Sixth Form College and Top Private Co-educational Boarding School in the UK for seven consecutive years by Education Advisers.

Russian students are able to apply for our International Scholarships which are worth up to 50% of tuition fees.

See full information on the website.

Richmond the American International University in London

Richmond the American International University in London, offers several scholarships for UG and PG students: 

  • Chancellors Scholarship for new entrants to the University, paying the full Richmond International tuition fee; merit based
  • Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships
  • The Deans’s Scholarships
  • Leadership and Armed Forces Scholarships.

See full information on the website.

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a member of the Russell Group of universities.

The university offers Undergraduate scholarships ranging from £1000 to £5000, and postgraduate scholarships, which are worth up to 100% of tuition fees.

Additionally, Merit Scholarships are awarded to the very best students based on extra-curricular achievements, and also academic excellence scholarships for students studying within the following areas:

  • Business School
  • College of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • College of Social Sciences and International Studies
  • College of Humanities
  • Medical School.

See full information on the website

ClubClass London

ClubClass London is a language school located in Bloomsbery (Central London). The school is accredited by the British Council and is a member of the English UK association.

50% off tuition fees are offered to the Russian students booking Intesive academic course, e.g. when a student books 1 week he gets the second week of tuition free.

You can look up more options on the website.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University (before 1992 — Trent Polytechnic and Nottingham Polytechnic) is one of the most environmentally friendly universities in the UK: since 2009, 100% of the university's electricity has been generated by renewable sources.

Scholarships available to Undergraduate students for 2018 entry:

  • International Undergraduate full fee Scholarship - full tuition fees for up to four years
  • International Undergraduate Scholarship - £2000 off tuition fees per academic year
  • International Scholarship - £2000 off the tuition fees in the first year of study.

Scholarships available to Postgraduate Students: 

  • Postgraduate Masters Scholarship - up to 50% off the tuition fees
  • International Scholarship - £2000 off the tuition fees.

The university also has a range of sports scholarships.

See full information on the website.

Newcastle University London

Newcastle University London is a member of the Russell Group and ranks in top-200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education ranking). 

The university offers a range of academic scholarships for international students:

  • Newcastle University London International Scholarships of £3000 for the first year of study to eligible undergraduate and postgraduate level international students
  • international students with a First Class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) are eligible for the Newcastle University London Business Excellence Scholarship of £5000 for our postgraduate degrees.

See full information on the website.

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University offers degrees in Business, Social Sciences, Humanities, Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Engineering. 

The university provides a number of international scholarships:

  • Vice-Chancellor Scholarships, each to the value of £5000. These scholarships are open to students who enrol on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme in September 2018 or January 2019. For the details on application process, please visit the scholarship page or watch the video.
  • Postgraduate scholarships, up to the value of £2000. These scholarships are open to students who enrol on a full-time undergraduade or postgraduate taught programme in September 2018. The scholarships are assigned automatically, no separate applications are required. 

See full information on the website.

Regent’s University London

Regent’s University London is a non-profit private institution located in the Regent’s Park (Central London). It offers courses in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, up to 50% of the programme tuition fees.

For more information about its scholarships, visit the website

The University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is ranked 48th worldwide by QS World University Rankings (2015-16). 

The university offers about 20 scholarships amounting to 100% of tuition fee for PhD students annually. 

Additionally, MA scholarships of 25-50% or £2500-£10000 are offered by the following departments:

  • Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Warwick Business School
  • Computer Science
  • School of Engineering
  • English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • History
  • School of Law
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Warwick Manufacturing Group.

See full information on the website.

INTO University

INTO University offers Foundation and Pre-Masters programmes affiliated with the top universities in the UK.

Russian students are eligible for up to 100% discounts for Foundation and BA (Year 1) tuition fees in the following partner universities:

  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Exeter
  • Glasgow Caledonian University.

Find more information on the INTO website.

De Montfort University

De Montfort University is based in Leicester and offers courses in Humanities, Business, Law, Life Sciences and Technology. The university maintains partnerships with NHS, BBC and Hewlett-Packard.

Russian students who have excelled academically and have an offer of admission for a full-time postgraduate programme at Leicester Castle Business School, may apply for a full fee scholarship.

The scholarship also includes an additional £5000 which can be used towards assistance with accommodation and living costs.

You can find the full list of scholarships on the website.

Amity University [IN] London

Amity University [IN] London offers programmes in business and IT.

The university offers various scholarships for talented students who show academic excellence. Scholarships are provided on purely academic basis.

Find more information on the website.

BPP University

BPP University maintains education programmes in different subject including business, law, accounting, psychology and the English language.

Various scholarships are provided on academic basis and proven ability to pay tuition fees.

For more information, visit the website.

Northampton University

Northampton University values high academic achievement by offering scholarships based on academic merit. They cover up to 30 per cent of the tuition fees.

Find more information on the website.

University of the West of Scotland

The University of the West of Scotland offers:

  • UWS International Scholarship -  £2,000
  • a £1,500 UWS Merit-based Scholarship aimed at students who have achieved academic excellence prior to applying to UWS.

For additional information, please email at

Portsmouth University

For Portsmouth, the PassPort Bursary gives 10% fee reduction for the first year of study. No additional application necessary - eligible applicants will be entered automatically.

University of Portsmouth is a member of the Santander Universities network. Four to six awards of £5,000 will be available to talented students starting a one year, full time Masters' degree at the University of Portsmouth. The scholarships, which will take the form of a fee waiver, will be awarded on academic merit.

Find more information on the website.

Birkbeck University London

Birkbeck is offering a limited number of Merit Scholarships to suitably qualified Master’s students who are going to start their programmes in Autumn 2018:

  • Career Experience Scholarships. This £2500 scholarship is intended for applicants with significant professional experience (at least three years)
  • World Citizen Talent Scholarships. This £5000 scholarship is intended for applicants who can make a significant contribution to the international classroom at Birkbeck. 
  • International Baccalaureate Scholarships. This £2500 scholarship is for outstanding first-year undergraduate applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme with a grade of at least 35 or above. 

For more information, please visit the website

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships — awarded as a 3-year research grants for PhD students. 

Principal’s Career Development Phd Scholarships — only for PhD students.

Find more information on the website.

Stamford Endowed Schools

For entry into Year 9, 10 and Sixth Form the following Scholarships are available to international students:

  • Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the entrance examinations to the School
  • Music Scholarships are given for exceptional musical ability. International applicants usually submit videos to the Director of Music for assessment. These videos must be two contrasting pieces of music
  • Art Scholarships are awarded for creative and artistic ability. Applicants must submit a portfolio of work which should include at least three separate projects demonstrating a range of both observational and experimental pieces.

All scholarships are usually awarded up to the value of £1000 per annum off the school tuition fees.

For additional information, please contact Stamford Endowed Schools: +44 (0)1780 750 311 or

University of Southampton

Find detailed information on scholarships on the website.

Liverpool John Moores University

Find detailed information on scholarships on the website.

University of East Anglia

Find detailed information on scholarships on the website.

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