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International student scholarships and funding opportunities

International applicants will be automatically considered for the St Mary’s International Country Scholarship and the St Mary’s International Excellence Scholarship. Students can only hold one St Mary’s scholarship at a time and they will be awarded the highest scholarship for which they qualify. Undergraduate scholarships beginning in September 2023 are valid for all years of undergraduate study (excluding placement years with a reduced tuition fee). In order to continue receiving their scholarships, students must remain in good academic standing with the University, meet all requirements to progress to their next year of study and meet all UKVI attendance and engagement requirements. Note that the scholarships below can only be awarded pre-enrollment.

St Mary’s International Country Scholarship 

This scholarship gives students a £1,000 tuition fee discount per year of undergraduate enrolment (excluding placement years with a reduced tuition fee). It is automatically applied to offer-holders ordinarily resident in countries the OECD designates as receiving official development assistance. In 2023, this includes Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Please see the full list of eligible countries at the end of this page. Students who meet the requirements will be awarded the St Mary’s International Excellence Scholarship instead of the St Mary’s International Country Scholarship. 

St Mary’s International Excellence Scholarship 

The St Mary’s International Excellence Scholarship gives selected students a £3,000 tuition fee discount per year of undergraduate enrolment (excluding placement years with a reduced tuition fee).  

All eligible applications will automatically be considered after being made an offer of study. A panel will assess offer holders based on candidates’ country of domicile, prior academic achievement and overall application for their programme of study. Applicants do not need to make a separate scholarship application and will receive a scholarship offer letter if they are successful. 

Eligibility criteria 

Undergraduate international scholarships are open to first year undergraduate students who:  

  • have been assessed as overseas fee payers, including British passport holders
  • have applied to study full-time on campus for 2023/24 entry.

Programmes at foundation and undergraduate level, including the Chelsea Football Club Foundation Coaching and Development FdSc, are eligible for the international undergraduate scholarships. Awards are made at the discretion of St Mary’s University. 

Only offer holders who are successful in securing a scholarship will be notified within six weeks of receiving their offer of study.  

Please note that scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. Candidates who apply for their programme of study early may therefore have a greater opportunity of success. 

By accepting the International Scholarship, you agree to represent St Mary’s University through your degree programme. This may include activities such as providing testimonials or content for social media and other marketing activities, and participating at University open days or international promotional events (in-person or virtually), subject to teaching timetabling and availability. 

International applicants will be automatically considered for the St Mary’s International Country Scholarship and the St Mary’s International Excellence Scholarship. Students can only hold one St Mary’s scholarship at a time and they will be awarded the highest scholarship for which they qualify. Postgraduate scholarships are valid for one year of study. Note that the scholarships below can only be awarded pre-enrollment.

St Mary’s International Country Scholarship 

This scholarship gives students a £1,000 tuition fee discount in their first year of postgraduate study. It is automatically applied to offer-holders ordinarily resident in countries the OECD designates as receiving official development assistance. In 2023, this includes Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Please see the full list of eligible countries at the bottom of this page. 

St Mary’s International Excellence Scholarship 

The St Mary’s International Excellence Scholarship gives selected students a £2,000 tuition fee discount for an MA or MSc and a £1,500 tuition fee discount for a PGCE. 

All eligible applications will automatically be considered after being made an offer of study. A panel will assess offer holders based on candidates’ country of domicile, prior academic achievement and overall application for their programme of study. Applicants do not need to make a separate scholarship application and will receive a scholarship offer letter if they are successful. 

Eligibility  

The scholarships are open to postgraduate students who: 

  • Have been assessed as overseas fee payers, including British passport holders
  • Have applied to study full-time on campus for 2023/24 entry.

Postgraduate international scholarships are for taught degrees and research programmes are not eligible. Awards are made at the discretion of St Mary’s University. 

Only offer holders who are successful in securing a scholarship will be notified within six weeks of receiving their offer of study.  

Please note that scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. Candidates who apply for their programme of study early may therefore have a greater opportunity of success. 

All international scholarship offer holders agree to represent St Mary’s University as an ambassador throughout their degree programme. Ambassadorial activities may include providing testimonials or content for social media and other marketing activities, and participating at University Open Days or international promotional events (in-person or virtually), subject to class timetabling and availability. 

Please note that students can only hold one St Mary’s scholarship at a time, so it is not possible to receive both a subject or performance scholarship and an international scholarship. 

Acting 

Drama St Mary’s has partnered with leading entertainment and theatre publication The Stage to offer two scholarships for its BA Acting programme. Successful students will receive a full tuition waiver for all three years of study. 

The application deadline is in early May. Applicants will be interviewed and undertake an audition process. 

Sports scholarships 

Our sports scholarships provide training services and financial support worth up to £2,000 for student athletes competing successfully in their sport. Gold, silver, and bronze packages with different values are available. These scholarships are open to students in all courses and in all years of study. 

Please see our sports scholarships page for further information. Application information is published each spring. 

St Mary’s MBA Scholarship

This scholarship gives students a £2,500 tuition fee discount in their first year of MBA. It is automatically applied to all offer-holders of the academic year 2024/25 for the full-time one-year course paying the international fees:

Applicants do not need to make a separate scholarship application and will receive a scholarship offer letter within six weeks of receiving their offer of study. Student cannot combine this award with another scholarship at the University.

Thai LLM Scholarship 

We are offering one fully funded Thai LLM international scholarship for our International Business Law LLM degree. 

The scholarship is worth £16,800 and will cover the full tuition fees for the full-time LLM, commencing in September 2023. The scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other award or discount and is only applicable to the International Business Law LLM degree at St Mary's University. 

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship: MA Chronic Disease Management

We are delighted to announce that St Mary's University has been selected to nominate scholars for September 2024. These scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests. This Scholarship is an opportunity for students from selected Commonwealth countries to receive a full tuition waiver, funding to cover the cost of flights, visa fees, and a stipend to help with the cost of living while studying.

Please note that the Commonwealth Scholarship application deadline for September 2024 has been now closed. Further information for September 2025 nominated courses and awards will be announced in November 2025.

The scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other award or discount.

Application Timeline 

  • Eligibility checks - April/May 2024.
  • CSC reviews nominated candidate applications to ensure they are complete and eligible
  • References deadline - April 2024
  • CSC advises institutions of approved nominations - May 2024
  • CSC issues Confirmation of Award Letters - June-August 2024.

HESPAL - Higher Education Scholarship for Palestinians 

The HESPAL Scholarship, a collaboration between the British Council and St Mary's University, Twickenham, supports junior academic staff from Palestinian universities in pursuing an English Master's degree. This initiative fosters the development of future senior academics, ensuring international standards at Palestinian universities while fostering enduring connections between Palestinian and UK academic institutions.

The scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other award or discount.

For further information regarding the scholarship please visit our HESPAL page alternatively, the HESPAL website for further information and guidance on how to apply

The scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other award or discount.

Chevening Scholarship

We are thrilled to share that St. Mary's will be granting the prestigious Chevening Scholarship for September 2024. Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Chevening Scholarships empower exceptional emerging leaders worldwide to undertake one-year master’s degrees in the UK. This scholarship presents a unique chance for students from designated Chevening-eligible countries to benefit from a complete tuition waiver, financial support for airfare and visa expenses, along with a stipend to assist with living expenses during their studies.

Application Timeline

  • Applications open - 13th of September 2023
  • Application deadline - 7th of November 2023
  • Applicants shortlisted for interviews - Early to mid-February 2024.
  • References and Education documents deadline - 20th of February 2024.
  • Interviews take place - 26th of February to 26th of April
  • Result - From June 2024
  • Offer deadline - 11th of July.

Please see the Chevening website for further information and guidance on how to apply

The scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other award or discount.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding 

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is a huge database of charities and organisations that award funding for postgraduate study in the UK, including master’s and research degrees.

Many sources of funding are open to international students, although some may only be available to students from certain countries or for certain subjects. The Guide also includes advice and tools to help you to make a successful application. 

All students can pay for access to the Guide. If you hold an offer to study at St Mary’s, you can access the Guide for free. Please email studentfundingservice@stmarys.ac.uk with your Student ID number and the name of the course that you’ve applied for to ask for access. Once you have access, you login on the The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding gateway.

EU student loans through FINS 

EU students may be eligible for a student loan of up to 25.000 EUR for undergraduate or postgraduate studies at St Mary’s from FINS. 

The FINS loan scheme is available to all students from an EU member state who want to study in the UK or Europe. Loans may be used for tuition fees, accommodation, travel, and other costs related to studying in the UK. 

Eligibility 

  • You must be a citizen of an EU member state.
  • You must have a good academic record.
  • You must have a clean financial record (for example, not blacklisted with any outstanding/unpaid debts for previous loans by any other financial institutions).
  • Further criteria may also apply as detailed on the FINS website.

There is no deadline to apply, but applications can take time to process so we recommend that you apply early. Contact FINS for more information. 

EU Students with Settled/Pre-settled status 

If you have successfully applied for Settled or Pre-settled status, then you are entitled to study in the UK without a Student visa and pay the Home fees for university courses. This means that you are not eligible for an International Scholarship from St Mary’s, but you may be eligible for a Scholarship or Bursary open to our Home students and Student Finance for undergraduate, postgraduate, or doctoral studies. 

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provide detailed information on Brexit, the EU Settlement Scheme, and what this means for students. 

For more information about Student Finance for Home students, please contact studentfundingservice@stmarys.ac.uk 

US Federal Aid 

St Mary's participates in the US government's William D Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Students who qualify for these loans can see more information on our US Federal Aid pages. Global Education Management Services is another source of loans for students affiliated with the US. 

Lånekassen (the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund)

The Lånekassen loan, the Norwegian state Education Loan Fund is exclusively accessible to Norwegian students and serves to aid with expenses including tuition, accommodation, meals, and study materials. for more information please visit their website Lånekassen.

Danish Grants and Loan Scheme (SU)

Danes can receive support for studying abroad, provided the courses meet the same recognition standards as those in Denmark and the qualifications obtained are applicable in Denmark.

For studies in Nordic countries, support is granted for the standard duration of the chosen program, plus an additional 12 months if the student begins their first higher education program within two years of completing their initial qualifying exam. For studies in other countries, support is available for four-year programs or for the final four years of longer programs.

Support for studies in Denmark can also be used to fund studies abroad if they are part of a Danish institution's program.

St Mary's approved programs:

  • BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning
  • MSc Applied Sports Psychology
  • MSc Applied Strength and Conditioning Science.

For more information, visit the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme (SU and SU-lån).

If you have any questions about any of our scholarships, please submit an enquiry or call us on +44 (0)20 7096 5787.

We can offer you scholarships if you are from:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China (People's Republic of)
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • North Macedonia
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Türkiye
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe.