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Most international students will need to fund their studies through a variety of means. The most common sources of funding for international students are:

1. Own country

A student’s home country is one of the biggest sources of funding, either through companies based there or through the government. Many countries operate an official student loan scheme for those who wish to study overseas and you should contact the local government office in your home city to see if they can offer you any advice. If you’re already living outside of your home country and require funding most information of this information will be accessible on-line.

You may wish to approach large companies that are based in your home country and write to them asking about financial assistance towards your studies overseas. Please bear in mind that funding from your home country might be awarded on the condition that you come back home to work once you have finished your studies.

Details on funding for applicants from specific countries/regions can be found below:

2. Family

The biggest source of income for most international students still comes from family. As a recent study by the Institute of International Education (IIE) showed, nearly 65% of all international students were funded by their family and relatives. source

3. International Organisations

There are a number of international organisations that offer scholarships, grants and bursaries to international students. Please note that this information was correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.

British Federation of Women Graduates

This foundation aims to help women graduates (UK and overseas) who are studying in the UK by offering grants to help with living costs. They offer a small number of awards including emergency grants. These are one off payments intended to help cover an unexpected financial crisis affecting the completion of an academic year’s work. Applicants must show that they had made realistic provision for their year’s study but now face an unforeseeable financial crisis. No grant is likely to exceed £1000.

Application forms available by emailing jean.c@blueyonder.co.uk explaining the nature of the emergency.

The Churches International Student Fund (CISN) (current final year students only)

The CISN hardship fund was set up in 1990 by the former Churches Commission for International Students (now CISN) to assist full-time international students, irrespective of their race, gender or religion, who are already in Britain and Ireland and who are facing unexpected financial problems during the final stages of their course. It is administered ecumenically on the basis of agreed criteria. Decisions on grants are made three times a year, in February (for studies
finishing April-July), June (for August-November), and October (for December-March). To allow for correspondence and processing of applications in preparation for these meetings, requests for forms (including postal address) should be made respectively by mid-December, mid April and mid August at the latest. All grants are made at the discretion of the Hardship Fund Committee. The level of funding is dependent on funds raised for this purpose. Grants are typically £500 but do not exceed £800; the same person is not funded twice.

CISN hardship fund criteria and application process are:

  1. Awards are made to applicants undertaking full-time first degree or postgraduate studies lasting a minimum of one academic year.
  2. Awards are made to students who are within 6 months of finishing and who can showthat their financial problems are unexpected and that a small grant will enable them to completetheir course.

Applicants normally excluded from consideration within the Hardship Fund are:

a) permanent residents of Britain, Ireland, EU or other developed countries;

b) students who begin their course without assured funding to meet the full costs involved (tuition, accommodation, living expenses etc.);

c) students whose fees and living expenses have been covered by major award(s);

d) candidates who have not begun their studies and those who have already finished;

e) those studying outside Britain/Ireland or those requiring help for a field trip abroad;

f) asylum seekers and refugees;

g) students undertaking courses in subjects related to arms manufacture or experimentation on live animals.

Potential candidates who, in the light of the above criteria, believe themselves eligible should email or write to: David Philpot, Grants Secretary, CISN Hardship Fund, 2/27 Pentland Drive, Edinburgh EH10 6PX. Enquirers, whether by letter or email, should give their full postal address in Britain or Ireland.

British Council

have a guide to ‘Sources of Funding for International Students’. To apply for British Council funding you should apply to the office in your home country as a resident of that country. If the British Council do not have an office in your home country, you are not eligible for British Council funding. If this is the case, you should contact the British Embassy or High Commission in your country as they may be able to help you further.

Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

You may also find it helpful to contact UKCISA, who can offer advice to overseas students planning to study in the UK.

4. Other resources

The Grants Register 2012 (Palgrave MacMillan 2011) – not available at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland but is available through Glasgow City Council libraries

Useful websites

The Conservatoire’s International and Student Experience team available to advise and assist applicants, current students and parents in respect of queries about funding studies at the Conservatoire. Please contact studentfinance@rcs.ac.uk

Australia

The Australian Music Foundation offers financial support to outstanding young Australian musicians who wish to pursue post-graduate music courses in leading music education institutions in Europe. Every year the Foundation makes grants to carefully selected students, whom the Australian Music Foundation believe will excel in their artistry. Commonwealth Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens’ study in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. A range of scholarships are available for citizens of Commonwealth countries other than the UK. Application is made through the nominating agency (frequently the Education Ministry/Government Department or similar) of the applicant’s home country. The nominating agency selects the best applications and forwards these to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. Please check out the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website above for individual countries’ eligibility criteria and deadlines for application.

Canada

Commonwealth Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens’ study in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. A range of scholarships are available for citizens of Commonwealth countries other than the UK. Application is made through the nominating agency (frequently the Education Ministry/Government Department or similar) of the applicant’s home country. The nominating agency selects the best applications and forwards these to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. Please check out the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website above for individual countries’ eligibility criteria and deadlines for application.

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are aimed at encouraging bright, talented and hard working individuals to live, work and study in Scotland. Awards are available for full time graduate study. Courses must be masters programmes, and can be either taught or research.The scholarship is a total of £2000 (British pounds) towards the cost tuition fees. Only applicants with a Conditional or Unconditional offer from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be considered.

China

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are aimed at encouraging bright, talented and hard working individuals to live, work and study in Scotland. Awards are available for full time graduate study. Courses must be masters programmes, and can be either taught or research.The scholarship is a total of £2000 (British pounds) towards the cost tuition fees. Only applicants with a Conditional or Unconditional offer from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be considered.

India

Commonwealth Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens’ study in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. A range of scholarships are available for citizens of Commonwealth countries other than the UK.

Application is made through the nominating agency (frequently the Education Ministry/Government Department or similar) of the applicant’s home country. The nominating agency selects the best applications and forwards these to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. Please check out the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website above for individual countries’ eligibility criteria and deadlines for application.

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are aimed at encouraging bright, talented and hard working individuals to live, work and study in Scotland. Awards are available for full time graduate study. Courses must be masters programmes, and can be either taught or research.The scholarship is a total of £2000 (British pounds) towards the cost tuition fees. Only applicants with a Conditional or Unconditional offer from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be considered.

Goa Education Trust Scholarships The 2016 application process is now open to all Indian students. The GET Scholarships will fund young Indians to pursue a Masters degree in the UK and will cover part or full tuition fees not exceeding GBP 12500. There are no restrictions on courses of study or university. The application deadline is 15th May 2016.

The candidate should:

  • Identify a suitable Masters programme in the UK beginning in September / October 2016 (Proof of admission / application will be required at the time of the interview).
  • Be an Indian national with valid Indian Passport and must be in India at the time of applying for the Scholarship
  • Be not more than 30 years of age at the time of applying
  • Have an excellent track record in academics and extra- curricular achievements

 

Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships The awards, which are generally from 2–3 months up to a maximum of a year, cover accommodation and living costs in the UK, fees and a contribution to international fares. Applicants should be between 25 and 38 years of age and have an unconditional offer for a place on a one-year Masters programme in Performance, e.g. Dance, Drama, Music, Directing.

 

Indian applicants may also want to search for scholarships via www.buddy4study.com which promotes itself as India’s No.1 scholarship portal.

 

 

Norway

Students from Norway can access student loans to study outside of Norway. Full details can be found at Lanekassen

 

 

Singapore

Commonwealth Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens’ study in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. A range of scholarships are available for citizens of Commonwealth countries other than the UK. Application is made through the nominating agency (frequently the Education Ministry/Government Department or similar) of the applicant’s home country. The nominating agency selects the best applications and forwards these to the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. Please check out the Commonwealth Scholarship Commissionwebsite above for individual countries’ eligibility criteria and deadlines for application.

USA

US Federal Loans

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is an eligible Federal loan institution and our Federal School Code is G30887.

The Direct Loan Program offers the following types of loans and you can find more information via their website

  • Direct Subsidized Stafford: for students with demonstrated financial need, as determined through the outcome of a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). No interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period, and during deferment periods. As of 1st July 2012 subsidized loans are only available for undergraduate students.
  • Direct Unsubsidized Stafford: not based on financial need, interest is charged during all periods even during the time a student is in school and during grace and deferment periods.
  • Direct PLUS: unsubsidized loans for the parents of dependent students and for graduate/professional students. PLUS loans help pay for education expenses up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance. Interest is charged during all periods.

More guidance on applying for US Federal Loans can be found in our US Student Loan Guide 2017-18.

Private study loans

Students also have the option to take out a Private Study Loan, through organisation such as Sallie-Mae. We strongly reccomend that you research this carefully before making an informed decision ergarding your choice of loan, as loans can offer a variety of interest rates and repayment terms.

You may borrow federal funds up to a standard cost of attendance (COA) as the combined maximum of your loans. The COA is comprised of tution fees and living costs only, minus any Expected Financial Aid (EFA) which includes any bursaries, scholarships, grantsand awards, and will be determined by our Finance Department.

Individual loan types are subject to specific limits which may also depend on your course and year of study. Please note there will be a fee for originating a loan.

Scottish Scholarship Fund of New Hampshire

Marshall Scholarship

The Conservatoire is approved for the GI Bill Applicants may want to view the useful GI Bill Comparison Tool

Fullbright

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are aimed at encouraging bright, talented and hard working individuals to live, work and study in Scotland. Awards are available for full time graduate study. Courses must be masters programmes, and can be either taught or research.The scholarship is a total of £2000 (British pounds) towards the cost tuition fees. Only applicants with a Conditional or Unconditional offer from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be considered. The scholarships are not available to US students who have already completed their undergraduate studies at an institution in Scotland.