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Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship 2023 Eligibility Criteria, Terms and Conditions

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Eligibility criteria

Undergraduate

Undergraduate applicants – Conditional Offer Holders

  • You must submit your application through UCAS by 30 June 2023 and meet or exceed the requirements as stated exactly in your formal UCAS offer.
  • You must confirm Cardiff University as your Firm choice by the UCAS deadline, and meet all offer conditions, including any English Language conditions, by 20 August 2023.
  • Applicants who do not meet the requirements of their formal UCAS offer will not be eligible for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship, even if they are accepted into the University.

Undergraduate applicants – Unconditional Offer Holders

  • You must have submitted your application through UCAS by 30 June 2023
  • If you are holding an Unconditional Offer, you must confirm Cardiff University as your Firm choice by your UCAS deadline.

Postgraduate Taught

Postgraduate Taught applicants – Conditional Offer Holders

  • You must submit your application to the University by 16 June 2023.
  • You must accept your offer and pay your deposit by 30 June 2023 unless your deposit deadline is after this date, in which case, your deposit must be paid by your initial deposit deadline. Deposit deadline extensions past the 30 June 2023 will not be accepted for scholarship purposes.
  • You must accept your offer and meet all the offer conditions, including any English Language conditions as stated in your offer by 20 August 2023.
  • Applicants who do not meet the conditions of their offer will not be eligible for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship, even if they are accepted into the University.

Postgraduate Taught applicants – Unconditional Offer Holders

  • You must submit your application to the University by 16 June 2023.
  • You must accept your offer and pay your deposit by 30 June 2023 unless your deposit deadline is after this date, in which case, your deposit must be paid by your initial deposit deadline. Deposit deadline extensions past the 30 June 2023 will not be accepted for scholarship purposes.

All students

  • The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is available to eligible students studying on selected Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught degree programmes.
  • A full list of eligible undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are available online. Programmes not shown in this list are not included in the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship scheme.
  • Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma awards are not included in the scheme.
  • No separate application for the scholarship is required. If you are holding an offer for an eligible programme and meet the criteria as set out in these terms & conditions, you will automatically be awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship upon enrolment.

Terms and Conditions

1. The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is a £2,000 award (award may be £5,000 in selected countries – see 1.2) applied to students entering into year 1 of a programme. It is applied to your first year of study only.

  • 1.1. This will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount only and cannot be used in place of any required deposit. No cash alternative is available.
  • 1.2. Scholarships of £5,000 will be awarded to students from Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria and Pakistan when defined as being domiciled in one of these countries in your course application.
  • 1.3. Students domiciled in China are not eligible for Postgraduate awards under this scheme.
  • 1.4. Domicile is defined as where you have been ordinarily resident for a three-year period or longer before the start of the course. This does not include where you are living for study purposes should you be studying outside of the place where you are otherwise ordinarily resident. See UKCISA for more information.

2. The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is for entry into Cardiff University in the autumn semester of academic year 2023/24 only and cannot be used any other year of entry.

  • 2.1. If you are a deferred offer holder, you must have met the standard entry criteria for your programme for 2023/24 entry to be considered for the scholarship.
  • 2.2. If you are awarded a scholarship and wish to defer your entry to the University your scholarship will not be transferred. However, you will be eligible to apply for scholarships applicable for 2024/25 entry.

3. If you are a student studying a Pre-Sessional English Programme at Cardiff University, your Pre-Sessional English results will not be released until after the 20 August 2023 deadline and, therefore, you will not be eligible for an award.

4. Future requests for further funding will not be considered under this scheme.

5. Applicants who are in receipt of any other scholarship, bursary, funding or discount will not be eligible for this Scholarship.

6. The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is available for full-time and Cardiff campus based programmes only.

7. You must be confirmed as an Overseas Student for fee paying purposes (this information is contained in your offer letter*).

8. The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is only available to self-funded students.

  • 8.1. If you are in receipt of funding (consisting of either tuition fees or tuition fees and living costs) from an external body which will be invoiced by the University for fees (such as Government, charity or a private organisation) you are not eligible for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship. Students in receipt of educational loans are eligible for the award.

9. The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is not available for students who are coming to study at Cardiff University for a semester or full year as part of a degree at another institution.

10. The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is not available to students who are initially awarded the scholarship but, following enrolment at the University, subsequently transfer to an academic programme which is not eligible for the award of the scholarship.

11. The Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is not available for students coming to study at Cardiff University via a partnership or progression agreement with their home institution.

12. You must be able to satisfy all financial requirements as part of your visa application for study in the UK. You should not be solely relying on receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship to meet the UKVI financial requirements. Further information on UKVI financial requirements for visa applications can be found online on the Visas and immigration page.

13. Please ensure that you leave sufficient time for your application and supporting documents to be reviewed and processed before the acceptance deadline noted above.  This can take up to 10 working days.  Please contact the Admissions Office should you have any problems submitting your application or documents.  Tel: +44 (0) 2920 879999 – office hours are 09:00 – 17:00 GMT, Monday – Friday.

If you are not sure about your eligibility for these scholarships or have any queries, please contact the International Office for advice at international@cardiff.ac.uk

*If you are assessed as eligible to pay Home fees as the result of a fee query, your fee status will be amended to Home and you will not be eligible for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships.