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Funding for International Students

The Scottish Government does not provide any statutory student funding for international students studying in Scotland.

However, there are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at UWS.

UWS Anniversary Scholarships for September 2018 / January 2019

To commemorate our founding in 1897, UWS is delighted to offer 120 “limited edition” Anniversary Scholarships (£1,500) aimed at students who have achieved academic excellence, such as 65% or higher in the High School/College exams for Undergraduate applicants or 69% or higher in the undergraduate degree/diploma or equivalent for Postgraduate applicants.

In exceptional circumstances, we may also consider Anniversary Scholarship applications from applicants who are able to provide other strong evidence of their academic excellence and demonstrate their commitment and motivation to study at UWS through a strong scholarship application.

The UWS Anniversary Scholarship is open to self-funding, full-time, full fee-paying, non-EU students on degree programmes at our four Scottish Campuses (excluding DBA, MBA and research programmes) for entry from September 2018.

For further information, please email us at

Postgraduate fee offer

This offer is available to self-funded (non-EU) students who wish to progress from undergraduate to postgraduate study at UWS. Students must have successfully completed at least one year of undergraduate study with UWS.

Scholarship amount

10% discount will be deducted from overall tuition fees.

How to apply

Once you have accepted an offer of postgraduate study at UWS, this discount will be automatically applied.

Scotland's Saltire Scholarships

This scholarship is available to self-funded (non-EU) students applying to UWS from the following countries:

  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • United States of America

Scholarship Amount


How to apply

Applications are made online through the Scotland's Saltire Scholarships webpages.

Alternative Sources of Funding

There are lots of alternative sources of funding, like charities and trusts, that can help finance your postgraduate studies. These can include grants that can pay tuition fees, living cost support and funding for research expenses.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a web resource that UWS subscribe to, making it free for our students and prospective students to use. It includes a funding database of over 600 charities and trusts, and access comprehensive guidance on how to produce a high-quality application.

  • Accessing this guide from a campus PC? You can automatically log in without creating an account.
  • Already have a UWS email account? You can create an account in less than 30 seconds.
  • Are you a prospective student? We understand you won’t be able to access our campus PCs nor will you have a UWS email address. Simply email the Funding and Advice Team at, and we will send you a PIN to access this resource.

The University has also compiled a list of trust funds and scholarships available to UWS students – although this is not exclusive to postgraduate students.

Childcare funds

International students may be eligible for a range of UWS administered childcare funds that provide financial support for those who need it the most.

Find out more about childcare

As an international student, you will not receive funding to support your cost of living so should carefully consider how you will meet these costs during your studies.

Please visit our money advice pages for information on how you can make your money go further. This includes information on housing, food, banking and lifestyle choices.


If you have any questions about the funding you might be eligible for, please do not hesitate to contact our Funding and Advice Team.

Last updated: 23/01/2018