New to GCU Scholarship: How to Apply and Qualify as an International Student

By Austin Osho

Scholarship Snapshot
Scope: fully funded scholarship
Type of scholarship: merit-based
Target Country: Scotland
Target Audience: Any nationality
Deadline: N/A

Scholarship Details

International students often struggle with the high cost of pursuing full-time degrees at prestigious institutions like GCU.

However, the New to GCU scholarship aims to ease this burden by offering a tuition fee reduction of up to £4,000 to eligible international and EU students who enroll in full-time courses at Glasgow Caledonian University in the 2023-2024 academic year.

This scholarship is designed to make higher education more accessible by providing financial support to students who need it most. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in a full-time course and meet the specific eligibility criteria for the programme they are applying to.

Both undergraduate and postgraduate courses are eligible for the scholarship. 

Value of the New to GCU Postgraduate Scholarship

The New to GCU Scholarship is valued as follows;

Taught postgraduate international and EU students will receive the following discount on their tuition fees from September 2022:

£2,000 – Year 1

£1,000 – Year 2

Postgraduate international and EU research students receive £2,000 towards their first annual fees and £1,000 for each subsequent year of their degree. up to £4,000 over 3 years.

£2,000 – Year 1

£1,000 – Year 2

£1,000 – Year 3

New to GCU scholarship eligibility

Eligibility requirements for the GCU scholarships for international students are:

  • International students belonging to any country outside the UK/EU.
  • The fee discounts are applicable to self-funded international and EU research students only.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in either the taught or research programmes.
  • Applicants enrolling in a full-time Master’s degree at Glasgow Caledonian University for the first time.
  • Applicants should have some progressive work experience in a relevant field.

Application Process

Applicants for the New to GCU Postgraduate Scholarship are not required to submit any additional scholarship application forms, as Glasgow Caledonian University verifies each student’s eligibility based on the details provided in their admission application.

To be considered for admission and the scholarship programme, students must meet specific academic and non-academic requirements, which are outlined below:

  1. Previous academic degree: minimum 50% in a 4-year UG degree; or minimum 60% plus marks in a 3-year UG degree
  1. English Proficiency Tests: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all four modules); PTE 54 (with a minimum of 51 in each module); Applicants with over 70% in English at the +2 level are exempt.
  1. Work Experience: Not mandatory but recommended
  1. Letters of Recommendations: Academic- 1; Professional- 1

Selection Process

All eligible students for the New to GCU Postgraduate Scholarship are awarded the scholarship without any specific selection criteria. However, the university’s admissions panel and scholarship committee will meticulously review the admissions application.

During the evaluation process, several factors are taken into consideration, including but not limited to:

  • Academic performance
  • Career goals
  • Reference letters
  • Non-academic skillset

Apart from this, if required, the selection panel may call the applicant for an interview in person or through Skype.

Terms and conditions

  • It is worth emphasising that the New to GCU scholarship programme is specifically designed to support incoming full-time master’s teaching and research programme students. Therefore, students who choose to pursue their studies through distance learning or part-time courses are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Selected students will automatically receive the fee discount when they are offered a place on their chosen course, and at the time of invoicing for each subsequent year of their degree if they meet the criteria above.

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