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International Excellence Scholarship

Our International Excellence Scholarship is awarded to students who can demonstrate exceptional academic and extra-curricular achievement.

As well as looking at academic excellence, we’re interested in why you want to study at ARU, your career goals, work experience, and relevant activities you take part in outside your studies.

We’ll ask you to write a short supporting statement when you apply for the scholarship.

Please note: this scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarships, or the International Early Payment Discount.


The total value of this scholarship is £4,000.


This scholarship is a fee discount. We'll deduct it from the tuition fees in your first year.


To be eligible for our International Excellence Scholarship you should accept your offer from ARU and be: 

  • an international student
  • starting a course in January 2023 at our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses
  • studying a three-year bachelor degree or a postgraduate taught degree
  • studying full-time, unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study.

Undergraduate students should have achieved ABB grades or above at A-level (or equivalent). Postgraduate students should hold a 2:1 or above (or equivalent).

Degree apprenticeships, foundation degrees, distance learning or work-based degrees, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, students applying to ARU College, and students joining a Masters with credit are excluded.

How to apply

International Excellence Scholarship application form

Complete our application form and submit a 500-word supporting statement outlining why you’re suitable for this scholarship.

You will also need to submit supporting documentation including evidence of your extra-curricular activities. This is likely to be certificate or letter from a senior member of the organisation(s) you’ve been involved with.

Key dates

Apply by 30 November 2023 for courses starting in January 2024 at our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses.

We'll let you know if your scholarship application has been successful no later than one month after the deadline.

How we assess your application

Your application will be assessed by a panel of ARU staff. You’ll be ranked based on the details you provide in your application and supporting documentation.


Additional scholarship information

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has information about fees and funding for international students looking to study in the UK. Visit https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

Postgrad Solutions, Global Study Awards, and Chevening all offer bursaries and scholarships.

Looking for additional funding? Postgrad Solutions offers 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Apply now.

The Global Study Awards want to ultimately encourage young people to study abroad, and explore new countries, cultures and languages. You can get up to £10,000 to expand your horizons. Maximum of nine awards available.

Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. It offers Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships, with recipients selected by British embassies and high commissions around the world. To apply, visit the Chevening website.