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International Student: Funding Accommodation and Living Expenses in the UK

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Last week, we looked at how to write a winning scholarship essay . While some students will get scholarships covering all their tuition, accommodation and living expenses, others will have to find ways to fund accommodation and living expenses and probably, part of the tuition.  As at December 2020, when applying for your visa for a  Masters in the UK , you are required to show proof of available funds for your maintenance, estimated at  £1,023   per month (£1,334 for London residents) plus any outstanding tuition fees. As such, you are expected to show evidence of possessing  £9,207  (or £12,006 for London) maintenance fees in your account prior to your visa application. You must hold this amount in your account for 28 consecutive days, the date of the closing balance being within 31 days of your visa application. Finding this amount of money could prove difficult for many non-sponsored students. Some people borrow money to show proof of funds and have to pay it back before the start

International Student: How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

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Last week, I wrote about  why you should pursue your Masters degree in the UK.   A common question I got asked was how to obtain scholarship or funding for the Masters programme. I've given bits of advice regarding this in the past. But today, I've decided to just pen down all I say to people for easy access. I'm a beneficiary of a few scholarships. First, I attended secondary school on a full scholarship by the Federal Government of Nigeria covering tuition, boarding, feeding, uniforms and exercise books.   Then in 2016, I won the Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship offered by the University of Nottingham. This scholarship covered my full tuition which was £21,200.  My husband has also benefitted from scholarships. He was a recipient of the Total Nigeria National Merit Scholarship award at undergraduate level and The Global Scholarship Award worth £10,000 which covered part of the tuition for his Masters programme.  Some scholarships require that you write exams - my

International Student: Why You Should Pursue Your Masters Degree in the UK

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My Masters graduation day When I decided to pursue a Masters degree, I wanted one that I could do in the shortest time possible, as cheaply as possible, yet with high quality. I knew I had to get a scholarship to make it possible. I searched the internet, asked questions, and shortly concluded I had to make applications to schools in the United Kingdom.  Some international graduates might be in the same shoes as I was. So in this post I would like to help you answer the question -  Why come to UK for your Masters programme? The Pros 1 . High quality world-class education. The   UK is known for its high quality education. Just google "Top Universities in the World" and see for yourself. Degrees from the UK are highly respected by employers. Check out QS Graduate employability rankings. 2. 1 year programme . Unlike programmes in the US that require 2 years, a UK Masters degree programme is typically for 1 year. Also, being an English speaking country, I did not need to take up