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Study Abroad Scholarships
Developing the global citizens of the future.
Will you help students experience living and learning abroad and become international citizens?
Studying abroad can help students gain the international experience and cultural awareness necessary for success in the global workplace. However, financial constraints limit some students’ opportunity to do this.
Studying abroad can help students improve their job prospects. “Global businesses are increasingly recruiting globally. Graduates who have international experience are highly employable because they have demonstrated that they have drive, resilience and inter-cultural sensitivities as well as language skills. They are a self-selecting elite.” Report by Council for Industry and Higher Education, Global Horizons and the Role of Employers.
Internationalisation is a key element of our strategy for the 21st century. As a founding member of Universitas 21, a global network of leading research-led universities, the University emphasises international collaboration and study opportunities. With campuses in China and Malaysia, and exchange opportunities worldwide, increasing numbers can study abroad as part of their degree.
We are committed to developing a Study Abroad Fund to encourage students to study abroad, developing themselves as international citizens, well-placed within the global employment market. We aim to increase the percentage of students studying abroad from 17% to 25% by 2015.
A Study Abroad Fund will enable more students to experience life abroad, understand cultural sensitivities and develop a global outlook. The life skills acquired promote students’ self-confidence, maturity and employability, which benefit the UK’s employers and economy, as well as society globally.
What will your Impact be?
Your support for Study Abroad Scholarships will help more students to position themselves for success within the global employment market and to develop as international citizens.
The market for skills and talents is global, and more opportunities need to be provided for young people in the UK to gain international experience through work and study placements in other countries. Not only does this build cultural fluency, the ability to work in differing environments, but more importantly it will allow the UK to develop a workforce that can drive forward our knowledge economy.
Martin Davidson, Chief Executive British Council
It was a life-changing experience and definitely the best decision I’ve ever made! It really helped to broaden my view and ambitions. I also believe I have developed life skills, such as confidence and communication, that I would not have otherwise gained.
Laura Oag, University of Melbourne, BA Politics, 2010-11
A fantastic opportunity to experience China, become competent in the language and become part of the on-campus Chinese community. The university provided the base for exploring the culture, customs, beauty and history of this country.
Matthew Dawson, Spanish and Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, 2009-10
Living and studying in a country gives you a much greater insight into the life and culture. Malaysia certainly has a lot of culture to offer which cannot be grasped in a passing visit.
Tom Lakey, MEng Hons Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering, Malaysia Campus, 2009-10