Support to Study in the United Kingdom, for Students from Ukraine

Over 3.5 million refugees have fled Ukraine since the war began in February. Most of them have sheltered in neighbouring countries, but some are willing to travel further to nations like the UK, which has already issued over 6,000 visas for Ukrainians. 

Last year alone, over 600,000 internationals studied at higher education institutions in the UK, with around 75% coming from non-EU countries. This shows the island nation remains a popular study destination despite the increase in tuition fees following Brexit. 

Numerous organisations and universities offer support to displaced Ukrainian students. Below, you’ll find some of the support initiatives: 

Credential evaluation 

UK ENIC – the official organisation that assists with the recognition process of international qualifications on behalf of the UK Government. 

Extra information about qualifications framework and official UK agencies can be found on the UK’s dedicated ENIC-NARIC page

For additional information about the higher education system in the UK, you can check out the official UK Government page or British Council’s Study UK website

Scholarships and financial aid 

STAR scholarships are offered by over 70 universities to refugees or people who have claimed asylum in the country. 

Cara Scholarships are aimed at academics who are at risk because of persecution, violence, and conflict. 

Another option is contacting the university in which you’re interested to find out if they offer any form of support. Here are a few examples: 

While some of the financial aid programmes listed above are aimed at Ukrainian students, others are open to all refugees or students in need. 

As long as you meet the criteria, you can also apply for regular scholarships to support your studies at a UK university. 

Study programmes and opportunities 

Ukrainian students can find various study programmes with tuition fees between 0 and 1,000 GBP per year. These programmes are available at all levels: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD

The Oxford International Digital Institute have designed a range of online courses for refugees and displaced people in the UK. The courses cover English preparation for life in the UK and English for business.

Learn how to apply at a university in the UK and discover additional information about visas, moving abroad, living costs, etc. 

Other support sources 

* Please note we give our best to constantly update the information posted here, but we may not be able to track all specific changes that may occur. 

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