The Global Study Awards: Expand Your Horizons

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What Are the Global Study Awards?

What Are the Global Study Awards?

An individual global study award has a maximum value of £10,000

We want to ultimately encourage young people to study abroad as part of their tertiary studies in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages. That is why ISIC Association, Studyportals and British Council IELTS launched The Global Study Awards. The Global Study Awards recognises studying abroad as a positively life changing experience for many students, opening their minds to alternative ways of personal life and professional career, as well as promoting intercultural understanding and tolerance.

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The Award prize will be applied toward the cost of tuition fees in the first instance, paid directly to the Higher Education Institution that the successful candidate will attend.

If tuition fees are below the maximum individual award fund of £10,000, the remaining funds may be allocated per diem for living costs for a maximum of 52 weeks starting from when the student first registered at the higher education institution.

Application Timeline

The application is now closed

There are 2 Global Study Awards (GSA) in total:

  • 2 GSA winners are selected for the Autumn 2018 intake (studies starting between 1 August - 31 October 2018)

A selection panel comprised of representatives from the partners will review and assess the entries. Strong candidates will be shortlisted and invited for an in person interview prior to the final winning selection. The winners will be announced within 3 months after the application deadline.

Who Are We Looking For?

The Global Study Awards is designed to support highly motivated, talented individuals who can actively demonstrate:

  • their potential to contribute to society through their studies;
  • a strong commitment to developing their career;
  • their sincere interest in increasing intercultural understanding and exchange.

Successful candidates will be willing to engage with the British Council IELTS, ISIC and Studyportals communities, and publicly share their experiences with other students. The Global Study Awards will be available to prospective students in all countries worldwide. The Global Study Awards will enable the successful candidate(s) to study abroad, on any chosen undergraduate or postgraduate programme at a higher education institution. The Global Study Awards cannot be used by a successful candidate to study domestically.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for The Global Study Awards applicants must:


Be 18 years or over

as of 1st of January 2018

Have taken an IELTS test at a British Council centre, and receive an official Test Report Form (TRF) issued by the British Council

after the 1st of June 2017

Have a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and/or International Youth Travel Card (IYTC)

at the time of application

Plan to enrol on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme abroad

in autumn term of 2018

Provide an acceptance letter from the relevant institution

by the relevant cut-off date

Write a short review of your study experience at

See the full terms and conditions

Please note that your application must be submitted in English

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page

We thank all applicants for their interest. Please note that the receipt of all applications will be acknowledged by e-mail, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted further.

About the Partners

British Council

British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunity and cultural relations and is represented in 107 countries worldwide.

British Council connects people worldwide with the learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK and builds lasting relationships between the UK and other countries.

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.

IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 25 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today. It is trusted and accepted by more than 9000 institutions worldwide.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

ISIC Association

ISIC Association is the non-profit organisation behind the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). First established in 1953, the ISIC card is now issued to students in over 130 countries to all bonafide students over the age of 12, regardless of their nationality, race, gender or religion.

The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of bonafide student status and gives access worldwide to over 42000 products, services or experiences in every stage and area of student life.


Studyportals is the international study choice platform, enabling students to find and compare their study options across borders. With over 120000 published courses from over 2450 participating universities and over 19 million unique visitors per year, Studyportals is a leading information source for study seekers. Studyportals was initiated out of an international student organization in 2008 and initially focused on the European education market. Since 2014 the organization, with its headquarter in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, expanded its services and is now also covering universities in the US, Canada and Australia and Asia. For universities, Studyportals is a key channel for international student recruitment.


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