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The Global Study Awards FAQ

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General queries

1. What is the goal of the Global Study Awards?

2. Can I choose any university?

3. Could I change my university, if I get accepted in a university other than the three I mentioned in the form?

4. Does the term “postgraduate” consider both Master and PhD degrees? Because, in some language translations of the same text, it only means Master degree.

5. Are the Global Study Awards available for students undertaking a non-degree programme?

6. When do students actually receive the financial support via the Global Study Awards?

7. How are you choosing the students being awarded?

8. What if our university doesn’t charge tuition fees?

 

IELTS related queries

9. I am a native English speaker. Do I still have to take the IELTS test?

10. Does it matter if my IELTS score is low? Do I still have a chance to win?

11. If I take an IELTS test with a third party would I fulfil this requirement?

12. I was wondering if only people who have taken an academic IELTS are eligible?

 

ISIC related queries

13. What is the ISIC card?

14. There’s no local issuing office for the ISIC identity card in my country.

15. I do not have yet an ISIC card as I am not a student yet.

 

StudyPortals related queries

16. Should the short review of your study experience at STeXX.com be written about the coming experience or your study experience up to date?

17. Do students need to find their study programme via StudyPortals to be eligible for the Global Study Awards?

 

General queries

1. What is the goal of the Global Study Awards?

The Global Study Awards goal is to encourage young people to study abroad, explore new countries, cultures and languages.

2. Can I choose any university?

Yes, you can choose any university, as long as it is abroad from your country of origin.

3. Could I change my university, if I get accepted in a university other than the three I mentioned in the form?

It doesn’t matter if you get accepted to a university other than the three mentioned in your application from. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide a confirmation letter from their chosen university by the relevant cut-off date.

4. Does the term “postgraduate” consider both Master and PhD degrees? Because, in some language translations of the same text, it only means Master degree.

The term “postgraduate” considers both masters and PhD degrees. The Global Study Awards therefore are for people wanting to do an undergraduate, masters, PhD programme or any other types of tertiary education abroad from their country of origin.

5. Are the Global Study Awards available for students undertaking a non-degree programme?

No, to be eligible for the Global Study Awards, students need to enrol in a full-degree programme.

6. When do students actually receive the financial support via the Global Study Awards?

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 the tuition fees deadline is before the announcement of the successful candidates, then the student will have to pay the tuition fees and then be reimbursed, providing the proof of payment to the institution.  If the 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.

7. How are you choosing the students being awarded?

A selection panel comprised of representatives from the partners will review and assess the entries. Strong candidates will be shortlisted and invited for an interview (via skype) prior to the final winning selection. We are looking for highly motivated, talented individuals who can actively demonstrate their potential to contribute to society through their studies, a strong commitment to developing their career and their sincere interest in increasing intercultural understanding and exchange.

8. What if our university doesn’t charge tuition fees?

If the university doesn’t charge tuition fees, then the 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.

 

IELTS related queries

9. I am a native English speaker. Do I still have to take the IELTS test?

The award is really designed to support people whose first language is not English. One of the main sponsors of this award is British Council IELTS. Therefore regardless of nationality or education one of the criteria for eligibility is that all students should have a valid IELTS test report form issued by a British Council centre after June 1, 2016. We are sure, therefore, that you will understand the reason why we cannot exempt anyone from the IELTS requirement. However, this does not stop native English speakers from applying as anyone can take an IELTS test. Please note though, we don’t encourage anyone to take IELTS unless they really require it and, as refunds of the test fee are not possible for unsuccessful applicants, we do not want people to feel they have wasted their resources by applying for the award. Ultimately though, the Global Study Award is open to everyone and the decision whether to apply or not is yours!

10. Does it matter if my IELTS score is low? Do I still have a chance to win?

What is different about this award to most scholarships is that we are not necessarily looking for the strongest candidate academically.  We want to see your motivation for studying abroad and what ways you have positively contributed to society. These points are as, if not more, important than the IELTS score.

11. If I take an IELTS test with a third party would I fulfil this requirement? 

Taking an IELTS test via a third party centre is no problem, as long as it is affiliated with the British Council. To be eligible for the award you must have a valid TRF issued by British Council.

12. I was wondering if only people who have taken an academic IELTS are eligible?

There are two versions of IELTS to choose from:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS General Training

Both are eligible for the Global Study Awards.

*Please note that people who take IELTS Life Skills on its own are not eligible. However people who have taken IELTS for UKVI purposes are allowed to apply for the award.

 

ISIC related queries

13. What is the ISIC card?

The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is the only internationally recognised proof of full-time student status issued in over 130 countries. The card allows you to prove your student status worldwide, as well as gain access to discounts and benefits in over 130,000 locations. It is endorsed by organisations such as UNESCO, the European Council on Culture and the Andean Community of Nations.

For further information on the ISIC/ IYTC cards please follow this link to read more.

14. There’s no local issuing office for the ISIC identity card in my country.

Please contact competitions@isic.org and we will do our best to put you in contact with the nearest issuing office.

15. I do not have yet an ISIC card as I am not a student yet.

There are 2 options for you to acquire either an ISIC or IYTC card (both are eligible for the Global Study Awards).

Option 1: If you are under 30 you are eligible for an IYTC card

Option 2: If you are over 30 or not a fulltime student yet, but have already received confirmation from your university this can be used as evidence and some countries will issue an ISIC card before the start of your studies with this proof of acceptance.

It is best to check with your local issuing office to see which of the 2 options is best for you.

Here is the link to finding out where your nearest local issuing office is:  https://www.isic.org/issuers/.

StudyPortals related queries

16. Should the short review of your study experience at STeXX.com be written about the coming experience or your study experience up to date?

The review for STeXX.com should be about your past experience as a student in your country of origin. It is not about your study abroad experience.

17. Do students need to find their study programme via StudyPortals to be eligible for the Global Study Awards?

No, students do not need to have found their study programme using StudyPortals services. However, to apply for the award, students need to make a free account with StudyPortals.

 

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