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Refugees into Higher Education

Working Group B: Supporting Refugees into Higher Education

The Higher Education System and the Availability of Courses

In this section of the Resource Hub, our aim is to bring together resources focusing specifically on resources relating to the Higher Education system in the UK and details of the availability of courses. Resources that we are looking in this section include the provision of a pathway the refugees, asylum seekers and migrants can look to follow when looking to access UK Higher Education. This will include providing details of bursaries and scholarships and fee waivers; detailed support and guidance; as well as information on how to apply and general guidance.

We also aim to include access to higher educational resources that are free to access; for example open accessed journals; free academic e-books; and academic resources in various formats available online including core websites; key working papers; multimedia resources; etc. Ideally, all of these resources should be of an academic standard and produced by reliable institutions or authors.

This link below provides a table with a list of different universities who currently offer courses and bursaries for different forms of immigration statuses.


Full guidelines and details are available on the Article26 website

Apply through UCAS. An offer via UCAS for a place at one of the universities on this list is essential. Information about the different degree courses available and information about eligibility column to denote different forms of immigration status. Each university has additional eligibility criteria that applicants need to meet to apply. To find this out check each individual university website and for specific questions ask the universities directly.

Link to Resources published by Article26

University of Sheffield : helps refugee students throughout the whole stages of their academic studies from application up until finding work opportunities after graduation. They also provide advice and support regarding finance, housing and student life.

List of Universities that provide increased support to refugee students


  • Article26: Provides advice and information on how to access to Higher Education
  • Star Network: Provides information and advice on how to access university
  • European Resettlement Network: Connects a variety of actors involved in refugee resettlement. Network members have a shared commitment to refugee resettlement and refugee protection, by ensuring robust solutions are created for refugees. They also ensure that refugees resettled to Europe receive integration support that provides them with the tools to become fully participating citizens
  • Refugee Study: Scholarships, grants and free courses for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

Information on Finance – Tuition fees and loans, bursaries, scholarships etc.

General guidance and information on tuition fees in the United Kingdom:

Tuition fees for international students vary from university to university and depending on the course but are usually at least £10k per year for undergraduates and probably more for postgraduate students

  • Part-time courses cost less per year
  • International students can NOT receive any financial support from governmental side
  • BUT there is financial support if you are caring for an adult dependant or child and these loans DO NOT have to be paid back.

Most universities offer a wide range of scholarships and funding options to their students so it is necessary to check the university’s website and speak to their consultation services. Many countries and governmental organisations offer scholarships so it is advisable to look into that option too.  Furthermore there’s many bodies that offer different types of scholarships so it’s worth running a thorough search on the internet

Good places to start include:

Certain organisations have specialised in providing help to refugees and asylum seekers:

The option of a loan shouldn’t be considered lightly as you risk falling in debt and the interest rates on loans (especially student loans) are usually very high

There’s many companies and banks offering loans so you should take your time and consider all different options before taking a loan

Good pages to compare loans: Go Compare or Money Saving Expert

In some cases a credit card might be the cheaper, better option to a loan

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