Scholarships for international students

Funding your undergraduate or postgraduate study 

Keele University's students come together from a range of countries and backgrounds. The University is committed to encouraging a diverse, merit-based community and it offers scholarships for international students.

There are four scholarship options for eligible Keele University International Study Centre students who successfully progress from their pathway programmes to Keele University.

Find out below how you can apply for scholarships and get a discount on your tuition fees.

The Keele International Excellence Scholarship

Available to: undergraduate students

The Excellence Scholarship is an award paid yearly to international undergraduate students who attain the highest grades in their pre-entry qualifications, regardless of household income levels. Awards of £2,500 per year of study are available across a wide range of subject areas.

This award can be combined with the Developing Countries Scholarship if you are eligible.

  • All Keele University International Study Centre students who pass their course with the required threshold marks (see below) and progress to a Keele University undergraduate degree programme will receive the excellence scholarship for all their remaining years of study.
  • International Foundation Year students need to pass their course with at least 50% in Academic English Skills and a 50% average across all subject modules in order to progress to an undergraduate degree programme and claim the scholarship. 
  • International Year One students need to pass their course with at least 60% in Academic English Skills and 40% across all skills to progress to year 2 of their chosen degree programme and claim the scholarship.
  • Qualifying recipients of the scholarship will receive the award in the form of a tuition fee discount. No cash alternative is available and the award cannot be used in place of any required deposit.
  • The Scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students at Keele University.
  • The scholarship is not available for students studying pathway programmes at the International Study Centre - only for students who have progressed to the University.
  • Only self-funding international students are eligible and you must be confirmed as an overseas student for fee paying purposes. The scholarship is not open to students who are in receipt of funding from external bodies such as local Government, charities or private organisations.
  • Further terms and conditions apply. Please see Terms and Conditions for full details.
How to apply

You do not need to submit a separate application for an award. International applicants holding offers for selected undergraduate programmes will automatically be considered for the Keele International Excellence Scholarship when the University assesses your application and receives official evidence of your entry qualifications.

Developing Countries Scholarship

Available to: undergraduate and postgraduate students

Awards of £1,000 per year of study are available to international students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) who are nationals of the least developed, low and lower middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank as at December 2018). 

If you are eligible, this award can be combined with the Keele International Excellence Scholarship.

Undergraduate

Students from the following countries (who have successfully completed the International Foundation Year or International Year One) are eligible for the scholarship:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Dem. Rep
  • Congo, Rep.
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt, Arab Rep.
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia, The
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea, Dem. People's Rep.
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao PDR
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • São Tomé and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • West Bank and Gaza
  • Yemen, Rep.
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Please note that this list is defined by the World Bank and Keele University compiles this list annually.

  • Qualifying recipients of the scholarship will receive the award in the form of a tuition fee discount. No cash alternative is available and the award cannot be used in place of any required deposit.
  • The Scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students at Keele University.
  • Only self-funding international students are eligible and you must be confirmed as an overseas student for fee paying purposes. The scholarship is not open to students who are in receipt of funding from external bodies such as local Government, charities or private organisations.
  • Further terms and conditions apply, please see Terms and Conditions for full details.
Postgraduate

Students from the following countries who have successfully completed the Pre-master's programme are eligible for the scholarship

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Dem. Rep
  • Congo, Rep.
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt, Arab Rep.
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia, The
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea, Dem. People's Rep.
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao PDR
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • São Tomé and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • West Bank and Gaza
  • Yemen, Rep.
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Please note that this list is defined by the World Bank and Keele University compiles this list annually.

  • Qualifying recipients of the scholarship will receive the award in the form of a tuition fee discount. No cash alternative is available and the award cannot be used in place of any required deposit.
  • The Scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students at Keele University.
  • Only self-funding international students are eligible and you must be confirmed as an overseas student for fee paying purposes. The scholarship is not open to students who are in receipt of funding from external bodies such as local Government, charities or private organisations.
  • You must be registered on, and attending, a taught postgraduate course that equates to at least one year’s full-time study at postgraduate level and leads to a named award of at least Postgraduate Diploma level at Keele University from September 2019 onwards. This means, for example, that students who attain, or are registered on, a Postgraduate Certificate course, will not receive an award. Students registered for a PhD or an MPhil are not eligible to receive an award.
  • Students taking a PGCE course or the MA in Social Work are not eligible to receive the Developing Scholarship.
  • If you are studying on a modular basis, the scholarship will be deducted from your modules pro rata only after you have successfully completed four modules. The discount will then only be applied to subsequent modules.
  • Further terms and conditions apply, please see Terms and Conditions for full details.
How to apply

If you hold an offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, you will automatically be considered for the Keele Developing Countries Scholarship.

Keele Alumni Discount

Available to: postgraduate students

All EU and international Keele alumni are eligible for a 20% tuition fee discount on postgraduate courses.

EU and international students who have graduated from Keele University or a Keele programme delivered overseas are eligible. Pre-Master's students will need to meet progression requirements in order to claim the scholarship.

Students must be taking a taught postgraduate course at Keele University to at least 120 credits. The award will be offered for some lower credit courses providing total credit study within the academic year exceeds 40 credits, full details below.

This award can be combined with other Keele scholarships (if eligible). Please note, however, that the 20% discount will be applied after all other award discounts have been applied.

  • The Scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students at Keele University.
  • Further terms and conditions apply. Please see Terms and Conditions for full details.
How to apply

If you meet the entry requirements, you will be given the discount automatically.