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Scholarships & Discounts for Overseas Students

Northumbria offers a range of possible fee reductions for International Students. Details of our current schemes are below.  Further details can also be found in the Application Forms & Guides section of our site.

International Academic Scholarship

Northumbria University offers an International Academic Scholarships scheme to reward outstanding academic achievement.  International students, joining full-time courses, who have achieved very good grades in their highest previous academic qualifications, may be eligible for a scholarship of £2,500, depending on the grades you achieved.

The scholarships are offered as a reduction in the tuition fees, for the first year of study and apply to all full-time Bachelors, Masters and Research degree programmes.


You will qualify for a scholarship if:

  • You have an 'overseas' fee status
  • You are a self-funding student
  • You are studying on a full-time course

You would not qualify for a scholarship if:

  • You are sponsored for your tuition fees.  If you secure sponsorship for your tuition fees after an offer of scholarship has been made, then the scholarship will no longer apply
  • You are progressing to study at Northumbria from a partner university with whom we have agreed reduced fees for progressing students
  • You have been awarded another scholarship or discount, except for an alumni discount and/or early payment discount/team northumbria scholarship


Each student will be considered for a scholarship based on a range of factors including overall grades and individual subject grades, the level of the qualification, and the type of institution at which they studied. Qualifications from all countries will be considered.

The minimum criteria for scholarships are listed on the Country Specific Information pages.  Please check the country you gained your previous qualification in, if you studied in a different country to the one you originate from.  If the qualification you hold, or the country you are from is not on the list please contact the International Office for advice 

Application Process

There is no separate application process, your application for a scholarship is determined once we have received your application form and academic documents from you.  Details of any scholarship awarded to you will be indicated to you in your offer letter.

Early Payment Discount

The University is offering new overseas students for 2018-19 a discount, where the deposit for a degree programme is received by the University’s Finance Department before the Early Payment Deadlines below.  Continuing students, progressing to the next academic year of study, will need to pay their full year’s tuition fee before the below deadlines in order to be eligible for the discount.

To ensure you receive the discount please allow enough time for funds to reach the UK and clear. As the discount is applied when the funds are processed in the UK we recommend you allow at least 12 days before the dates below if you are paying via one of Northumbria’s Regional Offices.

Deadlines for Payment

Students whose deposit is received on or before the deadlines below will receive an early payment discount of: Courses starting in September Courses starting in January
£300 1 June 1 Nov


You will qualify for an early payment discount if you pay your deposit for the academic year in advance of the above deadlines and meet all of the following conditions:

  • You have already received an offer prior to payment
  • The tuition fee in your offer letter is more than £8,500
  • You are a self-funding student starting an academic degree or diploma programme lasting at least one full academic year.

If you are undertaking an English Language and Study Skills programme you must pay these fees in addition to the full deposit for your target programme.

Please refer to the terms and conditions in the resources section for full details. Early Payment discounts are available to students who have been awarded an academic scholarship and meet the relevant criteria.

Further details on how to pay your fees can be found here.

n.b. As per the Terms and Conditions of Offer, you are required to fulfill 50% of your tuition fee payment on or before university enrolment. This includes the minimum deposit payments already made (i.e. your £5500 deposit) and any other payment. If you haven't paid the 50% of your tuition fee, you will be required to do so during university enrolment.

Post Graduate Research Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Usually applicants for our Post Graduate Research Programmes are expected to have at least an upper second class Honours degree (UK) or equivalent from an overseas university, or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.  Please see our webpages for more information on how to apply for PGR courses.

For applicants whose first language is not English, you will need to meet our minimum scores for research programmes and the minimum component scores for degree level and above courses. Please see the web page for full details on our English Language Requirements and Pre-Sessional Courses run by our English Language Centre.


Alumni Discount

Please note - the following information is for students who start a new programme at any time during the 2018/19 academic year.

We want to reward your loyalty if you come back to study with us.

If you are a successful graduate of Northumbria University at either First Degree (Full Undergraduate degree), Masters or Postgraduate research level* – or expect to graduate this summer – you will automatically receive a 20% discount on the annual tuition fees of most postgraduate programmes.

This discount applies to full-time and **part-time taught postgraduate, and postgraduate research programmes and is available to students studying at our UK campuses or via distance learning.

Eligible students include those who have previously studied at Northumbria as a Study Abroad or Exchange student, or on a franchised or validated programme overseas, subject to successfully graduating at the level mentioned above.

The discount is paid pro-rata for each year of study, and is paid regardless of when you graduated. It should be deducted from the course fee and applied before any other discounts, such as early payment discounts.

This discount applies to the tuition fee only, and not to exam, writing-up, or professional registration fees. 

* N.B. – the award levels used are those recognised and published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

**please ensure that you obtain the correct entry clearance to allow you to study in the UK via part-time mode.


Santander Latin America Scholarships

Northumbria University is proud to be working in partnership with Santander Universities.  Together, we offer 2 scholarships yearly to high-achieving Latin American students for postgraduate taught courses at Northumbria University.

The award is £5,000 towards the tuition fees for Master’s Degree students.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must:

  • be a resident of the following participating countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay.
  • have, or expect to obtain the international equivalent of a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level.
  • hold a conditional or unconditional offer for a programme of study at Northumbria University to start in September 2018. For information on how to apply to study at Northumbria, please click here.

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Application deadline

The closing date for applications is 1 June, 2018. Results will be informed to successful candidates only on 15 June 2018.

Application process

Please download our application form here.

Submit your form to

For more information about the Santander Universities Network and scholarships, please visit the Santander website.


For more information and questions please contact Alejandra Vicencio, International Partnerships Manager:


*The Santander scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with Northumbria's academic merit scholarship

US Financial Aid

Northumbria University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. If you are studying an Undergraduate or Postgraduate programme at Northumbria then you should apply for loans through the University.

Please see our Financial Aid pages for further information.

Raise Micro-Scholarship Programme (open to undergraduate applicants from the United States of America)

Northumbria University is the first and only UK university to partner with, offering US high school students the opportunity to earn micro-scholarships that recognise both academic and non-academic achievements.  Students can earn up to $2000 in micro-scholarships for study at Northumbria University which will be awarded as a first year tuition fee discount.

Raise micro-scholarships represent a minimum amount of scholarship that students may be eligible for if they enrol at Northumbria and meet our minimum entry requirements.  They can be awarded in conjunction with some of our other scholarships schemes such as the Elite Athlete scholarship package and International Academic Scholarships scheme.

Micro Scholarships

Micro Scholarships

Full details on how to obtain Northumbria University micro-scholarships through Raise can be found here.

Externally Funded Scholarships: Chevening Scholarships

What are Chevening Scholarships?

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree.

Who can apply for a Chevening Scholarship?

Applicants should be high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. Chevening Scholars come from 144 countries and territories worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU).

To be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and intend to return there after your studies;
  • Hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK;
  • Demonstrate that you have achieved the Chevening minimum English language requirement;
  • Have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;
  • Be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university;
  • Return to your home country at the end of your Scholarship.

Most Chevening Scholarships cover:

  • Tuition fees;
  • A living allowance at a set rate (for one individual);
  • An economy class return airfare to the UK;
  • Additional grants to cover essential expenditure.

Some Scholarships cover part of the cost of studying in the UK; for example, tuition fees only or allowances only.

When do applications for Chevening Scholarships open?

Applications for Chevening Scholarships open in the autumn. Exact dates will be available on the country pages of

How to apply for a Chevening Scholarship:

Full information about deadlines and priority subjects for countries which offer Chevening Scholarships will be available on the country pages of

Further information:

For further information on applying for a Chevening Scholarship, sign up for alerts at Applicants can also contact the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat at

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Aviva Scholarship Programme

What is the Aviva Scholarship programme? 

Aviva has created a dynamic partnership with eleven of the UKs leading universities, which includes Northumbria, and aims to promote British education in Asia. A 20% discount on tuition fees is available to outstanding students in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam, providing you or your parents are a customer of Aviva. 

Eligibility criteria

  • you/your parents must be a customer of Aviva  
  • be a citizen of one of the following countries: Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Vietnam 
  • please note you cannot make an application via an Agent 

Please check the eligibility criteria here to determine whether you can apply. 

How to apply 

For undergraduate courses, you can apply via UCAS between 6 September 2017 and 28 February 2018.

For postgraduate courses, you can apply direct to the university between 6 September 2017 and 31 July 2018.

Visit Aviva's digital hub to submit your scholarship application. 

Further information 

For more information please visit the Aviva Scholarship programme webpage. If you have any questions please email

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