Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship

The Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship assists sanctuary seeking students with the costs of a 6 or 12-week Pre-sessional English Course at Aberystwyth University to help them prepare for degree-level study.

Scholarships will be awarded first to students who hold conditional or unconditional offers to study at Aberystwyth University. If all Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship places are not filled by Aberystwyth University offer holders, applications from sanctuary seekers going on to degrees at other universities will be considered.

See also the Aberystwyth Sanctuary Scholarships webpage for details of Aberystwyth University Sanctuary Scholarships available for undergraduate and postgraduate study. If you have been awarded an Aberystwyth Sanctuary Scholarship, you do not need to complete a separate application to be considered for a Pre-sessional Course.

Download the Application Form here: Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship Application Form

Read our Guidance Notes on applying here.

Please note that undertaking full-time study may have an impact on your eligibility for UK government benefits. You are advised to contact the Welsh Refugee Council if you need further advice on this. 

Pre-sessional Course and Scholarship Application Dates

Course and Scholarship Application Dates

  • 6-week Pre-sessional course dates: 8 August 2022 – 16 September 2022
  • 6-week Pre-sessional Application Deadline: 15 May 2022*
  • 12-week Pre-sessional course dates: 27 June 2022 – 16 September 2022
  • 12-week Pre-sessional Application Deadline: 15 May 2022*

* Applications will be considered after this date if not all places have been filled, but to give your application the best chance of success, you should apply by the deadline.

Who is the Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship for?

The Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship is for refugees or other sanctuary seeking students who:

a. have a conditional or unconditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree starting in September 2022 or January 2023 and

b. do not speak English as their first language and

c. meet the entry requirements for either the 6-week or 12-week Pre-sessional course and

  1. either need a Pre-sessional Course to meet the English Language entry requirements of their undergraduate offer or do not have an English language condition in their undergraduate / postgraduate offer but are deemed by the International English Centre at Aberystwyth University to have a level of English that would allow them to benefit from a Pre-sessional Course
  2. are assessed by the University’s Immigration & Compliance Team as a refugee or sanctuary seeker with the right to study in the UK.

and

e. are entitled to financial support funded by the Student Finance Company for their undergraduate / postgraduate degree or are funding their own undergraduate / postgraduate degree from other sources (excluding the Aberystwyth Sanctuary Scholarship)

and

Note: The Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship is a separate scholarship to the Aberystwyth Sanctuary Scholarship, which provides funding for both a Pre-sessional Course and an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Recipients of the Aberystwyth Sanctuary Scholarship do not need to make a separate scholarship application for a pre-sessional English Course.

What does the Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship provide?

The Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship provides:

  • the full tuition cost for a 6-week or 12-week Summer Pre-sessional Course.
  • a free place (single room in a shared, self-catering apartment) in one of our Halls of Residence for scholarship students who wish to stay in University accommodation. Family accommodation is not available.
  • £150 per week towards living expenses for the duration of the course
  • the cost of an English Language Assessment test provided by the University's International English Centre (IEC) if required.

How many Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarships are available?

In total, four free places with free accommodation and a financial contribution towards living costs are available on the 2022 Summer Pre-sessional English Courses.

Two of these places will be awarded to recipients of the Aberystwyth Sanctuary Scholarship if required. Click here for full details of the Aberystwyth Sanctuary Scholarship, which also includes funding for undergraduate / postgraduate study.

How do I apply for the Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship?

Complete the application form at this link - Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship Application Form

Send following documents to tesol@aber.ac.uk

1. Completed Application Form

2. Your conditional or unconditional offer letter for a degree starting in 2022.

If you have applied to Aberystwyth University and have not received an offer yet, you can submit your Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship application before receiving your offer letter. However, no decision can be made on your Pre-sessional Scholarship application until your undergraduate / postgraduate application has been accepted and you have been made a conditional or unconditional offer.

3. An IELTS test certificate or other test evidencing your current English language ability if you have one.

If you do not have an English language test result, but your application is otherwise complete, the International English Centre at Aberystwyth University will offer you an opportunity to take an online English Language Test.

4. Your passport or ID documents and relevant documents from the home office showing your immigration status and right to study in the UK.

How will I know if my application for the Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarships has been successful?

The International English Centre will write to you from tesol@aber.ac.uk to confirm that your application has been received.

You should receive an email from tesol@aber.ac.uk with a decision on your application within three weeks of the application deadline, or of your application being received if it is received after the deadline.

Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship: Terms & Conditions

1. The Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship is for 2022 Pre-sessional entry only and cannot be deferred to a future year.

2. The Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship is for 6-week or 12-week Pre-sessional Courses only.

3. The Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship is for students preparing for degree level study or academia. It is not a general English course and is not open to applicants who do not have a goal of entering university.

4. First priority will be given to applicants who hold an undergraduate or postgraduate offer from Aberystwyth University for 2022 entry. Only after Aberystwyth applicants have been considered will applicants who hold a 2022-entry undergraduate or postgraduate offer from other universities, or other applicants, be considered.

 

5. Eligibility

The Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship is for refugees or other sanctuary seeking students who:

a. have a conditional or unconditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree starting in September 2022 or January 2023 and

b. do not speak English as their first language and

c. meet the entry requirements for either the 6-week or 12-week Pre-sessional course and

d. either need a Pre-sessional Course to meet the English Language entry requirements of their undergraduate offer or do not have an English language condition in their undergraduate / postgraduate offer but are deemed by the International English Centre at Aberystwyth University to have a level of English that would allow them to benefit from a Pre-sessional Course

and

e. are entitled to financial support funded by the Student Finance Company for their undergraduate / postgraduate degree or are funding their own undergraduate / postgraduate degree from other sources  (excluding the Aberystwyth Sanctuary Scholarship)

and

f. are assessed by the University’s Immigration & Compliance Team as a refugee or sanctuary seeker with the right to study in the UK.

6. Selection Process

a. This is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful.

b. Applications will be considered on the basis of eligibility (See 5 above), personal statements, references and suitability for the Pre-sessional Course.

c. First priority will be given to applicants who hold degree offers from Aberystwyth University.

d. All applications will be considered by a panel. Applicants may be invited to interview to verify the information provided in the application form.

e. The panel’s decision is final. There is no right of appeal. If your application is unsuccessful, you are welcome to apply again next year.

f. All applications received by the deadline will be considered. Applications received after the deadline will only be considered if not all Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship places have been filled.

7. The Pre-sessional Course is a full-time, face to face course. 100% attendance is expected and a minimum of 80% attendance is a requirement of passing. You will need to be in Aberystwyth and available for fulltime study for the duration of the course.

8. Frequent absences from classes without reasonable excuse may lead to exclusion from the course and the withdrawal of scholarship benefits.

9. The Pre-sessional Course is an assessed course. Passes are awarded at three levels: Pass (equivalent to IELTS 6.0 with no score below 5.5); Merit (equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with no score below 5.5) and Distinction (equivalent to IELTS 7.0 with no score below 5.5). Students who fail the course or who do not pass at the level required by their degree offer may not be able to use their course results to progress to a degree.

10. Aberystwyth University reserves the right to terminate scholarships and remove students from courses in the case of any disciplinary action being taken against an award holder. Disciplinary cases will be considered on an individual basis through the normal University process.

11. Aberystwyth University reserves the right to terminate scholarships and remove students from courses where it is found that they have presented fraudulent information about any aspect of their eligibility.

 

Contact Us

If your query is about the Pre-sessional Course, English language testing or Aberystwyth Pre-sessional English Refugee Scholarship, contact the International English Centre at Aberystwyth University:

tesol@aber.ac.uk

If your query is about the Aberystwyth Sanctuary Scholarship, please contact:

sanctuary@aber.ac.uk

If your query is about your immigration status and right to study in the UK, please contact:

immigrationadvice@aber.ac.uk