University of Southampton

Scholarships for international undergraduate students

High-achieving international undergraduate students may be eligible for a Southampton Merit Scholarship worth up to £3,000 per year of study.

We also offer some subject-based scholarships for undergraduates, or you may be able to find funding that is specific to students from your country. This includes funding made available through the University's many international partnerships, as well as from external organisations.

Southampton Merit Scholarships for international students

Southampton Merit Scholarships are available for international (non-EU students) starting a course in the 2015/16 academic year. If you are an EU student, find out about the UK/EU Merit Scholarship.

Under the scheme, if you achieve A level grades* that are higher than the grades stated in our offer for a  place at Southampton, you could receive £1,000 per A level in each year of study. Scholarships are available for all degree programmes except Medicine and NHS-funded Health Science programmes.

See below for full details of the scheme.

Other scholarship opportunities

More details about the international Southampton Merit Scholarship

How does it work?

There is no need to apply. To qualify you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must exceed your stated offer from the University of Southampton in one or more subjects.
  • You must achieve a minimum of AAA (A levels) or equivalent in three subjects, or an equivalent standard in your final overall grade (for some subjects this may include your portfolio or audition).
  • You must make the University of Southampton your firm acceptance.

Some examples 

  • If your University offer is AAA or equivalent and you achieve AAA, you are not eligible for a scholarship. 
  • If you University offer is AAB or equivalent and you achieve AAA, you receive £1,000 per year.
  • If your University offer is AAA or equivalent and you achieve A*A*A, you receive £2,000 per year.
  • If your University offer is AAB or equivalent and you achieve A*A*A, you receive £3,000 per year.

Other scholarship conditions

  • 'Your offer' will be the highest of any offers you are made, should you transfer to another course. In certain cases where a group of programmes share a first semester any scholarship will be based on the highest offer for that group of programmes. Where the scholarship is based on individual subject grades, a maximum of three subjects will be eligible.
  • The maximum sum available per student is £3,000 a year.
  • The sum is payable at the end of the first term of study for each year of your course.
  • To be eligible for a scholarship after the first year, you must have achieved the necessary academic standard to progress to the next year of study.
  • The scholarship is not payable for any year of study that has to be repeated.

*If you have studied an equivalent school leaving qualification, the scholarships may apply to your final grades in individual subjects or to your final overall grade, depending on your qualification.