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University of Surrey International Excellence Award (Undergraduate), UK 2024

Application is now open for the University of Surrey International Excellence Award (Undergraduate). Interested applicants are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About the University of Surrey and Scholarship

The roots of the University of Surrey trace back to the establishment of Battersea Polytechnic Institute in 1891, which welcomed its inaugural cohort of students in 1894. This institute had a noble mission—to broaden access to further and higher education for Londoners, including those from less privileged backgrounds. Its curriculum included a diverse range of subjects, encompassing Mechanical Engineering, Building, Electrical Engineering, Chemical trades, Physics, Natural Science, Mathematics, Languages, Commercial subjects, Music, and special classes tailored for women, addressing topics like Domestic Economy.

The focus on science and technology subjects became more pronounced, and around 1920, the institute began instructing the University of London students, eventually conferring the University of London external degrees. Over time, it evolved and adapted to the changing educational landscape, celebrating its 35th anniversary in May 2002 with a significant event at Guildford Cathedral. This celebration coincided with the unveiling of The Surrey Scholar sculpture, created by Allan Sly FBS, marking the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen and serving as a gift to the Guildford community. Understanding the Real World, a visual history of the university by Christopher Pick, was published to commemorate this milestone.


In 2007, the University of Surrey experienced a notable surge in overall applications, witnessing a 39% increase compared to the previous year. This trend continued with a further 12% rise in applications in 2008. However, in October 2008, the university faced disappointment in a bid to merge with London medical institute St George’s, University of London, losing out to Royal Holloway.

Consistently recognized among the top 60 universities in the United Kingdom, the University of Surrey has secured positions such as 39th in The Times and Sunday Times, 34th in The Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide, and 54th in The Guardian University Guide for 2021.

The University of Surrey International Excellence Award (Undergraduate) reflects the commitment to fostering international education. This award, a £5,000 fee waiver, is available to self-funded international fee-paying students, irrespective of nationality or domicile. The award process is application-based, with a scholarship awards panel considering factors such as previous academic performance, predicted grades, and the personal statement to make informed decisions. As the University of Surrey continues to uphold its commitment to academic excellence and global diversity, the International Excellence Award is a testament to its dedication to fostering a vibrant and inclusive international student community.

Details about the University of Surrey International Excellence Award (Undergraduate):

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Surrey, UK

Scholarship Value: £5,000 fee waiver

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Undergraduate

Host Institution(s): University of Surrey, UK

Eligibility Criteria for the University of Surrey International Excellence Award (Undergraduate)

Applicants are advised to meet the following requirements to be eligible for the University of Surrey International Excellence Award (Undergraduate):

  • Pay your tuition fees abroad as a student
  • Hold an offer to enroll in a full-time bachelor’s program at FHEQ Level 4 for first-year students.
  • Be self-funded: You have to pay for your education on your own, without the need for sponsorship or any financial aid. 
  • Students from Surrey International Study Center are not eligible to apply for this scholarship (SISC)
  • All other Surrey Scholarships will not be available to recipients of the International Excellence scholarship.

Application Process for the University of Surrey International Excellence Award (Undergraduate)

To fill out the Scholarship application form, you need to obtain a university offer. Applications that do not have a current student ID or UCAS ID and offer will not be evaluated. October 2023 marks the commencement of the monthly application review process. Between January and April 2024, the review process will occur more often. By January 31, 2024, you have to have submitted your course application via UCAS.

Note: The scholarship is application-based.

Please email if you have any questions about this scholarship.

The Submission Deadline is: April 30, 2024

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