Many organisations have offered scholarships for students in less developed countries. However this is often a very expensive process, to sponsor a single student through three or four years of study with tuition fees and grants for living expenses is extremely expensive. Therefore these opportunities were limited to only a lucky few.
However with the incredible development of online learning courses throughout the world, these organisations are gradually switching to the online model and helping many more students receive world class educations from their own country.
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission is one of these organisations who are based in the UK. They are offering a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship for students who wish to take a masters degree whilst based in their own country. The restrictions are that the student much be a commonwealth citizen and a permanent resident. There are some education requirements – the student much possess a first degree of 2:1 or above, or a similar level qualification.
The scholarships are awarded in all sorts of courses, ranging from development, crisis management, public health and forestry plus many, many more. The plan is one of the biggest in the world and has been in existence since 1959 helping nearly 30,000 pupils to this point.
The distance learning awards are a more recent addition but the reduced costs have ensured many more students can be helped than the traditional scheme. It is now much simpler to be able to participate in classes just using the internet. Many students in commonwealth countries like India already use special VPN programs for instance to watch BBC Iplayer like this.
The schemes deadline has passed for this year (May 16th) however interested students should get their applications in early if they want to apply for next year – here’s the link for application.
It’s an exciting time for distance learning, for the first time it should be possible to obtain a qualification from the world’s best UK universities in a variety of areas without having the huge expense of having to come to the UK and study.
Jenny Wilson: Education Online.