Financial support for non-UK students

This page is part of the International Students (EU and non-EU) section on the Christ's College, Cambridge website. It sets out the financial support available for students from outside the UK. If you are a UK student, the information is different so please see the UK financial support page instead. 

When applying, it is important to consider the costs of studying at Cambridge and the financial support available. We recommend that you read the finance section and look into the costs of studying at Cambridge. 

As well as cheaper living costs, both the University and Christ’s College make money available to students in financial support to aid your time here. Some of this is paid on the basis of financial need, some as a result of achievement in International Science Olympiads or while at Cambridge. 

If you are from a European Union country outside the UK, please see the financial information for EU students (2020 and 2021 entry).

Award For students from which countries?  When do you apply / are you considered
Cambridge European Bursaries EU offer holders (2019 entry) post offer
Christ's prizes, humanities funds and hardship grants All offer holders post offer
Christ's College International Awards Non-EU offer holders post offer
Christ's College Medicine Awards  EU offer holders from outside the UK post offer
Blyth Eastern European Bursaries Applicants from Eastern Europe and the Baltic States There are instructions for the application process; awards are made post offer 
The Li Ka Shing Foundation Lord Sandberg Memorial Scholarship Offer holders resident in Hong Kong post offer
Prince Philip Scholarships Applicants resident in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by 15 October
Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust Awards Non-EU offer holders post offer (we'll be in touch by email shortly after offers are made with information, and the application deadline is then late January)
SJI Foundation Christ's College Cambridge Scholarship Specific applicants from Singapore - see detail.  by 15 December
Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship  Non-EU offer holders who  face severe barriers in coming to study in Cambridge. post offer
International Disabled Students' Fund EU and non-EU offer holders post offer


Financial information for applicants from non-UK European Union countries

2020 entry

If you are from an EU country and are applying for 2020 entry, please see the news.

At present (2019 entry), first-time undergraduates from EU countries are normally able to secure loans from the UK government to cover the annual tuition fee, and these are not repayable until your post-University earnings reach a certain threshold. EU students are not liable to pay a College fee.  In addition, students who come from a family in which the total household income falls below £42,620 a year may be eligible for a Cambridge European Bursary, and there are additional Christ’s College awards such as Christ's College Medicine Awards and the Blyth Eastern European Bursaries.

2021 entry

We are sorry that we are not yet able to confirm the fee and financial support information for 2021 entry as we are waiting for the UK government to establish fee status arrangements for you, and we will then need to update our financial support for EU students. As the situation may change as a result of Brexit, it is worth keeping an eye on the University EU website for fee status and financial support updates, and we will provide further information as soon as it is available. In the meantime, we advise you to continue with your academic preparation and welcome any questions that you may have about studying at Christ’s (

Cambridge European Bursaries
for European Union (but non-UK) offer holders

The University currently offers one of the most generous bursary schemes in the country, with up to £3,500 a year given to EU students from households with an income of up to £42,620. The amount you receive is worked out on a sliding scale but is a grant that you do not ever have to pay back.

Christ’s prizes, humanities funds and hardship grants
for UK, EU and non-EU students

The college gives many thousands of pounds each year to its students in support of their studies and in recognition of their achievements.

Prizes are available for current students, especially those who do well in exams but we also have awards for those who excel in the sporting arena.

There are numerous awards available to support students’ study, especially for those who need to travel to undertake research. There are also awards available for music and art.

There is a small book grant for first year students (electronic books are included in the scheme, as well as paperbacks and hardbacks, new or second-hand). 

The College has a dedicated humanities fund to support:

  • students doing humanities subjects.
  • students from any subject who are working on a project in the performing arts, visual arts, writing or composition (small grants are available to help with the costs of materials, lessons, courses, or other projects).
  • students from any subject taking a short language course at the University Language Centre (short, intensive courses are available and students can apply to have 50% of the course fee refunded).

The college and university also have hardship grants to support those students whose financial circumstances change dramatically during the course of the academic year.

Christ's College International Awards
for non-EU offer holders

Christ's offers a small number of awards each year to outstanding incoming undergraduates from outside the European Union. These awards may be held in conjunction with other scholarships, including those given by the Cambridge Trust, and consist of:

  • A needs-blind prize of £1000;
  • A bursary of up to £4500, per annum, for the duration of the undergraduate degree (3 or 4 years), depending on financial need.

All international offer-holders will automatically be considered for the needs-blind element of the award; no additional application is needed. Offer-holders who wish to be considered for the bursary and rebate will be asked to supply evidence of financial need. There is no restriction by subject, and we aim to distribute the awards across the Arts and Sciences. Award-holders will be invited to a celebratory ceremony during their first term at Cambridge.

For 2020 entry, we anticipate making at least one such award to an offer-holder resident in Malaysia, and at least one such award to an offer-holder resident in Latin America, with the remainder available to offer-holders resident in all countries outside the European Union. 

Christ's College Medicine Awards
for European Union (but non-UK) offer holders

We offer awards of up to £2000 per annum to academically outstanding Medical students resident in EU countries other than the United Kingdom. These awards are tenable for the duration of the undergraduate degree, and may be held in conjunction with other funding. All eligible offer-holders will automatically be considered; no additional application is necessary.

Blyth Eastern European Bursaries
for offer holders from Eastern Europe and the Baltic States

The College has recently received a generous donation enabling it to make awards to students from Eastern Europe and the Baltic States who have won individual medals at selected International Science Olympiads. These awards, to be known as the "Blyth Eastern European Bursaries" are open to students from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia holding medals in any of the following exam-based Olympiads: 

  • International Mathematical Olympiad
  • International Physics Olympiad
  • International Chemistry Olympiad
  • International Olympiad in Informatics
  • International Biology Olympiad
  • International Economics Olympiad
  • International Philosophy Olympiad
  • International Astronomy Olympiad
  • International Geography Olympiad
  • International Linguistics Olympiad

Awards for 2020 entry will be worth at least £1500. They may be held in conjunction with any other award, including the Cambridge European Bursary. All students who are eligible will automatically be considered. As well as listing your achievement in your application, please email after the 15 October application deadline or once you hear the outcome of the Olympiads (even if this is some time later) to let us know that you have won a medal. Please start your email with your name, subject and UCAS number as usual. 

In addition to qualifying for the Blyth Bursary, students who perform strongly in our interviews and assessments will also be considered for adjusted offers, that is, offers set at a lower level than would be the case for non-medalists.

The Li Ka Shing Foundation Lord Sandberg Memorial Scholarship
for an offer holder resident in Hong Kong

For 2020 entry Christ's College will be offering the Li Ka Shing Foundation Lord Sandberg Memorial Scholarship. This award is for a student who is resident in Hong Kong, and is likely to be worth in the region of £8,300 per annum. All students who are eligible will automatically be considered, and the award is tenable for the duration of the undergraduate degree.

Prince Philip Scholarships
for applicants resident in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Prince Philip Scholarships for applicants from Hong Kong: These awards are for permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. If you applied for one of these when you applied to Cambridge, details are on the Prince Philip Scholarship website


Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust Awards
for non-EU offer holders in financial need

The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust Awards are for non-EU students in financial need. The application form is sent to non-EU students by email soon after offers are made. You will only be eligible for a scholarship if you have financial need. Further information is on the Cambridge Trusts website, and the scholarship search enables you to find awards that you may be eligible for. In most cases there are no additional application forms to complete.


SJI Foundation Christ's College Cambridge Scholarship
for applicants resident in Singapore who have previously studied at a SJI School. 

This award is for students resident in Singapore, who have previously studied at an SJI School, and who have applied to Christ's College to study Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Natural Sciences or Law. The award is worth up to SGD 36,000 per annum.

More information can be found on the SJI Foundation website


The Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship
for non-EU offer holders who face severe barriers in coming to study in Cambridge

We are particularly pleased to include the Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship in our financial support for overseas students, since Rowan Williams was a student at Christ’s from 1968 to 1971, and he remains an Honorary Fellow of the College. This studentship supports offer-holders who are from an area of instability or zone of conflict; or who have been at risk of discrimination, persecution, suffering, violence or other abuse of their human rights. In order to be eligible, you must also meet the entrance requirements, apply following the normal application process (deadlines are earlier if you apply for interview in Malaysia or Singapore) and be awarded a place on academic grounds. The Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship is a full-cost award covering tuition fees and maintenance. For full details and eligibility, please see the Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship page on the Cambridge Trusts website.


International Disabled Students' Fund

If you have a disability, you may be eligible for the International Disabled Students' Fund (IDS Fund)

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