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. 

Dr Tomlinson and students at the Christ's International Awards Ceremony
 A group talking with Dr Emily Tomlinson at
 the Christ's International Awards Ceremony

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

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 achievements while at Cambridge. 

If you are from a European Union country outside the UK, please see the page for EU students starting courses in 2021 and beyond.

Award For students from which countries?  When do you apply / are you considered
Christ's College International Awards 2021 entry Non-UK offer holders post offer
Christ's College Medicine Awards  2021 entry Non-UK offer holders post offer
Blyth Eastern European Bursaries Not available for 2021 entry  
Christ's Awards All offer holders post admission
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 EU and 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

2021 entry - prospective students

We now have a page for EU students starting courses in Oct 2021 (and beyond). It is also worth keeping an eye on the University EU website for updates. 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 (

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

For 2021 entry, Christ’s will be offering up to five international awards to outstanding incoming undergraduates from outside the UK.

These awards may be held in conjunction with other scholarships, including those given by the Cambridge Trust, and consist of:

  • An annual award of £10,000, for the duration of the undergraduate degree (3 or 4 years).

In some cases, depending on the financial need of the individual, the award will be accompanied by a full or partial waiver of the College Fee, currently £9,400 per annum, for the duration of the undergraduate degree.

The awards are not restricted by country or region; they are available to offer-holders resident in all countries outside the UK.

One of the awards is reserved for a woman who will be studying Computer Science, Engineering Mathematics or Natural Sciences (with a preference for Mathematics). There is no restriction by subject for the other four awards, and we aim to distribute them across the Arts and Sciences.

We hope to make at least two awards to students who have been assisted by the international social enterprise Project Access and we encourage all prospective applicants from schools and regions without a strong tradition of Oxbridge application to contact Project Access for advice and support.

Further information on how to apply for these awards will be circulated to eligible offer-holders in January 2021.

Award-holders will be invited to a celebratory ceremony during their first term at Cambridge.


Christ's College Medicine Awards
for non-UK offer-holders

For 2021 entry, we will be offering some additional funding for outstanding incoming undergraduates from outside the UK who are nominated for a Christ’s College International Award and will be studying Medicine. This funding is likely to be in the region of £2,000 per annum, for the duration of the undergraduate degree.

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

Daniel from Romania receiving a Blyth Eastern European Bursary
  Daniel from Romania receiving his Blyth Eastern
  European Bursary certificate

These awards were formerly 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
Richard from the Czech Republic Blyth Eastern European Bursary at Christ's College Cambridge
 Richard from the Czech Republic with his
 Blyth certificate

The awards themselves will not be available for 2021 entry. However, IMO and ISO medallists are encouraged to apply for the Christ’s College International Awards and should note that if they perform strongly in our interviews and assessments, they will also be considered for adjusted offers, that is, offers set at a lower level than would be the case for non-medallists.


Christ’s Awards
for UK, EU and non-EU students

Once you have started your course at Christ's, small grants will be available to cover a range of activities once you have started your course:

  • Vacation Stays
  • Books and Study Aids
  • Language courses
  • Dissertation research
  • Lab work
  • Summer internships
  • Travel
  • Hardship
  • Extracurricular activities such as sports, music, theatre, art

Further information, including how to apply, will be made available after you have started your course at Christ's.


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

For 2021 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 international offer holders in financial need

The Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust Awards are for international students in financial need. The application form is sent to international 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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