The Global Study Awards: Expand Your Horizons

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What Are the Global Study Awards?

What Are the Global Study Awards?

We want to ultimately encourage young people to study abroad as part of their tertiary studies in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages. That is why ISIC Association, StudyPortals and British Council IELTS are launching The Global Study Awards. The Global Study Awards recognises studying abroad as a positively life changing experience for many students, opening their minds to alternative ways of personal life and professional career, as well as promoting intercultural understanding and tolerance.

See How to Expand Your Horizons

Get up to £10000 to Expand Your Horizon

An individual global study award has a maximum value of £10000

The Award prize will be applied toward the cost of tuition fees in the first instance, paid directly to the Higher Education Institution that the successful candidate will attend.

If tuition fees are below the maximum individual award fund of £10000, the remaining funds may be allocated per diem for living costs for a maximum of 52 weeks starting from when the student first registered at the higher education institution.

Application Timeline

Round 1 Finished
Round 2 Finished
Round 3 Opening soon

Two study award announcements will be made, with a maximum of five Study Awards granted to students at each announcement point (maximum nine awards in total).

  • Up to three awards were granted in the first round. The results were announced in January 2016.
  • Up to six awards were granted in the second round: open from 15 January 2016 to 30 June 2016 for students starting their studies abroad between 1 August 2016 and 31 October 2016.

A selection panel comprised of representatives from the partners will review and assess the entries. Strong candidates will be shortlisted and invited for an in person interview prior to the final winning selection. The winners will be announced within 3 months after the application deadline. The time span of the Awards allows for consideration.

Who Are We Looking For?

The Global Study Awards is designed to support highly motivated, talented individuals who can actively demonstrate:

  • their potential to contribute to society through their studies;
  • a strong commitment to developing their career;
  • their sincere interest in increasing intercultural understanding and exchange.

Successful candidates will be willing to engage with the British Council IELTS, ISIC and StudyPortals communities, and publicly share their experiences with other students. The Global Study Awards will be available to prospective students in all countries worldwide. The Global Study Awards will enable the successful candidate(s) to study abroad, on any chosen undergraduate or postgraduate programme at a higher education institution. The Global Study Awards cannot be used by a successful candidate to study domestically.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for The Global Study Awards applicants must:


Be 18 years or over

on the study programme start date

Have taken an IELTS test at a British Council centre, and receive an official Test Report Form (TRF) issued by the British Council

in the last 2 years and before the application deadline
Isic card

Have a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and/or International Youth Travel Card (IYTC)

at the time of application

Plan to enrol on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme abroad between

1 August 2016 and 31 October 2016

Provide an acceptance letter from the relevant institution

by the relevant cut-off date

Write a short review of your study experience at

See the full terms and conditions

Please note that your application must be submitted in English

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page

About the Partners

British Council

British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunity and cultural relations and is represented in 107 countries worldwide.

British Council connects people worldwide with the learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK and builds lasting relationships between the UK and other countries.

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.

IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 25 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today. It is trusted and accepted by more than 9000 institutions worldwide.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

ISIC Association

ISIC Association is the non-profit organisation behind the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). First established in 1953, the ISIC card is now issued to students in over 130 countries to all bonafide students over the age of 12, regardless of their nationality, race, gender or religion.

The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of bonafide student status and gives access worldwide to over 42000 products, services or experiences in every stage and area of student life.


StudyPortals is the international study choice platform, enabling students to find and compare their study options across borders. With over 45000 published courses from over 1800 participating universities and over 9 million unique users in 2014, StudyPortals is a leading information source for study seekers. Initially StudyPortals focused on the European education market, but has the ambition to make study choice transparent, globally.

Supporting Partners