►Studying in the UK
►Applying to a Partner University
Each university has its own application form that you will need to complete, usually online. Check course deadlines and apply as soon as possible. Course places are limited and late applications may not be considered. When you apply for a Saïd Foundation scholarship you will not need a confirmed offer of a university place but you will be expected to provide proof that you have started the university application process. The Foundation will expect you to provide university application/ID numbers.
►Completing your Saïd Foundation Application Form
Complete the application form with care. Read the questions to ensure you understand what the Foundation is asking for and make sure you provide all the information that is requested. You will be expected to upload copies of your university transcript, degree certificate, IELTS results, references and a copy of your passport.
The deadline for submission of applications is 2 November 2016 and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in February/March 2017 in Beirut, Amman, East Jerusalem and Ramallah. Syrian candidates may be asked to travel to Turkey or Lebanon for interview. Scholarship results will be announced in April 2017.
►Preparing for your studies in the UK
The Saïd Foundation awards approximately 20 scholarships each year. If your application is successful you will need to start preparing for your studies and your trip to the UK.
You will need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK. UK visa requirements and application forms change regularly. You can access the latest information about visa procedures and requirements here.
We advise our students to book accommodation through their universities before they arrive in the UK. Most Saïd Foundation students live in university halls of residence which offer safe accommodation that is furnished, student-friendly and organised. Halls also have designated staff who are there to look after you and respond to unexpected problems. There are various options in different price ranges and you should read through all the options carefully and chose the one that best matches your needs and budget.
You are required to register with the Police after your arrival in the UK. London School of Economics has some useful information on the procedure for students based in London here.
Students outside of London are required to register at their local police station. You should ask for advice on how to do this from your university department or International Office as soon as possible after your arrival.
►Opening a bank account
You will need to open a UK bank account. The first step is to make an initial appointment with a bank. Ask the bank to clarify what documents you need to take with you to the appointment. Normally this includes, proof of identity (passport), proof of address in the UK; proof of address in home country; scholarship award letter and a letter from the university confirming enrolment. The bank may also require you to deposit a certain amount of money in order to activate the account (your Saïd Foundation stipend is usually enough).
You should register with a local doctor or university clinic as a National Health Service (NHS) patient as soon as possible after your arrival in the UK. Take a letter of enrolment from your university as proof of your student status. As a full time student, you will be entitled to medical treatment under the NHS. However, there are charges for dental costs and for prescriptions.
If you are being treated or have an on-going condition (eg diabetes), bring photocopies of your medical records to give to your doctor in Britain. Make sure you have the full name and address of your family doctor in your home country.
►What to bring with you
When packing remember that you will have to carry your suitcases, that your room might not have a lot of storage and that you will have to take all your things back home!
You don’t need to prepare for the UK winter by bringing lots of heavy and bulky clothes. You can adapt by wearing layers. You will, however, need a good coat and waterproof boots/shoes. You will also need some smart attire (a suit and a tie if you are male) for formal dinners or if your study requires work placements. The Saïd Foundation organises at least one formal dinner during the course of the year and you will need to be well turned out for this event!
British voltage is 240 volts and appliances have a three pin plug. In student residences most things are provided. You will, however, need to buy bed-linen, towels and cooking utensils.