USW Refugee Sanctuary Scheme *

USW Postgraduate Refugee Sanctuary Scheme

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The USW Postgraduate Refugee Sanctuary Scheme provides support to a limited number of eligible refugees via free English language tuition prior to starting an undergraduate course at the University. The bursaries can be used towards pre-sessional courses of 15 weeks or less. The bursaries will be allocated in order of date of complete course and bursary applications, once all have been allocated, the scheme will close.

Please note, due to Covid-19, the English language courses are currently being delivered online only. To enable you to take part in these classes, you will need to already have the equipment needed to participate in online lessons which includes internet connection and a computer with a microphone and camera.

Please note that undertaking full-time study may have an impact on your eligibility for UK government benefits. You are advised to contact the Welsh Refugee Council if you need further advice on this. 

  • The USW Postgraduate Refugee Sanctuary Scheme will cover the full tuition fee costs for the Pre-sessional English Language Programme of 15 weeks or less duration for eligible applicants.
  • The USW Postgraduate Refugee Sanctuary Scheme will also cover the cost of an English Language Assessment test through the University's Centre for International English if required.
  • Applicants will be given guidance, where required, in the course application process by the University’s Enquiries and Admissions department.
  • If you would like assistance in how to apply for a course please contact the admissions department at the University by calling 01443 655450 or emailing admissions@southwales.ac.uk

Practical support will be available from the University’s Student Money Advice Team to assist applications for postgraduate Masters funding.

To be considered for this additional support, you must:

  • Be assessed by the University’s Enquiries and Admissions department as a refugee and therefore eligible to pay the UK home rate of fees
  • Be assessed by the University’s Immigration & International Student Advice Team as a refugee with the right to study in the UK
  • Be eligible for UK student support from the Student Loans Company for the duration of the Masters course (if you already hold a Masters level qualification, this might prevent you from receiving full support. Please contact us for advice if this is the case. See below for contact details)
  • Have applied to study a taught Masters degree at the University of South Wales 

  • Be accepted on a Pre-sessional English Language Programme or the International Foundation Programme at the University of South Wales prior to commencing your Masters course.
  • Accept the University’s offer of the place on your chosen course and the Pre-Sessional English course on a firm basis.


You will be sent an email containing a link to an online application form once you have been offered a place on a course. The email will be sent to the email address listed on your course application to the University.

The Student Money Advice Team will notify you of your eligibility by email, using the email address listed on the scheme application form. We aim to send you email confirmation that your application has been received within ten working days, the email will also include details regarding the decision making process.

All students have the right to appeal decisions made by the Student Money Advice Team regarding their eligibility for the Refugee Sanctuary Scheme, please see the Scholarship / Bursary Appeal process for further details.

Contact Details

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If your query is in regards to the course application process then please contact the Enquiries and Admissions Team:

Email: admissions@southwales.ac.uk 

Phone: 01443 655450


If your query is in regards to your immigration situation or your eligibility to study as an asylum seeker please contact the Immigration & International Student Advice Team:

Email: international.advice@southwales.ac.uk 

Phone: 01443 482083


If your query is in regards to the Refugee Sanctuary Scheme then please contact the Student Money Advice Team:

Email:  scholarships@southwales.ac.uk



*University of South Wales scholarships and bursaries are offered on the basis that they are potentially subject to change in the event of changes to the fee and student support regime applicable in Wales. The University also reserves the right to limit the number of scholarships and bursaries available.