USW Refugee Sanctuary Scheme*




USW Refugee Sanctuary Scheme*
The USW Refugee Sanctuary Scheme is a new scheme providing support to a limited number of eligible refugees via free English language tuition prior to starting an undergraduate course at the University. 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 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. 
What is provided by this scheme?
  • The USW Refugee Sanctuary Scheme will cover the full tuition fee costs for the Pre-sessional English Language Programme or the International Foundation Programme (Intensive English) for eligible applicants.

  • Applicants will be given guidance, where required, in the course application process by the University’s Enquiries and Admissions department.

  • Applicants will be permitted to apply direct to the University. Please note, if you are applying to more than one University, you are required to make an application via UCAS. If you unsure of which route 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 undergraduate degree funding.

Who is eligible to apply?

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 degree course (if you have studied previously at a university or college in the UK 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 full time 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree course 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 undergraduate degree course

  • Accept the University’s offer of the place on your chosen course and the Pre-Sessional English course on a firm basis.

How do you apply?

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.
How will I know if I am successful?
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.
Can I appeal against any decisions regarding my eligibility?
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.
Who do I contact for further information?
If your query is in regards to the Refugee Sanctuary Scheme the please contact the Student Money Advice Team:
Email:  scholarships@southwales.ac.uk
Phone: 01443 483778 (9-12 Mon-Fri)
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
*University of South Wales scholarships, bursaries and other financial support schemes 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, bursaries and other financial support schemes available.