Eligibility to Study

This document from the Home Office relates to Immigration Bail Conditions but clarifies eligibility to study for asylum seekers, stating, “There is nothing in the Immigration Rules to prevent asylum seekers studying. Therefore, anyone who claims asylum should not have a study condition applied to them.” See page 14 for information about the possibility of a condition preventing study being applied to asylum seekers who have exhausted their appeal rights.

Learning English

Online Linguistic Support (OLS) is a free online language learning platform for refugees and newly arrived migrants. Besides language courses, the platform offers live coaching and tutoring sessions in major European languages.

There is a list of other resources on our ESOL page (under the ‘Resources for ESOL Students’ tab)

Funding Education

UCAS page on student finance for refugees and asylum seekers

Refugee Study provides a directory of scholarships, grants and awards plus information about getting advice

STAR has a list of Equal Access scholarships for refugees and asylum seekers

The Refugee Support Network provides resources about accessing university and can give telephone or face-to-face advice.

Future Learn has a short, free online course to help refugees and asylum seekers get the information they need to apply for university in the UK.

Future Learn has also launched two, free courses to help Syrian refugees with English studies. There is an elementary course and a pre-intermediate course.

Kiron helps refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs access higher education including access to online courses for those outside its focus countries.

Article 26 Project – Some universities provide bursaries to those who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK

Grants, Scholarships and Fellowship Funding Directory 2014

RefuAid Loan Scheme  – Zero interest loans for Short-term training, Exam fees with a professional governing association, Travel expenses to and from an exam, Qualification assessments, Professional association fees, Books and course materials, Living allowance during study time and other related expenses. Check the website for details and see the poster We help you return to work.