The International and Study Abroad Office has launched a new scholarship scheme in a bid to attract greater numbers of international students.
From October 2004, a total of 40 Chancellor's International Scholarships of £2,200 will be available each year for overseas fee-paying students at undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree level.
Several universities have partial scholarships in the form of fee reductions, but the Sussex scheme differs from most both in its scale and by providing the awards in the form of a cheque, which, it is hoped, will be more attractive to applicants.
The scheme is funded from overseas fee income, but the aim is to cancel out the expenditure and raise additional funds by recruiting more fee-paying students who do not receive scholarships or who are attracted by the general publicity the awards will generate.
"The scholarship scheme is a new element in the University's strategy to attract additional international students of excellent academic ability," says Dr Philip Baker, Head of the International and Study Abroad Office, "and with 40 new awards on offer each year significant publicity will be generated for the University in general."
The scholarships provide about 15% of an overseas student's total annual costs of tuition fees and living expenses. "My experience of promoting the scheme recently in China shows that these contributions are valued and that there is prestige in having a scholarship irrespective of the amount," says Philip.
The title, Chancellor's International Scholarships, reflects the strong support for the University's international mission of the current Chancellor, Lord Attenborough.
The scholarships are available in all schools (except the Institute of Development Studies and Brighton & Sussex Medical School), and will be awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential.
Further details for potential applicants are available at www.sussex.ac.uk/International/cisscholarships.