Carmen Neghina
9 years ago

The Global Study Awards – Expanding Students’ Horizons


Nine awards worth up to £90,000 in total to be awarded to inspirational students studying abroad.

Eindhoven – British Council IELTS, the International Student Identity card (ISIC), and StudyPortals proudly announce the opening of the application period for round one of The Global Study Awards (TGSA).  This joint venture, will offer up to £90,000 (~€ 120,000) to nine students over the course of the coming year. The Global Study Awards aim to encourage more students to study abroad, explore new cultures, further intercultural understanding and positively contribute to a global society.

The three partnering organisations consider studying abroad as central to their missions. Study abroad introduces a positive, life-changing experience for many students as it opens their minds and broadens their life and career experiences, and it also promotes intercultural understanding and tolerance around the world.

Each award is merit-based, aimed at students above 18 who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme in 2016, in any country worldwide. The £10,000 available for each of the nine students will be primarily used to cover tuition fees, and will be directly provided to the students’ university of choice. If the tuition fee is lower than the £10,000, the remaining amount can be used to cover living expenses for up to 52 weeks during the studies. Students can submit their application on

“I studied in Japan, and that was a life changing experience for me. I am convinced it not only grew my career prospects, it made me a better person as well as the people around me. Studying abroad does not only contribute to our economies, also to the tolerance and depth of our society,” said Edwin van Rest, CEO of StudyPortals.

To win the award, students need to show their potential to contribute to society through their studies, their strong commitment to developing their careers, and a sincere interest in intercultural understanding and exchange.

“IELTS makes the world a smaller place. We are very excited to be involved in this great award scheme, which will change the lives of the nine winners forever,” said Stephen Carey, Global IELTS Marketing Manager, British Council.

The first round of applications will be open until 30 November 2015. The second round will run between January and June 2016.

“The flow of education and information are essential building blocks to creating cultural understanding and acceptance. The Global Study Awards is a fantastic opportunity for international students across the world to broaden their perspectives and build on shared experiences that can positively shape their future.”   – Todd Almeida, Managing Director at ISIC, International Student Identity Card

Further information on the Global Study Awards including the application form can be found on the award page. You can also check out the promotional video on YouTube.


Press contacts

British Council IELTS: Kristen McNicoll | Email:

ISIC Global Office | Email:

StudyPortals: Carmen Neghina | Tel: +31 655 875 270 | Email:


About British Council IELTS

British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunity and cultural relations and is represented in 107 countries worldwide. British Council connects people worldwide with the learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK and builds lasting relationships between the UK and other countries.

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test. IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 25 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today. It is trusted and accepted by more than 9000 institutions worldwide.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.


About International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

ISIC Association is the non-profit organisation behind the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). First established in 1953, the ISIC card is now issued to students in over 130 countries to all bonafide students over the age of 12, regardless of their nationality, race, gender or religion. The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of bonafide student status and gives access worldwide to over 42,000 products, services or experiences in every stage and area of student life.


About StudyPortals

StudyPortals is the international study choice platform, enabling students to find and compare their study options across borders. With over 60,000 published courses from over 2,100 participating universities and over 13 million visitors per year, StudyPortals is a leading information source for study seekers.

StudyPortals was initiated out of an international student organization in 2008 and initially focused on the European education market. Since 2014 the organization, with its headquarter in Eindhoven, the Netherlands expanded its services and is now also covering universities in the US, Canada and Australia and Asia. For universities, StudyPortals is a key channel for international student recruitment.

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