Asylum Seekers and Refugees

We’re proud to welcome and support asylum seekers and refugees.

We strive to provide a supportive and information service for those who have been displaced, and we’re sympathetic to the challenges faced by those seeking sanctuary in the UK.

We understand that the cost of higher education is a significant barrier to studying, especially for asylum seekers and refugees who wish to gain academic and vocational qualifications.

One of the main ways was can help is provide assistance with fees and funding, giving you an opportunity to receive quality higher education here in the UK.

Do I qualify?

In the UK, a refugee is a person who has fled their country, and is seeking protection because of a fear of being persecuted due to their race, religion, nationality, membership of certain social groups, or political opinion. An asylum seeker is someone who has applied for refugee status and is waiting to find out if it has been granted.

Sanctuary Scholarship

The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme is open to asylum seekers and refugees applying for undergraduate and doctoral programmes at the University of Exeter who are not able to access student finance.

The scholarship provides full tuition fee waivers, grants for living costs and research funding where applicable.

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Partial tuition fee waiver

The University of Exeter offers a partial tuition fee waiver for undergraduate asylum seekers (those whose cases haven’t yet been decided). This is administered solely at the discretion of the University of Exeter.

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Where you can get help

Get in touch with our Advice Team on or go to for drop-in session times


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