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Hi!

I seem to be the very rare minority who's planning to apply for a PGCE under a non-eu, international student status. Would be great to find out if there are others like me and have a chat about fees and possible funding alternatives since Govt bursaries etc are not available to us.

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Hey. I am also planning to do the same. How are you getting on? Any luck with scholarships or bursaries. Which uni you applying for?
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Did you end up doing PGCE? I think it's very rare for an international student to get funding for PGCE. There is one program which considers international applicants but they have to be PhD students. It is called researchers in schools.
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Hey. I am also planning to do the same. How are you getting on? Any luck with scholarships or bursaries. Which uni you applying for?
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Researchers in Schools charges the schools £3000 for the privilege of training you and have you one day less in school per week than a regular trainee. So they pay for less resource. Strangely enough this fee to schools is not publicized very well. You put yourself at a disadvantage especially with regards to the availability and location of training places.
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Did either of you end up doing the PGCE? I'm from the US and I'm hoping to do a PGCE. It would be nice to speak to others who've gone through the same process.
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I'm an international student from China and will start my PGCE program next year in September. My future instructor made it clear that I'll need to pay the tuition fee by myself. Although there are a variety of scholarships available for international students from certain countries, mostly disadvantaged countries I think, the number of spots is few and the competition is fierce.

So my advice is to check with the uni you desire to apply for and I'm sure they'll send you all the choices applicable to you. Hope this is helpful.
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Hii, I am also an international student from India planning for doing PGCE next september. Still confused on which university to apply. Will all universities accept International Students. What about the interview process, should we there in person for interview. Could you please mention which University you have applied Mark.
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Hii, I am also an international student from India planning for doing PGCE next september. Still confused on which university to apply. Will all universities accept International Students. What about the interview process, should we there in person for interview. Could you please mention which University you have applied Mark.
Not all universities will accept international students, but most will. I'd recommend looking at their website. Some specifically state that they can't sponsor international students and others just don't list fees for international students so I figured they wouldn't accept any. Some schools will allow virtual interviews, while others only do in-person interviews. I'd email them to ask about whether or not they'd do a virtual interview.
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(Original post by paul001)
Hii, I am also an international student from India planning for doing PGCE next september. Still confused on which university to apply. Will all universities accept International Students. What about the interview process, should we there in person for interview. Could you please mention which University you have applied Mark.
Hi there, I agree with what "yoshimax" said. Just ask the uni you want to apply to. I applied to three universities, Uni of Reading, Manchester, and UCL; I know that Reading and Manchester offer skype interview but not so sure about UCL, because I withdrew it before they get back to me.
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Thanks Yoshimax and Mark Lee for your reply.Mark Lee could you please explain, how your interview was with University of Reading. Just to know how it will be.Did they ask for UK school experiences?Is prior teaching experience very much necessary for admission?. Basically I am an Engineer and I am trying for PGCE Maths Secondary.
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Thanks All for the info. I'm South African and lived in the UK more than 10 years ago. I've also just applied to a few universities for the PGCE secondary maths. Any particular universities or colleges that are more affordable as it seems GBP12k or so is the average fee which is high considering our weak currency. Secondly, I know the workload is hectic but is there a way to make extra money while doing PGCE. Tx Marv
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(Original post by Marvin-Lee)
Thanks All for the info. I'm South African and lived in the UK more than 10 years ago. I've also just applied to a few universities for the PGCE secondary maths. Any particular universities or colleges that are more affordable as it seems GBP12k or so is the average fee which is high considering our weak currency. Secondly, I know the workload is hectic but is there a way to make extra money while doing PGCE. Tx Marv
Look to see if any unis offer scholarships to international PGCE students. I received a £3800 scholarship from Edge Hill. Some other schools that said they'd offer scholarships to international PGCE students are Plymouth, LSBU, Derby, and UEL, although I'm sure there are more. Liverpool Hope is only £9250 for international students.

I've read everywhere that working while doing your PGCE is a bad idea due to how busy you are. Self employment isn't allowed on the Tier 4 visa either. It'll be hard to do extra work so I'd just try to work as much as possible now.
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Thank you Yoshi. That helps alot, much appreciated.
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