Tuesday 25 February 2014

Singapore – In celebration of the 25th anniversary of IELTS, the British Council is extending the IELTS scholarships to the East Asia region for the first time in 2014, increasing the amount of individual scholarships to £25,000. Since its launch in 2012, the British Council IELTS Scholarships have been well received by Singapore students pursuing further education. With the help of the scholarships, in the past two years, a total of ten students have succeeded in applying for their desired universities in different countries, including the UK, the USA, Australia and Canada.

“IELTS is an international English proficiency test that puts people first, and there is no better way of underlining this than helping more people realise their aspirations and access to international educational opportunities,” says Greg Selby, Director of Examinations British Council, East Asia. “To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are launching the British Council IELTS 25th Anniversary Scholarships 2014 in 12 countries across East Asia, awarding a total of 57 local scholarships worth £2,500 each, and three regional scholarships worth £25,000 each, to individuals pursuing further education either locally or overseas.”

One of the 2013 IELTS Scholars, Mao Ning, who is pursuing a Post-Bachelor of Science PhD Programme in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, USA, commented, “The IELTS score gives me strong recognition of my English skills, and that allows my university applications to be problem-free. I’m very grateful that British Council provides many forms of support, whether it’s preparation for the exam, or even financial aid.”

The British Council IELTS 25th Anniversary Scholarships 2014 are open for applications from now until 31 May 2014. The top three scholars in the East Asia region (includes China, Hong Kong & Macau, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam) will each receive £25,000, and up to three students in Singapore will each receive £2,500. The scholarships will go towards tuition fees of the scholars’ chosen courses.

Notes to Editor

For media enquiries, please contact:

Louis Yong, English Assessment Adviser
British Council (Singapore) Limited
D: +65 6470 7208
M: +65 9720 4204
E: louis.yong@britishcouncil.org.sg

About the British Council

The British Council IELTS Scholarships aim to award outstanding students who have career aspirations and demonstrate the potential to contribute to society what they have gained from their undergraduate/postgraduate study experience locally or overseas.

Candidates currently residing in the East Asia region who will begin undergraduate/postgraduate study in 2014 at a higher education institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements are eligible to apply. They must be able to provide an acceptance letter from the attending institution and must have taken their most recent IELTS test at the British Council, with a minimum band score of 6.0 in each of the four component parts of the test.

For more information, visit our British Council IELTS 25th Anniversary Scholarship.

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