How can international students get sponsors in the UK? This is one of the commonest questions asked, it is not unlikely that aspiring international students do not know that there are sponsors who are willing to sponsor their education hence the questions.
In as much as it has proven to be difficult to find a sponsor willing to sponsor your education in the UK, there are so many companies and organizations that offer scholarship schemes to help students with the financial burden of having to study in the UK. This article’s purpose is to guide you on how to find a sponsor and make your application stand out from the crowd.
How can international students get sponsors in the UK?
There are some ways that have proven beneficial for international students in the past and helped them
to get a sponsor, therefore, it is advisable you read through and get these tips and apply them.
First of all, the internet has evolved in past years and so many applications have come in handy where you could do your research in the comfort of your home. Applications like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and even Youtube are all ‘weapons’ you could use to your advantage.
Secondly, contact your previous offices where you worked. If this does not apply to you then you can ignore it, but in replacement to contacting your previous offices, you can network. Networking is a great tool to sell yourself, sometimes it can be who you know that matters. Get up and meet new people. SELL YOURSELF!
Here are the tips needed to find a sponsor;
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Talk to your university career advisors about sponsorship opportunities
Talking to your university career advisors can be a great way to start. Let them know of your intentions to get a sponsor, they may have links to companies or past students they have mentored that could be of help. You never know, they can be very helpful. Additionally, they could help review your CV, cover letter, application, etc to suit the needs of the company you may be applying to for sponsorship.
Furthermore, they could recommend other resources such as books or websites that can help improve your chances of getting sponsored by an employer as well as provide advice on how to prepare for the job and interview process.
Create a LinkedIn account
- Create a LinkedIn account and start contacting companies in your industry.
- Connect with people you know or have worked with, as well as people from other countries who can help you get sponsors in the UK.
- Find out what kind of sponsorship would be available for international students, especially those studying in UK colleges or universities (although it’s also possible to get sponsored through language schools).
Apply to companies that generally sponsor international students
Make your research and then find out companies that have been sponsoring international students in the past then apply to these companies. You have a higher chance of being accepted into these companies when you apply. If you are looking for something more specific, there are other types of sponsorships available as well, after you have found what has suited you and would be most beneficial for your career goals, it’s important to approach the company in the right way—and this means doing some research on how they operate!
For example: Which departments do they use? What kind of applications do they receive? How many people do they place each year? Who is responsible for each department’s budget? These questions will help guide both your application process and any future interactions with them (like receiving feedback).
Reach out to the companies you worked for previously
Declaring interest in wanting to get a sponsor in the UK will be beneficial for you. Sending a letter of interest will be a great way to start. You can ask your previous employer if they would be willing to sponsor you and explain that you are looking for sponsors in the UK to help pay for university. If it is an executive role, this may not be necessary but if it is something more junior in nature (like accounting), then it might be useful. The best part about reaching out via this method is that there’s no need for hand-holding; they’ll only have time to read over one email rather than dozens!