Muhammad's scholarship story

For Muhammad, studying at the University of Central Lancashire with the Commonwealth Shared scholarship is a dream come true.

Studying in the UK used to be a dream for me. When I saw the Commonwealth Shared scholarship and that UCLan offered the course I wanted to do, MA International Relations I decided to apply.

On arrival, I was really impressed by the state-of-the-art facilities including the library here. I would say that studying here has not only had an impact on my academic life but also personal to help me grow as a person.

Without this scholarship or any funding opportunity, it would have been close to impossible for me to study, so my thanks go to UCLan and also the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for selecting me for the scholarship.

I chose UCLan for two reasons, firstly, I found the course outline was very relevant to my future plans and the second thing was that they will give me the chance to either write a dissertation or go for an international placement which I am planning to do. 

Scholarships are always competitive, especially international scholarships so you have to stand out among hundreds or sometimes thousands of applicants. In order to do that, I would recommend that students get as much work experience as they can, go for internships and also try to integrate themselves into the Students’ Union and societies, polish their leadership skills, improve their profile and you could attend conferences. Apart from your academic education, start to engage yourself in extracurricular activities and make yourself unique among other candidates.