International hardship fund

The International Hardship Fund has been set up to provide emergency financial assistance to international students, who find themselves in unexpected financial difficulty, as a result of a significant or unexpected event that could not have been predicted.

Students seeking help must demonstrate that they had made adequate arrangements to support themselves and pay their tuition and accommodation fees before they came to University, and that these arrangements have been affected by unforeseen circumstances, or events beyond their control.

Applications meriting support might include occasions where a sponsor was suddenly unable to provide support, e.g. a temporary delay in a living cost allowance or where a student unexpectedly and urgently needed to return home for family reasons.

However, please note, the fund cannot replace tuition fees or living cost support that the student is expected to have secured before starting the course.

Students will not be able to apply for support on the grounds that their national currency has depreciated, since this will affect all students from this country. Students who find themselves in financial hardship due to mismanagement of their finances are also ineligible for support.

Employment alone as a means of funding a course of study will not be considered as adequate provision because of the volatile nature of this source of support. This is in line with immigration rules where you need to show adequate financial provision without relying on potential earnings. Any funds (e.g. borrowing) secured on the basis of potential employment which are withdrawn as a result of job loss will also not be considered as having made adequate arrangement to cover costs prior to the start of the course.

If a student's scholarship/funding does not make provision for dependants, the International Hardship Fund will also not be able to assist with these costs.

The fund cannot be used to meet shortfalls in basic living costs or to pay tuition fees.

Students who find themselves in financial hardship due to mismanagement of their finances are also ineligible for support.

The International Hardship Fund has been set up with funds donated by alumni and friends of the University to support students at Bristol. Students who receive awards may be asked to provide some feedback on how the Fund has helped them whilst they are a student.