Frequently Asked Questions

What is the British Council East Asia IELTS Prize?

The British Council has developed this prize to help more people access international education experience and networks. This is for people planning to attend an undergraduate or postgraduate programme locally or overseas. There are two levels of award. Three winners from each location in the East Asia region* will each receive a Local Prize. Three candidates with the highest interview scores from the whole of the East Asia region* will each receive a Regional Prize.

* East Asia region includes Hong Kong & Macau, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Eligibility

Who is eligible for the British Council East Asia IELTS Prize?

Essential eligibility criteria are that applicants must:

  • Be a permanent resident in one of the above countries/territories in the East Asia region*
  • Be able to upload a valid copy of passport or identification document of the permanent residency you hold in the East Asia region* in the application form
  • Begin undergraduate or postgraduate study in academic year 2019/20
  • Attend a higher educational institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements
  • Register for an IELTS test with the British Council in one of the above countries/territories in the East Asia region* on or after 1 April 2018 and be able to produce a valid IELTS score in the application form
  • Have a minimum band score of 6 in each of the four component parts of the test
  • Be able to provide an acceptance letter from the attending institution by 30 June 2019

I took an IELTS test with the British Council in the East Asia region* on or after 1 April 2018. However, I am not a permanent resident of the East Asia region*, am I eligible to apply for the IELTS Prize?

No. The British Council IELTS Prize is only for students who are able to upload a valid copy of passport or identification document of the permanent residency you hold in the East Asia region* in the application form.

I am a permanent resident of the East Asia region* and I took an IELTS test with the British Council on or after 1 April 2018. However, the British Council test centre that I took the test in is not in the East Asia region*, am I eligible to apply for the IELTS Prize?

No. The British Council IELTS Prize is only for students who hold a permanent residency in the East Asia region* and have taken a test with the British Council in the East Asia region* on or after 1 April 2018.

I am going to start my undergraduate course in September 2018. Can I apply for the IELTS Prize?

No. The IELTS Prize 2018/19 is for students who will begin their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in academic year 2019/20.

I am currently in my second year of an undergraduate degree course. Can I apply for the IELTS Prize?

No. The IELTS Prize 2018/19 is for students who will begin their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in academic year 2019/20.

I started my first year undergraduate/postgraduate studies at a university in Australia in early 2019, can I apply for the IELTS Prize?

Yes. Students who have begun or will begin their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in academic year 2019/20 are eligible to apply. Students who have begun their first academic year in the January/February 2019 intake of an Australian university are eligible.

Can I apply for the IELTS Prize if I have registered for an IELTS test and have not yet taken it or if I am currently waiting for my IELTS test results?

To qualify for the IELTS Prize, you need to register for an IELTS test with the British Council on or after 1 April 2018 and be able to produce a valid IELTS score by the time you submit your application.

Can I apply if I am waiting for an acceptance letter from my university?

Yes. Only winners need to provide an acceptance letter from the university they will attend by 30 June 2019. This university must use IELTS scores to satisfy their English language requirements for admission.

I took an IELTS test in 2017. Can I still use that score to apply for the IELTS Prize?

To be eligible for the IELTS Prize 2018/19, you must register for an IELTS test with the British Council on or after 1 April 2018.

I didn’t take my IELTS test at the British Council or a British Council attached IELTS centre. Can I still apply?

No. As this is a British Council IELTS Prize, an essential eligibility criterion is that you have taken your IELTS test with us.

Am I eligible for the IELTS Prize if I have obtained partial funding through another scholarship or loan scheme?

Yes, you are still eligible. However, it would be better to check with the other scholarship authority that they allow you to receive the IELTS Prize at the same time.

I already have a full tuition scholarship. Am I still eligible to apply?

No, you are not eligible. If you are awarded a full tuition scholarship after you have applied for the British Council IELTS Prize, please inform us and we will no longer consider your application.

Can I use the IELTS Prize to cover expenses related to my studies other than tuition fees?

No. The IELTS Prize only goes towards the first year tuition fees of your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate programme in an institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements.

I have a disability. Can I still apply?

Yes, of course. We will short-list all applicants with a disability provided they meet the essential eligibility criteria. In line with the UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995, we define a person as having a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Application process and timeline

What is the final date for applications to be received by British Council?

Completed online applications should be submitted by 6p.m. local time on 30 April 2019.

What is the application process?

  • Complete the IELTS Prize online application form and submit it together with uploaded copies of your 1) IELTS Test Report Form 2) recent photograph 3) passport or identification document proofing your permanent residency in one of the eligible countries/territories and 4) disability certificate (if applicable).
  • Deadline for applications: 6p.m. local time on 30 April 2019
 

Selection process

What is the selection process?

Applications will be reviewed against the British Council IELTS Prize eligibility criteria, the personal statement, and the IELTS score.

 

I will not be in my home country during the interview period (May - June 2019). Can telephone / Skype interviews be arranged or can I take the interview in another British Council office?

All interviews will be face to face and will take place in the country where you submit your application. If you are shortlisted and are unable to attend the interview, your application will no longer be considered.

 

Award details

How will the IELTS Prize be awarded and when?

The IELTS Prize will be paid directly to you in August/September 2019 after British Council has officially confirmed your status with the institution you are planning to attend.

 

Enquiries

How do I contact the British Council with more questions regarding the IELTS Prize?


* Eligible countries/territories include: Hong Kong & Macau, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.


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