Applications now open for IELTS Prize East Asia 2019/20

The British Council in the Philippines is now accepting applications for the IELTS Prize East Asia 2019/20.

The British Council IELTS Prize valued at PHP 4,766,900 will support 30 aspiring students from Hong Kong/Macau, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam to pursue their study abroad dreams at an English-speaking higher education institution. It is open to students who plan to begin undergraduate or postgraduate studies locally or overseas in the 2020/21 academic year.

Three motivated students from the Philippines will share local prizes, amounting to PHP982,000 and three outstanding winners from the countries mentioned will be awarded regional prizes, totalling up to PHP 3,799,000.

The British Council IELTS Prize encourages applicants to pursue their dreams in any discipline they desire. Essential eligibility criteria require that applicants: a) hold a minimum band score of 6 in each of the four components of an IELTS test taken with British Council in the East Asia region after 1 April 2019, and b) intend to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies locally or abroad at degree level in the 2020/21 academic year at a tertiary institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements.

“The British Council IELTS Prize East Asia is bestowed on young scholars from diverse backgrounds who strive to achieve their study dreams. As an organisation that offers life-changing opportunities through delivering millions of exams annually, we are delighted to support these exceptional individuals to pursue higher education abroad, expand their understanding of the world, and return with new knowledge, improved confidence and fresh insights to serve their home country,” says Trish Thomson, Regional Marketing Director, East Asia.

Since its launch in 2011, over 270 IELTS test takers have been awarded the IELTS Prize, pursuing tertiary education in destinations abroad, including the UK, US, Canada, Australia, France and Singapore in disciplines ranging from Medicine, Engineering, Science, and Business Management to Public Communication, Media, Performance, and many more.

Dillon, Chew Wei Xuan, the Regional Grand Prize 2018/19 winner, currently a first year Biotechnology student at the University of Cambridge, notes “Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine. The British Council IELTS Prize has enabled me to fly the nest and experience the intellectually stimulating and engaging education the University of Cambridge has to offer. I am thrilled to have met lots of like-minded people from all over the world, share our different interests and experiences, and discuss a wide range of exciting topics from science to politics, with English as a common language.”

Applications will be accepted until 30 April 2020,18.00 Philippine time. Shortlisting and interviews will take place in June 2020. The selection panel will award the IELTS Prize to individuals who show a passion to contribute to society with knowledge and skills they will gain from their studies. The winners will be announced in July 2020.

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