Scholarship news! University of Queensland

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the University of Queensland will be offering another School of Economics Centenary Scholarship in 2012.

The School of Economics at UQ is offering this prestigious scholarship to an outstanding student wishing to study the Bachelor of Economics starting in semester 1 (February) 2012.

The scholarship is offered to students who have achieved three A grades at A-Level, or a minimum score of 40 in the International Baccalaureate. Predicted (forecast) grades will be considered. Please note that in order to be eligible for the Bachelor of Economics at UQ, you must have studied Mathematics to A2 or Higher level.

The scholarship covers 100 per cent tuition fee costs for three years, a living allowance of AU$20,000 per year and a single return airfare. It will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

For more information or to get an application form, please contact Study Options on 020 7353 7200 or mail@studyoptions.com

The 2011 recipient of the UQ Centenary Scholarship was Study Options' student Nikki Kitson. She enrolled at the University in February 2011, and we caught up with her recently to find out how things were going...

"I'm still waiting for it to sink in - the reality of living and studying in Brisbane, Australia. Everything has run so smoothly that it all seems a little too natural to be here... a whole 16,532km from home! Being faced with the numerous decisions leaving school in England I decided to break it down to what I love to learn, and where I would love to learn it. One introductory email to Study Options soon multiplied into many, and with their fantastic up-to-date knowledge on individual schools within universities I was guided on what to do, in particular with regards to funding. I was instantly attracted to the University of Queensland: the gorgeous campuses, outstanding reputation and worldwide connections. I emailed my grades and interests to Study Options and was greeted with information about the School of Economics Centenary Scholarship. I straightaway began the application process. I have always had a passion for economics. I enjoy learning the classroom theories that fundamentally define the millions of decisions made worldwide. The participation of extra-curricular work at school helped support my application. Already, I am so thankful for the opportunity and having just started lectures and tutorials I am keen to get stuck in and hit the books. I do believe it is important to make the most out of everything here. However easy it is to say no to new challengesit is ten times more worthwhile to say yes. I have found joining new clubs and teams the best way to settle in, develop skills, learn life experiences and of course make friends. The only (somewhat positive) problem being the vast range there is to get involved with; I now appreciate the cliche of wishing there were more hours in the day! Not only are there many sporting opportunities from beach volleyball to wakeboarding, there are plenty of course-related social clubs to help start early on building graduation employability and make vital connections necessary for internships and work experience. As for Brisbane itself there's everything you need - cafes, parks, areas to relax, a buzzing nightlife and a short journey to the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast. Three months ago I never thought I'd be sat reading a Microeconomics textbook... in the sun... in February!"

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