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Education With Company Sponsorship

By: Sarah O'Hara BA (hons) - Updated: 27 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
Education Student Sponsorship

Student sponsorship is available for a wide range of education courses, but most commonly for higher education courses. Sponsorship is when you work with a company whilst studying. In return the company pays your course fees and/or a bursary towards your maintenance costs while you study.

Students may be sponsored throughout their whole course or just part of it. Commonly, students are sponsored for the final year of their course.

Courses and Sponsorship

Technically any course is eligible for sponsorship funding. However, the reality is that some types of courses are more likely to attract sponsorship financing than others. Sectors which are particularly likely to attract sponsorship include:

  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Sciences
  • Business

Why Do Businesses Offer Student Sponsorship?

Obviously in the profit-driven world of business, companies are unlikely to pay for students’ courses purely out of the goodness of their hearts. So, what’s in it for sponsors?

There are, in fact, lots of benefits to companies.

Sponsorship schemes allow businesses to attract and develop talented students. If they spot someone with talent they have a headstart on possibly attracting them as employees later.

Even if students who are sponsored don’t go on to work for the sponsor later, the business still gets the benefit of their skills and knowledge for a limited period. Businesses will only sponsor students they believe are talented.

If you are thinking of working for a business sponsor later on, a sponsorship arrangement allows them to start developing the skills they need whilst you are still studying.

A sponsorship arrangement allows both the student and the sponsor to have practical experience of a working arrangement before they make a full commitment.

Finding Student Sponsorship

Sadly, there is no one-stop shop for finding sponsorship. There are plenty of places you can look though.

University websites and department sites are worth checking out. Some businesses have relationships with specific universities. If there’s no information on the website, it’s worth a quick call to the admissions officer about possible sponsorship opportunities for the course you are interested in.

If there is a particular company you’re interested in being sponsored by/working for your first port of call should be their website as they may advertise sponsorship and funding opportunities there.

However, it’s also worth noting that not all sponsorship opportunities are advertised. Some companies may not be averse to the idea of sponsorship, but they will wait for applications rather than advertising general opportunities. A well-timed speculative letter or phone call could work wonders.

Finally, do check job pages of newspapers and industry publications regularly.

When to Start Applying

If you want sponsorship for your full course, you’ll need to start looking and applying around the same time as you send in your UCAS application.

If you are just interested in final year sponsorship or mid-course sponsorship it’s advisable to start your applications around a year before you expect the sponsorship to begin.

A Final Note….

It isn’t true that a sponsorship means that you are tied into working for the sponsor company when you graduate. This is not normally something either the company or the student would want. Businesses usually want to see people in action on the job before they decide whether to offer them a permanent job.

However, in a minority of cases some form of future commitment will be a condition of sponsorship, so always make sure you clarify any terms and conditions before you agree to a sponsorship.

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am a kenyan currently pursuing Bachelor of education in kisw and history in year 3 at pwani university in Kenya. am in need of a sponsor to finance me in the remaining years since am stuck. Any wellwisher will be highly appreciated.
Duduu - 27-May-17 @ 4:45 PM
am looking for a sponsor to help me out with my course,development studies
joze - 26-May-17 @ 5:26 PM
i have fineshed mining engineering diploma i need a sponsor to get a bachelor in metellugy and mineral processing
Titus - 20-May-17 @ 8:18 PM
Hie im looking for sponsorship for Masters degree. I have already applied for a program in Banking and Finance. I am a Zimbabwean. please help. Thank you
Tintin - 30-Apr-17 @ 10:14 PM
I am looking for a person to sponsor my education. I have already got a college at Cambridge International PGCE and the fees is 3500 USD, please help me
jackie - 28-Apr-17 @ 2:35 PM
i need some to sponser me in my education but i have failed thats why i am trying here thanks
brian - 27-Apr-17 @ 10:20 AM
Iama Ugandan male aged 31 years old just honestly requesting some assistance i have education fund problem iwant schooling but no where to get fund please may assist me at home things are not good all parents are very poor. God has chosen you to be my sponsor Thank you
KAHUNGU - 23-Apr-17 @ 5:26 PM
Yello, i am Mbusa Elizaphane from Uganda,t looking desperately for someone to give me support to go back to school i have tried everything to look for school fees i have failed that is why have tried to seek assistance from your website. looking forward to hear from thank nice time
KAHUNGU - 23-Apr-17 @ 5:12 PM
Hi,am Faith...would like someone to sponsor me in a degree in international relations...
Fay - 23-Apr-17 @ 2:42 PM
I am an African girl who finished my kcse exams in the year 2016.I am about to get an admission to a good university in Cyprus. Everyone was really happy to learn that I got a B+ in my examinations since no one in our family has ever got such a grade. I am now stressed out that my dream of going to Cyprus to do a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science might not come to a reality because I come from a humble background. Please help so that I can pursue my dream.The money required is 8000 US dollars per year for four years. May God bless you all and thank you in advance.
Sheilla - 21-Apr-17 @ 3:01 PM
Am an African living in Uganda searching for a sponsor to fund me up at the University of South Wales for an undergraduate civil engineering course due starting September 2017.
Kims - 20-Apr-17 @ 1:54 PM
Need a sponsor for my Degree studies , i need the degree to get a foundation in life any one out there who can help me or connect me to a sponsorship organisation please ...
Winny - 20-Apr-17 @ 8:15 AM
hello. have been struggling paying for my college fee,pursuing business information technology,please help me.. thank you..
elfin - 18-Apr-17 @ 5:19 PM
have been struggling to pay for my college fee pursuing bachelor of business information technology,please help me..thank you.
elfin - 18-Apr-17 @ 5:09 PM
ama high school leaver.,,iattained a B - in my KCSE 2015 but i havent joined university because am a total orphan and no one can pay for my fees thus am looking for a sponsor to pay for my university fees,,thanks in advance.,,my contacts +254799616008,,
edu - 14-Apr-17 @ 7:40 AM
Am humbly requesting for a financial assistance towards my offer at the University of South Wales undertaking an undergraduate civil engineering course commencing in September 2017. Am Ugandan student from a semi urban area. The cost is about £30,000 . I welcome private sponsors, companies and government. thank you.
Everich - 13-Apr-17 @ 6:26 AM
from Tanzania am looking for sponsorship for my studies
conant eret - 10-Apr-17 @ 5:03 PM
i am a university student taking Bsc. Catering and Hotel management from a humble background looking for a sponsor to help me in my studies in kenya or abroad... thank you.
rubberducky - 10-Apr-17 @ 1:40 PM
Hallo, I am Collins staying in Mombasa Kenya. I would like to get sponsorship to finish my Diploma in Airport Operation at Mombasa Aviation Training Institute which takes 1 year. I am struggling to pay my fees as i come from a humble background. Thank you.
SAMCO - 10-Apr-17 @ 8:39 AM
I'm Tanzanian, I would like to be assisted in my Postgraduate in social work at Open university of Tanzania, it is one year programed cost 1500USD$,I came from a poor family who not able to finance my study, and i dint have any employment to raise income to finance my study, i would like to get knowledge to enhance the development of the community, Thanks for the opportunity of introduce of sponsorship education to help us and be Blessed,Thank you in Advance
MIKA - 9-Apr-17 @ 6:52 PM
Hello! my name is Anderson Quibuco Gregorio i am here humbly and hopefully asking for your financial assistance, support and charity by helpingme to continue with my studies at Africa University from August 2017 to 2018 Academic Year. Therefore, I want to study because this is the only way I can help my family to get out from the poverty. In addition, I hope to be an intellectual person in the society and be able to develop my country, specializing in Public Administrator or Management.I am very sure that if you give me any opportunity to study I will totally maximize if you give me any chance. God bless you on your kind consideration. Yours Faithfully Anderson Quibuco Gregorio
Quibuco - 9-Apr-17 @ 3:58 PM
am in need of yourhep, may God be with you .
mbukta - 6-Apr-17 @ 5:08 PM
I am a Kenyan Lady from a very poor background a high school leaver looking for a sponsor to fully fund my higher education fees. Your consideration will be fully appreciated, thank you in advance.
stacy - 5-Apr-17 @ 9:43 AM
I am a kenyan high school leaver from a very poor family. I am looking for a sponsor who can fund my higher education fees. I have tried to work to raise school fees but the saving is too low to pay any college fees. I look forward to see my dreams valid by getting help from anyone who's generous. Thank you in advance
stacy - 5-Apr-17 @ 9:36 AM
am kemmy an orphan worked so har d to earn my high school certificate ...trying to push my self into campus but it has really become hard ,my hustle of selling groundnuts is rather handful to keep me awake...looking for a sponser to make my dreams valid
kemmy - 4-Apr-17 @ 7:22 PM
I am a Ugandan looking for a sponsor to sponsor my bsc in automotive engineering in USA, UK or any other country , I will be so greatful, God bless you
jamy - 4-Apr-17 @ 3:15 PM
I need a company to sponsor my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management. I got admitted at Husson Units in Maine USA, your assistance will be highly appreciated since I can't afford to fund myself because of family problems.
Techna - 3-Apr-17 @ 10:41 AM
Hello,Am a Ugandan looking for a sponsorship in my diploma in agriculture. I studied my certificate where I was the one paying my tuition but going to diploma has become a very big problem because I have failed to raise the tuition
ezon ezon - 1-Apr-17 @ 9:47 AM
I live In kampala uganda I am congolese I need some one to sponsor my scholarship call me on +256756735843
musafiri - 31-Mar-17 @ 12:23 PM
Am a Kenyan and I come from a poor family, i have struggled a lot to seek employment to continue my studies but i have found none. I differed from university of Nairobi undertaking a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering on my third year second semester because i could not afford to pay fees. Am very creative and innovative and here i seek help even if it will be a loan i will much appreciate. I don't need to be given the money rather please pay to the university and my studies will continue. in case you need more information contact me. may God bless you.
kigz - 29-Mar-17 @ 7:45 PM
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