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IELTS Prize helps students achieve higher education aspirations 

British Council, the UK’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations, announced that applications for the British Council IELTS Prize 2023 are now open.

The annual competition supports IELTS test-takers with up to PHP 350,000(£5,000) towards tuition fees in universities accepting IELTS in their admission requirements.

The IELTS Prize is open to test takers living in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. 

A total of three winners will be selected for each country through a competitive application process, receiving the cash prize to support their studies.

It will be open to students who have applied for undergraduate or postgraduate studies locally or overseas and who are scheduled to begin their course from January 2023 to March 2024. Applicants must have taken the IELTS test with the British Council on or after 1 April 2022 and hold a minimum band score of 5.5.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is 15 September 2023.

Since 2011, the British Council IELTS Prize has enabled nearly 360 students across East Asia to pursue their studies at any chosen course in higher institutions around the world, local and overseas, that accept IELTS as part of its admission requirements. 

Heather Forbes, Regional Exams Director for the British Council in East Asia said, “We believe international study and collaboration are key to building a more peaceful and prosperous world for everyone, and we are proud to support these ambitious and dynamic individuals in achieving their goals. The IELTS Prize provides an opportunity for candidates to get the most of their higher education studies, and return with fresh insights and new knowledge which they can apply in their home country and to the global communities they feel passionate about. The IELTS Prize is indeed a catalyst in advancing the careers of future leaders.”

Lotus Postrado, Country Director for British Council in the Philippines, added, “In the 45 years of the British Council in the Philippines, we have seen the immense talent of Filipinos, and we are proud to assist these ambitious and intelligent individuals achieve their goals through opportunities such as the IELTS Prize.

Applicants who wish to find out more information about the prize, the application process, and review frequently asked questions should visit