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QS ISS Survey

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1 October 2021
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Welcome to the QS International Student Survey. Each year we`re able to produce some of the most thorough, relevant and insightful data on international education trends through surveys such as this. The information you submit is anonymous and will help bridge the gap between excellent institutions and talented students. Respondents who complete the survey can enter to WIN 1 of 5 prepaid credit cards worth up to $500 US Dollars*. To enter the optional prize draw provide your contact details at the end of the survey. For further information, please follow the link at the end of the survey. * Prize is offered in the form of a virtual credit card that you can spend online in your local currency. Protecting your personal data By participating in this survey you are consenting to QS analysing the data collected. We are responsible for the collection and proper management of any personal information you submit. We will keep your personal details secure and use the information you provide consistently with applicable privacy and data protection laws. All the information you provide will be treated as confidential. If we ask you for personal information that enables you to be identified we will clearly state why we are asking for it and for your permission to use it for that purpose.

Application criteria

Application requirements

QS Event attendance is NOT required

Entry requirements

You can be admitted to any school on the appropriate level

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Frequently asked questions

What does QS World Merit Scholarships stand for?

We’re  QS, and we are the leading network for careers and education. Our mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development. One of the ways we help is through our QS Scholarships platform. In 2020 this merged with the World Merit charity organization, and now offers joint scholarships. These are our QS World Merit (QS WM) Scholarships.

What is the difference between scholarships funded by an institution or by QS World Merit?

A scholarship by an institution is completely sponsored by them, therefore you must be applying for that institution to be eligible. You must be accepted to study there to win the scholarship. Further eligibility criteria and requirements vary by scholarship.

QS World Merit Scholarships are offered jointly between the World Merit charity organization and us at QS. You can be admitted to any institution on the appropriate study level to be considered. Take a look at the further eligibility criteria on the respective scholarship.

Which scholarships are funded by QS World Merit?
What is the timeline for QS World Merit Scholarships?

Our QS World Merit Scholarships all have different deadlines, but follow a similar process:

Two weeks after the scholarship deadline 

The QS World Merit Scholarship Selection Committee aims to finish evaluating the applications and select the shortlisted candidates two weeks after the deadline. This is when we email the shortlisted candidates and ask them to send us information about the school they have been admitted to, the program they`ll be studying, the program start date, their tuition fee amount and info on any other scholarships won plus check they’ve attended one of our events (if required) 

Three weeks after the deadline 

We then send the eligible shortlisted applications to the QS World Merit Scholarship decision makers. We ask them to make a final decision by the end of the month following the deadline.  

Four to five weeks after the deadline 

We contact the winner(s) selected and ask them to: 

  • Fill out and sign a winner agreement form 
  • Send us the admissions letter from the school 
  • Send the school's account details on a letter-headed document 
  • Send any info that needs to be mentioned on the payment (eg. student ID, name) 
  • Send along a picture of themselves plus their social media 

We also put them in touch with our writers and social media team, who will publish an interview on our websites and social channels. Once we have all the documents from the selected winner, we inform the applicants who didn't win about the status of their application. 

Five to six weeks after the deadline 

We announce the winners and publish their interviews. 

Am I eligible to apply to the QS World Merit Scholarship if I don’t need to pay a tuition fee?

The scholarship can only go towards your tuition fee, so unfortunately you won't be awarded in this case.