What are world university rankings?
World university rankings provide annually updated listings of the top universities in the world, compiled using data from trusted sources.
There are also specialized world university rankings, including some dedicated to specific subjects, and others dedicated to a particular area of performance, such as the Webometrics ranking, which assesses universities’ online presence and impact.
How are universities assessed?
This varies depending on the ranking – and it’s advisable to always consult the methodology when considering the results. The QS World University Rankings assesses universities using six performance indicators, which each carry a different weighting when calculating overall scores.
How can I use the rankings to help me to choose a university?
World university rankings can be used to help you shortlist universities, gain additional information about universities you’re already considering, or directly compare two or more institutions in specific areas of performance.
How many universities are ranked?
The 2020 edition of the QS World University Rankings features 1,000 universities around the world. Times Higher Education ranks 1,250 institutions, while the Shanghai Ranking, or ARWU, ranks the top 500.
Can I apply for a scholarship before being accepted into a university?
If you’re relying on scholarship funding in order to be able to study, you should let the school in question know of your situation. Some schools offer only ‘fully funded’ places, meaning all applicants must have sufficient funding in place. But many allow you to apply to a program before gaining scholarships, on the understanding that you let them know as soon as possible if you have to reject the place due to lack of funding. If you do not get the scholarship, you should still have time to withdraw your university application or find an alternative method of funding before the start of term.
What should I submit with my scholarship application?
As well as a completed application form, which will include information about yourself and your contact details, you may also be asked to provide the following documentation to support your application:
* A transcript of grades
* Letter(s) of recommendation
* An essay on a given topic
For some ‘need-based’ university scholarships in the US, applicants will also be asked to submit a ‘Free Application for Federal Student Aid’ (FAFSA) to establish whether they are in need of financial aid.