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Is having a scholarship/fellowship mandatory for graduate studies (MSc) for an international student?

I told my potential supervisor that I can fund my studies on my own through an education loan, but she didn't reply. Can I be denied admission, and what steps (if any) can I take to avoid this?

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    I told my potential supervisor that I can fund my studies on my own through an education loan, but she didn't reply. There are many reasons why she might not reply. Do you have any reason to believe that self funding is the reason?
    – Thomas
    Commented May 18, 2018 at 9:05

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Can self-funded international students be denied admission based on absence of scholarship/fellowship?

Of course they can (and often are). Admission to graduate school also includes an evaluation whether the candidate is likely to graduate, and having funding outside of a scholarship does not change that evaluation. An added problem is that being admitted to the graduate school is only one side of the coin - you also need an advisor willing to work with you. If your application is considered too weak for regular acceptance with a scholarship, it is somewhat likely that you will also have troubles finding an advisor - and admitted students without advisor are often a bit of an administrative headache that admission committees would like to avoid.

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  • The OP is looking at a master's degree, not a PhD program. Maybe you'd could modify the answer suitably? Commented May 18, 2018 at 15:00
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    @user153812 Maybe I'm stupid, but where does it say that? I am also not sure if this will change my answer much, at least not for a master-by-research.
    – xLeitix
    Commented May 18, 2018 at 15:41
  • @xLeitix Pre-edit, the question mentioned a MSc degree and had the tag masters. I don't know why either/both mentions were removed.
    – Anyon
    Commented May 18, 2018 at 16:55
  • Sorry, have got those tags back. I believed 'graduate studies' meant master's by default, seems like that was a wrong assumption. Commented May 18, 2018 at 17:12

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