Váradi scholarships

University of London alumnus József Váradi has donated over £1 million to the University, to provide scholarships to support up to 100 distance and flexible learning students over the next ten years.

The scholarship is closed and will open again in 2022.

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The Váradi Scholarships are available to all new students who are permanent residents of Central and Eastern Europe.

This scholarship is currently closed

József completed an LLM with the University via distance learning in 2014, specializing in International Business Law.  He is the CEO and co-founder of Wizz Air.

The Váradi Scholarships will continue the University of London’s founding mission of opening access to education and connecting worlds.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni like József, the University can break down barriers to education and provide support to some of our most deserving students, allowing them to improve their lives and the lives of others in their communities.

The Váradi Scholarships will be available to all new students who are permanent residents of Central and Eastern Europe.

The Váradi scholarships cover all University of London tuition fees. The scholarships do not cover any fees or costs (such as computers and additional study materials or Teaching Centre fees) not directly payable to the University of London.


1: The scholarships will be available to any student who is a permanent resident in Central and Eastern Europe. Including: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.

2: The University particularly welcomes applications from any student studying one of the following programmes:

You are encouraged to apply for a scholarship at the same time as submitting your programme application. Please note that your eligibility will need to be confirmed before your scholarship application is considered.

You will need to demonstrate within the application that without the scholarship you would not be able to undertake the programme.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from any students who have already registered.

How to apply - currently closed

  • Download and complete the scholarship application form.
  • Submit an application for your chosen degree via its course page.
  • Please ensure you upload your completed scholarship application form under the ‘Scholarship Form’ section.
  • Pay the appropriate online application fee for your programme.
  • You must submit a fully completed course application, as without this we cannot consider a scholarship application.

If you have applied for a programme previously but did not register and wish to be considered for this scholarship, please submit a completed scholarship application form here as you may not need to reapply for your course.

If you wish to apply for the scholarship but are unable to pay for the course application fee, please contact us.

Deadlines and duties of scholarship holders

This scholarship is currently closed.

Deadline for entry

•    Scholarship application deadline7 June – 11 July 2021
•    Scholarship notification 2 August 2021

Duties of scholarship holders

  1. Each year you will be required to take the minimum number of examinations permitted for your programme. You should refer to your programme regulations for further information on examinations.
  2. As a scholarship holder, you are required to write a short report each year outlining the impact of your study and research, to be shared with the University of London Development Office.
    a: The Development Office is responsible for engaging with alumni (former students) and friends of the University to encourage support for scholarships.
    b:The Development Office may contact you during the course of and following your studies to ask for feedback on your course and the impact of your scholarship. This feedback and your annual report will be used to report back to donors on the impact of scholarships.
    c.The Development Office may also ask for your permission to use these statements (in part or in full) in future marketing and fundraising materials - you are perfectly within your rights to remain anonymous.
  3. You must also follow the standards expected of University of London students.

We reserve the right to withdraw your scholarship if you do not comply with these terms.

Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to the Váradi Scholarship at the University of London.

  1. To be eligible for the Váradi Scholarship, you will need to demonstrate within the application that without the scholarship you would not be able to undertake the programme.
  2. The Váradi Scholarship is available for the University of London distance learning programmes only and the course undertaken must be a full degree.
  3. You will not be considered for the Váradi Scholarship until you have received an offer for a qualifying University of London distance learning programme.
  4. You cannot be considered for the Váradi Scholarship if you are a currently registered student.
  5. The Váradi Scholarship will be applied against any fees payable to the University of London including (but not limited to) application fees, registration fees and examination entry fees. It does not cover any fees not payable to the University of London, such as teaching centre fees and study materials. These examples are non-exhaustive of the fees included within and excluded from the Váradi Scholarship, and other fees not listed here may be included and excluded from the scholarship.
  6. The Váradi Scholarship may be awarded in addition to other scholarships and funding, but it cannot be used in conjunction with any other University of London bursary or scholarships.
  7. The Váradi Scholarship may be reviewed on an annual basis and cannot be transferred to another individual.
  8. Students awarded a Váradi Scholarship but who subsequently withdraw from their course of studies will no longer be eligible for the Váradi Scholarship.
  9. Recipients of the Váradi Scholarship may take a break in their studies but must undertake a minimum of two examinations every two years for the programme on which they are registered. Failure to do so may result in the Váradi Scholarship being withdrawn.
  10. The Váradi Scholarship cannot be retroactively applied to studies in previous academic years.
  11. The Váradi Scholarship will be valid for the maximum period of registration for your programme.
  12. The University reserves the right to terminate the Váradi Scholarship if you are found to have omitted key information or have provided untrue, inaccurate, incomplete or fraudulent information on your application form or in any additional information provided to the University and used in the determination of the award of your Váradi Scholarship.
  13. You agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the University of London. If you do not abide by these rules and regulations, or if you do not meet the requirements (including the academic requirements) to continue or complete the distance learning course, the University reserves the right to withdraw the Váradi Scholarship with immediate effect.
  14. You undertake to use your best efforts to fulfil the academic requirements of the distance learning course on which you are registered.
  15. As part of the Váradi Scholarship award, the University may ask you to participate in marketing related activities and/or events to promote and share your experiences of the Váradi Scholarship. You are under no obligation to undertake any of these activities. Examples of typical activities and/or events may include participating in an interview, providing a profile for the University website. If you participate in such activities and/or events, you agree for the University to use any material resulting from such activities and/or events for the purposes of publicity material and/or for the education of other students, whether electronically or in print. You furthermore release and discharge the University and its agents, representatives and assignees from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the publicity material, including without limitation any and all claims for invasion of privacy and defamation. Additionally, you agree that the copyright of any publicity material shall be wholly vested in the University and you hereby assign to the University any and all rights in the publicity material.
  16. Each year you will be asked to provide a report outlining the impact of your study and research – this is a requirement of being a scholarship recipient. This report will be shared with the University of London’s Development Office who will share the report (having removed all relevant contact details) with the Donor of the Váradi scholarship. Failure to provide the report result in the withdrawing of your scholarship.
  17. By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, you are giving the University the right to hold and process your personal data, including some sensitive personal data. The University will process this personal data (including any personal data provided as part of participation in a marketing related activity and/or event under clause 16) in accordance with the UK Data Protection legislation and the University’s Data Protection Policy. The University will only share data with third parties in accordance with its Data Protection Policy and the University will remain the data controller of the data. The Data Protection Policy is applicable from the time of accepting these Terms and Conditions.
  18. The University of London and any relevant Member Institutions are separate legal entities. In accepting the Váradi Scholarship you agree to the sharing of your personal data between the University and a Member Institution (where relevant) for the purposes of the management of your Váradi Scholarship.
  19. Each of the clauses of these Terms and Conditions operate separately. If a clause or any part of a clause is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed deleted, but that shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of these Terms and Conditions which shall remain in full force and effect.
  20. These Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and the University in relation to the Váradi Scholarship. All previous agreements, arrangements and understandings between you and the University relating to the Váradi Scholarship, whether written or oral, shall have no legal effect unless expressly set out in these Terms and Conditions.
  21. If the University fails to insist that you perform any of your obligations under these Terms and Conditions, or if the University does not enforce its rights against you, or if the University delays in doing so, that will not mean that the University has waived its rights against you and that will not mean that you do not have to comply with those obligations. If the University waives a default by you of the Váradi Scholarship, the University will only do so in writing, and that will not mean that it will automatically waive any later default by you.
  22. These are the Terms and Conditions between you and the University. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of the terms of these Terms and Conditions.
  23. These Terms and Conditions, and any matters arising out of or in relation to these Terms and Conditions, are governed and construed in accordance with English law. The parties agree to submit to theexclusive jurisdiction of the English courts to settle any dispute or claim arising out of or in relation to these Terms and Conditions.