Hello! I am Vara Raturi, a 22 year old theatre artist and a student of Literature and Culture. I recently completed my BA in English Literature & Philosophy from Sophia College for Women in Mumbai, and have received the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study at one of the world's topmost institutions: the University of Cambridge. For English studies, Cambridge is currently best in the world! Unfortunately, the international student fee is exorbitantly high, and there is no way I can afford it. I had made it to the final rounds of two international scholarships and was hopeful that one of them would support me, but sadly, that did not work out. I lost out on the applications of other possible scholarships because they were cancelled due to the pandemic. However, since this really is an opportunity that doesn't come easily, I don't want to give up on it. So this is me persevering!
If you can help me out by contributing, or by sharing this fundraiser with people who can afford to help me, please do so. It would really mean a lot!
The university requires me to send them a financial statement - that I can afford the tuition and living expenses there, which amount to Rs.40,17,000. The last date to provide them with a financial statement is 31st July, for which I would need to get the funds together by the 21st of July. Here is a breakdown of the expenses (I have also attached screenshots of the offer letter):
- International Student Tuition Fee: 27,516 GBP (Rs. 28,35,288)
- Student Maintenance for 1 year: 11,123 GBP (Rs. 11,46,121)
- Non-UK Settling in support: 350 GBP (Rs. 35,000)
The total amount comes to: 38,989 GBP or Rs. 40,17,452. I would also like to point out that the University of Cambridge has strict rules prohibiting its full-time students to work during their term-time. Therefore, it requires its offer-holders to showcase in advance that they can afford the living expenses in addition to the tuition. Moreover, the University also does not allow its offer-holders to defer their offers to the next year!