[NEW JOURNEY] A Year Spent Living and Studying in the UK as a Chevening Scholar

As little girls are bound to do, I had many dreams when I was younger. One day I would dream about roaming old castles. Tomorrow I would be thinking about big libraries and the smell of hardcover books. The day after – about traveling in all its forms.

Growing up, I read His Dark Materials and craved to explore Oxford with Lyra. I read Harry Potter and longed for an acceptance letter of my own (which I actually received for my last birthday because I have the best friends ever!). Then, much later on, I read economics books at my university and wished I was walking the same halls as their authors.

Somehow, the background setting to most of my dreams was England. And in just a few days, I will be making that dream a reality.

What is Chevening?
Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world.

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to young professionals with strong academic backgrounds that demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to the betterment of their communities. It’s a unique opportunity to study any course at any of the UK’s world-class universities and become a part of a global network of over 48,000 alumni. Full Chevening Scholarship covers all tuition fees and provides a monthly allowance for accommodation and living expenses.

After an almost year-long selection process, I am incredibly honored and excited to be among 10 amazing young women chosen as Montenegrin Chevening Scholars for the year 2017/2018! I get all giddy just writing this. *dances at her seat*

Sanja Gardasevic - Chevening Scholar Montenegro, year 2017/2018
Picture credits: British Embassy Podgorica

For the next year, I will be attending a full-time taught masters program – MSc Psychology of Economic Life at London School of Economics and Political Science. I have always found the intricacies of human behaviour and how they translate to business fascinating, which is why I consider this opportunity to learn more about behavioural economics so valuable. And judging for the regular newsletters from my department and Univesity, this academic experience will be unlike anything I have experienced so far! *here comes another dance*

If sounds like something you would be interested in, I encourage you to apply for Chevening Scholarships 2018/2019. The applications are already open and you can apply by November 7 2017.

I can’t wait for this journey to start! I am beyond excited to see London, officially register for the classes, and meet all the incredible people that will be sharing this experience with me. 🙂

If you want to follow my adventures at LSE and in London, subscribe to this blog. And in case you have any questions regarding the Chevening Scholarship (you can apply here), I would be happy to answer them! 🙂


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect that of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and its partner organizations.

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Sanja Gardasevic
Used to travel in books, now she combines it with real-life adventures. Proud parent of the cutest dog in the world (so, not biased at all). Incorrigible romantic.

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