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A blog that gives our Chevening scholars the opportunity to tell us about their Chevening Experience. The opinions presented in this blog are the opinions of the blog author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Chevening Scholarships programme or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

5th May 2016 Havana, Cuba

Ricardo Gonzalez

A Cuban economist in London

Once again I have the pleasure to publish a blog by one of the fifteen Cuban Chevening scholars currently in the UK. Ricardo Gonzalez is a teacher and researcher from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Havana and is studying a masters in economics at Queen Mary University, London. Thanks to Ricardo for this […]

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7th December 2015 Skopje, Macedonia

Jasmina Risteska

Chevening Scholar

A rollercoaster experience

“Everyone is different and it is exactly that “being different” that becomes our similarity”as a group of international students in my class concluded. Studying my Masters in the UK was part of my vision board for many years. This finally came true when I became a Chevening scholar. Arriving and settling in a foreign country, […]

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2nd November 2015 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

Starting from Scratch

This excellent blog was written by Chevening scholar Osmel Barreto who arrived in London just one month ago to study for an MSc in IT and Strategic Innovation. Osmel tells us about his experience of cultural change and having to learn how to do so many new things all at the same time. Thanks for […]

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2nd November 2015 Skopje, Macedonia

Ilina Mangova and Ana Meshkovska

Chevening scholars

Conquering Civil Liberties: From Magna Carta to Carta Macedonia

“The human right to freedom is irrevocable. No person’s freedom can be restricted except by a court decision or in cases and procedures determined by law” is one of the guarantees of the Macedonian constitution of 1991. Unlike British history, Macedonian history does not have its own historical declarations of human and civil rights, however […]

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10th September 2015 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

Still Here

Manuel Barcia Paz was a Chevening scholar 14 years’ ago. He is now Professor of Latin American History at the University of Leeds. A big thanks to Manuel for sending me his story. It seems like ages since I arrived at London-Heathrow airport all those years ago alongside fellow Chevening scholar Davide Casagrandi. Since then […]

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19th August 2015 Skopje, Macedonia

Don’t Apply for a Chevening Scholarship…

20 years ago I saw an advert in a UK national newspaper which was headlined “Don’t apply to be a diplomat…” I was intrigued. Why would the Foreign and Commonwealth office be advertising for people not to apply for one of their jobs? The answer was fairly clear as I read on. It said don’t […]

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12th August 2015 Chevening, UK

How can the youth of today shape the world of tomorrow


In a world full of social, political, and economic challenges that transcend geographic boundaries, the international community requires new and diverse perspectives to resolve urgent global issues. The 193 member states of the United Nations recently came to a consensus on 17 sustainable development goals that the international community will commit to tackling by 2030. […]

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3rd August 2015 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

3 great reasons to study in the UK, just in case you needed them

Applications for Chevening scholarships for 2016-17 are now open. Chevening is the British government’s scholarship to study a one-year master’s course in a British university. You can apply here. Don’t worry; you don’t have to rush as you’ve got until the beginning of November to complete your application. But do make sure your application is […]

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12th November 2014 Chevening, UK

My experience as a Chevening Scholar

The following is a blog entry from Jóhannes Eiríksson, a 2012 Chevening Scholar from Iceland. When I received the news of having been selected the 2012 Chevening Scholar in Iceland my first feelings were a mixture of enjoyment, excitement and pride. I was also deeply honoured. To be selected the single Icelandic Chevening Scholar out […]

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13th August 2013 Chevening, UK

A Botswana Chevening Scholar Visits The Mother of Parliaments

Bogolo blog #3

Our latest blog entry is by Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, a 2012 Chevening Scholar from Botswana. Bogolo is studying for an MsC in International Economics at the University of Sussex. If you are a Chevening scholar and are interested in submitting a blog entry for the Chevening Conversations blog, then please email us at fcoscholarships@fco.gov.uk. This is a story of […]

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