Scholarships & Bursaries

Harrow Shanghai Scholarship Programme

Harrow is world-famous for academic excellence. For almost 450 years, Harrovians have excelled in all fields of academic study and the influence of Old Harrovians throughout history has changed the world that we live in today. They have shaped what we know, how we think, and how we live with one another across the globe. Science, politics, drama, maths, economics, space exploration, music, art, literature the list of fields of study in which Old Harrovians have brought about ground-breaking creations, discoveries and innovations is endless. That list includes Kings, princes, Nobel Prize winners and recognised world experts throughout centuries; it continues today.

Harrow School London was founded in 1572 as a consequence of the selfless charity of a man named John Lyon. A wealthy man, John Lyon had a vision and mission to create a high-performing school which would allow boys in the local area who could not otherwise afford an education to attend daily school to improve themselves and their life opportunities. As the school developed, boys from families who could afford to pay fees joined; however, Scholars those who could not afford all, or perhaps any of the fees continued to be educated, as they still do today.

At Harrow Shanghai we recognise that our Harrovian mission to nurture ‘Leaders for a better world’ resonates strongly with the original vision of John Lyon. We are passionate about providing talented children with every opportunity to meet their vast potential and feel a responsibility to promote openings for children with such talents to join Harrow so that they might experience a life-changing education, no matter what their family financial circumstances.

Remittance on Fees

In addition to the obvious public recognition, honour and intrinsic benefits of being awarded a scholarship within a prestigious school such as Harrow Shanghai, the successful applicant’s parents will receive a remission on tuition fees for their studies, up to 100% fee remission .

Application and Assessment Processes

The scholarship application process is open to students for entry to Harrow School Shanghai into Year 9 to Lower Sixth (Year 12).

Applicants will undergo formal academic assessments, an online cognitive abilities test and interviews with key senior staff, including the Head Master.

Applicants must fulfill the usual requirements of the Shanghai Education Bureau for entry to an international school. Please submit the online application and tick “Yes” in the item of Scholarship application. For current Harrow Shanghai Year 8 and above enrolled students, please contact admissions office ( to fill out the scholarship application form.

The application period remains open throughout the academic year; however, scholarships will be awarded whenever a suitable candidate meets the criteria and therefore early applications are recommended.


The School offers bursaries to ensure that talented students, irrespective of their parents’ income, are able to study at Harrow Shanghai.  All prospective pupils are eligible to apply for bursaries. The Admissions Department should be informed at the application stage if parents would like their child(ren) considered for a bursary.

The granting of a bursary is discretionary, but only families with a relatively low household income are likely to receive bursary assistance. In making its decisions, the School considers a wide range of appropriate matters including, but not limited to, parental/guardian income (from all sources), assets (including personal property) and other matters that are particular to the student, such as family circumstances.  If parents indicate that they are likely to need bursary support, they will be asked to complete a strictly confidential form in order to assess their financial circumstances and establish the level of assistance that the School believes is required.  All bursaries are reassessed annually by means of a newly completed form and disclosure of up-to-date financial circumstances.

All students applying for a bursary are expected to satisfy the School’s academic entrance requirements and if the demand exceeds the number available, bursaries are awarded with reference to performance in the Entrance Examinations.