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🐐 Making a Difference


International Students House thrives on making a difference.

Through our scholarship scheme, students from developing countries have an opportuinity to stay in London, gaining skills and experiences that benefit their home countries. Our student services team offers a variety of events, themed suppers, lectures, workshops, theatre nights and travel trips - all subsidised or free - to encourage students to experience different cultures and ideas. The Leadership & Communication sessions are one of the initiatives setup to help students gain the skills and confidence to improve their networking and personal development in their professional careers. 

Donations allowed Melvin to study an MSc in Global Health & Development at University College London. Equipped with the knowledge from his studies and the skills, contacts and experience of his year at ISH, Melvin built free healthcare networks back in Kenya using mobile technology to connect volunteer medical staff with patients who didn’t have the means or capability to physically get to a doctor for consultation.

 “Wow, what can I say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you very much. You have not only helped me but my whole community back home.” - Melvin Obadha, Kenya.


Goats in the USA have established Friends of International Students House (London) Inc FISH(L). It is a not for profit organisation with 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable status, recognised by the USA Internal Revenue Service. FISH(L) are committed to raising funds for an American student to study in London. We have joined forces with the American Friends of the School of Oriental and African Studies (AFSOAS) to raise money for a full scholarship for a deserving American student. FISH(L) raises funds for free accommodation at ISH and AFSOAS raises funds for the John Loeillo scholarship for an American student to pursue a full time Masters at SOAS. By 2020, FISH(L) hopes to have raised the funds to support 5 residential scholarships for underprivileged American students.

You too can contribute to the FISH(L). Make a one-off donation or regular direct debit through PayPal here. You can also complete this form and send it with a check made payable to ‘Friends of ISH (London), Inc.’ to the Treasurer of FISH(L) at the following address:

℅. Mr Brent Sobol, Class of 1997

Treasurer FISH(L)

PO Box 18636


GA 31126


How can I make a difference? 

UK TAXPAYERS: If you are a UK taxpayer, you can donate to ISH on a tax-free basis through the Payroll Giving scheme. Payroll Giving (also known as Workplace Giving or Give as you Earn) is a scheme where donations are deducted before tax, so every £1.00 you donate will only cost you 80p. If you are a higher rate tax payer, your donation will only cost you 60p. Employees can choose to support any charity of their choice with a regular donation direct from their pay.  For anyone paying 40% or 45% tax, this is the only way to pass on full donations - only 28% can be recouped if you use any other donation method.

If your employer has Payroll Giving, they will set up a direct debit so that your donation will cost you less. To set up Payroll Giving at your workplace, simply provide your employer the following details:

  • Address: International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN, UK
  • Charity number: 313512

GIFTS/DONATIONS: You can choose to give an unrestricted gift to ISH, or specifically donate towards one of the following:

ISH Scholarship Fund

Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund

Student activities such as Travel Club, Events, Leadership & Communication


WILL/LEGACY: You can also leave a gift in your will to give a young person the opportunity of a lifetime and the means to improve the lives of thousands of others. Legacies are one of the most flexible ways you can donate, and we highly recommend you seek the advice of a solicitor when preparing a donation. If you bequeath a legacy to International Students House we would be very grateful if you could let us know.