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Tuition Fees for International Students (UK)

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:45

Choosing where to study is one of biggest problems international students face when making their minds up about where to study abroad. This article aims to help you to determine whether or not the UK is the right for study destination for you.

As an international student planning to head to the UK, one of the main issues is of course the cost of studying and whether it will lead to good career prospects.

Annually the UK welcomes thousands of new international students, joining approximately 450,000 other overseas students already studying in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the main reason is simply because of the world renowned tutelage.


International fees overview

If you have been seriously thinking of coming to the UK to study, you may have already started comparing prices to that of other countries.

  • As a whole, the UK generally fares well and setting affordable fees is something that universities understand in trying to attract a good calibre of international student.
  • The UK course fees for international students can (and do) differ on a number of aspects.
  • Usually it is dependent on what university or institution you will be studying at, and each university will set different fees calculated on what band you fit in to.
  • It can also depend on what course you are studying, in addition to how long your course is.
  • For some students, you may be entitled to some help to cover the costs of tuition fees from your home country, so this can also be a deciding factor in determining the final cost.

As you can see, it would be extremely difficult to calculate exact costs, but what we can do is to work on the average range to give you a snapshot of what you can expect. For a more comprehensive understanding of what you are expected to pay, you should contact the individual universities or institutions that you are thinking of applying to.


Postgraduate fees per year:

  • Humanities and arts programmes – £9,000 – £14,000
  • Scientific programmes – £10,000 – £29,000
  • Clinical programmes – £12,000 – £37,000
  • Masters – £9,500 – £52,000


Private and Independent Institutions

If you are looking to attend an independent institution that is not funded by the state, then once again, fees vary with each institution. You are advised to compile a list of which private institutions you are interested in, and then compare exactly what you will be getting for your money.

Some private establishments may only cover course fees; others will include food, housing and living expenses, and some may include activities outside of your studies.


Maintenance living cost for International Students

Some UK universities and institutions recognise and administer loans from other countries. However, once again, this all depends on where you will be studying.

You are advised to check with your home country’s’ educational body to see if you are eligible to apply for a loan to study in the UK.

As an example, students from the United States of America can apply for the William D Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme, which is approved by the US Department of Education.

As another example, Canadian students may be eligible to apply for the Canada Student Loan Programme, subject to meeting certain criteria.

Please remember, that not all universities and institutions will offer these, but some universities will have special arrangements with international government educational authorities.

You should check what is available to you by contacting your chosen institution during your research phase.

We understand that choosing to study in any new country is a massive decision for both the student, and their families. We also understand that the cost of fees can vary dramatically due to a number of factors.

This article is aimed to provide a snapshot of what you can expect to pay if you decide to study in the UK. Hopefully it can aid you in making an informed decision.

If you are looking for more information, then make contact with the universities and institutions you are interested in attending.

As an international student there is a lot of help out there for you and this is just the start!



Save the Student have also produced a guide for EU and EEA (and Swiss workers) looking to study in the UK.


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