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If your sons have been living outside the UK for the three years prior to starting university, then they are likely to be classed as international students (I believe it is connected with where the family's taxes have been paid). Residence is more important than citizenship for university tuition fees.
Please look at the UKCISA website at:
Of course, your sons can apply for admission to UK universities and they should apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com. They will probably have to pay the international fees.