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International student tuition fees

Read about international student fees and funding in the UK, and see how Brexit affects fees and funding for EU and EEA students.

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: In spite of the uncertainties created by the current situation, you must apply for student finance as usual. Funding agencies are working hard to process all applications.

 

CONTENTS

  1. Are you an international student?

  2. How do international students fund their studies?

  3. EU students

  4. Going to university in England, Wales or Northern Ireland

  5. Going to university in Scotland

  6. Useful links

Are you an international student?

You'll normally be classed as an international student and pay international tuition fees if you live in a country outside the EU and EEA.

Unsure whether you are classed as an international, EU or UK student? Read about eligibility for student finance in the UK.

University websites have lots of information specifically for international students – check them out and contact universities directly to ask about the fees you'd pay and any bursaries or scholarships available.

How do international students fund their studies?

Many international students from outside the EU get financial support from their home countries. There are scholarships and bursaries available for international students coming to study in the UK, including many for postgraduate study.

EU students (those from the EEA, and Switzerland) currently pay the same fees as UK (home) students.

Students from overseas must make sure they have sufficient funds for the full tuition fees and all necessary living costs before leaving home.

EU students

The information below applies to students from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, or who are the child of a Turkish worker in the UK.

Universities usually list course fees for the UK (home), EU and international students. 

Brexit and EU students 

Brexit isn't set to have any immediate impact on funding for EU students attending university in the UK. Each of the UK nations have confirmed that EU students starting a degree in 2020 will be eligible for financial support for the duration of their course on the same basis as they are currently. But you should keep an eye on GOV.UK for updates as negotiations are ongoing – especially if you're planning on attending a UK university after a gap year in 2021.  

Going to university in England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Tuition fees and loans 

  • Universities in England can charge up to £9,250 per year for tuition fees, or up to £11,100 for an accelerated degree
  • Universities in Wales can charge up to £9,000
  • Universities in Northern Ireland can charge up to £4,395

You won't have to pay tuition fees in advance. Individual course pages on our Course Chooser list fees for EU students.

There's no limit on tuition fees charged by a private university but there's a cap on the amount of tuition fee loan you may apply for:

  • England: up to £6,165 (or up to £7,400 for an accelerated degree) depending on the institution
  • Wales: £6,165
  • Northern Ireland: £4,395

Students from the EU, EEA, Switzerland or who are the child of a Turkish worker, may be able to apply for additional help as well as the tuition fee loan through Student Finance England, Northern Ireland or Wales. You'll need to meet the eligibility criteria to do this.

Going to university in Scotland

Tuition fees and loans 

In Scotland, non-UK EU students can be charged up to £1,820 a year for tuition at a Scottish university.

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) will pay these fees and, in some cases, for additional financial help with living costs if you meet the eligibility conditions.  

Tuition fees at private colleges are usually higher and EU students will have to pay any fees over £1,205 themselves.

If you're a dual EU/UK national, tuition support for you has changed. Check with SAAS for details.

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