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Most affordable UK universities for international students

Discover which universities offer the cheapest undergraduate courses in the UK for international students.

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The UK is globally esteemed for its high-quality education so it's no surprise it comes at a cost for overseas students. For those seeking the UK's high standards but at a more affordable price, we've compiled a list of the ten cheapest universities for international students (fees are per academic year for overseas students studying a full-time, classroom-based degree and commencing their course in 2019).

=10. St Mary's University

Current cost: £11,750

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St Mary’s University is a strong choice for those looking to study in London. It’s based in a green and safe area of the capital, with easy travel links for getting into the city centre.

=10. Wrexham Glyndŵr University

Current cost: £11,750

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As well as low fees, Wrexham Glyndŵr offers top facilities such as a conference and performance centre, a supportive students’ union, modern research centres and a creative industries building that has recently had £5 million invested into it.

=8. University of Sunderland

Current cost: £11,500

View of Sunderland University campus at night

University of Sunderland offers good value for money to international students. There are four campuses across Sunderland, London and Hong Kong. Combining academic excellence with fantastic student support and pastoral care, graduates leave ready to face the professional world.

=8. University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Current cost: £11,500

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Trinity Saint David has campuses across the south-west of Wales including Swansea, the historic town of Carmarthen, and the small town of Lampeter, where the university was founded in 1822. Cultural trips to local areas are organised throughout the academic year, making it easier for you to meet new people and settle into university life.

7. Liverpool Hope University

Current fees: £11,400

International Liverpool Hope students walking around chatting

Liverpool Hope offers a vibrant student community where international students are well-supported. The university has a history spanning more than 175 years with four bases: leafy Hope Park, the bright Creative Campus, residential Aigburth Park and the education centre in North Wales.

=5. University College of Osteopathy

Current cost: £11,100

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Choose University College of Osteopathy and you’ll study at the largest osteopathic educational institution in Britain. You’ll learn through an evidence-based approach and plenty of practical learning – the university’s clinic delivers around 35,000 appointments each year.

=5. University of the Highlands and Islands

Current fees: £11,100

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The University of the Highlands and Islands gives international students many reasons to study there, low fees being one of them. As well as a variety of undergraduate courses, language programmes are available to help you improve your English and academic skills.

4. Plymouth Marjon University

Current cost: £11,000

Front of a Plymouth Marjon University building

Plymouth Marjon University offers a safe, single campus environment for international students in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Specialisms include Teaching courses, Sport, Health and Wellbeing, Social Sciences, Business, and Performing Arts.

3. University of Cumbria

Current cost: £10,500

International student talking to Cumbria University student ambassador

As well as cheap fees, University of Cumbria offers a stunning backdrop to your studies, with England's Lake District nearby. The highest represented nations among Cumbria's international students are Ireland and Germany, though you'll find students from many other countries too.

2. Royal Agricultural University

Current cost: £10,000

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The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) offers a specialist education in Agriculture. It has outstanding employability rates and strives to inspire entrepreneurs – one in ten graduates start their own businesses with support from the RAU Enterprise Programme.

1. Coventry University

Current cost: £9,250–13,250

Front of a Coventry University building at night

Coventry University is currently the most cost-effective choice for international students in the UK. Students from over 130 countries study here, so you can expect support before, during and after enrolment – along with gold-rated teaching (Teaching Excellence Framework 2018).

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