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Study costs in the UK
One of your main concerns when thinking about studying in the UK might be the cost. However, this is unlikely to be the barrier that you expect it to be.
Financial assistance and scholarships are available and it is worth finding out early on in the process what you will be able to receive.
But of course you will want to be clear what scale of investment is needed before you commit yourself.
Fees for UK college and university programmes are generally lower than in the US and Australia. UK degree programmes last three rather than four years, so you save a whole year’s worth of fees and living costs. Postgraduate Master’s courses are also shorter, lasting only one year compared with two in the USA and Australia.
If you are from a European Union (EU) country, you may qualify for the lower ’home’ fees. The following are examples of average tuition fees for international students who do not qualify for reduced ’home’ fees:
Level of study
£150–£300 per week
£3,300–£4,150 per year
Arts, business, social
£7,000–£7,900 per year
Science (lab based):
£7,000–£10,400 per year
£17,400–£18,710 per year
Arts, business, social
£5,000–£12,000 per year
£6,500–£10,000 per year
If you’re hoping for a scholarship to help pay for your studies, then start making enquiries and applications at least a year in advance.
Most scholarships are merit-based and competitive. The deadline to apply for a scholarship can be up to 12 months before your course starts, so it is best to see what scholarships are available as early as possible.
It is a good idea to contact those organisations that offer scholarships directly, as well as to ask your chosen university what scholarships are available. If you have a study abroad adviser at your school, they will also be able to help you find out about financial assistance.
You could also start by enquiring with your own Ministry or Department of Education. Your local British Council office can also provide details of awards available, including those offered by UK institutions themselves.
Find out more about scholarships and bursaries for UK study.
Think you may need a part-time job during your study? Go to Working during study in the UK.