UK tuition fees can vary depending on where you are from and where you are studying. EU students are required to pay the same fees as UK (home) students, which differ throughout the country.
Tuition fees in England are capped at £9,250 per year, with 76% of institutions charging the full amount. In Wales the cap is £9,000, and in Northern Ireland it is £4,160.
Scotland is unique in that tuition fees for home students are paid for by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Tuition fees for Scottish and EU students alike are effectively covered by SAAS.
Across the UK, international students (non-EU/EEA nationals) pay international fees, higher than the fees for home and EU students. In general, an undergraduate degree in the humanities or social sciences can range from £10,000 to £17,000, a science or engineering degree from £10,000 to £20,000, and clinical degrees up to £38,000. Fees can fluctuate to even higher levels, and tuition fees for graduate and postgraduate degrees also vary, depending on your institution and program of study.
While UK tuition costs are higher than elsewhere in the world, remember that programs offered by UK universities are generally shorter than those of other countries such as the US, with undergraduate degrees taking three years instead of four, and most master’s programs lasting one year instead of two!
Three scholarships are made available specifically for people from international countries:
These scholarships are available to outstanding students to fund a one-year master’s degree. Use the Chevening course finder to make sure your institution and program of study are Chevening partners. To be eligible for this award, students must demonstrate leadership and decision-making skills across a range of areas, including business, media, politics and academia.
Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships
These funding opportunities are offered by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission UK. Over 900 scholarships and fellowships are available each year for students of Commonwealth countries to help them fund their postgraduate education.
Marshall Scholarships for American Students
These scholarships are offered to 40 graduates from the US. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.7 to apply and their degree must have been awarded within the past three years. This resource includes university fees, living expenses, travel costs (flights and daily commute) and entails a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.
The list doesn’t end there! many UK institutions offer their own scholarship and funding schemes. Contact your university to find out the funding options available to you. Furthermore, country and field-specific funding schemes are available depending on your country of origin and program of study.
Learn more about studying in the UK:
Choosing the UK as your study abroad destination means more than a top-quality education. Get an overview of what the UK and why you should study abroad there.
There are over 3,000 institutes for international students to choose from throughout the United Kingdom. Take a minute to find out more about how the UK higher education system works.
What kind of study visa do international students need to study abroad in the UK? UK student visas are awarded on a points-based system, obtained by submitted certain information and documents.
Housing & Living Costs
Most UK universities own accommodation which they rent out to students, commonly called ‘halls’. But many other housing options also exist if university halls are not your thing.
Language & Culture
The UK has a long and rich history and culture. Find out more about what it offers in terms of language, culture, and more!
The facility for undergraduate admissions in the UK is The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). There are two rounds of applications each year. Find out more here.
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