United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Study in United Kingdom! Colleges and Universities in the United Kingdom consistently rank high among institutions throughout the world. Moreover, any qualifications received from UK universities are internationally valued and recognized.  The teaching and study methodology will provide the flexibility for students to pursue their interests, develop skill sets and build confidence.  Students can also expect to be taught by some of the world’s leading academics and experts.

Important Facts

TUITION RANGE FOR UK UNIVERSITIES

Bachelors Degree

EU/EEA: Beginning at £9,750 a year Non-EU/EEA: Beginning at $12,281 USD a year

Masters Degrees

EU/EEA: Beginning at £9,700 a year  Non-EU/EEA: Beginning at $12,900 USD a year

The United Kingdom is a very attractive study destination for students around the world.  While tuition fees in the UK are generally more affordable compared to universities in the US, tuition is still higher than schools throughout Europe.

Public universities in the UK usually charge two fee levels, a home fee and an overseas student fee.  Whereas, private universities have only one fee level that all students are required to pay.  All students are required to pay tuition fees depending on which student level they fall under.  

Public UK Universities Offering Low Tuition to International Students

After researching tuition fees at over 100 schools in the United Kingdom, the most affordable universities are:

Bournemouth UniversityAnnual tuition starting at: Bachelor’s $12,218, Master’s $14,220, MBA $18,909

University College Birmingham Annual tuition starting at: Bachelor’s $12,540, Master’s $12,928

Leeds Beckett University Annual tuition starting at: Bachelor’s $13,565, Master’s $16,148

HOW TO APPLY TO UNIVERSITY IN UK

When applying to a university in the UK a student must apply through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  This organization processes all students applications for universities and colleges throughout the UK.   

Important Deadlines for Applying to Universities in UK

When applying to a university in the UK it is important that your application is submitted by the set deadline.  You can verify all university application deadlines on the UCAS website or by going to the school directly.  

September 6th 2017

Applicants can start submitting applications for 2018 to the UCAS website beginning on this date.

October 15th 2017

Students applying to a program of medicine, veterinary science or dentistry need to have their applications submitted to UCAS by this date.  This deadline also applies to applications being submitted to the University of Cambridge and Oxford University.  It is important that you verify application deadlines through UCAS or with the school directly.  

January 15th 2018

The majority of undergraduate applications are due to UCAS. Verify all deadlines through UCAS website or with the school directly.

Required Documents Needed to Apply

  • Copy of passport/visa (if available)
  • Academic transcript
  • Certificate of graduation
  • Certificate of English proficiency – IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Test/Other
  • Personal statement
  • Reference letters
  • CV (if applicable)

Additional documents

Postgraduate

  • Certificate of graduation/bachelor’s degree

PhD/Research

  • Certificate of graduation/master’s degree
  • Research proposal

Previous UK Education History

  • Previous CAS letter
  • Confirmation of enrolment
  • Previous visas (Visa stamp and biometric card)

FINANCING YOUR STUDIES IN THE UK

Student’s have the following options for financing their study abroad experience in the United Kingdom:

When deciding where to apply, consider the tuition fees, housing costs, and living expenses when making your decision.   All three add up and are used during the visa approval process.  If you are not able to prove that you can pay tuition and cover living expenses, you risk your visa not getting approved.  Therefore, It is important to do your research when deciding where to study in the UK. You can also use the International Student Calculator  to help you determine tuition and living costs in the UK.

If you will be relying on student loans or scholarship funds and you are concerned about finances, focus on less expensive areas in the United Kingdom. Schools in the London metropolitan area may be more expensive due to high tuition and living expenses. Schools outside the London metropolitan area are generally less expensive. For example, you may want to consider the excellent schools in places like Leeds and Manchester. 

 Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate Plus Loans available to eligible student borrowers at participating institutions in the UK. Students may apply for a Direct Unsubsidized Loan up to $20,500 per academic year or a Graduate Plus loan (amounts vary). Click here to see the list of UK institutions participating in the U.S. Government Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program.

UK Scholarships

UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs)

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships provides scholarships to postgradute students from the United States pursuing studies in the UK.

Chevening

Chevening is the Global scholarships platform for the UK.  The organizations aim is to offer scholarships and fellowships to future leaders from around the world. Recipients are selected by British Embassies and high commissions from around the world.   

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission grants over 800 scholarships and fellowships every year to citizens of the Commonwealth.  These scholarships are available for post graduate study.  Candidates are selected based on merit and potential to support to their home countries. 

Hornby Education Trust

Provides English teaching scholarships to students from developing countries to study English in the UK. 

Student Loans

If you have researched financial aid and scholarships and you are still having trouble coming up with the money to fund your study overseas, there are several organizations and banks offering private student loans to borrowers.  However, keep in mind that you may need a co-signer to get approval.  It is also important that you think about payment terms, the larger the loan the longer you will have to pay payments.  Some loans may require that you immediately start paying payments on the loans, while others may require you to start payments after graduation.  Hardship extensions can also be arranged if you are having trouble making payments for a short period of time. 

Banks and Institutions Offering Private Student Loans

International Student Loan Program

Global Student Loan Corporation

Sallie Mae

Citizens Bank

InternationalStudentLoan.com

InvestoPedia.com

 When looking for ways to fund your studies overseas, do your research and try to start with available financial aid and scholarships.  Student loans should only be considered if you are comfortable with the payment terms and interest rates, and have confidence that you will be able to start payments when they become due. 

HEALTH INSURANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN UK

Non-EU/EEA Students

International students who will be in the UK for 6 months or longer, applying for a Tier 4 student visa, are required to pay an immigration health surcharge of $194 as part of their application fee.  This charge entitles students to access the National Health Service (NHS), the UK’s healthcare system the same as a permanent resident of the UK.  This includes access to a general practitioner through a healthcare center or hospital.  Although, students will have to pay for dental care, and prescriptions from a pharmacy.  

If you are applying for a visa with dependents, they will have to pay the $194 surcharge as part of their application.  

In the event that your visa application is not approved, you will automatically receive a refund for the health surcharge.  


Private Medical Insurance

Students cannot take out personal health insurance as an alternative to the National Health Service (NHS). You may take out personal health insurance to accompany the NHS service, to help cover the following potential costs:

  • Private medical treatment
  • Incurred costs while returning to home country for treatment
  • Loss of fees if unable to complete course

If you have health insurance in your home country, verify with your provider to determine if it can be used in the UK. 

STUDENT VISA REQUIREMENTS UK

Tier 4 Visa students are required to show that they have access to a certain level of funds to support their studies and living expenses in the UK.  Since certain areas within the country are more expensive than others, it is difficult to assess the exact amount you will need for visa approval.

Tier 4 Student Visa

If you are a student from outside the United Kingdom, you will need to apply online for a Tier 4 Student Visa.  

To apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa a student must have the following information: 

  • Confirmation of acceptance to a university (approved by the UK Visa and Immigration)
  • Proof of funds to cover tuition and living costs ($1639 a month up to 9 months)
  • Have paid the health surcharge for the UK’s National Health Service 


You will need to apply for the Tier 4 student visa online at the UK Visa and Immigration website.  You will also need to have your fingerprints and passport photos taken at a visa application center.

MANY HOUSING OPTIONS IN THE UK

There are different types of student housing:

Halls of Residence – owned and maintained by the universities and are available for first year students at an affordable rate.  

Private Residence Halls – close to the university and affordable.  

Private Rentals – Once a student’s first year is complete, most students look at privately owned apartment and housing rentals.

WHERE TO LOOK FOR HOUSING

The best place to start looking for housing is with your university’s housing service.  Some universities have their own housing which they manage both on and off the campus.  Other universities provide advice centers to help students find housing around campus.  Student unions may also be able to help provide students with a list of housing options around campus.  

If you are still coming up short in your housing search in the UK, the web has many private student portals listing housing opportunities.

Student Housing Portals

My Student Halls

Vita Housing

Right Move

StudentPad

Student Spare Room

Accommodation for Students

HOW TO FIND AFFORDABLE STUDENT HOUSING IN THE UK

Studying overseas can get very expensive if you do not do your research. The Global Student Accommodation Indicator was launched to help students find affordable alternatives to popular destinations in the UK. London was listed as one of the most expensive cities for students to live in the world.  However, London aside, the report also revealed that there are some very affordable cities in the UK.  The report listed 19 cities in the UK where a student can live and study without breaking the bank.  

The University of Dundee is located in the city of Dundee and housing averages around $110 a week.  The University of Sunderland is located in the city of Sunderland and is considered to be the third most affordable city in the UK with housing averaging around $123 a week.  Two cities claiming the 4th and 5th most affordable cities are Wolverhampton and Bradford with housing averaging around $129 a week.  

The complete list of the most affordable cities in the UK for international students are as follows:

  1. Hull
  2. Dundee
  3. Sunderland
  4. Wolverhampton
  5. Bradford
  6. Lancaster
  7. Preston
  8. Middlesbrough
  9. Loughborough
  10. Lincoln
  11. Canterbury
  12. Sheffield
  13. Huddersfield
  14. Nottingham
  15. Chester
  16. Leeds
  17. Leicester
  18. St. Andrews
  19. Durham

If you are concerned about financing your studies we recommend focusing on universities with low tuition and low housing costs to maximize your chances for visa approval.

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