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THE UK: Student Finances

How much does it cost to study in the UK?

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Studying in the UK can be expensive, especially when you pay for international student fees. However, the overall cost to study in the UK is dependent on many factors; such as the institution, location, course fees, funding and part-time work opportunities.


The average cost per year study for international students in the UK is £18,759, which breaks down to £11,933 for fees and £6,825 for cost of living. However, depending on your course of study, you can end up paying as high as £40,000 per year (for a postgraduate), which is what you would expect to pay in a leading university in London.

The advantages

The figures may seem daunting, but, students take less time to graduate in the UK compared to other countries. In the US, students take four years to complete an undergraduate degree compared to three years in the UK. For a postgraduate degree, students take one year in the UK to complete compared to two in the US. After subtracting a year’s worth of fees and living costs, students will find that studying in the UK saves them time and money.

According to the Tracking International Graduate Outcomes survey, international students in the UK are more likely to earn higher salaries after graduation than if they had studied at home. Employers find UK graduates more attractive because of their learning exposure which emphasises on analytical and practical skills.

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There are many scholarships available for international students. These include Chevening Scholarships that are awarded by the UK government to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK. There are also Commonwealth scholarships and fellowships offered by member governments to citizens of other Commonwealth countries.

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