Now we’re getting to the hard part of determining whether or not you will be attending university in UK: the money. No one likes to think about money, but it’s a very important part of determining whether or not it is feasible for you to attend a university in UK.
Note: This page will only explore tuition and other related schooling costs. If you are seeking an overall cost of living, click here to find that information. Be aware that the cost of tuition and schooling is not all that you need in order to study in UK; you need to budget for the cost of living as well. Overall, if you are coming from a country such as the United States, Australia, any of the European Union countries or any of the EEA countries, you can expect the cost of living to be quite similar to what you are currently paying.
University Attendance Fees
Many undergraduates in UK pay up to £9,000 per annum (year) in tuition costs (the cost of education is capped by the government). The average is approximately £6,000 per annum. Now, be careful of the terminology – the word “tuition” is not really used in British higher education; instead they use the term “fees.”
Fees cover the entire cost of tuition plus any excess services you may get from the university, such as tutoring services, information technology, and library services that they may provide. This use of the term “fees” is different than it is in places like the United States, where the word “fees” is used to describe costs other than what you are paying for tuition.
If you are not a citizen of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), you will likely pay more than those who are citizens. In some cases, international undergraduate students may pay up to and over £10000 per annum (costs will differ if you are studying abroad as an agreement with a university in your home country).
Those who are in postgraduate studies in the UK will find that their fees are usually more than those that undergraduates may pay. Those who live in the United Kingdom will find that their fees range up to approximately £12000 per annum. If you are not from the United Kingdom, you may pay upwards of £20,000 per annum to earn a postgraduate degree. The amount differs based on which university you attend and what subject you are pursuing.
You may also have to purchase books and supplies for the classes that you are attending. If this is the case, your university will help you determine what the average book cost is. Make sure to communicate with the university you plan to attend – they can help you determine the true cost of your education above and beyond your tuition.
If those numbers make you nervous, there is an important point for you to consider. If you are attending a university in UK for your entire university career, then your career will be much shorter than it would be in your home country. As an undergraduate, you would only take three years of schooling (as opposed to four) and postgraduate studies (Master’s Degrees) only take one year to complete. So even though the costs may seem high if you are not a citizen of the UK, in the long run, it ends up being the same cost or less.
Financial Aid in UK
As well as taking less time to complete a degree, you also have a lot of financial aid available as an international student in UK . The UK has always been very welcoming to its international students, and the amount of money in scholarships, grants, and bursaries that is available to international students is immense. Over 20,000 international students receive financial aid yearly. Financial aid can be awarded based on financial need or scholarly merit.
There are several websites that you can use in order to find scholarships that you may be eligible for as an international student in The UK. Check these out for more information:
- Scholarship Search: http://www.scholarship-search.org.uk/
- Education UK: http://www.educationuk.org/global/articles/scholarships-financial-support/
- The British Council: http://www.britishcouncil.org/
Each of these websites has thousands of scholarships that you can search through, and many of the scholarships on these sites are available for those who are not citizens of the UK. The British Council can also help you with a variety of other aspects of your journey to attending college in UK.
Many universities in UK will also offer scholarships to international students that are attending their universities. Some of these are merit-based, some of them are need-based, and some of them are available just because you’re an international student in a certain course program. Contact your financial aid department or your international affairs office for more information on obtaining these types of school-specific scholarships.
International students who are pursuing postgraduate degrees have even more opportunities to reduce their costs. Most universities offer programs where, based on your program of study and other criteria (work and research hours), you can get most or even all of your fees paid for. These sorts of scholarships are competitive, however, and may be difficult to obtain, but it’s definitely worth a try if you are seeking to pursue a postgraduate degree while in UK. There is less state-based funding for postgraduate students, but there is more money available from the university that you are attending.
As mentioned above, even if you don’t get a lot of financial aid, the overall cost of attending university in UK is much lower due to the fact that it takes less time to finish your degree. This will be helpful to remember as you are budgeting for your time in university. If you come to the UK for your undergraduate degree, you may even opt to continue through to a postgraduate degree due to the lower cost and time commitment necessary to finish the degree.
If you are interested in obtaining financial aid to help cover your college costs, then take time to talk to both the financial aid department and the international affairs department at the university that you wish to attend. You can also check out the United Kingdom’s guide to student finance on their government website. All of these resources can help point you in the right direction so that you don’t have to feel burdened financially while studying in UK, and you can enjoy your studies and do well in your coursework.
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