International Student Finance: A Guide to UK Tuition FeesSee All Uni Advice Articles
Over time, the United Kingdom has become one of the most popular destinations for a student to study in. Whether you’re studying Mathematics or you’re here to study Business Studies and Economics, the United Kingdom will always have universities that will cover everything that you need.
What a lot of students struggle with, is the understanding of what is needed to study in the united Kingdom, for instance, many students are unaware of the finances involved with a move like this or how to apply to UK universities.
One of the things that students need to be aware of first, is that application through to university is very much a matter of whether or not you have the grades or the UCAS entry points to be able to go to university.
If you’re thinking of studying abroad then it’s important to understand that there are fees involved with university are pretty good in the UK, as the UK universities try to make their fees as affordable as humanly possible for people, but inevitably you will encounter some high prices, but generally speaking, the UK does very well for its fees. Although you can get better deals around the UK, depending on whereabouts you actually go to. Scottish universities have a free educational system in place for foreign and national students, however, some will have fee structures in place.
How Long is an Undergraduate Course in the UK?
Most of the undergraduate courses that you’re likely to come across in the UK are around three-years-long. That’s not to say that they don’t differ. Some courses can be shorter (Although this is somewhat rare) and some courses can last longer, depending on the difficulty of the course. For instance, a Law degree can last anywhere between four and seven years, depending on how long you choose to study for. However, in Scotland, the average time to complete an undergraduate degree, is four years, but this too can change.
How Much Does an Undergraduate Degree in the UK Cost?
This again unfortunately, very much depends on whereabouts you go, how long you’re studying, what you’re studying and any other variables that can drive up the costs of courses. Also, the fees involved have a very wide variable, given how open universities may be to the fee structure. But, your general cost of a degree will be:
- Foundation Degrees: £4,000 – £15,000 (Per-year)
- Humanities and Arts Degrees: £7,000 – £18,000 (Per-year)
- Science Degrees: £7,000 – £25,000 (Per-year)
- Medical Degrees: £8,000 – £30,000 (Per-year)
These fees can be misleading, however, as they are a somewhat variable bit of information. Many universities will offer more or less, depending on the variables that they have to take into account. Although you may see that various grants or scholarships may cover some or all of these, too.
What is an International Postgraduate Course?
An International Postgraduate degree is a course that is taken after your course has completed. A Postgraduate course in the UK generally tends to involve anything for a Master’s degree to an Master of Business Administration (MBA). For international students, you should be aware that taking on a postgraduate course, will incur much higher costs for you, whether you want them to or not. As above, these can be fairly interchangeable.
- Humanities Degrees: £8,000 – £17,000 (Per-year)
- Scientific Degrees: £8,000 – £35,000 (Per-year)
- Clinical Degrees: £10,000 – £40,000 (Per-year)
- Masters/MBA: £7,000 – £60,000 (Per-year)
There are also various loans that are mandatory for both UK and foreign students, but there are also loans and grants that are available for both too. The most common loan to be made available for students these days is the maintenance loan.
What is a Maintenance Loan and How Can I Apply for One in the UK?
A Maintenance Loan, in the UK, pays for a student’s living costs. When receiving a Maintenance Loan you may have to give the details of your household income and any other payments or direct-debits or line of credits or any debits that you may have. The loan is then paid directly into your bank account at the start of every university term.
Some UK universities will be able to administer Maintenance Loans for students from abroad, although this is all dependent on the university that you’re studying at. Also, if you’re going to be applying for a loan in the United Kingdom, we recommend that you speak to your country’s educational board or educational body to see if you are eligible to study in the UK and if you’re eligible for a loan. Students from various countries abroad can have their governments help them out with any loan related issues, however.
For students that are coming from Canada, you may be eligible to apply for a loan through the Canada Student Loan Programme, however, you will have to meet certain criteria in order to actually qualify for the programme’s help.
Students coming from the United States of America will have to apply through the William D Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme, which has the blessing of the US Department of Education.
Although these programmes are accepted and are very rarely rejected by the UK government, however, the universities in the UK have to accept them too and no every university in the UK will accept them. As with a lot of things in education, these all depend on whereabouts you happen to be applying for study.
How Do I Apply to a University in the UK?
During your UCAS application to universities in the UK, you have to submit your application through a Governing charity called UCAS. UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You have to fill out a UCAS application and from there you have a number of steps to go through before you can actually apply for a university in the UK.
- Registration: First you need to register your details with UCAS and fill in all of your educational information.
- Select a Course: You need to select your course on the UCAS website and make a note of its code. Each course has its own unique course code that you’ll need to keep handy.
- Select a University: You’ll want to select the best university for you, one that appeals to you and one that actually has a good reputation. Before you do this, we recommend that you look at some university rankings or that you thoroughly research them before applying. Again, make sure that you take note of their unique UCAS code.
- Fill Out Your Application: You can apply to up to five universities and five different courses at each one, from this you will need to hand in your personal statement. If you’re having trouble with your personal statement, then you need to make sure that you use a number of personal statement examples to get the creative juices flowing, or you need to use a personal statement editor, which can help you with writing one.
- The Waiting Game Begins: Now you’re just waiting for replies!
You can apply between the dates of 1st September and 30th June. We recommend that you apply as early as possible so as to save yourself time on immigration papers and documentation that you’ll be needing.
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