A Guide to UK Tuition Fees and Student Visa in 2021

United Kingdom Tuition Fees and Student Visa in 2021


In this article, we are going to talk about all the key concepts and points you need to consider before planning your overseas education in the UK. We will be discussing tuition fee and how to get your student visa, here.

Every detail, including the currency difference, application process and finance to take you from your home to a university in the UK, is mentioned in this article. So, make sure you don’t miss out on any points!

Student Visa to the UK

Did you know that the acceptable percentage of getting your student visa, for an Indian student, is as high as 98%? Shocking, right? But to be part of the 98%, you need to be aware of the latest changes made by the British government and that’s exactly what we are going to offer.

The latest student visa rules and regulations were introduced in October 2020 for the academic year starting from December 2020. This new set of rules and regulations have combined all types of student visas such as short term, long term and doctoral visa into just one type i.e., student visa.

Benefits of student visa:
Apart from the basic need to enter the UK, there are a few benefits that international students must be aware of and avail off of them in order to pursue quality education.

One can extend their student visa if you have completed your undergrad from a reputed UK institution and are wishing to pursue postgrad school. The same can be done to do a PHD while graduating (postgraduation) out from a recognized UK institution.

You will also be asked to take up an English proficiency course of level B2 or higher.You can become a Student Union Sabbatical Officer by being part of your school’s student union.

When to apply:
It is advisable to plan out your overseas study a year prior to the start of your academic year. Since it is a whole different system of education and a country following different rules, you must do the required research well in advance to avoid any kind of last-minute hassle. Make sure to read every point carefully.

Apply for a student visa 6 months prior to the start of your course.
You will get decisions on acceptance or rejection of your visa within 3 weeks.
During this process, you might be called for an interview to check whether you’re a genuine student or not. Some might be called some might not.
You can go visit your university and start moving into your dorm or house a month prior to the start of the course.
If the course length is less than 6 months, you can go visiting 3 weeks before the commencement of your course.

Where to apply:
The government of the UK has a dedicated website for international students applying for a visa.
Website – www.gov.uk
Click on ‘Visa and Immigration’
Application fee:
Visa: £348 or $ 486.31 or ₹35624.59
IHS (Immigration Health Surcharge):
Paying this fee entitles you to the use of NHS if you become unwell or part of accidents while in the UK. Even if you have some alternatives for health insurance, you have to pay the IHS fee. This fee depends on how long you decide to stay in the UK. The fee changes every month so, make sure to check the website regularly.

IHS fee link: https://www.immigration-health-surcharge.service.gov.uk/checker/type

Documents needed:

Copy of valid passport
Copy of completed visa application form
2 passport size photographs
CAS form
Original mark sheet of prior education
Proof of funds (tuition fee and living expenses)
English Proficiency Test:
This test is not mandatory though few universities prefer you give tests like IELTS and TOEFL. You will only come to know whether your desired university needs the scores for IELTS/TOEFL after applying to the universities.

Tuition Fees In United Kingdom

The tuition fee depends on the type of course, duration of the course and equipment-based courses. Tuition fees do not include living expenses. It only includes the cost of teaching.

Tuition Fee For Undergraduate School In UK:

Undergraduate courses usually last for 3 years. Some medical and science degrees last for 5 years. In 2020/21, the annual tuition fee started from £9250 and rose to £30548 and for medical and other sciences it reached £64652. The majority of the subjects have an average fee of £10000 to £20000.

Tuition Fee Fo Postgraduate School In UK:

Postgraduate courses include classroom-based, lab-based and MBA (£21,754) courses too. The annual standard tuition fee has started from £4800 to £36984 or £49,950 for medical degrees and sciences courses and £59,490 for MBA. The majority of courses provide a tuition fee of £12000 to £3000.

Language Programs:

All international students have to take up a certain level of English proficiency courses throughout their graduate or postgraduate programs. Standard full-time English proficiency course provides a tuition fee of £1300. The total duration of this course is 15 hours. It varies from university to university.

Key Points
In order to get your student visa, you need to get 70 points:
Confirmation of application letter- 50 points
This letter will be provided to you by your university on acceptance of their offer to provide you with a seat. You will also be asked to pay the tuition fee for the first academic year.

Financial documents- 10 points
These include documents that support the fact that you can afford to carry out living expenses as well as pay tuition fees.

English Language- 10 points
A proof that you have basic reading, writing and listening skills in English. This could also include your TOEFL or IELTS score.

Remember that in the UK, grading systems are very much different and complex to understand. So, do your research and plan accordingly.
Make sure you are aware of the different RQF levels of education in the UK and carefully select your level of education. Student visas are available for RQF level 3 or less to RQF level 8 or above.


Change is hard. Adaptation is harder. Planning overseas education can be heavy on your pockets as well as self-growth and development. Be patient and be aware of the latest changes in application processes.

Hope this article has given you the insight over how to apply for a student visa and how much to expect when it comes to tuition fee and living costs. All the best for the journey ahead!

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