Cost & Scholarships In UK
Studying in the UK is good value for money, offering you world-class teaching and the chance to learn and develop career-relevant skills, live in a culturally diverse society, and make new friends. The cost of education for an international student in the UK as compared to the USA and other countries – is considerably less!
You can save a lot of money in the UK because your degree will generally take less time to complete than in other countries, considering the shorter timeframe. You would be saving on the tuition fees as well as your cost of living.
As with most comparisons, the ‘Cost of Living in the UK’ really does depend on each individual’s situation & life style. Often a person only staying a few years in the UK can effectively minimize major expenses, like rent and car, by sharing a house and using public transport. That leaves only a few other major expenses like weekends away, accommodation, entertainment and transport.
- Under Graduate (3-4yrs) – £7000 to £9000 per year (approx.)
- Post-Graduate (1-2yrs) – £8,000 to £10,000 per year (approx.)
- Masters/Doctoral – £8,500 to £15,000 per year (approx.)
- English language course – £200 to over £1,000 per week(approx.)
- International Foundation courses – £4,000 to £17,000 per year(approx.)
(The PG fees may reach more than £50,000 for programmes that are in high demand, such as MBAs or science courses involving extensive laboratory work).
The cost of living in the UK varies depending on whether you live in or outside London and on your own lifestyle.
- Outside London – £5000 – £6000 per year (approx.)
- London – £7000- £8,000 per year (approx.)
These include the cost of accommodation, heating, lighting, food, clothing, books and daily travel for one person for one year.
Schools, colleges, universities, government and other organizations in the UK offer a range of international student scholarships and awards. The scholarships, grants, bursaries and financial awards help support students financially during their studies.
Most grant-making organizations will insist that you meet some very strict requirements and you may have to be nominated by your government to get a scholarship from the UK government. Your application should be clear and concise. You should use the grant-making body’s application form, if it has one. Many of the grant-making bodies will only give small amounts of money, which would not cover the full cost of a course.
When you apply for a scholarship, remember that you must apply at least one year before your course starts. Deadlines vary, so you must check the deadline before applying.
Types of Scholarships
- The Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship for Higher Studies
- Bharat Petroleum Scholarship for Indian students
- Commonwealth UK Scholarships for Indian Students
- Dawoodbhoy Fazalbhoy Muslim Education Trust
- European Union scholarships, grants and exchange programmes
- Ireland Scholarships for Indian Students
- J.N. Tata Endowment for Higher Education
- Sir Vithaldas Thackersey Charitable Trust
- Manekji and Shirinbai Neterwala Trust
- K.C. Mahindra Education Trust
- HSBC Scholarships Programme
- Lotus Trust
- J.N. Tata Endowment
- Aga Khan Education Services
- American Alumni Association
- Shri Brihad Baharatiya Samaj
- The Sir Ratan Tata Scholarships
- The Inlaks Foundation
- Rhodes Scholarships
- Saltire Scholarships
- The Charles Wallace Trusts
- De Souza Trust Goa Scholarships
- Scholarships for independent schools: These scholarships are often offered for excellence in an academic subject or for skills and talents in other fields such as music, sport or drama.
- British Chevening Scholarships: It is the UK government’s global scholarships programme. These scholarships support mostly one-year Masters’ degrees in UK – for talented students who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of fields, including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia.
- Royal Society Fellowships: The Royal Society offers fellowships for researchers from North America and Asia. The fellowships are available for up to one year if you are from Asia. The aim is to attract outstanding post-doctoral scientists to undertake high-quality research at a UK laboratory related to a subject within the natural sciences.
- UNESCO Fellowship Bank Scheme: If you plan to study education, the natural sciences, the social sciences, humanities, culture, communication and information or informatics, you can apply for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) grant through your local national commission.
*Alternatively, you will find scholarships/bursaries listed with individual schools / colleges / universities.