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Which Top UK Universities Have the Cheapest Tuition Fees for International Students?

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If you want to study in the UK, unfortunately it doesn’t come cheap – around £12,200/US$15,640 is needed for living costs alone (and that’s if you don’t study in the more expensive London).

Domestic/EU students can now be charged a maximum of £9,250 (~€10,060) for an undergraduate degree, while international undergraduate tuition fees vary considerably.

So, if you’re on a budget and looking for more affordable options, here are the 12 cheapest UK universities for international students, based on data from the recently published Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017/18, conducted by . All fees are for overseas students starting an undergraduate degree in 2017.

Of course, these fees are still high – but luckily there are plenty of scholarships available.

1. Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University

Annual international tuition fees: £9,700 (~US$12,400)

Previously known as Leeds Metropolitan University, the cheapest UK university for international students is Leeds Beckett University, where tuition fees for non-EU students are only £450 more than the amount paid by all domestic/EU students (£9,250 a year, which is about €10,060/US$11,860 at the time of writing).

Although it doesn’t currently appear in the QS World University Content®, Leeds Beckett does receive four stars out of five in the QS Stars opt-in rating system, scoring top marks for its Internationalization, Specialist Criteria, Employability, Facilitates and Inclusiveness. Leeds Beckett is popular with international students and was , with 96.6% of graduates in work or further study six months after graduation.  Notable alumni of Leeds Beckett include Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson.

2. University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Annual international tuition fees: £9,750 (~US$12,480)

Next on our look at the cheapest UK universities for international students is the University of Bedfordshire, which has its two main campuses in Luton and Bedford, two lively student towns with excellent links to London if you’re ever in the mood for a day trip. Despite its name, the university also has campuses in Buckinghamshire. The university has more than 24,000 students of 100 different nationalities, and has a graduate employment/further study rate of 92%.

=3. Royal Agricultural University

Royal Agricultural University

Annual international tuition fees: £10,000 (~US$12,800)

Joint third for the lowest tuition fees is the specialized Royal Agricultural University, the oldest agricultural college in the English-speaking world (founded in 1845). It’s located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, a market town with fascinating Roman origins.

=3. York St John University

York St John University

Annual international tuition fees: £10,000 (~US$12,800)

If you’re interested in studying up north in the historic city of York, York St John University could be ideal. The university has almost 6,000 students, with far more women enrolled than men, and has a graduate employment rate of 94%.

5. The University of Suffolk

University of Suffolk

Annual international tuition fees: £10,080 (~US$12,900)

The next of these cheapest universities for international students in the UK is also one of the youngest, with the University of Suffolk only 10 years old (having been founded in 2007). The university has around 5,000 students, again with a large proportion of female students. It has five sites, with its main campus in Ipswich.

6. University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

Annual international tuition fees: £10,200 (~US$13,070)

If you want to study in Wales, the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David could be ideal, offering the cheapest tuition fees for international students in the country. It’s another young university, founded in 2010 through the merger of some of the oldest universities in Wales, the University of Wales, Lampeter (UWL) and Trinity University College (TUC).

=7. University of Chester

University of Chester

Annual international tuition fees: £10,500 (~US$13,440)

The next in our list of the cheapest universities for international students, the University of Chester, has been in existence since 1839 (when it was known as Chester Diocesan Training College) and didn’t gain full university status until 2005. The university has five campuses in and around Chester, one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the country, and has around 19,850 students.

=7. University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Annual international tuition fees: £10,500 (~US$13,440)

In the northwest, the University of Cumbria is another young university offering lower tuition fees than many other universities in the UK. Formed by a merger of previous universities in 2007, the university is continuing to grow academically as well as geographically.

=7. Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Annual international tuition fees: £10,500 (~US$13,440)

Tied with Cumbria as the seventh cheapest university for international students in the UK is Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), the only Scottish institution to feature in this list. GCU was founded in 1993 by a merger and today has more than 20,000 students. It was the first Scottish university to open a campus in London, and the first in the UK to do so in New York.

=7. Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University

Annual international tuition fees: £10,500 (~US$13,440)

Representing south England is Southampton Solent University, which combines lower tuition fees with easy access to the beach. More than 95% of Solent’s graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation, and the university receives three QS Stars, including five-star scores for its inclusiveness and teaching.

=7. University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland

Annual international tuition fees: £10,500 (~US$13,440)

Another of the cheapest universities for international students is the University of Sunderland, which has its roots in the Sunderland Technical College (founded 1901) and gained university status in 1992. As well as its two campuses in Sunderland, the university has a site in London, and recently opened a Hong Kong campus.

=7. Wrexham Glyndŵr University

Wrexham Glyndŵr University

Annual international tuition fees: £10,500 (~US$13,440)

Concluding our look at the cheapest UK universities is another Welsh option, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, which has campuses in Wrexham, Northop and St Asaph in north-east Wales, as well as a campus in Kingston-upon-Thames, London. The university takes its name from the Welsh hero Owain Glyndŵr, the last native Welshman to hold the title of Prince of Wales.

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Sabrina is a content writer for TopUniversities.com, providing guidance on a wide range of topics. A graduate of Aberystwyth University, Sabrina is originally from the West Midlands but now lives in London. 

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