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Tuition fees explained

The cost of studying abroad explained.

Here at International Education Week in the UK we believe you should make an informed decision about your higher education and question the value for money you get from your university of choice?

If you are thinking about studying abroad and want to know what it costs then read on!

Studying abroad isn’t as expensive as you might think. In most of Europe it is free tuition or the fee is considerably smaller than the £9,000 a year tuition here in the UK. If you are thinking about going further afield you could find yourself a scholarship or bursary opportunity for the USA, Canada or Australia.

Here’s an overview of what it might cost to study in each country:

The UK - £9,000 or more per year


  • Since 2008 higher education studies have been free of charge. However, you need to complete your studies within an agreed timeframe certain. If you go over the agreed timeframe you will be subject to pay a fee for each term after your agreed completion date


  • Whilst tuition is quite high in Australia you might benefit from reduced tuition if you hold dual citizenship or find a scholarship opportunity. Tuition can from 18,000 Australian dollars


  • Fees at Belgian public higher education institutions is around €500 per year for most of the study programs. In some cases it can cost slightly more e.g. postgraduate courses


  • The tuition will depend on the course and institution. Most international fees start at about CA$15,000 (£9,300) per year


  • The rates range from around £144 for an undergraduate course to £200 for a masters. Additional fees may be required for specific courses and services
  • Tuition will vary for private institutions – particularly schools of business and management – are slightly higher (from £2,400 to £8,000 a year)
  • Some specific scholarships exist for certain courses of study (e.g. Engineering, Medicine, etc) – This information will be made available on the university website


  • Tuition is free for EU students studying bachelor’s and master’s programmes


  • Tuition at all public universities is free for both German and international students


  • Tuition is free in Denmark


  • There are no tuition fees in Ireland. Although there is an admin fee for each year of study which is around 3,000 euros


  • At public universities, fees are about £680-£800 per year. Fees vary depending on the institution and there is sometimes a means-tested element, which might mean you can get support towards costs depending on your household income


  • EU Students do not have to pay for tuition, but there is a small fee payable to the student union each semester of around £40 in some universities


  • Public universities have the power to decide the level of tuition fees. However, the Ministry of Education establishes a minimum fee equivalent to 1.3 times the minimum national wage rate. Full time students on bachelors and masters programmes pay an average of €950-1,250 per year


  • Public university fees are set by education bodies at a regional level, so these vary around the country. The costs are much lower than in the UK, you can expect tuition to range from about £400 to £1,000 per year. Private universities are much more expensive


  • Tuition costs are free, there is a small fee of about £25 payable to the student union each semester

The Netherlands

  • Based on current exchange rates annual tuition fees are about €1,700 for EU students for undergraduate courses, although fees could be higher at private universities and university colleges


  • Fees will start at about US$20,000 a year and can range to US$40,000 for one of the Ivy League institutions
  • Finance should not deter you from exploring your options in the USA. Universities quite often operate a need-blind admissions process for all applicants, including foreign nationals or provide access to scholarships and bursaries. An applicant's ability to pay has no impact on admissions decisions

Remember if you are an EU student you will qualify for the same level of tuition as the rate of tuition in that country. So if it is free tuition in Denmark for a Danish student then it is free tuition for all European citizens. If a Danish student comes to the UK they will be subject to the same level of tuition as a UK student and would be able to access tuition fee support from Student Finance England. But we have left the EU? There's no need to worry until we know exactly the results of the EU negotiations for Brexit. Even if UK students had to pay for their studies in Europe at the same rate as those outside of the European Union (International Fees), it will be considerably cheaper than the UK!

Also, for a long time students have been deterred from applying to places where tuition costs are higher, but with the right approach and accurate information you may be able to find a scholarships or bursary of some description. Check each university website carefully!

International Education Week in the UK is a platform that aims to connect UK Students with universities outside the UK. It is the first official week dedicated to studying overseas.

Look out for more information on our events

Study Abroad Fair in Birmingham - Sunday March 11th 2018

Study Abroad Fair in Leeds - Saturday March 17th 2018

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