UCL Tuition Fees for International Students Undergraduate

Last Updated on May 25, 2024 by Team College Learners

The University College London (UCL) is a prestigious institution known for its excellent academic programs and research opportunities. For international undergraduate students looking to pursue their studies at UCL, tuition fees are an important consideration. For example, for the BSc Physics program starting in 2024–25, international students will be required to pay £37,500 per year over the course of their studies. It is important to note that tuition fees for entrants in 2025–26 or later may be higher and will be announced in August 2024.

In order to be considered for admission to UCL as an international undergraduate student, there are several basic requirements that must be met. Firstly, applicants must have completed a high school education equivalent to the UK A-levels or International Baccalaureate. Additionally, they must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by providing valid scores from recognized language proficiency tests such as the IELTS or TOEFL. It is also important to note that some programs may have specific subject requirements or additional qualifications needed for admission.

The admission process for international undergraduate students at UCL typically involves submitting an online application through the university’s admissions portal. Along with the application form, applicants are required to provide academic transcripts, a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and any other relevant supporting documents. Once all required materials have been submitted, applicants may be invited for an interview or assessment, depending on the program they are applying to. Admission decisions are typically made based on academic achievements, English language proficiency, and overall fit for the chosen program of study.

Tuition Fees for Overseas (International) Students

Tuition and fees are the price you pay for your college class. This amount may change based on your academic program, the number of credit hours you take, and whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student. Tuition is charged at different rates from one type of institution to another. In view of the higher cost of schooling, students give almost equal weight to the price and academics when making their college selection.

For Overseas undergraduate students only, UCL implemented fixed fees from the academic year 2018 onwards.

The overseas fee values published below, unless otherwise indicated in the programme Notes, are the fees that will be charged to 2024–25 entrants for each year of study on the programme.

For example, if you’re starting the BSc Physics in 2024–25, you’ll pay £37,500 in 2024–25, and £37,500 in 2025–26 and £37,500 in 2026–27.

Entrants in 2025–26 or later (including deferred students) will pay higher fees, which will be published in August 2024.

Undergraduate fees for 2023 to 2024

The full list of undergraduate fees for new students enrolling at UCL for the first time in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

UK undergraduates

On 24 February 2022, the UK Government announced that the tuition fee cap for UK undergraduate students for the academic years 2023-24 and 2024-25 would remain at £9,250.

View the announcement on the UK Government website

In the academic year 2023-24, continuing UK (and EU, where applicable) undergraduate students will continue to pay tuition fees as follows:

  • Entrants in 2017-18 or later:
    • £9,250 full-time
    • £4,625 part-time
  • Entrants in 2016-17 or earlier:
    • £9,000 full-time
    • £4,500 part-time

In future years, fees for continuing students who started in the 2017-18 academic year or later may be subject to an increase in fees, if the government increases the current fee cap above £9,250. Fees will remain at £9,000 (full-time) and £4,500 (part-time) for undergraduates who commenced in 2016-17 or earlier.

Overseas (International) Undergraduates and Masters

For overseas undergraduate students only, UCL has implemented fixed fees since 2018-19. The overseas fee values published below, unless otherwise indicated in the programme Notes, are the fees that will be charged to 2023-24 entrants for each year of study on the programme. For example, if you’re starting the BSc Physics in 2023-24, you’ll pay £35,000 in 2023-24, £35,000 in 2024-25 and £35,000 in 2025-26.

Continuing students from 2017-18 or earlier will remain in their existing fee structure and may be subject to an increase in fees of up to 5% annually.

Entrants in 2024-25 or later (including deferred students) will pay higher fees, which will be published in August 2023.

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UCL tuition fees for international students undergraduate

The University of London was founded in 1836 and has evolved into one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Today, it has more than 150 years’ experience providing high quality education to students from around the globe.

The University of London is made up of a number of colleges, including University College London (UCL). UCL is one of the largest universities in the UK, with more than 5,000 students representing over 160 countries worldwide. The number of international students studying at UCL has increased significantly over recent years; its student body now boasts more than 1,600 international students studying on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

The Tuition Fees for international students have been tailored to give you an idea of fees that you can expect should you wish to study at University College London (UCL). The fees shown should be used as a guideline only and should not be regarded as the complete amount that will be payable by all students. They are correct at the time of posting but may be subject to change

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Please note the information below relates to the 2020/21 academic year. Information about fees for the 2021/22 academic year will be published here as soon as it becomes available.

How much are fees?

UCL’s annual tuition fees for students commencing in the academic year 2020/21 are set at £9,250 for UK and EU students on the vast majority of undergraduate programmes.

UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme).

UCL financial aid international students

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UCL is a world-leading research and teaching university, so it’s no surprise that the tuition fees for international students are high. However, UCL’s scholarship fund can help you get a discount on your tuition fees. In total, there are over £6million in scholarships available for undergraduate students from all over the world who meet the competitive academic standards of UCL.

The majority of UK and EU students use a tuition fee loan from Student Finance to pay for their fees.

If approved, the tuition fee loan will be paid directly from Student Finance to UCL on your behalf.

Interest Rates

Interest starts to accrue on your Student Finance Loans from the time you receive your first payment. The interest rate varies between RPI and RPI+3% depending on your circumstances.  

Find out more about interest on Student Finance loans

Repayment

You will begin repayment from the April following your graduation and when your income is over £25,725 per year.

You repay 9% of your income over £25,000 each year. For someone earning £30,000 per year this works out at £37 per month in repayments. Repayments are taken directly out of your salary at the same time as tax and National Insurance.

NOTE FOR EU STUDENTS: UK WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION

EU students starting a programme in the 2020/21 academic year will be charged at the same rate as home/UK students, currently £9,250 per year – the same fees as those who began in 2019/20 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the UCL fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their programme as students who began in 2019/20 – even if their degree concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2021/22 and beyond.

Further information
  • Student Loans Company
  • Student Finance (GOV.UK)
  • UCL Students: Fees and Funding
  • UCL and Brexit
  • UCL fees schedule

UCL tuition fees international students

Please note the the information below relates to the 2020/21 academic year. Information about fees for the 2021/22 academic year will be published here as soon as it becomes available.

For International (Overseas) undergraduate students, UCL has implemented ‘Fixed Fees’ from 2018/19. The Overseas fee values published below, unless otherwise indicated in the fee notes for each programme, are the fees that will be charged to 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme. For example, International (Overseas) students starting the BSc Physics in 2020/21 will pay £28,610 in 2020/21, £28,610 in 2021/22 and £28,610 in 2022/23.

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For 2020, fees were:

  • £19,720 for most Education programmes;
  • £19,960 for most Linguistics programmes;
  • £21,260 for most Arts, Humanities and Social Science-based programmes;
  • £22,080 for Laws;
  • £23,290 for Arts and Sciences (BASc) programmes;
  • £23,290 for most Economics programmes;
  • £25,110 for most Mathematics programmes;
  • £25,780 for most Geography programmes;
  • £26,490 for most Life Sciences programmes (£23,290 for Pharmacy MPharm);
  • £26,540 for most Architecture programmes;
  • £27,030 for most Statistics programmes;
  • £27,540 for most Archaeology programmes;
  • £28,040 for Fine Art;
  • £28,610 for most Science programmes (£31,270 for Computer Science);
  • £28,610 for most Engineering and Astrophysics programmes;
  • Medicine TBC. Please note in response to a recent Government consultation, fees for Overseas students entering the MBBS from 2020 onwards will increase to include clinical placement fees. The UK government is expected to require international students at publicly funded medical schools to pay the full cost of their clinical placements (which are undertaken during Years 4-6 of our programme). See prospectus page for more information. 

Fees for each individual programme can be found on the programme entries in this Prospectus.

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Scholarships

We offer you a range of scholarships if you’re a student from overseas. These vary in terms of both value and eligibility criteria.

Some scholarships are linked to particular countries.

Use UCL International Students Country Search to find country-specific scholarships

Some scholarships are linked to particular departments and degrees. This funding may be available for international students but please check the criteria.

Search our undergraduate degrees pages to check for degree-related scholarships.

Other scholarships are listed on UCL’s Scholarships and Funding web pages.

UCL Undergraduate Scholarships and Funding

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Living Costs

‘Average living costs’ can be difficult to predict, as every student will have different priorities and lifestyle choices. However, for a rough idea, there are some estimations below for an undergraduate in UCL halls, postgraduate in UCL halls and any student renting privately in London.

All costs other than rent and travel are guided by Save the Student’s annual National Student Money Survey for 2020.

Undergraduate student in UCL halls

CostsPer weekPer 39 week academic year
Average rent£211£8,229
Student bus pass£15£585
Food£31£1,209
Course materials£4£156
Mobile phone£4£156
Going out£12£468
Clothes, health, other£14£546
Total£291£11,349

 

Postgraduate student in UCL halls

CostsPer weekPer 52 week academic year
Average rent£236£12,272
Student bus pass£15£780
Food£31£1,612
Course materials£4£208
Mobile phone£4£208
Going out£12£624
Clothes, health, other£14£728
Total£316£16,432

 

Undergraduate or Postgraduate student in privately rented accommodation

CostsPer weekPer 52 week contract          
Average rent£166£8,632
Household bills£8£416
Student bus pass£15£780
Food£31£1,612
Course materials£4£208
Mobile phone£4£208
Going out£12£624
Clothes, health, other£14£728
Total£254£13,208

 

International Students

As an international student there are some additional costs you will need to consider when coming to study in the UK.
If you need to arrange a Student Visa, there are costs associated with this. These include the fee for the visa, the healthcare surcharge, and the financial evidence needed as part of your visa application.
More information on arranging a student visa is available on the Student Visas page and the Applying from outside the UK page. 
You should also consider your travel costs, and if you will need to purchase items you are unable to bring with you, for example bedding. Further advice is available on the International Students page.

Student Parents

Students with dependents will have additional costs to consider, depending on their circumstances. For more information on UCL support available please read the Student Support and Wellbeing team’s pages for Student Parents.

Budgeting

The above estimations will give you a rough idea of how much coming to UCL may cost. However, it it also important to look at the funding you will have available to you and adapt your lifestyle to fit within that budget.

Whether it’s from student loans, scholarships, support from family or income from a part time job, you will only have a finite amount of income to support yourself. It is important to choose accommodation and adapt your lifestyle to match the money that you have available to you.

Ideas on how to maximise your income and minimise your costs as a student can be found on this page.

In order to manage your money well at university, you will need to make a budget. This is a simple process of looking at how much money you have coming in and tracking how much money you are spending. If you’re not sure where to start, there are some useful online resources that can help you:

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