International Fees Changes

Tuition Fees have changed for EU, EEA, and Swiss Nationals. This is all you need to know before applying to university in the United Kingdom.

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UK Tuition Fees have changed for EU, EEA, and Swiss Nationals.

When the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, it was clear that significant changes would be seen in upcoming years – especially in education. In June 2020, the Minister of State for Universities published a statement briefly detailing what these changes were.

We’ll give you a full breakdown below and explain which tuition fees relate to you.

UK tuition fee changes for EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals

Instead of being considered a Home Student, you’ll now be categorised under Overseas or as an International Student. This means a few different things:

Will EU Students Pay International Fees?

Oxford and Cambridge International Fees

For a course at Oxford, tuition fees will now vary between £27,840 and £48,600.

For Cambridge, the situation is very similar and tuition fees for international students will vary per course. For courses in Group 1 like Law (their lowest bracket), the university will charge £23,340, and for courses such as Medical and Veterinary Science in Group 4 (their highest bracket), you will now need to pay £60,942.

The tables below show examples of these changes in some of the courses at Oxbridge.

Cambridge (Undergraduate)Annual Course Fees in £
Courses:Before 31st July 2021After 1st August 2021
Medicine9,250
60,942
Law23,340
Computer Science35,517
Mathematics26,031
Oxford (Undergraduate)Annual Course Fees in £
Courses:Before 31st July 2021After 1st August 2021
Medicine
9,250
48,600
Law29,500
PPE29,500
Economics & Management32,480

Other universities will have different fees so it’s important that you check the website of the university you’re applying to, to get the most accurate information.

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When are The UK tuition fee changes happening?

In order to ensure a smooth transition, the UK has agreed on a specific date for the tuition fee changes to come into effect. The government created an extensive document detailing these changes, but we’ll include a summary below.

Students starting on or before 31st July 2021:

Students starting on or after 1st August 2021:

Are there exceptions to UK tuition fee changes?

Yes, there are. If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss National with pre-settled or settled status in the UK, the above changes do not apply to you. In simpler terms, if you were living in the UK prior to 31st December 2020 and have applied for pre-settled or settled status, you will still be categorised under Home Student.

Why are fees changing?

With the UK leaving the European Union, the nation had to take a closer look at every single process conducted in accordance to the European Union laws and agreements. For the education sector, the UK decided that current arrangements were not beneficial for the country hence the tuition fee changes.


In order to understand why these changes were made, we’ll go into more detail and explain why fees are higher for international students in the first place.


There are two main factors to consider: the costs of delivering a course in the UK and who pays for Home Student’s fees. Universities in the UK are told by the government how much they can charge domestic students (currently this amount sits at £9250). This is valid for all universities. The issue with this rule – which benefits students the most – is that delivering a course does not cost £9250.


As such, universities are losing money with domestic students and use international fees to make up the difference in a process described as cross-subsidisation. Moreover, it wouldn’t be possible for the Student Loan Company to subsidise every student that wishes to study in the UK. This would simply not be economically viable.


As such, the rationale behind it is very simple: prioritise the education of Home Students since they are more likely to stay in the country and help the economy.

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