What is the cheapest UK university for non-EU students, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees

A recent study comparing tuition fees charged by UK universities for the coming academic year reveals that the cheapest classroom-based undergraduate degree course for non-EU students costs UK£9,500 at Bucks New University.

Academics consulting for applying to the UK universities, ProdirektThe annual study, conducted by the Complete University Guide, also revealed that the most expensive classroom-based undergraduate degree course was offered by Imperial College London at UK£24,000 for the year.

The cheapest postgraduate taught course for non-EU students was also offered by Bucks University, costing UK£9,400, with other cheaper universities revealed to be the University of Bedfordshire (UK£9,900) and the University of Chester (UK£9,700) for similar courses.

The most expensive course for non-EU students studying at a university in the UK in 2016/2017 is the post-graduate MBA, which costs UK£49,000 and UK£50,000 respectively at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. International students can also undertake an MBA course for a more reasonable UK£11,250 at the University of Birkbeck and UK£5,400 at the University of Plymouth.

The course fee for UK students for an undergraduate classroom-based course is capped at UK£9,000 and averages UK£8,891, while the average fee for non-EU students is UK£13,394. The difference between fees for UK and non-EU students is more extreme for postgraduate courses where an average fee for home students is UK£6,486, while for non-EU students the fee is UK£13,442 for classroom-based courses and UK£20,956 for clinical courses.

This tuition fee comparison study is pertinent this year after the recent ‘Brexit’ vote by the UK, which could result in EU students no longer being classed in the same category as UK students and eligible for the lower fees. The report shows that the gap between home and international undergraduate fees has grown significantly in the last few years with international student tuition fees rising by 18.6 per cent since 2013. The current cap for tuition fees for UK and EU students is set to increase to £9,250 in 2017/2018.

At the time of writing, UK£1 = US$1.3

By Bethan Norris
Senior Editor, StudyTravel Magazine


Canadian Immigration Minister wants to significantly expand immigration

Canada to significantly expand immigration

Canada's Immigration Minister John McCallumJohn McCallum, Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship wants to significantly expand immigration by attracting more high-skilled workers to meet the country’s growing labour gap. This initiative is one of many developed to promote innovation and grow Canada’s economy.

McCallum will also ease some of the rules to make it easier for international students to come to Canada and become permanent residents.

The Immigration Minister says that before he can ‘substantially increase’ Canada’s immigration levels beyond record levels, he will have to take his plan to cabinet and convince Canadians it’s the right thing to do.

Canada is already seeking to admit between 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents in 2016 — a record increase from the 260,000 to 285,000 newcomers the previous Conservative government had planned to welcome by the end of 2015.


About the application process to the best UK universities

Academics consulting for applying to the UK universities, ProdirektPrestigious universities in Britain (“Russell group” universities) welcome applications from the brightest and the best students worldwide. There is no magic formula for success… you must have an excellent school record and show that you have the stamina to work hard in a very competitive environment.

Almost certainly you will apply to University (and remember the closing date for Oxford and Cambridge and for courses such as Law and Medicine at some other universities is earlier, October not January!)  before the results of your final school examinations, or A Levels, or IB. This means that your previous results ((I) GCSE or equivalent) are very important, since it is the only solid evidence that admissions tutors will have of your academic ability. Typically Oxford expects at least 6 A* grades in GCSE.

UK visa policy has caused an 8.6% decline for non-EU business and administration students last year; an increasingly important role of agent-based recruitment cited

UK visa policy has deterred international business students

UK visa policy has deterred international business students and caused an 8.6 per cent decline in non-EU intake last year, according to a report published today by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) which also highlights the integral role of agent-based recruitment in the sector.

The top 200 universities in Europe in 2016 – Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Best universities in Europe, Verbalists

When assessed on the number of universities in the top 200 in relation to GDP per capita, which reflects spending power, the UK and Germany rank highest.

Overall 22 countries are represented in the top 200 list, which draws upon data from the 800 universities from 70 countries in the overall THE World University Rankings.

Best universities in Europe 2016: top 200

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2015-2016 results

Rank Institution Country
1 University of Oxford UK
2 University of Cambridge UK
3 Imperial College London UK
4 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
5 University College London (UCL) UK
6 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) UK
7 University of Edinburgh UK
8 King’s College London UK
9 Karolinska Institute Sweden
10 LMU Munich Germany
11 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland
12 KU Leuven Belgium
13 Heidelberg University Germany
14 Wageningen University and Research Center Netherlands
15 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
16 Technical University of Munich Germany
17 École Normale Supérieure France
18 University of Manchester UK
19 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
20 Utrecht University Netherlands
21 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
22 Leiden University Netherlands
23 University of Bristol UK
24 Durham University UK
25 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
26 Free University of Berlin Germany
27 University of Groningen Netherlands
28 University of Glasgow UK
28 University of Helsinki Finland
30 University of Tübingen Germany
31 University of Warwick UK
32 Uppsala University Sweden
33 University of Copenhagen Denmark
34 University of Freiburg Germany
35 University of St Andrews UK
36 Maastricht University Netherlands
37 Lund University Sweden
38 University of Exeter UK
39 University of Bonn Germany
40 University of Sheffield UK
41 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) UK
42 University of Göttingen Germany
43 École Polytechnique France
43 University of Basel Switzerland
45 University of Zurich Switzerland
46 Aarhus University Denmark
46 University of Mannheim Germany
48 RWTH Aachen University Germany
48 University of Southampton UK
50 Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Italy
51 Pierre and Marie Curie University France
52 Ghent University Belgium
53 University of Birmingham UK
54 University of Bern Switzerland
55 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Germany
56 Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands
56 University of Münster Germany
58 Royal Holloway, University of London UK
59 Lancaster University UK
60 University of Geneva Switzerland
60 University of York UK
62 University of Leeds UK
63 University of Oslo Norway
64 Stockholm University Sweden
65 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
66 University of Sussex UK
67 University of Vienna Austria
68 University of Nottingham UK
69 University of Lausanne Switzerland
70 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
71 University of East Anglia UK
71 University of Twente Netherlands
73 VU University Amsterdam Netherlands
74 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
75 University of Cologne Germany
76 University of Liverpool UK
77 TU Dresden Germany
78 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
79 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
80 Pompeu Fabra University Spain
80 University of Reading UK
82 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
82 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
82 University of Leicester UK
85 University of Aberdeen UK
86 University of Barcelona Spain
87 University of Konstanz Germany
88 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
88 University College Dublin Republic of Ireland
90 Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Italy
90 University of Gothenburg Sweden
92 Cardiff University UK
92 University of Bergen Norway
94 University of Dundee UK
94 University of Würzburg Germany
96 Paris-Sud University France
97 University of Antwerp Belgium
98 Ulm University Germany
99 University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
100 Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin Germany
-9 Birkbeck, University of London UK
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon France
Goethe University Frankfurt Germany
Newcastle University UK
Paris Diderot University – Paris 7 France
Queen’s University Belfast UK
St George’s, University of London UK
University of Duisburg-Essen Germany
University of Stuttgart Germany
University of Trento Italy
-9 Joseph Fourier University France
Medical University of Vienna Austria
Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University  Russian Federation
Polytechnic University of Milan Italy
Royal Veterinary College UK
Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
Tilburg University Netherlands
University of Bologna Italy
University of Fribourg Switzerland
University of Kiel Germany
-9 Aalborg University Denmark
Aalto University Finland
Bielefeld University Germany
Chalmers University of Technology Sweden
Copenhagen Business School Denmark
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Germany
Paris Descartes University France
Sapienza University of Rome Italy
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Sweden
Vienna University of Technology Austria
-9 Aix-Marseille University France
Bayreuth University Germany
Linköping University Sweden
National University of Ireland, Galway Republic of Ireland
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Republic of Ireland
Tomsk Polytechnic University Russian Federation
University of Bath UK
University of Iceland Iceland
University of Liège Belgium
University of Surrey UK
-9 Justus Liebig University Giessen Germany
Ruhr University Bochum Germany
Technical University of Dortmund Germany
Umeå University Sweden
University of Bordeaux France
University of Hohenheim Germany
University of Innsbruck Austria
University of Padua Italy
University of Southern Denmark Denmark
University of Strasbourg France
University of Trieste Italy
University of Turku Finland
-9 Bangor University UK
Kazan Federal University Russian Federation
Montpellier University France
Plymouth University UK
University of Essex UK
University of Milan Italy
University of Turin Italy
Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium
-9 Aberystwyth University UK
Autonomous University of Madrid Spain
Leibniz University of Hanover Germany
National Research Nuclear University MePhI Russian Federation
Örebro University Sweden
Toulouse 1 Capitole University France
University of Bremen Germany
University of Kent UK
University of Naples Federico II Italy
University of Navarra Spain
University of Pavia Italy
VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava Czech Republic
-9 Loughborough University UK
Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium
University of Crete Greece
University of Florence Italy
University of Greifswald Germany
University of Milan-Bicocca Italy
University of Stirling UK
Verona University Italy
-9 Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa Portugal
Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1 France
Polytechnic University of Turin Italy
Swansea University UK
UiT The Arctic University of Norway Norway
University College Cork Republic of Ireland
University of Cyprus Cyprus
University of Eastern Finland Finland
University of Jyväskylä Finland
University of Tartu Estonia
-9 Graz University of Technology Austria
Lille 2 University – Health and Law France
National University of Ireland, Maynooth Republic of Ireland
Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway
University of Kaiserslautern Germany
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Italy
University of Oulu Finland
University of Rome II – Tor Vergata Italy
University of Rome III Italy
University of St Gallen Switzerland

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 list the best global universities and are the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

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