It is important that you plan your finances carefully when considering coming to the UK to study. The information below is for the 2018/19 academic year.

International Scholarships - undergraduate and postgraduate students

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new international scholarship programme for 2018 entrants.

We have a number of scholarships available:

  • For undergraduates to the value of 50% of tuition fee costs for the first year
  • For postgraduates to the value of 50% of the full tuition fee

Scholarships will be awarded on a merit basis for outstanding academic achievement, assessed in accordance with the International Scholarships Terms and Conditions.

University of Cumbria international applicants, who hold an unconditional offer and have accepted their place, are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Please read the terms and conditions carefully and complete the International Scholarship Application form.

Scholarships are available in the following subject areas: business, creative arts, law, science, literature, sport, outdoor and social sciences.

Scholarships are not available for NHS- funded courses (Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Social Work etc.) or for degrees leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). To check whether or not your course participates in the scholarship programme, please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk.

2018 International Scholarship Application Form

Terms and conditions

These terms and conditions apply to all International Student Scholarships offered at University of Cumbria.

  1. Applicants must hold an offer of a place of study on an eligible full-time bachelor’s degree, top-up degree or a taught master’s degree (180 credits) at the University of Cumbria. For students enrolling on programmes lasting more than one year the scholarship is awarded for the first year of the programme only.
  2. All scholarship applicants/recipients must be self-funding students with overseas fee status.
  3. Applicants must hold an unconditional offer for their place of study and must have accepted their offer.
  4. Applicants must have no outstanding offer conditions attached to their place of study except for the tuition fee deposit and passport photocopy.
  5. All scholarship applicants/recipients must provide evidence of funds to cover the remaining tuition fee balance and living costs, as per Home Office requirements, for one academic year in the UK.
  6. The balance of tuition fee is due at or before registration.
  7. Scholarship applicants must complete the scholarship application form.
  8. The closing date for applications is 5:00pm (GMT) Friday 13th July 2018; scholarship applications received after this date will not be considered.
  9. Applications should be submitted by email to scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk
  10. Scholarship applications will be considered and assessed by a Scholarship Award Panel. The Panel may take into account the following aspects: academic performance, English language, merit of personal statement and the short essay.
  11. The Scholarship Award Panels decision will be finalised during the last two weeks of July 2018 and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by email by the end of July 2018.
  12. The decision of the Scholarship Award Panel is final - the university will not provide feedback or enter into any correspondence with unsuccessful candidates regarding their decision.
  13. Successful scholarship applicants must meet any outstanding conditions (i.e. tuition fee deposit / passport photocopy) by 5.00pm (GMT) on 3rd August 2018 to receive the scholarship.
  14. Scholarships can only be taken for the academic year 2018-19 and may not be deferred to any other period
  15. Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants in receipt of a scholarship from any other source
  16. By accepting the scholarship, it is expected that scholars will assist the university with internationalisation events and provide a photograph and statement to be included in our publicity
  17. Courses which are eligible for scholarship awards are in the following areas of study: creative arts, business, law, science, literature, sports, outdoor and social sciences. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check that their chosen course is eligible for scholarship applications before an application is submitted (please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk if you require clarification)

The Award

  1. The scholarships will not be paid in cash. Scholarships will be deducted from the first year's tuition fees on registration at the University of Cumbria.
  2. Scholarship winners will be asked to provide a case study which may be used in university publications or on the website.
  3. This award cannot be held in conjunction with any other university awards or discounts.

Tuition fees for international students

The following tuition fees are for undergraduate students studying in the 2018/19 academic year (between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019). This includes new students starting in 2018/19 and continuing students who began in 2016/17 or 2017/18.

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Undergraduate tuition fees
Course levelTuition fee (annual)
Bachelor's degree (BA, BSc, LLB) £10,500
BA (Hons) Social Work £15,500
DipHE or CertHE £10,500
BA or BSc with integrated foundation year £7,500 (year 1)
£10,500 (years 2-4)
Sandwich or placement year £1,600
Foundation degree (FdA, FdSc) £10,500
Premium Foundation (FdSc) £10,500
Health pre-registration programmes £15,500
Non-medical prescribing £2,875
Pre-sessional English (6 weeks) £1,554
Pre-sessional English (12 weeks) £3,108

 † An early payment discount is available for international students. 

Please note: These fees apply to the 2018/19 academic year only and may be subject to inflationary increases in subsequent years of study.

Fee Deposit Policy

Before you can get started with your course, you will be required to pay a deposit of up to £5,000 (the exact amount will be listed in your offer letter). Until we receive this deposit, you will not be issued a 'Confirmation of Acceptance'. Your offer letter will provide more information on how to pay your deposit, but we recommend paying online. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable unless your visa is refused due to exceptional circumstances.

Pay your deposit online

Payment instructions

Alternatively you can provide a letter of sponsorship/financial guarantee. This must be on letter-headed paper and include the following information:

  • name of the programme and academic year for which the sponsorship applies
  • amount of sponsorship (for example, full fees or specified amount in pounds sterling)
  • your full name (as stated on your passport)
  • your student identification number
  • address and named contact to which the University of Cumbria should send the invoice
  • full name and address of the sponsoring institution

Pre-sessional courses

Those required to attend a pre-sessional course will need to pay the full fee, in addition to the deposit, which is part payment of the substantive programme fee. The university will not issue the unconditional offer or CAS until both the deposit and full pre-sessional fees are paid.

If a student on the 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress on academic grounds, the full deposit for the substantive programme will be repaid. If a student on either the 6-week or 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress as a result of non-attendance, poor attendance or lack of effort, the deposit for the substantive programme will not be repaid.

Deposit refunds

A refund of the deposits will only be considered where a student has been refused a visa for non-fraudulent reasons. Students may apply for a refund by sending copies of the official visa refusal notification from the Home Office (UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)), together with passport details. The university reserves the right to verify details with UKVI.

Where the university decides to make a refund of the deposit, this will be refunded in pounds sterling to the person who originally made the payment. The university will transfer the deposit in the most cost-effective way but will not be liable for any bank charges involved in the money transfer. Refunds will not be made if the visa application is refused, or a CAS is withdrawn, on the grounds of fraudulent activity by the student, or due to failure to disclose full details in the application.

Refunds will not be made if the student fails to attend at the start of the programme or withdraws after the start of the programme.

Paying your tuition fees

After you have paid your deposit or provided your sponsorship letter, you can decide to pay the fee balance in full, or you can follow our instalment plan.

An early payment discount is available if you choose to pay your full annual tuition fee by registration and not in instalments. The early payment discount is only available to self-funded students in their first year, and excludes pre-sessional courses, partnerships and students receiving other benefits such as scholarships.

If you choose to pay in instalments you will be required to pay 75% of your total tuition fees prior to registration. The deposit you have already paid will be included.  For example: If your tuition fees are £10,000, and you’ve paid a deposit of £5000, you’ll need to pay £2,500 prior to registration to complete the 75% requirement. The remaining 25% must be paid three weeks before the end of your first term.  

Start dateDue date for payment
September 2017 75% due on registration (September), 25% due by 1 December
January 2018 75% due on registration (January), 25% due by 12 March

If you are enrolling onto a one semester programme or short course, the tuition fee must be paid in full prior to the start of the programme or course. If your tuition is being sponsored, then you will not be able to pay with an instalment plan.

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.

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Paying for your accommodation

If you choose to stay in univerisity accommodation you will be required to make a pre-payment of £250, and a pre-payment of £100 towards catering packages.

After you have made the pre-payment(s), and the contract has been returned, the balance of your contract will be due. Payment must be made by registration. Instalments are not available.

Please note that you do have the option to pay for the accommodation and catering in full with the contract.

Payment must be made in pounds sterling. You will be given the option online to convert your currency when making a payment.

Pay for your accommodation

If you’re having trouble paying online or have any questions, please contact your admissions officer who can give you advice about paying by bank transfer.

Planning your finances

Studying in a different country is a big financial investment, so you need to ensure you have everything planned when it comes to spending your money.

Read more

There are many points to consider before submitting your application, such as food, accommodation and other day-to-day expenses.

We recommend that you budget at least £5,500 for an academic year in the UK. This will include your accommodation and living expenses. To help you plan effectively, we suggest using the online UNIAID International Student Calculator to set a proper budget for your academic life.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study with the University you need to provide evidence of minimum funds that will be available to you. Please see UKVI requirements on their website in the “Tier 4 of the points based system: policy guidance” booklet. You will also find details of UKVI’s current requirements for the evidence you will need to provide during your application.

Tuition fees for international students

The following tuition fees are for PGCE students studying in the 2018/19 academic year (between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019). 

University-based

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 academic year is £10,500 for international students.

Fee Deposit Policy

Before you can get started with your course, you will be required to pay a deposit of up to £5,000 (the exact amount will be listed in your offer letter). Until we receive this deposit, you will not be issued a 'Confirmation of Acceptance'. Your offer letter will provide more information on how to pay your deposit, but we recommend paying online. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable unless your visa is refused due to exceptional circumstances.

Pay your deposit online

Payment instructions (PDF)

Alternatively you can provide a letter of sponsorship/financial guarantee. This must be on letter-headed paper and include the following information:

  • name of the programme and academic year for which the sponsorship applies
  • amount of sponsorship (for example, full fees or specified amount in pounds sterling)
  • your full name (as stated on your passport)
  • your student identification number
  • address and named contact to which the University of Cumbria should send the invoice
  • full name and address of the sponsoring institution

Pre-sessional courses

Those required to attend a pre-sessional course will need to pay the full fee, in addition to the deposit, which is part payment of the substantive programme fee. The university will not issue the unconditional offer or CAS until both the deposit and full pre-sessional fees are paid.

If a student on the 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress on academic grounds, the full deposit for the substantive programme will be repaid. If a student on either the 6-week or 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress as a result of non-attendance, poor attendance or lack of effort, the deposit for the substantive programme will not be repaid.

Deposit refunds

A refund of the deposits will only be considered where a student has been refused a visa for non-fraudulent reasons. Students may apply for a refund by sending copies of the official visa refusal notification from the Home Office (UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)), together with passport details. The university reserves the right to verify details with UKVI.

Where the university decides to make a refund of the deposit, this will be refunded in pounds sterling to the person who originally made the payment. The university will transfer the deposit in the most cost-effective way but will not be liable for any bank charges involved in the money transfer. Refunds will not be made if the visa application is refused, or a CAS is withdrawn, on the grounds of fraudulent activity by the student, or due to failure to disclose full details in the application.

Refunds will not be made if the student fails to attend at the start of the programme or withdraws after the start of the programme.

Paying your tuition fees

After you have paid your deposit or provided your sponsorship letter, you can decide to pay the fee balance in full, or you can follow our instalment plan.

An early payment discount is available if you choose to pay your full annual tuition fee by registration and not in instalments. The early payment discount is only available to self-funded students in their first year, and excludes pre-sessional courses, partnerships and students receiving other benefits such as scholarships.

If you choose to pay in instalments you will be required to pay 75% of your total tuition fees prior to registration. The deposit you have already paid will be included.  For example: If your tuition fees are £10,000, and you’ve paid a deposit of £5000, you’ll need to pay £2,500 prior to registration to complete the 75% requirement. The remaining 25% must be paid three weeks before the end of your first term.  

Start dateDue date for payment
September 2018 75% due on registration (September), 25% due by 1 December 2018
January 2019 75% due on registration (January), 25% due by 12 March 2019

If you are enrolling onto a one semester programme or short course, the tuition fee must be paid in full prior to the start of the programme or course. If your tuition is being sponsored, then you will not be able to pay with an instalment plan.

School Direct

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 academic year is £10,500 for international students.

Fee Deposit Policy

Before you can get started with your course, you will be required to pay a deposit of up to £5,000 (the exact amount will be listed in your offer letter). Until we receive this deposit, you will not be issued a 'Confirmation of Acceptance'. Your offer letter will provide more information on how to pay your deposit, but we recommend paying online. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable unless your visa is refused due to exceptional circumstances.

Pay your deposit online

Payment instructions

Alternatively you can provide a letter of sponsorship/financial guarantee. This must be on letter-headed paper and include the following information:

  • name of the programme and academic year for which the sponsorship applies
  • amount of sponsorship (for example, full fees or specified amount in pounds sterling)
  • your full name (as stated on your passport)
  • your student identification number
  • address and named contact to which the University of Cumbria should send the invoice
  • full name and address of the sponsoring institution

Pre-sessional courses

Those required to attend a pre-sessional course will need to pay the full fee, in addition to the deposit, which is part payment of the substantive programme fee. The university will not issue the unconditional offer or CAS until both the deposit and full pre-sessional fees are paid.

If a student on the 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress on academic grounds, the full deposit for the substantive programme will be repaid. If a student on either the 6-week or 11-week pre-sessional fails to progress as a result of non-attendance, poor attendance or lack of effort, the deposit for the substantive programme will not be repaid.

Deposit refunds

A refund of the deposits will only be considered where a student has been refused a visa for other than fraudulent reasons. Students may apply for a refund by sending copies of the official visa refusal notification from the British Embassy or High Commission, together with passport details. The university reserves the right to verify details with the embassy or High Commission.

Where the university decides to make a refund of the deposit, this will be refunded in pounds sterling to the person who originally made the payment. The university will transfer the deposit in the most cost-effective way but will not be liable for any bank charges involved in the money transfer. Refunds will not be made if the refusal, or a CAS withdrawal, is on the grounds of fraudulent activity by the student, or due to failure to disclose full details in the application.

Refunds will not be made if the student fails to attend at the start of the programme or withdraws after the start of the programme.

Paying your tuition fees

After you have paid your deposit or provided your sponsorship letter, you can decide to pay the fee balance in full, or you can follow our instalment plan.

An early payment discount is available if you choose to pay your full annual tuition fee by registration and not in instalments. The early payment discount is only available to self-funded students in their first year, and excludes pre-sessional courses, partnerships and students receiving other benefits such as scholarships.

If you choose to pay in instalments you will be required to pay 75% of your total tuition fees prior to registration. The deposit you have already paid will be included.  For example: If your tuition fees are £10,000, and you’ve paid a deposit of £5000, you’ll need to pay £2,500 prior to registration to complete the 75% requirement. The remaining 25% must be paid three weeks before the end of your first term.  

Start dateDue date for payment
September 2018 75% due on registration (September), 25% due by 1 December 2018
January 2019 75% due on registration (January), 25% due by 12 March 2019

If you are enrolling onto a one semester programme or short course, the tuition fee must be paid in full prior to the start of the programme or course. If your tuition is being sponsored, then you will not be able to pay with an instalment plan.

PGCE (non-QTS)

The tuition fee for the 2018/19 academic year is £3,500 for international students.

Paying your fees

You can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students' university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment

Payment instructions (PDF)

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation pages for a full price list and more details about the residences.

Read more

Paying for your accommodation

If you choose to stay in univerisity accommodation you will be required to make a pre-payment of £250, and a pre-payment of £100 towards catering packages.

After you have made the pre-payment(s), and the contract has been returned, the balance of your contract will be due. Payment must be made by registration. Instalments are not available.

Please note that you do have the option to pay for the accommodation and catering in full with the contract.

Payment must be made in pounds sterling. You will be given the option online to convert your currency when making a payment.

Pay for your accommodation

If you’re having trouble paying online or have any questions, please contact your admissions officer who can give you advice about paying by bank transfer.

Planning your finances

Studying in a different country is a big financial investment, so you need to ensure you have everything planned when it comes to spending your money.

Read more

There are many points to consider before submitting your application, such as food, accommodation and other day-to-day expenses.

We recommend that you budget at least £5,500 for an academic year in the UK. This will include your accommodation and living expenses. To help you plan effectively, we suggest using the online UNIAID International Student Calculator to set a proper budget for your academic life.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study with the University you need to provide evidence of minimum funds that will be available to you. Please see UKVI requirements on their website in the “Tier 4 of the points based system: policy guidance” booklet. You will also find details of UKVI’s current requirements for the evidence you will need to provide during your application.

Tuition fees for international students

Postgraduate tuition fees vary based on the intensity and length of the course. The links below provide details of the tuition fees the University charges for each programme.

For information about postgraduate programmes delivered in partnership with Robert Kennedy College, please visit their website.

If the programme you are interested in is not listed or you have further questions, please contact our Course Enquiry Centre.

Taught Degrees

Fees for the 2018-19 academic year (PDF)

Please note that fees for modules and programmes will increase due to inflation.

For information about postgraduate programmes delivered in partnership with Robert Kennedy College, please visit their website.

Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the Student Loans section.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment

Payment instructions

Research Degrees (PhD)

Fees for 2017-18 academic year

Fees for 2018-19 academic year (PDF)

Please note that fees will increase due to inflation. The fees for the 2018-19 academic year will be published in early 2018.

Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the Student Loans section.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment

Payment instructions

Alumni Discount

If you are interested in continuing your studies past graduation, then we’re here to help you get started. We offer a discount on postgraduate fees to eligible graduates of the University of Cumbria, or any of its legacy institutions.

For your first postgraduate award, you could receive as much as a 20% discount on taught courses, or 10% on research degrees. This is for awards of up to a maximum of 180 credits, and does not apply to PGCE students. International students will be entitled to the same absolute discount (not percentage) as home and EU students.

To receive this discount, you must have previously studied at the University of Cumbria as an undergraduate and achieved an award of 120 credits minimum, as well as meet the relevant entry requirements for postgraduate study. For research degrees, this will apply to any alumni that have graduated in the last 5 years. Accreditation of Prior Learning charges are not included in this discount.

We want to reward our students who choose to continue with academia, so for more information on this discount or anything about postgraduate study, please contact the Enquiry Centre.

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.

Read more

Paying for your accommodation

If you choose to stay in univerisity accommodation you will be required to make a pre-payment of £250, and a pre-payment of £100 towards catering packages.

After you have made the pre-payment(s), and the contract has been returned, the balance of your contract will be due. Payment must be made by registration. Instalments are not available.

Please note that you do have the option to pay for the accommodation and catering in full with the contract.

Payment must be made in pounds sterling. You will be given the option online to convert your currency when making a payment.

Pay for your accommodation

If you’re having trouble paying online or have any questions, please contact your admissions officer who can give you advice about paying by bank transfer.

Tuition fees for international students

The tuition fees for CPD courses vary by the subject area, academic level and number of credits.

Health CPD

Health CPD courses (2018/19)

CourseContinuing students*New students*
10-credit module £255 £350
20-credit module £510 £700
Non-medical Prescribing £1,600 £1,600
Prescribing for Community Practitioners £800 £800
Conversion from Supplementary to Independent Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals £400 £400

* Continuing students are those who have studied a CPD module associated with health programmes before 2018/19. New students are those who are registering on their first CPD module associated with health programmes in 2018/19.

Your offer letter will indicate the total number of credits associated with your course and the fee rate for a standard module. 

Health CPD courses (2019/20)

CourseAll students
10-credit module £350
20-credit module £700
Non-medical Prescribing £1,600
Prescribing for Community Practitioners £800
Conversion from Supplementary to Independent Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals £400

Your offer letter will indicate the total number of credits associated with your course and the fee rate for a standard module.

The cost of modules studied in 2020/21 or beyond may be subject to increases. Tuition fees for 2020/21 entry will be confirmed in 2019.

Pro-rata billing

Some courses are calculated on a pro-rata basis, by taking the cost of the equivalent full-time course and dividing it by the number of years it will take to complete. Please note that some course fees may be subject to inflation.

Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the student loans section below.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to student's university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment

Payment instructions (PDF)

Other CPD courses

The tuition fees for part-time courses are based on the full-time fee as set out in the undergraduate and postgraduate sections. It may be calculated either pro-rata or by module, depending on the type of course. To confirm whether your course is modular or pro-rata, please contact uocadmissions@cumbria.ac.uk.

Modular billing

Most part-time students are invoiced by module in each semester. If your programme allows the extension of study beyond the standard period of enrolment, modular billing enables you to study at a rate you can afford, and over a period of time which suits you. 

The tuition fee payable for each module is based on the full-time fee for the relevant year of studyThese fees represent the cost of studying for 120 credits in a year. For 2018/19, this means that each 10 credit module will cost £875.  The tuition fee payable for modules will increase by inflation each year.

Pro-rata billing

Some courses are calculated on a pro-rata basis, by taking the cost of the equivalent full-time course and dividing it by the number of years it will take to complete. Please note that some course fees may be subject to inflation.

Paying your fees

Most students choose to take a student loan. If you are taking a student loan, you won't have to do a thing - the Student Loan Company will pay your fees directly to the university. For more information, please see the student loans section below.

If you decide not to take a student loan, you can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment

Payment instructions (PDF)

Student Financial Regulations

The Student Financial Regulations describes your contractual obligations to the university regarding finance. It includes our policies about:

  • Tuition fees and payments
  • Cancellations, withdrawal from programmes and interruption of studies
  • Debt management procedures
  • Other fees, fines and charges
  • Bursaries and scholarships

Please download and read the regulations before starting your course.

Download the Student Financial Regulations for 2018-19 starters (PDF)

Contact us

We're here to help. If you have any concerns about student finance, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

For queries about student finance and the payment of fees, please contact our Accounts Receivable team at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk

For queries about student loans, scholarships, bursaries or support funds, please contact our Money Advice team at moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk

Frequently asked questions