The cost of studying can mount up. Sam Pope helps you stay flush

Whatever your final choice is, for the best educational establishment, you will be faced with quite hefty tuition fees. The exact cost will depend on the college or university and also the nature of the subject. The guidelines listed below are approximate annual estimates and do not include living expenses.

Undergraduate degrees

Arts: £6,250-£7,650

Sciences: £6,500-£9,950

Clinical: £6,950-£18,000

Postgraduate degrees

Arts: £6,750-£8,200

Sciences: £6,500-£9,950

Clinical: £6,200-£17,400

MBAs cost from £7,500 to £13,500, although some of the more high-profile institutions can charge up to £20,000 for their courses.

How to pay

Your college or university should provide you with information on paying your tuition fees before you leave home. The best way to do so is well in advance by bank transfer. Alternatively, bring a cheque or even a banker's draft, payable to your institution, to hand in on arrival. For safety reasons, never carry large amounts of cash or travellers' cheques with you when you travel.

Scholarships and alternative sources of funding

The British Council offers some scholarships to international students but you need to contact your local office for details of what is available to students in your country. These scholarships are offered at least one academic year in advance, so make sure you apply at least 18 months before your departure date. You can also search for most scholarships online at www.educationuk.org.

The Council for International Education (UKCOSA) website, www.ukcosa.org.uk, has useful information on, and links to, sources of funding for international students, as well as details on student fees, support and financial hardship.

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