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How much does education cost in the UK? Education in England

Last Updated: 22 May, 2024

Great Britain is the second most popular country for education, trailing only the United States in the number of foreign students.

Great Britain is the most popular country for education, second only to the USA in terms of the number of foreign students. High-quality education, top schools and universities, cultural diversity, and competitive prices attract students from all over the world to the UK.
We have prepared an overview of the cost of education in the UK focusing on the most quality and prestigious programs, from language courses to executive MBA programs.

Language Schools for Adults:
The cost of language schools in England for ages 17+ varies from £200 to £500 per week for tuition and around £300-£500 per week for accommodation with a host family or in residences.

Language Courses and Summer Camps for Children:
The cost of language courses and summer camps for children under 18 ranges from £400 per week for day programs to £1300-£3500 for programs at boarding schools and prestigious universities in the UK.

Boarding Schools and Colleges (Secondary Education):
The cost of private day schools in the UK for children under 18 is approximately £15,000-£40,000 per year. The cost is influenced by the student's age, as well as the prestige, location, and infrastructure of the school. For example, a year at the top school Westminster in central London approaches £40,000, while a smaller school in the London suburbs would be around £20,000 per year.
The cost of boarding schools ranges from £30,000 to £60,000 per year and includes accommodation and meals. For instance, Eton or Wellington College would cost around £50,000 per year, while sixth form colleges with comfortable single-room accommodation would cost around £60,000 per year. However, less popular schools farther from London may offer tuition with accommodation for around £30,000 per year.

International Foundation Programs:
The cost of pre-university preparation programs at universities varies from £20,000 to £28,000 per year. Accommodation with meals will cost from £15,000 per year.

Universities (Higher Education):
The cost of tuition at universities in the UK varies depending on the chosen field of study. Programs involving laboratory work are significantly more expensive than programs in humanities and social sciences.
The cost for humanities and social sciences starts from £16,000 per year and goes up to £30,000-£45,000 for engineering and medical programs. The most prestigious universities — Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College — cost from £33,000 for economics to £49,000 for medicine.
The cost of education for British students living in the UK and Ukrainian students with Home for Ukraine status is subsidized by the government and amounts to £9,250 per year.
Bachelor's programs usually last for 3 years, except for medicine and architecture. Accommodation with meals will cost from £15,000 per year.

Master's Programs:
The cost of a Master's degree in the UK depends on the chosen field of study and ranges from £20,000 to £42,000 per year, with a duration of 1-2 years.

MBA Programs:
An MBA at prestigious universities in the UK costs from £50,000 for a one-year program at Bayes Business School to £125,000 for a 1.5-year Executive MBA program at London Business School. Accommodation with meals will cost from £20,000 per year.
While education in England may seem more expensive than in other European countries, you will notice that it is significantly cheaper than in the USA. Lower competition and tuition costs at British universities attract thousands of students from the USA, making them one of the largest groups of students in the UK.
If you want to learn more about studying opportunities in England, from learning English to applying to top schools and universities, contact the UK Study Centre.

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