International students

The tuition fee you pay will vary depending on your fee status and your programme. 

For many applicants, your fee status is the same as your current country of residence. However, not all cases are this straightforward. We use the information you provide on your application to determine your fee status, and will confirm this with you after you submit your application.

Will I be classified as an international student?

You will be probably be classified as an international student if:

  • Your home is NOT in Scotland


  • You are a national from outside the EU

You will not be classified as an international student if you can establish a "relevant connection" with the UK or EU. Find out more below.

Tuition fees 2020/21

Tuition fees for international students Cost per year
Incoming Study Abroad (all programmes): full year £16,970
Incoming Study Abroad (all programmes): one semester £8,485
Arts and Social Sciences programmes £18,370
Science, Engineering, Nursing and College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences programmes £21,920
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) £45,170
MBChB and College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences clinical programmes £47,900
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) £30,500
Law – Graduate entry accelerated (M115) (LLB) £18,370

Additional fees, exceptions and notes

  1. The following additional fees are applicable:
    • Examinations-only students pay the registration fee of £160
  2. The exceptions to standard fees listed are correct at the time of going to press.  However, you should check the fee level applicable to your course of study at the time of your admission.
  3. Fees quoted are for new entrants. Different fees may apply to some continuing students.
  4. International students may, in certain limited circumstances, be admitted to part-time study paying an appropriate percentage of the relevant full-time international fee.
  5. Special fees apply to members of staff undertaking part-time study. Details may be obtained from: Tuition fees for members of staff
  6. Students who are eligible by virtue of previous attendances to sit degree examinations must enter for the examinations at the normal registration period at the beginning of the session and pay a registration fee of £160.
  7. Late fees are charged at 3% with a minimum charge of £5. Late fees will not be charged to sponsors.
  8. From 2016/17 all international students at Scottish Medical Schools must make a contribution to the teaching costs of the NHS (the ACT levy). The University of Glasgow is subsidising this charge for students, and the fee rate provided includes the portion being paid through student fees. No additional payment for the NHS ACT levy above the fee rate will be required from students.

Establishing relevant connection with the UK or EU

If you do not have a ‘relevant connection’ with the UK or EU you will be charged the higher, overseas fee for your studies at the University of Glasgow.

To establish a ‘relevant connection’, certain elements are required, as follows:

  1. You must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or EU throughout the three-year period preceding 1 September, 1 January or 1 April closest to the beginning of the first semester of your programme

  2. You must not have been resident, during any part of that three-year period, wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education

  3. Any overseas applicant who satisfies the ‘ordinarily resident’ criteria in (a) and (b) must also have settled status in the United Kingdom, i.e. there must be no restriction on the length of stay in the UK.

If you are not sure about your status complete the Fee status enquiry form (pdf).

Paying tuition fees

It is important that you take the necessary action so that you will be able to register as a student at the University and quickly gain access to its facilities.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees: