Financial considerations are one of the most important issues when considering studying abroad. As well as the international tuition fees, you will need to factor in the cost of living in the United Kingdom during your studies.
EU, EEA or Swiss nationals who are ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled' in the UK are eligible to apply for home tuition fees in 2021/2022, providing they meet the residency conditions.
Tuition Fees for Academic Year 2021/22
Duration and Fees
General English as a foreign language
(ESOL General English)
*Includes 4-week Summer School course
**Includes 10-week Summer School course
***Includes 10-week Summer School course plus 16 weeks General English
18 weeks - £3,300
22 weeks - £4140*
28 weeks - £5400**
44 weeks - £8100***
A range of courses are available depending on your current English level.
Introductory & Access Courses
(SCQF level 6)
18 weeks - £3600
HNC – Higher National Certificate
(SCQF level 7)
Progression to HNC is dependent on a good pass at Introductory/Access level
HNC – Higher National Certificate
(SCQF level 7)
18 weeks - £5200
HND – Higher National Diploma
(SCQF level 8)
You can also progress to Year 1 of a university degree or into employment in your home country.
Please note that advertised fees are subject to change and cover tuition only. These do not include additional costs (e.g. accommodation, course materials).
Payment of tuition fees
If you are offered a place, you will be sent a Conditional Offer letter. At this stage, you will be asked to pay the tuition fees in full to confirm you accept the study offer, and you intend to study at Edinburgh College.
If you are an international applicant requiring a Student Visa (formerly known as a Tier 4 General visa), and you are applying to study a two-year HND course, you will be asked to pay the full two-year fee of £15,400 as part of your conditional offer. The full payment of the two-year fee will also be reflected in your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) sponsorship letter that you will use to apply for your Student Visa.
You can pay by bank transfer, major credit card, GBP cheque or banker's draft; or in cash (if in the UK).
In addition to fees, you may be required to pay some other costs, for example, core textbooks, specialist equipment (depending on your course). Please ask us about additional costs.
Fees for 2022/23 may be subject to change.
How to pay
International Student Fees can be paid using our international payments platform: WU® GlobalPay for Students.
This fast and reliable service allows you to pay in your local currency via bank transfer or by using a wide range of local online payment options including Alipay, UnionPay, WeChat Pay and more without incurring any transaction charges.
- Pay fees in your local currency
- Avoid fees and international foreign exchange charges from your bank
- Easy to use on smartphones and other mobile devices
- Pay online or by bank transfer
- Rest assured knowing your payments are received in full by Edinburgh College
Home or international fees status
Like other publicly funded Scottish Colleges, Edinburgh College has different levels of course fees for students whose status is ‘home’ or ‘international’. Whether you are a ‘home’ or ‘international’ student for tuition fees purposes depends on whether you meet certain residency and immigration status criteria as set out in relevant legislation and policy guidance. To help you find out whether you are eligible for ‘home student’ fees status or whether you are an international fee-paying student, you can use the College’s Funding Tool.
If your circumstances are complex or you would like to know your Fees Status before applying for a course at Edinburgh College, please contact the International Team: firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the following Fee Status Questionnaire which you can return with the supporting evidence requested. The International team will then advise you of your fees status for the course you wish to apply for.
For further information about Fees Status in Scotland, you can also visit the UKCISA website (UK Council for International Student Affairs).
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For students needing visas to study at Edinburgh College, UK Visas and Immigration require proof of maintenance to cover all living expenses. There are specific immigration rules and guidance about finances depending on your study visa type. Please see further detailed information on our Student Visas page.
The deposit/fee payment is refundable ONLY where a visa application is made following Edinburgh College and UKVI immigration guidelines, and the visa application is unsuccessful. We do not normally make refunds in any other circumstance.
Documented evidence from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) of the visa refusal is required. Before a refund is confirmed, the College will check the reasons for refusal:
A refund may be delayed or refused if a visa application does not follow UKVI Immigration Rules and Guidance and Edinburgh College guidance on applying for a visa.
A refund may be delayed or refused if your visa application if refused as a result of providing documents which have not been checked by the International team at Edinburgh College prior to your visa application.
No refund will be made if you have submitted fraudulent documents, or have used false or deceptive information with your visa or Edinburgh College application.
The request for a refund should be made in writing within four weeks of receiving the visa refusal. When a refund is confirmed, £250 of the deposit will be kept by the College to cover administration costs. The refund will normally take two – four weeks from the request date.
If preferred, you may wish to request the deposit is held by the College for a deferred course.
Edinburgh College reserves the right to withdraw or modify any courses offered. If a course does not run we will try to provide an alternative. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full.
In instances where an unconditional offer and/or CAS is issued by Edinburgh College, but the student chooses not to take up their place of study at Edinburgh College, no refund will be given.
When a student is withdrawn from their course because of a determination made by Edinburgh College in relation to attendance issues, unsatisfactory or unacceptable behaviour or academic progression issues, no refund will be given.
Refunds on the basis of exceptional circumstances shall be considered by the Head of Commercial Development and may only be granted in extraordinary circumstances.
Where Edinburgh College’s refund policy does not cover a particular circumstance, the Head of Commercial Development may consider an individual’s case.
All requests for a refund based around exceptional circumstances must be made in writing and addressed to the Head of Commercial Development.
Students who have a financial sponsor should note that they will be liable for any unpaid tuition fee costs if the sponsor defaults on payment.
Where a student has a family member or employer who has agreed to cover tuition fees, Edinburgh College considers the student to be responsible for any financial liability to Edinburgh College.