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International Tuition Fees and Living Costs

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.  

International applicants must pay the full tuition fee for their course before they can be issued with an unconditional offer.  

All international tuition fees include access to

  • student support services
  • campus facilities including library, computers, and WiFi
  • course certification
  • international student induction
  • access to the College’s online learning platform and self-study resources

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees – Access and Higher Education courses 2023/24 

Course Duration and Fee
Introductory & Access Courses (SCQF level 6) 

1 Semester: £3,750  

1 Year: £7,500 

HNC - Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7)  1 Year: £8,000 
HND – Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8)  2 Years: £8,000 per year 
UAL Foundation Art & Design Diploma (SCQF level 6)  1 Year: £8,000 
UAL Foundation Art & Design Diploma (SCQF level 6) with IELTS Preparation  1 Year: £9,800 

Please note that advertised fees are subject to change and cover tuition only. Tuition fees for Access and Higher Education courses do not include additional costs (e.g. course materials). 

Summer School and International English Language courses 2023/24

Students can choose to study General English (15 hours/week) or Intensive English (20 hours/week). Summer School runs in July/August and students can choose a course duration of 2-8 weeks. For International English Language courses, students can choose a course duration of between 2 and 44 weeks. 

Course Duration and Fee

General English  
 

All levels, flexible course duration between 2 – 44 weeks 

The fee per week depends on the duration (length) of the course. Students can choose a course duration that suits them.  

 

2-8 weeks: £240 per week 

9-23 weeks: £220 per week 

24-35 weeks: £205 per week 

36- 44 weeks: £200 per week 

Intensive English  

 

Elementary level and up, flexible course duration between 2 – 44 weeks 

The fee per week depends on the duration (length) of the course. Students can choose a course duration that suits them.  

 

2-8 weeks: £300 per week 

9-23 weeks: £280 per week 

24-35 weeks: £265 per week 

36- 44 weeks: £260 per week 

Summer School Tuition fees - General English  

 

15 hours per week, elementary level and up, flexible course duration between 2 – 8 weeks 

£240 per week  

Summer School Tuition fees - Intensive English  

 

20 hours per week, elementary level and up, flexible course duration between 2 – 8 weeks 

£300 per week 

Please note that advertised fees are subject to change. Course materials and placement test included in the price. 

Additional Service Fees 

Homestay Accommodation

Edinburgh College offers homestay accommodation for our international students. Students have the option to choose half board (breakfast and dinner included) or self-catering. There is an additional £25 per week fee for students staying in homestay over Summer (July/August) and the 2-week Christmas period.   

Accommodation  Price per week
Homestay Accommodation (Half-board) Single Room  £200  
Homestay Accommodation (Half-board) Shared Room  £170  
Homestay Accommodation (Self-catering) Single Room  £170  
Homestay Christmas & Summer School Supplement  £25  

Airport Transfers and Local Transport 

Our International Team can arrange airport transfers and local transport passes for our international students. Local transport passes include travel on Edinburgh buses and trams. 

Service  Price 
Airport Transfer – Arrival  £65 (one-off) 
Airport Transfer – Departure  £35 (one-off) 
Edinburgh Travel Pass (1-3 weeks)  £20 per week 
Edinburgh Travel Pass (4 weeks – 36 weeks)  £15 per week 
Edinburgh Travel Pass (36 weeks+)  £540 (one-off) 

Social and Cultural Programme (Summer) 

Many of our international students who study with us over Summer choose to take part in our exciting Social and Cultural programme. This is a great way to discover some of Edinburgh’s amazing attractions and hidden gems, and to explore other parts of Scotland.

Programme  Price per week 

Summer Social and Cultural Programme 

Includes 1 x full day, 1 x evening and 2 x afternoon excursions per week – all transportation and entry fees included.  

£80 

Living Costs  

As well as the international tuition fees, you will need to factor in the cost of living in the United Kingdom during your studies.  

When preparing a budget for studying at Edinburgh College it is important to understand what your expected costs will be and what you should have enough money to pay for. You should research and consider costs such as rent, bills, insurance, meals as well as spending money for clothing, eating out and activities.  

For Student Visa holders, the recommended UK Visa and Immigration maintenance amount is £1,023 per month for 9 months (£9,207 total) for full-time courses. 

Free Support Services for International students 

All international students can access our free Support Services listed below.  

  • Accommodation advice & homestay placements 
  • Application, admissions & visa support 
  • College & course induction 
  • Edinburgh College Student’s Association 
  • On-campus library and IT facilities 
  • International student support 

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