What you need to know about studying outside of the UK

If you're considering studying in another country, you'll need to do your research first. These questions will help you decide if it's right for you.

Not sure where to start? There's a lot to think about and you need to do your research. To help you decide if studying abroad is the right choice, consider the important questions below to help you find out what you need to know.

  • Is it right for me? It’s important to focus on choosing the right subject and course for you – don’t focus on just getting the overseas experience.
  • How much does it cost? Carefully consider the costs associated with living and studying – both in the UK and abroad. You’ll need to think about course fees too.
  • Will I get a loan or funding? 
    • ​​Students on exchange programmes, enrolled on a course at a UK university, remain eligible for student loans in the UK. Some grants may also be available. 
    • UK student loans are not available for those studying their entire degree course overseas. However, some EU countries do have schemes providing grants and loans.
    • Tuition fees for UK students studying abroad vary widely, so check this out early on. 
    • In countries outside the EU, students will not have access to financial aid, and usually have to pay higher fees than home students. These fees may also need to be paid upfront.
    • Scholarships are available to support overseas study, but they’re very competitive.
  • Do I need a visa? You may need to apply for a student visa, as well as applying to the university to study overseas. These can take time – sometimes several months – so it’s important to allow as much time as possible. Find about more about visas and immigration.
  • Can I work part-time? Many students find part-time work during their studies. UK residents studying outside of the UK aren’t always eligible to work overseas. Make sure you check to see if there are any restrictions on the type of work and hours of work you can do.
  • How do I apply? Many other countries do not use an application service like UCAS, so it’s important you understand course entry requirements, the university’s application process, and their deadline dates. Look at these very carefully – they can differ considerably, especially when comparing course providers in a variety of countries. Read more about applying to study abroad.