International Fees and Refund Policy
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.

Tuition fees and refund policy for January 2021 (Course start date: 25 January 2021)

Tuition fees for Academic Year 2020/21
Course start date: 25 January 2021

​English Language
General English as a foreign language
(ESOL General English)

*includes 8-week summer school course
**includes 6-week summer school course

​18 weeks

​26 weeks*
​40 weeks**
​Academic English 
(NQ ESOL for study level 6)
​As above
​As above
​Introductory & Access Courses
(SCQF level 6)
​See course options on our website
​18 weeks
HNC – Higher National Certificate
(SCQF level 7)
Fast track only in January 2021. Please see the course options on our website.
​18 weeks

Please note that advertised fees are subject to change and cover tuition only.  These do not include additional costs (eg. 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.

You can pay by bank transfer, major credit card, GBP cheque or bankers 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 2021/22 may be subject to change.

Western Union

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, India NetBanking and more without incurring any transaction charges. 

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  • 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

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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: or complete the following Fees 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).

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.

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