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EU Undergraduate Students

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. It is not currently known how long that process will take or the impact that it will have on UK policy on higher education tuition fees, loans and bursaries. However, the University of Cambridge can confirm that the fee for undergraduate EU students who are already studying at Cambridge, or who will start their studies in 2017 or 2018 will be at the applicable Home rate (which for undergraduate students may be up to the maximum level allowed under UK law for each year) and they will not be subject to the overseas fee rate at any point during the course of their study (provided this continues to be permitted by UK law). Please note that all fees may be subject to increases, which may be annual.

The fee status of EU nationals for 2019 entry onwards has yet to be determined by the UK government. EU students should regularly check for updates at:


As an overseas student1 at Cambridge, there are three costs you need to consider. These are your:

Visa applications require you to prove in advance that you can finance all these costs, as it's not possible for you to work during the academic session. Colleges also ask for guarantees that you're able to finance all these costs for the full duration of the course.

Please note that all students must ordinarily be available to study in Cambridge for the full duration of their course (with the exception of a year abroad).

1 From outside the EU. Most students from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are also classified as overseas fee status.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for overseas students depend on the course you’re studying (see table below).

See Tuition fee status if you're unsure whether you're classed as Home or overseas for fee purposes. More information can also be found on the UKCISA website and in the main finance section.

Overseas students commencing in October 2018

The tuition fees for overseas students starting their course in 2018 have been approved as listed in the table below. See information at the top of the page regarding financial guarantees. Please note:

  • Fees are per annum and are fixed for the duration of the course
  • For overseas students undertaking a year abroad, the tuition fee payable to the University of Cambridge during the year abroad will be 50 per cent of the full fee
  • For overseas students taking Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the tuition fee payable in Year 3 will be the tuition fee for the course taken in that year – see the course pages for details

Group 1

Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic; Archaeology; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Classics; Economics; Education; English; History; History of Art; History and Modern Languages; History and Politics; Human, Social, and Political Sciences; Land Economy; Law; Linguistics; Modern and Medieval Languages; Philosophy; Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion


Group 2



Group 3

Architecture, Geography, Music


Group 4

Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, Management Studies, Manufacturing Engineering, Natural Sciences, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences


Group 5

Medicine,2 Veterinary Medicine


2 The UK Government is considering changes to how the clinical placements for international students are financed at all publicly-funded Medical Schools across the UK. This could result in a significant increase in costs for international medical students beginning their studies in 2019 or later. Further information will be provided when available.

For overseas students who’ll start their course in October 2019, it’s likely that tuition fees will be higher than those stated above.

College fees

All overseas fee status students, and those UK students who aren't eligible for tuition fee support (eg affiliate students), normally have to pay College fees in addition to University tuition fees.

The College fee covers the cost to your College of providing a range of educational, domestic and pastoral services and support.

Annual College fees vary between Colleges and in many cases are fixed for the duration of your course. The fees in 2018-19 range between £6,850 and £12,700. See individual College websites for fees for 2019-20 onwards.

Living expenses

Your living expenses may be higher than for a UK student (eg if you stay in Cambridge/the UK during vacations). In 2018-19, the minimum resources needed in Cambridge for the year (excluding tuition and College fees) are estimated to be approximately £10,655, depending on lifestyle (you should allow for increases in future years).