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EU Undergraduate Students

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. It's not currently known how long that process will take or the impact it will have on UK policy on higher education tuition fees, loans and bursaries. The Education Secretary confirmed on 2 July 2018 that: 'students from the European Union starting courses in England in the 2019/20 academic year will continue to be eligible for home fee status’. This announcement, along with the announcements made in October 2016 and April 2017, allows the University of Cambridge to confirm that the fee for undergraduate EU students who are already studying at Cambridge, or who will start their studies in 2018 or 2019, 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) for the duration of their course. They will also be able to access financial support for the duration of their course. Please note that all fees are liable to rise annually.


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 2019

The tuition fees for overseas students starting their course in 2019 have been approved as listed in the table below.2 See information at the top of the page regarding financial guarantees. Please note:

  • fees listed are per year 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 Veterinary Medicine, the tuition fee payable in Year 3 will be the tuition fee for the course taken in that year – see the course page 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 3a*



Group 3b

Geography; Music


Group 4

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


Group 5

Medicine; Veterinary Medicine


*These figures were updated on 5 December 2018 and are lower than previously published​.


Overseas tuition fees for Medicine for 2019 entry were previously advertised as including £20,000 per year for clinical placement costs. The UK government has since confirmed that international students at publicly funded medical schools commencing their studies in 2019 will not be required to pay the full cost of their clinical placements. Therefore, the fee detailed above will apply.

Overseas tuition fees for Medicine could increase significantly for 2020 entry (compared to 2019 entry) as the UK government is expected to  require international students at publicly funded medical schools to pay the full cost of their clinical placements (which are undertaken during Years 4-6 of our course). Further information will be published here as soon as it is available.

For overseas students who’ll start their course in October 2020, it’s likely that tuition fees will be higher than those stated above. It’s anticipated that 2020 entry tuition fees for overseas students will be available from early 2019.

*These figures were updated on 5 December 2018 and are lower than previously published​.

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 £10,310, depending on lifestyle (you should allow for increases in future years).