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Undergraduate Study


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 Universities Minister for England announced on 28 May 2019 that students from the European Union starting courses in England in the 2020/21 academic year will continue to be eligible for home fee status. This 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 2019 or 2020, will be at the applicable Home rate for the duration of their course. They will also be able to access financial support for the duration of their course.


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. Colleges also ask for financial guarantees. The University takes the view that students should not undertake paid employment during the academic session, as it’s important that you have
an appropriate work-life balance.

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 2021

The tuition fees for overseas students starting their course in 2021 have been approved as listed in the table below. 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% 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 and Modern Languages; History and Politics; History of Art; 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

Medical and Veterinary Science (including for this purpose the Second M.B. and Second Vet.M.B. Examinations)



The UK Government has previously discussed whether international students at all publicly funded medical schools should pay the full cost of their clinical placements (undertaken during Years 4-6 of our course).  No decision has been made and it is unclear whether this is still a possibility for 2022 entry onwards (there will be no such charges for 2021 entrants). Further information will be published here as soon as it is available.

College fees

All international/overseas fee status students, and those Home fee status 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 may vary between Colleges and in many cases are fixed for the duration of your course. College fees for 2020-21 are published in the following document: PDF icon Undergraduate tuition fees 2020-21. See individual College websites for fees for 2021-22 onwards.

Living costs

Your living expenses may be higher than for a UK student (eg if you stay in Cambridge/the UK during vacations). In 2020-21, the minimum resources needed in Cambridge for the year (excluding tuition and College fees) are estimated to be approximately £11,2302, depending on lifestyle (you should allow for increases in future years).

Please note that all students should ordinarily be available to live and study in Cambridge for the full duration of their course (with the exception of the year abroad where part of the course).


1 From outside the EU. Most students from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are also classified as overseas fee status.
2 Figures are rounded up to the nearest £10.