In common with other UK Higher Education Institutions, The Royal Veterinary College charges separate tuition fees for International students and Home UK/EU students.
Unlike Home UK/EU Students, there is no mandatory funding available for International Undergraduate Students. All International Students need to ensure that they have secured sufficient funding for their fees and living costs before starting their programme.
Students from countries outside the European Union (EU) who wish to undertake full-time study at the University are required to pay the “international’ fee for their programme of study.
There are a range of funding options available to students studying in the UK from overseas. Depending on the country you are applying from, you could be eligible for loans, scholarships or bursaries from a variety of sources. Take a look at our Funding Options for International Students for further information.
International students who enter the UK on a student visa will also need to demonstrate that they have the means to maintain themselves whilst studying. More information on visas can be found at gov.uk
- You must be enrolled to receive any of your loan disbursements. New students complete pre-enrolment online using the Registry web portal Rover, but must attend an enrolment session and provide ID to complete enrolment.Therefore, you will not have immediate access to your loan funds when you arrive in the UK - you will need to prepare for this by bringing sufficient money with you to cover your first 3-4 weeks expenses of living in London.
- The RVC can only offer very limited support to students who are facing hardship.
Your fee status is determined when you first apply for your course. Your fee status determines the level of tuition fees which you are required to pay, and may determine your eligibility for certain funding support.
If you think your fee status is wrong, please contact Admissions - if you are an applicant and are not registered.
Take a look at our How to Determine Your Fee Status for further information.
Last updated February 2013
How much does it cost to attend university as an international student?
Your living expenses will depend on your choices and although London can be expensive, there are opportunities to get the best out of London on a limited budget.
You need to ensure that you have sufficient funds for your fees and that you have enough money for accommodation, food, travel, books and other living expenses.This is a guideline only as living costs will vary according to your own circumstances and lifestyle. Students should assume that the estimated living expenses given below represent a guide to the sum required to live in reasonable comfort in London.
- Average expenditure for London for Single student is: £13,388 to £20,900
- Couples: £16,178 to £25,400
- Source: Analysis of borrowing of U.S. Students with loans in 2013/14 and National union of students
As part of visa requirements, if you are a non-EEA student you must ensure that you have sufficient funds for fees and maintenance for your whole period of study.
The following breakdown of costs are designed to give some idea of how to meet basic living expenses such as accommodation, food, travel, books and other necessities. This figure is given as a guide only. The amount you actually spend will depend on your personal lifestyle.
Help with calculating your living expenses
- The RVC Money Matters page will help you manage your finances and plan a budget that will last for a year.
- For further information on what funding could be available to you, take a look at the Funding Options.
- To see more detailed information Detailed Information on Living Costs
In addition to the routine expenses, it is also important to budget for course-related expenditure. This includes books, equipment and travel, particularly travel to placements and events. The type of equipment, clothing and books that you will require will depend on the course you are studying. A reasonable estimate to cover these items is £250 - £500 in your first year.
In later years of the Veterinary Medicine course there will also be further additional travel costs as students go on practice (Rotations and Extra Mural Studies (EMS)). Please be aware that you may also have to pay further living costs and have access to a vehicle during your clinical years. This can cost up to £3,000 per year. You will also find that vacations may be spent on placements, giving you limited opportunities for part-time work. Some part-time opportunities working for the College do arise from time to time throughout the year.
Additional costs associated with specialist equipment - much of which can be bought from our SU Shop
If you want to practice as a vet in the U.S. you will want to apply for the NAVLE whist on the course, which currently costs £760.
Cost of Pets
If you intend to own pets whilst studying, this often proves more expensive than students realise. There is not only the cost of bringing them to the UK, or buying them here, and their upkeep to consider. You may be faced with big veterinary bills, and costs for someone to look after your pet when you go on placements or home for holidays. Also, owning a pet will limit your accommodation choices, both in terms of suitable properties (you may need a garden) and potential housemates, resulting in greater costs. American students should note their loans do not cover pet related expenses, or more expensive accommodation as the result of it being pet friendly.
One of our current North American students has written a short piece about her experiences of studying at the RVC and life in London - see Inga Jensen's Student Profile.
UNIAID is a student finance charity which aims to help students cope with their finances. They have set up an International Student Calculator to help students plan and manage their finances for study in the UK.
The London Student Housing Guide offers advice and guidance. It can be obtained in paper form on campus or can be downloaded from www.studylondon.ac.uk
The London Conference on Overseas Students www.ish.org.uk gives details of hostels for students in addition to publishing an annual A-Z Guide for International Students in London.
Student Oyster Photo cards can give you a 30 per cent discount on travel within London on trains, underground, buses and the London Docklands Light Railway. Information on travel fares can be found on the Transport for London website
Other useful websites
- UK Council for International Student Affairs
- British Council - USA
- British Council - Canada
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
- Information on the NAVLE
- Bringing your pets to the UK
- Rightmove - Useful for searching for properties.
- Spare Room - Useful for finding spare rooms available to rent in households.
USA Student Loans
The Royal Veterinary College is taking part in the William Ford Direct Loans Program since June 2010. This replaced the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program, through which RVC students from the United States previously obtained loans.
For information on financial aid available to students from the United States of America, please see USA Student Loans
Study Abroad Student Fees
Study Abroad Students
Information for students entering Study Abroad in 2017/18.
Tuition fees can change on an annual basis.
If you are applying via an academic programme provider, you will pay fees directly to the provider. Please contact Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies for more information.
(Half modules are pro-rata)
STEM Summer Research Programme
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All inbound exchange students who apply from one of the RVC’s partner universities, pay fees directly to their home university. Please contact your home university to clarify the tuition fees.