“I loved the opportunity to interact with UK and international students on a daily basis.”
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Fees and Costs
At Robert Gordon University, we appreciate that deciding to continue your studies in another country is a huge financial undertaking. The key to success is researching the expenses involved and planning your finances accordingly. Things you will need to take into consideration are tuition fees, accommodation, study materials and the cost of living.
There are some additional sources of funding, such as scholarships but competition for these is tough, so this also requires researching and preparation.
This section aims to help you start this planning process and get a better idea of the financial implications of studying overseas. But don't forget, this short term expense will provide many years of long term benefit by providing you with an international qualification that is globally recognised and will help you establish or progress the career you desire.
In order to make the process of paying your deposit and fees as easy and flexible as possible, RGU has partnered with Western Union to accept payments in this way. Please see the "Bank-to-Bank Transfers" section for more information.
Tuition fees are set in relation to the type of course you are studying.
For example, due to the materials required, laboratory based courses are often more expensive than class based ones. Fees for Overseas Students also differ from fees for UK and European Union students.
Fees are listed on the page of the course that you are interested in. Please visit the Areas of Study section for further information or click on our Fees at a Glance document for an overview of fees for all our courses.
Paying Tuition Fees
We have an instalment plan to help spread the cost of paying your tuition fees. Please remember to include your Student Reference Number/ ID when making any payments or bank transfers.
Detailed information about paying your tuition fees can be found by following the link below:
The bank-to-bank transfer service allows students, their families or their sponsors the opportunity to send bank-to-bank transfers for payment of tuition fees in local currency for international students.
Robert Gordon University bank transfer platform GlobalPay for Students is powered by our partner Western Union Business Solutions and is available in 37 different currencies.
The process is quick and easy; Simply enter your student ID and contact details, the amount you want to pay, your chosen currency and you will be supplied a quote for the amount in your local currency. This quotation is guaranteed for 72 hours during which time you should instruct your bank to transfer funds to Western Union Business Solutions who then will forward the sterling payment to the University of Robert Gordon University.
Benefits for you:
- No transaction charges
- Rate quoted is held for 72 hours
- Favourable exchange rates compared to most banks
- Reduced bank fees because transfer is initiated locally
- Full payment amount received by Robert Gordon University
- Platform translated in 8 languages*
In order to use the service you must provide student and payer details including the student ID and date of birth. The student ID will be included in the payment reference shown on the transfer instructions and it is important the bank use this reference to identify the payment.
For more information:
Download the user guide - GlobalPay for Students User Guide (PDF 474KB)
User guide videos;
Should you require a refund of your deposit or tuition fees, please complete the form:
There are a number of scholarships which may be available to you. They include funding available from external sources, such as government bodies and private companies, to those offered by Robert Gordon University.
Robert Gordon University Scholarships
Thanks to our links with industry we offer a range of scholarships at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
For full details of our all our scholarship provision, follow the link below:
British Council Scholarships
The British Council has gathered information on hundreds of awards that are available to international students. It also has information on the prestigious Chevening Scholarship programme.
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
In 2008, the British Council and Scottish Government announced the introduction of Saltire Scholarships.
The scheme offers 100 awards to students applying from: Canada, China, India, USA and Pakistan each worth £4,000. These are towards the tuition fees for any one year of full time study on an Undergraduate, Master's or PhD course.
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
The role of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is to offer opportunities to Commonwealth citizens to study in the UK and to identify UK citizens to study overseas. They administer seven types of award and support around 700 awards annually.
Cost of Living
It is hard to predict your exact cost of living, as this varies from person to person. However, we have created a rough guide to help with your planning.
The things which are going to vary your cost of living will be:
- The type of accommodation you chose
- Tuition fees (see our how to pay section)
- Applying for a Visa (international student may require this)
- If you plan to take a part-time job or not
- How much socialising and travelling you want to do whilst at Robert Gordon University
As with relocating to any new place, once you are here you will learn where to find the best deals for buying food or clothes; what day it is cheapest to go the cinema etc. Aberdeen is a very student friendly city, so there are lots of special offers geared towards the student market, such as meal deals in restaurants and bars.
Many students find it helpful to have a contingency or emergency budget. This is in case they find it difficult to find a part time job or incur an unplanned expense such as contents insurance for your belongings or a television license for your property. According to research by UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) student finance is the number one concern for International Students, with many of the students who took part in their research saying that they underestimated the cost of living.
It is important to be realistic about your expected costs for your time at Robert Gordon University, as we want you to have the best experience possible. Preparing a sensible budget will allow you to focus on your studies and enjoy your time in Aberdeen.
Another useful resource is the International student Calculator website (opens in new window).
Bringing Money to the UK
There is no restriction on bringing money into the UK. However, you must declare to UK Customs if you bring more than the equivalent of €10,000 (approx. £8,000).
This includes currency, travellers cheques and bankers drafts. If you are planning to bring some of your own currency, check first that you are permitted to take it out of your country, and secondly that it can be changed in the UK.
There are many disadvantages with bringing large amounts of cash in to the UK. The most obvious problem is safety - if your cash is stolen, it is gone for good.
However you will need to bring some cash (£200 - £300) with you in order to meet day to day expenses, at least for the short term.
The best and safest way to bring money is to either bring Sterling travellers cheques or arrange two bank drafts:
- one payable to The Robert Gordon University for your fees, with your student number and name on the back or as the reference details, and
- one for your living costs, payable to your own name
Bringing bank drafts is one of the safest ways of bringing money to the UK. The down-side is that you will need to set up a bank account before you can receive the money. In addition to this, drafts can take up to two weeks to clear in your account (depending upon the bank). You should therefore bring some of your living costs as a mixture of cash and travellers cheques until your main draft clears.
Working in the UK
As an International Student it may be possible for you to work in the UK whilst you are studying, but your nationality will determine what conditions you need to meet so that you can work in the UK. The visa stamp on your passport will indicate if you are allowed to work or not.
As an adult student with a suitable visa:
- You are allowed to work part-time during term time, up to a maximum of 20 hours a week and full-time during vacations
- The work you do must not fill a full-time permanent vacancy (other than on a recognised Foundation Programme), and you can not be self-employed
Due to Aberdeen being a good sized, thriving, social city, there are lots of opportunities for part time employment in restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, cinema and theatres. Some students also chose to take a part time position which relates to their career ambitions, so will take office or agency work such as web design or PR/marketing positions.
In the UK, there is a minimum wage system which attempts to regulate payment for all employees. Find out the current National Minimum Wage from the DirectGov website.
At Robert Gordon University, we have an excellent Careers Centre that can help our students locate and prepare for applying to a range of local part time jobs whilst you are studying. Our Careers Centre can also help with career planning and how to prepare for the graduate employment market.
You can find full information about working while studying from our Student Services department.