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.

Pieces of a puzzleThere 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.

Tuition Fees

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.

Download our guide to fees for international students below:

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:

Refunds

Should you require a refund of your deposit or tuition fees, please complete the form:

Scholarships

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 200 awards to students applying from Canada, China, India and USA. The awards are open to students pursuing a taught one year Masters degree at a Scottish University. Successful applicants will be offered a scholarship totalling £2000.

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.

We have produced a guide to the cost of living for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Aberdeen.

Download the Student Cost of Living Guide 2014 (PDF, 0.4MB)

Another useful resource is the International student Calculator website (opens in new window).

The things which are going to vary your cost of living will be:

  • The type of accommodation you chose
  • 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.

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.

“I loved the opportunity to interact with UK and international students on a daily basis.”

Jerry George Oil and Gas Engineering Masters MSc


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