Funding your Undergraduate studies: International students

Studying overseas can be a large financial commitment. Find out more about how to pay your fees, and what scholarships you can apply to.

Tuition fees

International students are required to pay tuition fees for the course of study.  How much you pay will depend on which course you study on.

To find out the exact fee for your course, visit our course pages and view the fees option.

We review tuition fees each year, and fees will rise during your course, at least in line with inflation.

Tuition fee assessment

We will automatically assess your tuition fee status based on the information you give us during the application process. In most cases this is clear but for some applicants, to help us assess what you should pay, we may ask you to complete a tuition fees assessment form.

You can find information about how we determine your fee status at the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

Tuition fee deposit

As an international student, you must make a pre-payment deposit of £3,500 to Edinburgh Napier University to secure your place on your course.

This payment can be made once you are holding a conditional, firmly accepted offer of admission. 

This deposit is only refundable if you are unable to take up your place of study with us for the following reasons:
  • You are unable to secure a student visa in time for the start of the programme through no fault of your own
  • You do not meet your academic or English language conditions in time to apply for your visa and can provide evidence to demonstrate this
  • You change your mind about studying at Edinburgh Napier University within 14 days of making the deposit payment
Deposit refunds will only be made to the bank account originally used to make the payment.

We must receive this payment before your final Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) can be issued. Once we receive your deposit payment, we will send your CAS which you will use for your Tier 4 visa application.

You may be exempt from paying the tuition fee deposit if you are using government loans or are being sponsored to study. Contact the International Team for more details.

Prompt payment discount

A discount of £500 is available for self-funded students with annual tuition fees of over £6,500 who make full payment at least 30 days before matriculation (with the exception of students from partner universities).

Paying your fees

How to pay

If you're paying your own fees, or being funded by a sponsor, you will pay your fees directly to the University.

Option 1: full or part payment in advance

If you are studying 40 credits or less per trimester then payment must be made in full before starting your studies.

We accept payment by cheque, direct fund transfer, and by credit or debit card (we accept Visa, Visa debit, Visa electron and Mastercard) on our ePay secure payment site. We also have a range of options available to those who would like to pay in their own currency.

Please ensure payment is made before matriculation.

By post: Send your cheque, in pounds sterling, made payable to "Edinburgh Napier University" with your matriculation number clearly printed on the back to: 

Finance Services
Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus
Sighthill Court
Edinburgh
EH11 4BN
Scotland

By telephone: Call the Cash Office on +44 (0) 131 455 6240 / 6343 / 6005.

By direct transfer of funds: Use the following details to make a funds transfer through your bank. You must include your student number and your full surname as they payment reference or we may not be able to match your payment to your account.

Bank name: Royal Bank of Scotland
Bank address: 206 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DF, Scotland, UK
Account name: Napier University
IBAN: GB11RBOS83182500261075
IBAN / BIC / SWIFT code: RBOSGB2L
Account number: 00261075
Sort code: 831825

Payment reference: 12345678SURNAME
Once you have made the transfer, please email cashservices@napier.ac.uk to notify us of the payment. You should include you applicant number, your full name, the payment tracking/identification number, the date payment was made and if possible, a copy of the payment confirmation. 

Option 2: set up a payment plan

You can set up a payment plan before you start the matriculation process using our secure ePay site.
Payment plan options for students starting in September are:

  • 50% in October and the balance in January
  • three payments in October, January and March
  • six monthly payments from October until March

Payment plan options for students starting in January are:

  • 50% in February and the balance in May
  • three payments in February, May and July
  • six monthly payments from February until July

Option 3: nominate a sponsor to pay your fees

If your fees are being paid for you by a sponsor (including a government award body) you must provide evidence of sponsorship or award at matriculation so that an invoice can be issued to the named person or organisation.

If you are being sponsored for more than one academic year this information will need to be updated at the start of each new academic year.

If your sponsor withdraws financial support or fails to pay all or any part of your fees you remain liable and will have to pay any amount outstanding to the University.

Part-time or distance learning courses

If you are taking 60 credits or more over an academic year, you can set up a payment plan to pay your fees over a period of time. If you study fewer than 60 credits on a part-time or distance learning course, you must pay in full before starting the course.

You can set up a payment plan before the matriculation process using our secure ePay site.

Payment plan options for students starting in September are:

  • 50% at enrolment and the balance in January
  • three payments in October, January and March
  • six monthly payments from October until March

Payment plan options for students starting in January are:

  • 50% at enrolment and the balance in May
  • three payments in February, May and July
  • six monthly payments from February until July

Scholarships

You may be eligible to get some help with the cost of studying here by applying to one of our scholarships.

Living costs

You'll need enough money to pay for your fees and living costs while studying in Edinburgh.

The living costs requirement for international students is set by UK Visas and Immigration. For Edinburgh it's £1,020 per month.

Visit our international students section for more information on visas and immigration.

Living costs will vary depending on individual budgets and lifestyles. We recommend you try and create a monthly budget to keep track of your spending.

The Edinburgh Napier Students' Association has produced a handy Student Survival Guide which includes a breakdown of prices to show an example of monthly budgeting.

Students will often take on part-time work opportunities to support their studies and lifestyle. You can find out more information about such opportunities via our careers team and the number of hours you are permitted to work as a Tier 4 visa student from the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

Contact us

Contact our International Team to ask any questions you have about studying with us, arrange a Skype chat or find out when we will be in your country next.