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5 cheapest UK universities for international students

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You can still study in the UK at an affordable price as an international student. Source: Linda Bestwick/Shutterstock

The UK can be a great study abroad destination offering world-class education and a hit of rich British history and culture to boot. Unfortunately, students are required to pay for this pleasure – and it doesn’t come cheap.

For international students in particular, tuition fees in UK universities can often be high and acts as a deterrent for pursuing a British education.

But that’s not to say that more affordable options don’t exist. For those on a budget but still determined to head to the land of …, check these out.

Based on data from the recently published Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017/18, and reported by QS Top Universities. All fees are for overseas students starting an undergraduate degree in 2017.

1. Leeds Beckett University

Annual international tuition fees: GBP9,700 (US$12,800)

LBU is the cheapest uni in the UK for international students at just GBP450 more than domestic students.

While you may not find it at the top of world university rankings, Leeds Beckett comes an impressive fourth in the UK for graduate employability with 96.6 percent of graduates in work or further study six months after graduation. The uni continues to be very popular with international students.

2. University of Bedfordshire

Annual international tuition fees: GBP9,750 (US$12,870)

Located in the lively student towns of Luton and Bedford, this two-campus university offers great education with excellent links to London.

Its modern and innovative campus doesn’t reflect its rich 100-year history of providing higher education. Offering excellent facilities and modern accommodation.

Bedfordshire embraces international and multi-cultural education, with over 24,000 students coming from more than 100 countries.

3. Royal Agricultural University

Annual international tuition fees: GBP10,000 (US$13,200)

In joint third is the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. As the oldest agricultural college in the English speaking world, RAU has been delivering quality education since 1845.

Beginning life as a college, in 2013, the Privy Council awarded the institute full university status, in recognition of its provision as a higher education institution.

3.  York St John University

Annual international tuition fees: GBP10,000 (US$13,200)

Smaller than some of the other on the list, York St John has a population of 6,500 students, including over 1,000 international and distance learning students.

It is one of only two UK Universities to be awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark Holder for Business Excellence and has an impressive graduate employability rate of 94 percent.

5. University of Suffolk

Annual international tuition fees: GBP10,080 (US$13,300)

Having been founded in 2007, the University of Suffolk is one of the youngest universities in the UK.

With 5,000 students and 400 staff, you get a personal learning experience across their five sites.

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