Fees and funding
A qualification from LSBU is an ideal investment for your future
An undergraduate, postgraduate or professional qualification from a UK university will give you an internationally recognised qualification that will either be a solid foundation for your career or give your job prospects a boost.
These fees cover the cost of your learning experience at LSBU. If you are paying your tuition fees yourself, payment must be made when you enrol onto your course. If a sponsor is paying your fees then you need a letter of confirmation that your fees will be paid.
Each entry in our Course Finder comes with details of the fees international students will pay. Fees for the 2019/20 academic year are given in the Course Finder.
Programme of study
MSc, MA, PgDip
International students are expected to have sufficient funds to maintain themselves and pay their tuition fees in line with the Home Office Tier 4 policy requirements. Student fees and financial support for international students differ considerably from that offered to students defined as Home or EU. It is important to determine whether or not you are classed as a Home or EU student.
For further enquiries regarding fees, contact our International Office.
Download a copy of LSBU's 2018/19 tuition fee regulations (PDF File 146 KB) for more information.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
Some courses include compulsory field trips or residential visits and the cost of these is added to your total tuition fee. In addition, some optional units include field trips or residentials for which you will be asked to pay separately.
International student status
Tuition fees and the range of financial support available will differ depending on whether you are defined as Home (usually resident in the UK), European Union (EU) or Overseas (International) student. Help with understanding your assessment can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.
Additional information and advice about fees and funding for refugees and asylum seekers who are academics is provided by CARA, the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics.
LSBU participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loans). This is the main US Federal funding available to US students in the UK. For detailed information visit the US Loans section on MyLSBU.
For any queries on US Loans please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the International Office on +44 (0)20 7815 6709.
How to pay
Paying your deposit and fees
Once you have received your offer letter, you will need a CAS number to be able to apply for your visa. Before your CAS number is issued, you will need to make a deposit payment of £3,500 to the University.
All bank transfers should be made via our partner Western Union Business Solutions.
This service allows you, your parents and sponsors to pay your fees in your local currency and from your home bank account without worrying about exchange rates or bank charges. Your payment will arrive quickly and in full to the university.
The University accepts debit cards (Delta, VISA Electron, VISA Debit and Maestro), credit cards (VISA and MasterCard only) and bank transfers.
All payments to the University should be made using the Online Payment Portal . If you are unable to pay online using your debit/credit card, please contact the Income Team. You can contact the Income Team by phone on 0207 815 6363 during normal working hours Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm or by email to Income@lsbu.ac.uk.
You will need to include your student ID number and reason for transfer (tuition, accommodation etc) in the payment description.
You must bring a letter from your employer (or other organisation) with you to enrolment that provides the following information:
- Your name and the amount of sponsorship agreed to be paid on your behalf
- The contact name and email of the person in the organisation who has agreed your sponsorship
- The address of your company's Finance Department where the invoice will be sent
- A purchase order number - emailed to email@example.com.
You will remain personally responsible for payment of fees and charges, even if there is an arrangement for the University to receive payment on your behalf from a sponsor or any other third party.
This section applies to undergraduate overseas students and our home/EU and overseas postgraduate students.
Self-funding students studying for a whole year (two semesters) can choose to either pay in full or by an initial down payment followed by four equal instalments. If you pay in full you may be entitled to an early settlement discount.
When you enrol it is essential that you either:
- pay the full fee plus any registration fee, or
- pay the initial down payment of one half (50%) of the fee plus the full amount of any registration fee. (The remaining two instalments, amounting to a quarter (25%) of the fee each are due on the dates given below.)
Payment arrangements for self-funding students on programmes starting in September for the 2018/19 academic year are set out below.
Payment arrangements for self-funding students starting programmes September 2018
For New Students
At your published enrolment session
Initial down payment
At your published enrolment session
3 December 2018
31 January 2019
Please note – other dates apply to students enrolling on full year courses that do not start in September.
Download a copy of LSBU's tuition fee regulations (PDF File 146 KB) for more information.
Any LSBU overseas deposit will be retained on your tuition fee account and used towards payment of your tuition fees.
Early settlement discounts
If you are enrolling for a whole year's study, are self-funding and pay in full by the full payment dates set out above, you may be entitled to an early settlement discount of 5% of your year's course fee.
The discount is not applicable if you receive an LSBU Scholarship, any other LSBU Discount or Bursary or for registration fees. The discount is applicable on that part of your fee that you pay directly to the University. The discount is not applicable to any part of the fee paid by a sponsor or any other third party or if your tuition fee contribution is not paid in full at the point of face-to-face enrolment. The discount does not apply to Home or EU full-time undergraduates. See a copy of our tuition fee regulations (PDF File 146 KB) for further details on part self-funding/part-sponsored students.
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