With a global reputation for excellence, higher education in the United Kingdom draws students from all over the world. But pursuing a degree in the UK can be an expensive endeavor for international students. Tuition rates, student living expenses, and the availability of nontraditional options are factors to consider when selecting a university in the UK.

Lowest Tuition

According to a tuition table published in British newspaper \"The Guardian\" in 2009, Heythrop College offers the cheapest tuition for international students at the undergraduate level. Founded in 1614, Heythrop is a specialist college of the University of London that offers undergraduate degrees in psychology, philosophy and theology.

At the graduate level, Robert Gordon University tops the list for cheapest tuition rates for international students. The university has over 1,000 non-European Union international students coming from 50 nations.

Heythrop College University of London? Kensington Square? London?W8 5HN United Kingdom 011-44-20-7795-6600 heythrop.ac.uk

Robert Gordon University ? Schoolhill ? Aberdeen, Scotland ? AB10 1FR United Kingdom 011-44-12-2426-2000 rgu.ac.uk

Lowest Student Living Expenses

British newspaper \"The Independent\" advises students that the northeast or Wales offer the cheapest student living, while those who study in London pay the most for living expenses. In its annual index of living costs, Push University Guide found that Teesside University is the cheapest place to be a student. Second on the list, Bangor University has one of the fairest workloads of any UK university according to the 2010 \"Times Higher Education\" Student Experience Survey.

Teesside University? Middlesbrough? Tees Valley?TS1 3BA
United Kingdom 011-44-16-4221-8121 tees.ac.uk

Bangor University? Bangor? Gwynedd?LL57 2DG United Kingdom 011-44-12-4835-1151 bangor.ac.uk

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Distance Learning Degree Programs

Costs associated with travel and housing can also be financially prohibitive for international students. Through distance learning, international students can obtain degrees from reputable British universities without having to worry about international travel or housing costs. The University of London has been offering distance learning courses since 1858 and had more than 36,000 offshore students in 2010, more than any other British university. Similarly, through its “Open Learning” style of distance learning, Open University provides support to offshore students in the form of tutorials with other students and university tutors whom they can communicate with online or by phone.

University of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom 011-44-20-7862-8360 lon.ac.uk

The Open University? Walton Hall? Milton Keynes MK7 6AA? United Kingdom 011-44-19-0827-4066? open.ac.uk

Two-Year Degree Programs

While most undergraduate degree programs in the UK require three years, enrolling in a nontraditional two-year program is another way for international students to save money. The University of Buckingham, the first to offer such a program, has the lowest ratio of teaching staff to students of any UK university. Staffordshire University began its fast-track degree program in 2008 and offers the following two-year honors degrees: accounting and finance, business management, computing science, English, geography, law, and motorsport technology (foundation degree).

The University of Buckingham ? Hunter Street ? Buckingham ?MK18 1EG ? United Kingdom 011-44-12-8081-4080 buckingham.ac.uk

Staffordshire University College Road Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2DE United Kingdom 011-44-17-8229-4000 staffs.ac.uk

About the Author

Nina Dubois has been a published writer since 2004. She has written features for the global anti-poverty agency ActionAid International, Stanford University's "The Real News" and a host of other publications. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University where she majored in anthropology and political science.