Guidance around tuitions fees, scholarships, and how much it may cost you to study abroad in London.
How to pay
Who is paying your fees?
You will be asked about who is responsible for paying your tuition fees on the application form.
Please check with your home university in advance as some institutions pay the fees on behalf of their students.
If you are a self-payer then the invoice for your fees will be issued to you. If your home university or programme provider is paying your fees we can invoice them directly.
Foreign exchange control
It is very important that you make arrangements for the transfer of funds to pay your fees and maintenance costs before you come to the UK. This is a particular problem in countries with strict exchange control regulations, such as Nigeria and Iran. Remember that your fees are due at the beginning of your period of study, and you will not be allowed to attend classes unless you can make satisfactory arrangements for payment.
The cheapest way of bringing money into the UK, for fees etc, is to get a banker’s draft in pounds sterling drawn on a bank in the UK. It will be more expensive to get a pounds sterling cheque drawn on a foreign bank outside the UK, due to extra bank charges levied by the banking system here.
International currency transfer
If you choose to send money through a bank in your home country [an ‘International currency transfer’], indicate that you will pay all bank and agent’s charges; this may help you to avoid further bank charges when the money reaches Goldsmiths’ bank. You should keep a copy of the transaction note to bring with you.
Other methods of payment
If you choose to pay by any other method, you will have to pay extra bank charges levied by the banking system, which is outside the control of Goldsmiths’ management and bank.
Please note: if you are transferring money directly into Goldsmiths’ account, please add £20 sterling to cover bank charges and ensure your name is clearly stated on the payment instruction.
Please note that Goldsmiths, University of London will never ask you to send your bank details by email. We will only email you from an address ending in @gold.ac.uk. If you receive an email asking you for your bank details, don't reply or forward any money – please contact us immediately by emailing email@example.com.
Undergraduate study abroad students can apply for a BUTEX scholarship once their place at Goldsmiths is confirmed. It is open to all students studying either for a single semester or for the full year. Students who are receiving Erasmus funding are not eligible.
The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at Goldsmiths.
To find out more information, including application deadlines, please visit the BUTEX website.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
If you are a US student coming to Goldsmiths on an undergraduate Study Abroad programme you could be eligible for the Benjamin A Gilman scholarship.
Awards of between $100 and $5,000 are given to students of limited financial means.
For more information please visit the Benjamin A Gilman scholarship website.
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarships
The Fund for Education Abroad offers scholarships to US students underrepresented in study abroad, and aims to increase access to international education. They offer several different scholarships of varying amounts. Find out more on the FEA website.
London can be an expensive city, but Goldsmiths is situated in a relatively inexpensive area. We estimate that as a study abroad student you will need at least £1,020 per month for your living and accommodation expenses. This figure does not include international flights.
To help manage and build a budget for living and studying in the UK, the International Student Calculator is a useful tool.
Opening a bank account
It's advisable that you open a UK bank account once you arrive in the UK. You can open a student account at any high street bank. Goldsmiths has a branch of Santander on campus.
NUS Discount Card
You can purchase an NUS card to receive excellent discounts at UK stores. For more information please visit the NUS website.