Costs of Relocating To the UK For Masters
The United Kingdom is a hotspot for most Nigerian students hoping to further their studies. It has been home to several students from different regions and has some of the top universities around the globe. Therefore, if you’re hoping to further your studies, the UK should be a viable option for you but there’s a catch; The issue of funding.
It is safe to say that you cannot actualize the dream of studying abroad without making sufficient plans for your travel. This includes how much it would cost you to relocate fully to the UK even before your Master’s program resumes. Some of the things you will need include your international passport, flight tickets, accommodation, and others. People who did not make sufficient preparation find themselves stranded when they eventually travel.
For that reason, we decided to research and get for you the cost of relocating to the UK for any Nigerian student. This list will give you a full view of what you need to spend so that you won’t find it difficult to settle when you arrive.
Note that this article on the cost of relocating to the UK for Masters is a rough estimate which gave room for extra costs just to make sure every need is covered.
What are the Requirements and Costs when Relocating to the UK for Masters?
The following are the requirements every student will need when relocating to the UK:
- International Passport
- Student Visa
- Proof of Study Funds
- Tuition Fee
- Language Proficiency Test
- NHS charges
A Nigerian passport should be the first thing you need to get before every other thing. Getting a new passport costs around N45,000 although the official rate is N22,000. Some passports can cost up to N75,000. The general rate for international passport categories is listed below:
- 32-page five-year official passport = ₦15,000
- 32-page five-year standard passport = ₦25,000
- 64-page five-year standard passport = ₦35,000
- 64-page 10-year standard passport = ₦70,000
A student visa should cost around €348 which is a total of N278,400. This rate is measured at the rate of N800 per Euros.
The school runs to process your transcript will cost you around N30,000 to N45,000 while you will spend around N25,000 to N30,000 to send it.
Proof of Study Funds
They will require you to provide proof of study funds in your account. This indicates that you are fully prepared financially in relocating to the UK for Masters in paying your tuition, accommodation, and other costs.
Generally, you must show that you have a certain amount of money every month for nine (9) months. The amount can also differ according to your study program and the duration of the study and others.
If you are studying in London, you should have at least €1265 per month for nine (9) months, and your dependents, €845.
If you are staying outside London, you should have at least €1015 per month for nine (9) months and, for your dependents, €680.
Studying at any university will require you paying for tuition fees. The amount you will spend depends on the university, course of study, and other factors. It is one of the important costs of relocating to the UK for Masters.
The breakdown of your fees will be listed on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your university of study. This document is given to you by your university and contains your 14-digit reference number, passport number, tuition fee, the date you begin your program, and the expected graduation date.
We did a rough cost of between €11,000 to €18,000 (N8.8million – N14.4million). Most universities may require a 50% deposit before you can get your visa.
Language Proficiency Test
Before you can study at any university in the UK, you have to prove that you have a sound knowledge of English.
The IELTS exam costs between ₦76000 – ₦85,000 in Nigeria.
The National Health Service (NHS) charge may include the Tuberculosis Test If you are staying in the UK for more than six (6) months. You would need to take a tuberculosis test at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at any of their authorized centers in Lagos and Abuja. The Tuberculosis Test costs about ₦57,800, and the International Organization should pay this for Migration.
NHS charge will also include the Immigration Health Surcharge which will guarantee that you get access to health facilities while in the UK. It is mandatory for everyone coming to the UK for six months or longer. The fee can be paid online as part of your visa application.
The amount you pay for IHS depends on your stay in the UK. If you are staying for 6-12 months, you would be required to pay €470. For a stay reaching more, you would pay €705. If you want an extension that is less than six (6) months, you will pay €235.
Proper plans need to be made in estimating the costs of relocating to the UK for Masters to prevent one from being stranded. This article should be of great help to any intending postgraduate student.