International Students

International Students

Moving to University can be a scary time for many, and it is not a small decision. Deciding to go to University away from home can be an even bigger and overwhelming decision, but we are here to help you begin to cover the basics of what you will need to look into. 

The first thing to do is to find out more about the area you are moving to. 


Why Suffolk?

Suffolk is well known for its countryside, home to nature reserves, rivers, and forests. And there are plenty of ways to explore the countryside from cycle paths to rowing boats, walks and tours. If being outdoors is your thing, Suffolk has plenty to show you. 

Suffolk has 50 miles of coastline and has a coast path the whole way. Our beaches are filled with traditional piers, harbours, and plenty of activities such as arcades- and of course, you can’t have an English beach without fish and chips. Each beach has an old history and has plenty of folk tales and museums worth a visit. 

Suffolk has lots of towns, all offering something a little different. It has a blend of modern and traditional, with plenty to explore. Whether you’re interested in history or watching the towns develop, definitely take some time to explore what each town has to offer. 

Ipswich itself is full of multicultural shops and restaurants from Polish to Indian and is known to hold multicultural festivals that attract attention from all around.

Suffolk is also close to other places worth a visit. Only an hour out of London, it’s close to the bustling city, many people think of when they think of England. It’s even closer to Colchester which offers plenty of shopping and a zoo is well worth a day out! 

And if you’re coming to England, there may be a few things you want to know first. You’ll soon learn we’re a nice bunch, but here is some things to expect. 

  1. Over politeness. We are the sort of people that thank you for letting us hold the door open for you.                                           

  2. We really do drink a lot of tea, so expect a hot drink offer at every occasion.  Especially if you visit your Student’s Union. 

  1. No we are not all friends with the Queen. 

  2. This country really doesn’t see that much sunshine. But we make up for it with our beautiful countryside instead, and when it’s cold outside that’s the perfect time for a cuppa. 

  3. We don’t all sound posh. Expect a range of accented British around you during your time here, from the Queens English to the depths of Scotland, we are still debating the right way to say scone. 

  4. We have a lot of castles, but we don’t live in them. Which is great for you because it means you can go have a peek inside our historical houses yourself.

  5. We appear emotionless, although this isn’t necessarily true for most of us. But we won’t show how we’re feeling often, so if you accidentally use our favourite tea mug without asking, you’ll never know we were upset about it. A bonus if you ask me. 

But the most important thing is to look into the University itself. A great start is to order or download a prospectus which you can do here:

EU Tuition Fees

Universities in the UK are permitted to charge up to £9,250 per year for Bachelor degrees in 2019/20. Currently, if you are a national of the European Union and are coming to the UK to study your first degree, you may be eligible to apply for a non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England. ‘Means-tested’ student finance is when a student submits details of their household income, to help their student finance body assess how much they’re eligible to receive in maintenance support. This will not have to be submitted when applying for a loan to cover your course. 


EU Scholarships

The University of Suffolk is pleased to offer scholarships to the value of £1,500 to all EU nationals who enrol onto an undergraduate degree in 2019/20. The scholarship will be paid across the first and second year of study. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a new student to the University of Suffolk in 2019, starting in the first year of your course

  • Be new to higher education and not transferring from another UK institution

  • Be studying full-time on an undergraduate degree, paying tuition fees of £8,220 for a foundation degree or £9,250 for a bachelor degree

  • Be in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC)

  • Be a national of, and ordinarily resident in the EU

  • Be in continued attendance on the course on which you enrolled at the date of payment

You can apply for this here:

International Tuition Fees

How much you will pay will depend on the type of course that you are enrolled in. Here is the low down on what you can expect

September 2018/February 2019

  • International Foundation Programme: Standard - £8,000, Extended £10,500

  • Undergraduate/Postgraduate Classroom-based: £11,500 per year

  • Undergraduate/Postgraduate Laboratory/Studio/IT-based: £13,000 per year

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA): £16,000 


September 2019/February 2020

  • International Foundation Programme: Standard - £8,000, Extended £10,500

  • Undergraduate/Postgraduate Classroom-based: £11,790 per year

  • Undergraduate/Postgraduate Laboratory/Studio/IT-based: £13,330 per year

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA): £16,380 

If you are not sure what sort of course you are taking, or are unsure which you are enrolling in,  you can email the university who will be happy to help you out:

International Scholarships

The University of Suffolk offers scholarships up to the value of £1,500 to all international fee-paying students who enrol at the University 2019. 

You must meet the following criteria:

  • You must submit an application to study at the University of Suffolk in 2018 or 2019

  • You must meet the entry requirements for the course, be made an offer, and successfully enrol at the University of Suffolk

  • You must be self-funding and classified as overseas for fee purposes

  • You must be studying full-time

You can apply for this on the University of Suffolk website here:


Where you live is ultimately up to you. But we can help you make an informed choice. 

Athena Hall, the on-campus halls of residence, is the recommended accommodation for first year students or those studying at the University of Suffolk for the first time. Athena Hall is on a waterfront location and within walking distance of the University, Ipswich town and the train station. It is owned by Fresh Student living and you can find out more here:

There are many off campus options, from lodging a room in a member of the public's home, to a shared house with other students or renting a flat. This is a good option to look into if you are looking for residence with specific characteristics or within a set budget. This is all privately owned, and separate to the University, so you will need to look into it more closely by yourself, with a landlord or through letting agents. 

What Brexit might mean for you.

Brexit will likely lead to changes to the system for EU students coming to the UK to study.

As things currently stand, how Brexit will change this is uncertain, but here is the low down on what it might look like. 

Currently, most EU national students have the same fees as home national students during their degree. EU nationals are eligible for varying financial support depending on where in the UK they study. UK governments have confirmed that EU students who begin their degrees in or before the academic year 2019-20 will not experience changes. 

If the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed, EEA nationals and their eligible family members can still come to the UK (without requiring a visa) until the end of the transitional/ implementation period (currently 31 December 2020, but this date could be extended). After this period you can apply for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. If an agreement between the UK and the EU is not reached, the settlement scheme will operate in much more restricted capacity, but will still operate, and there will be separate provisions for those coming to the UK after the UK leaves the EU. 

For more information about visas and immigration, visit:

This can be a lot to take in, but it is doable and there is help along the way. If you need any extra advice you can email the university at

You’ve got this! And we'll see you soon.