International Study Centre

Fees, accommodation and living costs

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Discover what fees are necessary to join us as a student of the International Study Centre

Fees for international students

It is important to think about not only your tuition and accommodation costs but the cost of living too.

The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKVI for studying outside London is £1,023 per month, but will vary from student to student. This is a guideline to cover items like accommodation, food, laundry, books, clothes, toiletries and socialising. For up to date information, visit Student visa: Money you need - GOV.UK (

Tuition fees - listed below - will be an additional cost, as well as student insurance, the health care surcharge and transfers to and from the airport.

Tuition fees

Below are details on tuition fees, accommodation and other costs for students at the International Study Centre. You can find out more about how to pay your fees with our step-by-step guide.

International Foundation Year2024/25
- Business, Humanities, Science and Engineering£19,750
International Year One2024/25
- Business and Management£19,750
- Computing£20,500
- Engineering£20,500
- Film and Media£19,750
- Finance and Accounting£19,750
- International Relations and International Development£19,750
Pre-Masters Programme2024/25
- Business, Humanities, Science and Engineering - 1 semester course£12,900
- Business, Humanities, Science and Engineering - 2 semester course£19,750

Tuition fee validity

Fees for the 2024/25 academic year are valid for any programme that commences on, or after, 26th August 2024.

English language courses2023/24
English Language Preparation Online for International Foundation Year (10 weeks)£3,500​​
English Language Preparation Online for International Year One6 weeks – £2,100​​
10 weeks – £3,500​​
16 weeks – £5,600
English Language Preparation Online for Pre-Masters6 weeks – £2,100​​
10 weeks – £3,500​​
16 weeks – £5,600
Language Lift2023/24
Language Lift for International Foundation Year and International Year One (6 weeks)£590
AccommodationVisit the Accommodation page
Airport pick-up (one-way transfer)*
- London Gatwick (LGW)£94
- London Heathrow (LHR)£156
- London Stansted (STN)£255
- Luton Airport (LTN)£253
StudyCare Insurance
Up to 12 months£450 (£8.65 per week). Prices are indicative.
24 months fixed£720 (£6.93 per week)
Police registration (if required)Please visit the pages to read more about Police Registration
Immigration Health SurchargePlease visit the pages to read more about how much you need to pay

*Prices subject to change

Confirmation payment & tuition fees

Once you have received an offer of a place at the International Study Centre, you are required to pay a confirmation payment. The security deposit is held to cover damages and any other incidental expenses. Any monies left at the end of your programme will be returned to you. If you do not require a student visa you must pay your confirmation payment and advance tuition fees payment no later than 3 months before the start date of your programme.

When? Amount (GBP) 
Confirmation payment at point of confirming offer to study

£1,000 security deposit

£260 administration fee (non-refundable)

Prior to applying for your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (‘CAS’)

£6,000 advance tuition fees payment  

Please note: this is in addition to the initial confirmation payment taking the total fees paid prior to applying for your CAS to £7,260.

28 days prior to start of 1st semesterBalance of 1st Semester fees (if any) as set out in your offer letter
2 months prior to start of 2nd semesterBalance of 2nd Semester fees (if any) as set out in your offer letter

An increased fee of £5000 is required to confirm your place on this course. If after the application process, you are not eligible for a place, you will be to a full refund of fees, including any administrative fees paid.

For certain territories, you may be required to pay a higher amount in respect of advance tuition fees. Details will be set out in the individual payment plan attached to your offer letter. For full information about fees and refunds read our Terms and Conditions.


Students at the International Study Centre who plan to progress to a degree at the University of Sussex may be eligible for a scholarship towards the cost of their degree. Find out about available scholarships.

Additional information

All international students should have accident and medical insurance for the duration of their time in the UK. This will make you feel more secure because not having the proper coverage can be extremely difficult and expensive.

You can take out our own Study Care Insurance policy or alternative cover with a third party. The StudyCare Insurance policy covers loss of personal possessions as well as providing health and medical insurance. It is specifically designed for international students’ needs during your studies at the International Study Centre and, if required, after progressing to your university. Insurance cover is offered for flexible terms of up to 12 or 24 months (fixed), allowing you to choose a policy duration that fits your needs. If you select 24 months, you will be covered for the duration of your pathway programme plus the first year of your degree.

Find out more

All students under the age of 18 at the start of their course will receive our guardianship service free of charge. A guardian will support you during your time in the UK until you turn 18. More information will be provided after you apply.

Making a payment

Find out more about our fees and how you can view and pay your tuition fees on our payment platform.

How to pay
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Entry requirements

View the entry requirements for all of our courses, including country-specific requirements.

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International scholarships are available for students studying at the International Study Centre. Find out today if you are eligible.

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How to pay

Find out more about our fees and how you can view and pay your tuition fees on our payment platform.

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