Posted On : 25 April 2024     |     By : kangarooNepal

Home to 8 of the top 50 universities in the world, the UK is a dream destination for many Nepali students striving for better education in a better environment. While world-class education is by far the biggest reason, there are countless other reasons why you should be considering pursuing higher education in the UK; exceptional public health care services and plenty of job opportunities after graduation.

With that said, it isn’t particularly easy to get your passport stamped for your study permit. There are a ton of things you need to understand before jumping on the bandwagon. Let’s go through each of them in more detail.

Study in the UK From Nepal Costs, Requirements, Application Process_
  1. Estimating the total cost to study in uk from nepal

As an international student, you can expect two categories of expenses when studying in the UK; tuition fees and living expenses.

Tuition Fees

Average Tuition Fees for Nepali Students Studying in The UK

Here is a breakdown of average tuition fees for Nepali students studying in the UK:

Type of Degree Average Annual Tuition Fee in the UK (GBP)
Bachelors £10,000 – £35,000
Masters £12,000 – £40,000
PhD Over £15,000

Living Expenses


Living Expenses For A Nepali Student Studying in The UK

Here is a detailed breakdown of the living expenses for a Nepali student studying in the UK:

Expense Type Average Annual Cost Range (GBP)
Accommodation £6,000 – £10,000
Utilities £600 – £1,000
Internet £400 – £600
Food £900 – £1,500
Transportation £600 – £1,200

Please note that these are average costs and can vary depending on the city and lifestyle. It’s also important to remember that there are scholarships, fellowships, and other financial aid available that can cover your tuition and living expenses fully or partially.

  1. GPA Requirements for UK Universities 

Before applying for your student visa, you first need to acquire a Confirmation of Admission for Study (CAS) from a college or university. While each educational institution has its own eligibility criteria based on their courses, the most crucial ones that you should pay attention to are GPA and English Language Proficiency. Here are some general guidelines:

If You’re Applying For Undergraduate Programs

For undergraduate courses, UK universities usually require Nepali students to have completed the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) with at least a 2nd division or a Proficiency Certificate Level (PCL) with a minimum of 60% overall. Some universities may require a GPA of at least 2.4, and this could be as high as 3.0+ for a few universities.

In terms of English language proficiency, a typical IELTS score of at least 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is needed.

If You’re Applying For Postgraduate Programs

Most universities usually require a first-degree GPA of at least 60%. If you hold a bachelor’s degree or master’s from a recognised institution with an average of 80% or above, you will be considered for admissions to a master’s degree.

Some universities may consider students with GMAT scores between 600 and 700 who have earned 55% or more in their first degree for management programs.

In terms of English language proficiency, a typical IELTS score of at least 6.5 is needed.

  1. Understanding the UK Student Visa Process 

Here is a step-by-step guide on how a Nepali student can apply for a UK Student Visa:

  1. Choose the University and Course

Choose the university and course of your choice, fill in the application form and wait for your offer letter.

  1. Determine the Type of Visa

There are mainly two types of student visa that you can apply for. If your course duration is shorter than 6 months, you can apply for a short-term study visa. But if your course duration is longer than 6 months, you will need to apply for a student visa.

  1. Meet the Eligibility Requirements

There are many requirements that you must meet before applying for a visa. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • • Be financially capable of supporting your tuition fees and stay in UK
  • • Have an official Confirmation of Admission for Study (CAS) from a university
  • • Be proficient in English (proved through language tests like IELTS or PTE)
  • • Be in good health condition
  1. • Prepare the Necessary Documents

To apply for a UK student visa from Nepal, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • • Visa application form online
  • • Passport
  • • Academic certificates
  • • CAS letter (only valid for 6 months and can use once only)
  • • Relationship certificate (optional)
  • • Other certificates (example: work experience, other achievements)
  • • Bank balance certificate
  • • Bank statemen
  1. Complete the Online Application Form

You will also need to fill up an online application form that requires you to declare your personal information, course details, and other key information.

  1. Pay the Application Fees

Next comes the application fee for your student visa which is £490. Depending on your course duration, you may also have to pay the healthcare surcharge along with this application fee.

  1. Wait for the Decision

The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you start your course. Nepali applicants usually get a visa decision within 3-4 weeks of submitting their application.

  1. Financial Requirements for UK Student Visa 

Here are the financial requirements for a Nepali student applying for a UK Student Visa:

Financial Requirements For A Nepali Student Applying For A UK Student Visa
  • Course Fee: You need enough money to pay for your course for 1 academic year (up to 9 months). The amount you need to pay will be on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
  • Living Costs: You need to show you have enough money to support yourself. The amount depends on where you will be studying:
  • For courses in London: £1,334 per month (for up to 9 months).
  • For courses outside London: £1,023 per month (for up to 9 months).
  • Dependents: If you’re bringing any dependents with you, you’ll need to prove you have extra money for each family member.
  • Proof of Funds: You must have this money for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa.
  • Financial Evidence: In the case of student loan or financial sponsorship, you’ll have to show proof through your loan or sponsorship company.
  1. Preparing for the UK Education System

As a Nepali student, you’ll find the UK education system to be quite different than here in Nepal. It can be tough to adapt but here’s a guide to help you better prepare yourself.

  1. Be Proficient in English

Don’t treat English like it’s just an eligibility criteria. In every instance during your stay in the UK, you will be communicating in English. So if you struggle to clearly understand or talk in English, you may find it tougher to find jobs or even graduate. 

  1. Prepare for the Climate

The UK has a temperate maritime climate. Depending on which university and location you choose, you may experience a range of different weather conditions. 

  1. Cultural Adjustment

It is also advisable to learn a thing or two about UK culture, customs, and lifestyle before you hop on the plane. This will help you to adjust more quickly.

  1. Financial Planning

Plan your finances carefully. Consider tuition fees, living expenses, travel costs, and other expenses.

  1. Healthcare

All students in the UK get healthcare benefits thanks to the National Health Services (NHS). This means that you will not have to invest in private medical insurance. However, you can also purchase private healthcare insurance that covers health-related costs not covered by the NHS. 

  1. Visiting Kangaroo Education Foundation

And finally, if you’re ever in need of education and migration consultation, Kangaroo Education Foundation is here for you as the best consultancy for the UK in nepal. We offer a range of services including study abroad counselling, test preparation (IELTS, PTE, SAT, GRE, GMAT etc.), support services (Travel Arrangement, Accommodation etc.), and can provide step-by-step guidance to lodge or upgrade your UK visa. 

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