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UK Student Visa Fee in Nigeria

If you’re a Nigerian citizen looking to come to the United Kingdom to study, it’s important to ensure that you’re fully aware of the fees and costs involved in doing so.

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Overview of UK Student Fees in Nigeria

The UK Student visa allows foreign nationals to come and study in the UK at approved educational institutes.

Coming to the UK to study will incur certain costs for the applicant, however. These include (but may not be limited to) the following:

  • The Student visa application fee
  • The immigration healthcare surcharge
  • Fast-track processing for your visa
  • Money to support yourself
  • The course fee
  • The fee for taking a Secure English Language Test (SELT)
  • Fees for your dependents

The specific fees associated with these are discussed in the following sections.

How Much is the Student Visa Application Fee?

As of June 2023, the standard Student visa application fee is £363 if you’re applying from outside the UK, and £490 if you’re applying from inside the UK.

These fees are also the same for the Child Student visa.

If you wish to apply for a Short-Term Study visa to study English in the UK for a short period of time, the application fee is £200.

If you wish to stay in the UK after your studies in order to work, you can apply for a Graduate visa. The application fee for the Graduate visa is £715.

The Immigration Healthcare Surcharge

Most students will have to pay the immigration healthcare surcharge (IHS) when they apply for a Student visa.

This is a fee paid to allow foreign nationals to access NHS services while in the UK.

The IHS is paid for every year that the visa holder will be in the UK. The fee is £470 a year for all students.

This means that for a standard 3-year undergraduate degree, you will have to pay a total of £1645. Meanwhile, a 10 month Masters course will cost £705.

Fast-Track Visa Processing

You may have the option of faster visa processing when you apply for your student visa.

The fees will vary based on whether you’re applying outside the UK or inside the UK.

If you’re applying from outside the UK, you can pay £250 for the priority service, which will ensure that your application is processed within 5 working days. Or, you can pay £956 for the super priority service, which will ensure that your application is processed by the end of the next working day.

If you’re applying from inside the UK, you can pay £500 for the priority service, which will ensure that your application is processed within 5 working days. Or, you can pay £800 for the super priority service, which will ensure that your application is processed by the end of the next working day.

Note that this service may not always be available.

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It’s important you’re aware of all requirements as an intending Nigerian student. We can break everything down in digestible bits.

Money to Support Yourself

Overview

You must demonstrate that you have enough funds to support yourself financially while in the UK on a Student visa.

If you’re studying in London, you’ll need £1,334 a month to support yourself.

If you’re studying outside London, you’ll need £1,023 a month to support yourself.

You must show that you’ve had this money for at least 28 days of the 31 days prior to the date of your visa application.

Note that there are some cases where you won’t have to provide proof of funds, such as if you’re applying as a student union sabbatical officer, you’re applying as a postgraduate dentist or doctor, or you’ve already been in the UK for at least 12 months with another visa.

Additionally, if you’re studying at a residential boarding school, you will only have to pay your boarding fees instead of showing that you have enough money to support yourself.

Types of Ways You Can Show Proof of Funds

There are a few different ways that you can demonstrate you have enough funds to support yourself when in the UK on a Student visa.

These include the following:

  • An official financial or government sponsorship or grant
  • A student loan from a government, government sponsored loan company, or a regulated student loans scheme
  • Your own money
  • Your parent’s money (they must provide a letter confirming they consent to you using it this way)
  • Your partner’s money if your partner is present in the UK or applying at the same time as you

You must show detailed documentary evidence of your funds to the Home Office when you apply.

Note that the following are not accepted as proof of funds:

  • Overdrafts
  • Bitcoin savings
  • Stocks and shares
  • Pensions
  • Bank accounts that are not regulated by the financial regulatory body in the country in which the bank operates
  • Bank accounts that don’t use electronic record keeping.

The Course Fee

Most international students will have to pay fees for their course if they’re studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course.

The specific fees involved will vary greatly between courses and educational institutions. However, annual course fees for international students can be around £11,000 to £20,000 on average.

Costs for certain courses such as MBAs or postgraduate medical degrees can even be high as £63,000.

It’s important to check with your chosen course provider to ensure you know what the fees for your course are. Alternatively, your course fees can be found on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Secure English Language Test Fees

You may have to prove your English language knowledge and ability when applying for a Student visa.

Many applicants will do this by taking a Secure English Language Test (SELT). The required level for a Student visa is B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale if studying at degree level, or B1 if studying at below degree level.

Prices for SELTs can vary depending on the provider. But as a general estimate, you can expect to pay around £140 in order to take one.

Whether you’re a prospective student, or just need to speak one-to-one with an immigration adviser, we can help.

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Fees for your Dependents

Certain students in the UK, such as postgraduates on research programmes or government-sponsored students, are eligible to bring their family members to the UK with them as dependents.

If doing so, family members must pay £363 if they’re applying from outside the UK, and £490 if they’re applying from inside the UK.

Family members must also demonstrate that they have enough money to support themselves in the UK. This will be £845 a month per person if you’re studying in London, and £680 a month per person if you’re studying outside London.

They must show that they’ve had this money for at least 28 days of the 31 days prior to the date of your visa application.

Family members must also pay the immigration healthcare charge. This will be at the same rate as your own fees when you apply.

How Can IAS Help?

Applying to study abroad can be a costly process, especially if you’re applying to enrol on a postgraduate degree, a medical degree, or a course in London.

If you’re concerned about your Student visa application or unsure about how best to tackle the issue of Student visa fees in Nigeria, IAS can help.

We offer complete, bespoke immigration advice for Nigerians in the UK, Nigeria and elsewhere in the world. We have already helped a range of Nigerian clients with their immigration needs and concerns, and can do the same for you also.

Whether you’re a prospective student who needs help with estimating total visa costs, unsure of what you’ll have to pay or not, or just need to speak one-to-one with an immigration adviser, we can help.

Take the first step and reach out to us today for help. Call our UK number on +44 (0) 3316300929 or our Nigerian number on +23413438882. Or contact us through our form online.

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at our Lagos office, all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When applying for your Student visa online, you will have to pay your visa fee using either a credit or debit card. You may not be able to pay your fee using any other method.

Yes. Although UK visa fees are set in British Pounds Sterling, you will be able to use your Nigerian bank account to pay for your visa fees in Naira.

Your fee will be calculated based on the current exchange rate at the time of payment. This rate is reviewed by the Home Office around every two weeks or so.

Typically, Student visas will take up to 3 weeks to process if applying from outside the UK, and up to 8 weeks if applying from inside the UK.

Note, however, that delays may occur, such as if your immigration application is a particularly complex one, or if the Home Office needs to contact you to request more information or documents.

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