Your fiancée's move to England is great news, but I'm afraid her study
plans will not come cheap.
The short answer is that the fees are going to be at least £7000 a
year, since your fiancée will be considered an international student.
Unfortunately, she will not qualify as a "home" student who would pay
less. Even if you were to marry soon, she could not qualify for
cheaper fees for at least three years.
Before I spell out the fees for four universities, I need to say that
it is fairly late in the year to apply for a place on a law course
starting in September 2004. Some of the most popular courses may
already be full.
Sorry if that sounds pessimistic, but I have to advise you to get busy
if your fiancée wants to start this autumn.
Some of the fees quoted are for this year, not for 2004-5.
The tuition fees for international students taking a full-time law
course were £7,695 in 2003-4
Faculty of Law
Undergraduate Courses - Classroom Based £7,000
Tuition fees quoted are per year for entrants in the 2004/2005
academic year, and will remain the same for the normal duration of
£8,350 (Band C)
A law course is a Band C course
School of Law
Undergraduate Classroom Based Courses £7,600 2004-5
International Student Support
As you see, Derby's course is the cheapest, and I am pretty sure it
will be easier to get into than the others, as it is less popular. In
fact, you might want to check that it leads to the same professional
opportunities as the other courses.
If you want to go into this in more detail, do explore the university
websites and look at some of the following links. Please don't
hesitate to ask if you'd like me to clarify something, and I'll do my
best to help.
I'd also suggest that phoning the international students office at
universities which interest your fiance should be a good way of
By the way, the normal criteria for "home" student fees are:
1) You are "ordinarily resident" in the UK, or ~
2) You have been been settled here for three years.
(There are exceptions, but I don't think they'll help from what I
understand of your situation. See the list of "further information"
Definition of a "home student"
You can download detailed guidance on who qualifies as a "home" student from here:
The Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997
Introduction and Regulations (near bottom of page)
Advice for international students marrying a UK citizen
International Students Advice
Education Guardian University Guide
The Times Good University Guide
Independent (newspaper) Guide to Universities
UCAS university admissions
The very best of luck with your plans. I hope your fiance finds a
place on a good law course, and I wish you every happiness.
Searched university websites for law, fees and international student advice.
Also searched with:
"international OR overseas student" fees
" home student" fees
"international OR overseas student" regulations
"international OR overseas student" married UK citizen
Used education websites already familiar to me