Fees and Money Matters 

Within the International Office, we have a great deal of experience of working with International Students and as such we understand how much of an investment it is to study in the UK. We are also aware that at first it can be difficult to manage your finances accordingly when moving to a different country. We therefore want to ensure that you have the most detailed and accurate information regarding all the costs which you may encounter during your time in Cardiff.

You should ensure that you have enough money to pay for your fees and your living expenses for the whole of your course at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Any earnings from part time work should be seen as additional spending money and should not be factored into your budget for course fees or accommodation fees.

Please also bear in mind that you will be unable to obtain any money from the University or any other UK organisations once you arrive. UK visa authorities in most countries will ask to see proof that you have the necessary finances to cover food and living expenses before you can be granted a visa.

Like all other UK universities, all academic and accommodation fees must be paid in full to the University whilst you are studying with us. If you do not do this you will be unable to graduate from your course or gain a certificate for your studies. However it is possible to pay your fees in two instalments if you are not able to pay them in full when you begin your course.

Pre-Sessional English 1 Year
6 months
International Foundation Course 1 year £6,500

Foundation Degree in Art and Design
1 year £6,100
HND 2 years £9,700
Undergraduate degree 3-4 years £9,700
BSc Podiatry 3 years £11,400
Postgraduate Masters Degree 1 year £11,500
MBA (including study visit) 1 year £12,000
PGCE 1 year £9,000
MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine 1 year £13,500
Postgraduate Doctoral Degree Varies £11,500

We believe all students deserve the opportunity to enhance their career prospects, irrespective of their financial situation. That's why we offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and studentships to support our International students.

UndergraduateScholarship Award: £1,200
Alumni scholarship Award: £2,000
The Alumni scholarship is awarded to International students who have completed their Undergraduate studies with Cardiff Metropolitan and progress onto Masters in the UK
MBA Scholarship Award: Up to £1,500
MBA Scholarship is based on academic and/or professional, evidenced work experience
Vice Chancellor Scholarship Award: £1,500
The Vice Chancellor Scholarship, awarded to a number of our MA and MSc programmes, is based on academic and/or professional, evidenced work experience

* Cardiff Metropolitan University reserves the right to revise, review or withdraw any of the scholarships, bursaries and other funding listed at any time without prior notice.

For more information, please visit our Scholarships page.

Frequently Asked Questions:

a) Make a Money Order / Banker's Draft / Demand Draft for £3,000.00 payable to 'Cardiff Metropolitan University'. Complete the enclosed acceptance / prepayment form and attach the draft to the form.
Please make sure that your name, date of birth and Cardiff Met reference number is clearly written on the back.

The Money Order/ Banker's Draft can be sent to us in one of two ways:

  • By handing the payment to an authorised Cardiff Metropolitan University agent (all authorised agents possess a Certificate of Representation which should be shown on request)
  • By sending the Banker's Draft by registered post / reputable courier to Teresa Kedward, Cardiff Metropolitan University, International Office, 200 Western Avenue, Cardiff, United Kingdom CF5 2YB

b) Complete a Bank Transfer. Payment can be made directly to Cardiff Metropolitan University's bank account using the following details:

National Westminster Bank, 96 Queens Street, Cardiff CF10 2GR
Account name: UWIC Exchequer Account
Sort Code: 01 01 55
Account Number: 01043838

IBAN: GB73NWBK01015501043838
Swift number: NWBKGB2122T

Please make sure that your Cardiff Met student reference number is clearly quoted as a payment reference.

Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any bank charges deducted from the payment received into Cardiff Metropolitan University's bank account. In order to avoid underpayments you should arrange for the bank charges to be paid at the time of the transfer.

c) Make a payment using web payment via the link below, this payment will be made directly into Cardiff Metropolitan University bank account.


Full instructions on how to make a web payment can be found here.

Once you have completed the bank transfer you will need to forward the following information to the International Office by email - internationalaccept@cardiffmet.ac.uk:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • The exact amount of the transfer in GBP
  • The date of the transfer
  • The name given as a reference
  • The name of the bank from which the transfer was made
  • Your passport number
  • Your address in country of permanent residence
  • Your Cardiff Metropolitan University reference number

Upon receipt of your payment and acceptance form, Cardiff Metropolitan University will send a confirmation email to the email address that you provide. A letter confirming receipt of your payment and acceptance onto your course will also be sent to you or your agent. Please note that this letter will act as a formal receipt for your payment and should be used to apply for your student visa.

Yes! You may have already paid an advanced fee/deposit of £3,000 and on arrival, you will have two choices of how you can pay the remaining balance of fees. You can either pay the full balance during the enrolment period where no additional charges will be incurred or alternatively, you can pay the balance of 60% of your total course fee at enrolment, and the remaining 40% as follows:

Course intake
(60% at enrolment)
 Final instalment due
(40% remaining fee plus 5% admin charge)
 February  June
 July  November
 September  January

Please note: By opting for the instalment method, you will incur a 5% administration fee on the second instalment and you must ensure you meet the payment deadlines. For more information about the University's finance policies please see the Finance Regulations webpage.

Yes, this is possible in the event of one of the following situations:
In the event of an international student not being able to enrol at Cardiff Metropolitan University we will refund or return the full payment providing that one of the following conditions are met:-

• The student has been declined a Tier 4 student visa and has provided Cardiff Metropolitan University with a copy of the official visa rejection letter. The International Office will give due consideration to the nature of the refusal.
If the visa is refused due to fraud – no refund will be given and the student will be prohibited from studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University in the future.
• Ill health resulting in the inability to travel. A signed letter from a doctor on headed paper supporting this will need to be provided.
• The student has changed their study plans and has not been issued with a certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). Or A CAS has been assigned but not used.
• An international incident or epidemic prevents the student from travelling.
• Student’s visa application has been rejected before they enrol at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

In addition to the above, there are some additional scenarios where students can request a partial refund of the fees paid if they enrol on the course but subsequently need to withdraw. Eligibility for a refund will be assessed on a case by case basis and the date of withdrawal from your course will also be a contributing factor to the final decision made about whether a refund is approved or not. For further enquiries about refunds, please contact Deborah Williams at DAWilliams@cardiffmet.ac.uk

It is essential that you have enough funds to pay for your fees and your living expenses for the whole of your course at Cardiff Met. The cost of living in Cardiff is not as expensive as living in many other large cities in Britain. We advise the figure of £5,500 to £6,000 per year as an approximate guide to living costs.

When considering how to bring your money to the UK, it is important that you take security into consideration. It is not advisable to carry large amounts of cash. You should ensure that you bring enough cash to pay for any incidentals until you are able to open a bank account or are able to access your funds. An example of incidentals you may need to purchase are; food, taxi fares, bus fares, accommodation and a calling card to call home

We recommend that larger amounts of money should be carried in a secure form such as sterling travellers cheques.

It is important that you arrange your finances before you arrive in the UK to ensure that you are able to make payments on time. Late payments will incur an additional fee. As with other UK universities, Cardiff Met has a regulation that all academic fees and accommodation fees must be paid in full whilst you are studying at the University or else you will not be permitted to graduate from your course and gain a certificate for your academic achievements.

If you do not pay your fees on time, you will receive demand letters from the Finance Office and you will not be able to proceed with your course until the fees are paid. Being excluded from class and having your IT access cancelled can be very upsetting so please make arrangements for fees to be paid by the deadlines given.

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