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what The World’s Top Universities pay as Tuition Fees

For many prospective international students, the most pressing issue to consider – alongside meeting all the application requirements – is how much it will cost to study at their chosen institution. The tuition fees charged largely depend on the country in which you choose to study. But if you really want to calculate the costs of studying at one of the world’s top universities, below is an overview of current fees for domestic and international students at the 10 top universities in the QS World University Rankings® 2018 – plus information about the chances of receiving financial aid.

For the UK universities featured here, prices are given for several different subjects, to give an idea of the range. Most of the featured US universities charge a standard rate across the majority of subjects and for students of all nationalities. The list of the world’s top 10 universities also includes Switzerland’s ETH Zurich, where fees for most programs are lower than in the UK or US – scroll down for the full details.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)US

Annual tuition fees 2017/18:

UNDERGRADUATE
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
All UG programs:
US$49,580

 

POSTGRADUATE
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Most PG programs:
US$49,580

 

Retaining its place at the top of the QS World University Rankings for the sixth time in a row, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of just five US universities to offer need-blind admission to both domestic and international students. This means financial need will not impede any student’s chances of admission. According to the institution’s website, MIT awarded over US$97 million in financial aid to its 4,500 undergraduate students in 2016, with 91% of MIT students receiving some financial aid. The average award for MIT students stands at US$38,871, with the amount received calculated based on financial need.

 

2. Stanford University, US

Annual tuition fees 2017/18:

UNDERGRADUATE
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
All UG programs:
US$48,987 ($16,329 per quarter)
Summer tuition fees (optional):
US$15,777

 

POSTGRADUATE
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Engineering:
US$52,188 ($17,396 per quarter)
Most other PG programs:
US$48,987 ($16,329 per quarter)
Summer tuition fees (optional):
US$15,777

 

Charging similar fees to other leading US universities such as MIT and Harvard University, Stanford University offers need-blind admission for US students, although not for internationals. This means overseas students must secure a certain amount of funding through personal finance, scholarships, loans or other assistance. All international students should request financial aid consideration at the time of application or risk not being eligible for any Stanford funding throughout their undergraduate life.

Stanford University has more information about student costs and funding on its website.

 

3. Harvard University, US

Annual tuition fees 2017/18:

UNDERGRADUATE
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
All UG programs:
US$44,990      

 

POSTGRADUATE (2016-17 fees given)
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Most PG programs (excl. PhDs*):

US$43,296 (for years one and two)

US$11,258 (for years three and four)

 

*PhD students at Harvard University receive full financial support, including cover of tuition, other fees and the cost of living (cost of living stipend currently at US$2,980).

Another of the five US universities to offer need-blind admission to domestic and international students, Harvard University offers international students the same access to financial aid as US citizens. Although federal aid and loans are often unavailable to overseas students, Harvard University provides more than 50% of all its students with financial aid and 55% of undergraduates receive the Harvard Scholarship. Aid given is based on financial need and parents earning less than US$65,000 annually are not required to make any contribution to payment.

University, visit the official website.

4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), US

Annual tuition fees 2017/18:

UNDERGRADUATE
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
All UG programs:
US$48,111 (+ $1,797 mandatory fees*)

 

POSTGRADUATE
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
All PG programs:

US$48,111 (+ $1,605

mandatory fees*)

 

*As is the case at many US universities, all programs at Caltech are subject to further fees. In addition to tuition and living costs, all students will be expected to secure health insurance either through Caltech or a comparable plan. Caltech’s health insurance plan for 2017/18 costs $821 per term.

Relatively small in size, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is another of the world’s top universities with a focus on subjects in the STEM group. To cover the cost of study at Caltech, students can apply internally and/or externally for grants, ‘work-study’, loans and scholarships. More information on the cost of studying at Caltech is available on the school’s own website.

5. University of CambridgeUK

Annual tuition fees:

UNDERGRADUATE
UK & EU STUDENTS (in 2017-18)*
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (in 2018/19)
Computer science:
£9,250 (~€10,500)
UK£29,217 (~US$37,800)
Mathematics:
£9,250
UK£21,411 (~US$27,700)
Management:
£9,250
UK£29,217 (~US$37,800)
History:
£9,250
UK£19,197 (~US$24,850)

 

POSTGRADUATE (all fees are for 2017/18)
UK & EU STUDENTS
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Computer science (MPhil):
£11,391 (~€13,000)
UK£29,769 (~US$38,500)
Engineering (MPhil):
£7,392 (~€8,400)
UK£25,770 (~US$33,300)
Politics (MPhil):
£15,300 (~€17,365)
UK£25,200 (~US$32,600)
History (MPhil):
£10,800 (~€12,250)
UK£21,600 (~US$27,900)

 

The UK’s highest-ranked institution (joint third in the world with Stanford University) the University of Cambridge charges domestic and EU students the maximum fees allowed under government regulations on undergraduate-level programs: UK£9,250 per year. Internationally the prices fluctuate slightly more, with most undergraduate humanities subjects costing overseas students 19,197 and STEM or FAME subjects costing as much as £29,217.

Although financial support for international students to study at the UK’s top universities is limited and highly competitive, there are a number of funds and international scholarships offered via the UK government, international organizations and sometimes opportunities to gain funding from your home government, depending on your country of origin. To find out more, visit our list of international scholarships to study in the UK.

The University of Cambridge’s website also provides information about funding options for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

*At the time of writing the fee amount for home/EU students at universities in the UK for the 2018/19 academic year is unknown, but it is expected to rise in line with inflation. EU students will continue to pay the same fees as UK students in 2018/19 and throughout their course length even if the UK leaves the EU during this time.

 

6. University of Oxford, UK

Annual tuition fees (2017/18):

UNDERGRADUATE
UK & EU STUDENTS
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (inc. college fees)
Computer science:
£9,250 (~€10,500)
UK£30,540 (~US$39,500)
Engineering (four years):
£9,250
UK£30,540 (~US$39,500)
Politics:
£9,250
UK£23,105 (~US$30,000)
History:
£9,250
UK£23,105 (~US$30,000)

 

POSTGRADUATE (all inc. college fees)
UK & EU STUDENTS
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Computer science (MSc):
£10,421 (~€11,840)
UK£22,356 (~US$29,000)
Engineering (MSc/DPhil):
£7,216 (~€8,200)
UK£22,356 (~US$29,000)
Politics (MSc/MPhil):
£15,321 (~€17,400)
UK£22,356 (~US$29,000)
History (MSt):
£4,886 (~€5,550)
UK£9,391 (~US$10,660)

 

As the second half of the famous ‘Oxbridge’ pairing (or indeed the first half), the University of Oxford charges the full UK£9,000 for UK and EU students for all of its undergraduate programs. Internationally, this cap does not apply, meaning the University of Oxford is able to charge much higher rates for international students. These sums (for international full-time undergraduates) currently range from UK£15,295 in the humanities subjects up to UK£22,515 in most STEM and FAME subjects. To search for a specific program, visit the University of Oxford’s fees and funding information for undergraduate or graduate studies.

 

7. UCL (University College London), UK

Annual tuition fees 2017/18:

UNDERGRADUATE
UK & EU STUDENTS
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Computer science:
£9,250 (~€10,500)
UK£23,710 (~US$30,630)
Engineering:
£9,250
UK£23,710 (~US$30,630)
Politics:
£9,250
UK£17,710 (~US$22,870)
History:
£9,250
UK£17,710 (~US$22,870)

 

POSTGRADUATE
UK & EU STUDENTS
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Computer science (MSc):
£11,800 (~€13,350)
UK£24,610 (~US$31,800)
Engineering (MSc):
£11,800 (~€13,350)
UK£24,610 (~US$31,800)
Politics (MA):
£9,840 (~€11,130)
UK£20,540 (~US$30,000)
History (MA):
£9,840 (~€11,130)
UK£20,540 (~US$30,000)

 

This year UCL (University College London) is ranked seventh in the world, one place ahead of city-mate Imperial College London. The prestigious institution charges top UK fees to home/EU students and fees ranging from £16,340 to £24,140 for international undergraduates. The good news? UCL offers a selection bursaries and scholarships for international students from around the world, while there are also many international scholarships to study in the UK.

UCL has more information for prospective students available on its website.

 

8. Imperial College London, UK

Annual tuition fees 2017/18:

UNDERGRADUATE
UK & EU STUDENTS
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Computer science:
£9,250 (~€10,500)
UK£27,750 (~US$35,845)
Engineering:
£9,250
UK£27,750 (~US$35,845)

 

POSTGRADUATE
UK & EU STUDENTS
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Computer science (MSc):
£13,500 (~€15,270)
UK£28,200 (~US$41,367)
Engineering (MSc):
£12,000 (~€13,600)
UK£29,000 (~US$32,800)

 

Ranked eighth this year, Imperial College London likewise charges undergraduate-level UK and EU students the full £9,250 in annual tuition fees, which are likely to rise each year in line with inflation. The university has a specialized focus on medicine, STEM and FAME subjects, and this narrower subject range means less fluctuation in fees for international students, with the majority of undergraduate programs costing £25,000-28,000 (~US$32,300-36,170) per year.

For funding opportunities to study at Imperial College London, search for studentships, international scholarships and fellowships targeted at students within the STEM and FAME fields. You could also do some research into businesses that work closely with Imperial College London, as such organizations sometimes sponsor particularly high-achieving students. Some international scholarships offered exclusively to women in male-dominated industries (including many of the subjects in which Imperial College specializes).For general scholarships to study in the UK, visit our listing here.

More information for prospective students is available over on the school’s own website.

 

9. University of Chicago, US

Annual tuition fees 2017/18:

UNDERGRADUATE
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
All UG programs:
US$53,292

 

POSTGRADUATE
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Most PG programs (excl. PhDs):
US$47,802 (for one year)

 

Ranked 9th in the world, the University of Chicago is a private research university which was founded in 1890 and teaches around 15,365 students. Although it is only need-blind to students from the US, the university does pledge to meet the full demonstrated need of admitted students, with financial aid for international students in the form of grants or scholarships – you should apply for this aid during the admissions process. All students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, with no separate application required.

More information for prospective students is available on the University of Chicago’s website.

 

10. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologySwitzerland

Annual tuition fees 2017/18:

UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE
SWISS & NON-SWISS STUDENTS
All programs (excl. PhDs)
CHF 580 per semester + CHF 69 compulsory semester fees* = total fees per year: CHF 1,298 (~US$1,350).

 

*ETH Zurich charges these students a total of CHF 69 per semester to cover the costs of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ), the Scholarship Fund and the Student Union fee for general services. 

Located in Switzerland, ETH Zurich specializes in engineering and the natural sciences, and is the only university in continental Europe to be ranked within the top 10 of the QS World University Rankings® 2018. It’s also by far the most affordable option among the universities on this list, with international students paying the same as home students.

PhDs students earn a salary which starts at CHF 47,040 (~US$48,900) in the first year, and pay a flat-rate tuition fee of CHF 1,200 (~US$1,250) after registering for their doctoral exam. Other than this, PhD students also pay only a mandatory fee of CHF 32 (~US$33) per semester, to cover the costs of the ASVZ and the Scholarship Fund.

Living costs in Switzerland are high, but there are a range of scholarships available, including the Swiss Government Scholarships, which awards funding for foreign postgraduate students.

More information for prospective students is available on ETH Zurich’s website.

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