Whether you're studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, Canterbury Christ Church University offers an enriching and diverse student experience.

The next step is to make sure you know the cost of your course and the different options available for funding your studies.

As an international student, you can either:

  • pay your course fees yourself
  • have your parents pay
  • have a sponsor (usually an employer or government) pay for you.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or bursary, depending on the eligible criteria for each award.  

  • Fee status criteria is set by the UK government.
  • We use this status and your application information when assessing your fee status.

You can find out more information on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

Tuition fees 

The cost of your course can be found on your chosen course page under 'Fees', including additional course costs.

Living costs 

Living costs can include (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • rent and bills 
  • food
  • social life
  • transport
  • childcare etc.

You need to figure out how much you'll need for your living costs, and how you will fund this.

Additional costs 

Apart from fees and living costs there are some additional costs when studying at university. We try to keep these to a minimum and be clear about what they are.

Additional costs can include (but aren't limited to):

  • course textbooks
  • specific costs for your course - you will find this under your course page under 'Fees'.

Advice for parents

  • Tuition fees are due on the first day of the academic year.
  • You, your child or a sponsor must pay in full or have an arrangement to pay before commencing study at the University.
  • If your child is a Tier 4 international student, they are required to pay a deposit before they start the first year of their course. Information about the deposit and when it needs to be paid will be included in their offer letter.
  • If your child’s fees are paid in full before starting the course, they may be eligible for a discount.
  • As a parent you are not regarded as a sponsor, but you may pay tuition fees to the University with your child’s agreement. 

Direct payment

For students who are starting their course in September, payments can be made by one of the following options: 

  • payment in full 
  • payment in two equal instalments at the end of September (50%) and end of January (50%). Students studying on a Tier 4 visa who have paid a deposit payment before coming to University will pay the balance due in these two equal instalments.

If you are starting your course in a month other than September, then the above payment dates will be adjusted accordingly.

However, your full year tuition fee must be paid at least two months before the end of your course, or at least two months before the end of the period of study for which the tuition fee relates. 

The University accepts Visa and MasterCard debit and credit card payments. 

Payment plan via a sponsor 

A person or organisation can pay your fees for you. They are called a sponsor. 

Here is the sponsor process:

  • Enter the sponsor details in the MySponsor section of your MyRecord portal.
  • Be sure to enter these details prior to you starting at University, or through the online registration process.
  • The University Fees team will then check the sponsor information provided and will notify you if they are able to approve the sponsor.
  • If the University Fees team need more information, they will notify you.
  • If your sponsor hasn't been accepted, the University Fees team will notify you. 

Please note: Any arrangement made between you and a sponsor to pay your tuition fees is an agreement between you and the sponsor. If your sponsor does not pay the tuition fees, you will be personally liable to pay the fees yourself.

The University will then invoice you directly and you will be required to either pay in full or set up a self-payment plan that is acceptable to the University at that stage in the academic year. 

Family members who pay for your tuition fees on your behalf

Family members are not regarded as sponsors but may pay tuition fees to the University with your agreement.

Payments from family members are deemed to be payments made by the student and may be made on an instalment basis.

There is no direct contract or binding arrangement between the family member and the University. 


As an international student at CCCU, you're eligible for some scholarships and bursaries. Have a read about what you can apply for, and browse the scholarships and bursaries page for more awards. 

Sports Scholarship

We’re committed to developing sporting excellence and offer scholarships of up to £1,500 a year in any sport. 

The University is recognised by Sport England’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) as a Dual Career Accredited Site. We give talented athletes extra academic flexibility, allowing talented athletes to balance their studies alongside a sporting schedule. 

Check to see if you're eligible by finding out more information on our scholarships and bursaries page. 


Chapel Choir Scholarship


  • Choral Scholarship - £500 per year + tuition
  • Organ/Conducting Scholarship - £750 per year + tuition

Eligible criteria

  • Available to all Canterbury Christ Church University students

Useful information

  • Complete this form by the beginning of October.
  • Auditions will be held in October.
  • Throughout each academic year, the Choir sings an Evensong every Thursday evening during term time, and several other services, including the Candlemas and Pentecost services in Canterbury Cathedral.


Instrumental/Vocal Scholarship


  • One to one vocal or instrumental tuition
  • Up to ten hours' worth of tuition offered.

Eligible criteria

  • Available to all Canterbury Christ Church University students

Useful information

  • Scholars are expected to perform in at least one University ensemble.
  • Applications are considered at the beginning of each semester.
  • Complete this application form at the beginning of October or January.


Sanctuary Scholarship – For those seeking asylum in the UK 

Canterbury Christ Church University works in partnership with The Archdeacon of Canterbury (Canterbury Cathedral) under the Article 26 Project to enable those seeking asylum to progress to higher education.

Successful applicants for the Sanctuary Scholarship at Canterbury Christ Church University will be provided with some financial support. 

Read more about the Sanctuary Scholarship to see if you meet the eligible criteria. 

Please note: The below refers to the scholarship for the 2022/23 academic year. This will be updated in due course.

This scholarship is available for students who fall within the definition of “EEA National” as defined by Schedule 1 to the Education (Fees and Awards ) (England) Regulations 2007)

From 1 August 2021, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members who are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement are no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate and postgraduate financial support and advanced learner loans from Student Finance England, for courses starting in academic year 2021/22 or after. These students will be subject to Overseas / International student tuition fees.

Canterbury Christ Church University will continue to offer an EEA National Transition Scholarship (2022/23) to those affected who are commencing their studies in September 2022.

This will effectively reduce the tuition fee for eligible students to the Home (UK) Fee level. The scholarship will apply to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and will be given for the full duration of study.


  • EEA nationals who currently fall within the definition of “EEA National” as defined by Schedule 1 to the Education (Fees and Awards )(England) Regulations 2007), who are permanently resident in an EEA member state, and who are classified as international students for fees purposes
  • Applicable for 2021/22 and 2022/23 entry only
  • Applicable to self-funded students, as well holders of a private loan
  • The scholarship cannot be combined with any other CCCU scholarship or bursary / grant award

The scholarship will be automatically awarded if you meet all the above eligibility criteria.


The International Student Scholarship includes:

  • fee discount of £1,500 for international students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course from January 2022.

Eligible criteria

  • You must have overseas student fee status.
  • The annual tuition fee of your course of study must be £14,500.

Useful information 

  • This excludes students with fee status EU for 2021/22 and 2022/23 as they will receive the EEA Transition Scholarship discount.
  • If you meet the criteria for the International Student Scholarship fee discount, £1,500 will automatically be deducted from your tuition fees each year.


It is important to think carefully about how you are going to manage money while you study. Here are a few budgeting tips:

  • Look at what money you have coming in, and try to estimate how much you need to spend.
  • Create a reasonable budget and stick to it each month.
  • Keep track of your expenses to see where you could save money and not overspend.
  • Attend events for students - they're usually much cheaper!

The Money saving expert student budgeting planner is a great tool to help you plan your budget. 

Millions of people visit Canterbury every year. The beautiful and historic cathedral, surrounded by medieval cobbled streets, is close to our campus in the heart of the city.

Canterbury is close to London, which is just 40 minutes by train. The city is also easily accessible from continental Europe, making Canterbury a diverse and friendly place to study.

Both students and staff feel at home on campus and throughout the city, so you can be sure to fit right in with our community.