International student payments

Information on how to pay tuition fees (including deposit) for international students.

Information for new and returning international students on how to pay tuition fees.

Students should also be aware of the conditions outlined in the UWE Bristol Tuition Fee Policy.

The Money matters guide (PDF) will help you understand your financial contract with UWE Bristol and our processes.

Please note:

  • The University does not accept cash payments. Please do not bring large quantities of cash with you to campus or hold it in your accommodation.
  • Tuition fees for international students should always be paid directly to the University by the student or parents.
  • The University does not accept third party payments (i.e. a payment from anyone other than your parents or your own account) directly to our bank account. All payments should be paid through flywire unless prior approval is given. See the third party payment section for further information.

Tuition fee deposit for new students

In order to secure your place at the University and to receive your Confirmation of Acceptance to Study letter (CAS), which enables you to apply for your visa, you will need to pay a minimum deposit as detailed below*.

Our preferred

In all payments it is important to note that the reference number should be your student ID and family name ie 123456789 Smith. Failure to transfer funds with the appropriate information may result in a delay to your student account being credited.

Deposit amounts

  • Students from the EU/EEA: £1000
  • Students who are nationals of other UKVI low-risk countries: £4000 
  • All other students: £5500 

Please note your deposit amount will be mentioned in your offer letter or communicated to you through your UWE welcome portal.

*If you are a Government sponsored student, are sponsored by an International Scholarship Agency or have applied for a US Federal Loan, you are not required to pay a tuition fee deposit and your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement will be issued via your Welcome website.

Please note: the international tuition fee deposit is non-refundable except in certain circumstances. View further information regarding the refund policy for international deposits.

 

How to pay - new students

International Funds Transfer (Flywire)

Flywire is our official payment partner. Pay your tuition and/or your accommodation fees (deposit or in full) by International Funds Transfer (Flywire) direct to our bank. This is our recommended and preferred method of payment.

UWE Bristol has negotiated very competitive exchange rates through this particular Foreign Exchange company, offering you exchange rates that are unlikely to be matched by traditional banks.

Why use this service?

  • Eliminate hidden bank fees - ensure the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) receives the correct amount.
  • Save on exchange rates - in most cases, you can make a payment in your home currency. Flywire will process the currency exchange - offering you wholesale exchange rates, unmatched by traditional banks as part of their Best Rate Guarantee.
  • Peace of mind - 24-hour multilingual customer support when you need it most. Know where your payment is throughout the process.

What you need

  • To have been offered and accepted a place at UWE Bristol
  • A valid UWE Bristol applicant ID (Welcome ID)
  • A breakdown of the fees you wish to transfer.

How does it work?

  1. Go to Flywire - UWE student fees, enter the amounts in GBP that you wish to transfer and select the country you are paying from and the payment type you wish to use. This will be a competitive exchange rate as part of Flywire's Best Rate Guarantee and will, therefore, result in a lower cost to you in your local currency. Complete the rest of the registration details. Please note: not all currencies are available, so an alternative currency may be offered (Euro, US Dollars or Great British Pounds).
  2. Complete the payment transaction by entering your card details or printing the confirmation advice and taking it to your local bank. Or, complete an online bank transfer (if you have access to online banking) in your local currency to the bank details provided on the payment instructions.
  3. Payment confirmation will be emailed to you. You can also track the progress of your payment via an optional SMS service and a progress bar in your Flywire account.

To make a payment please visit Flywire - UWE student fees.

Visit Flywire's FAQ (frequently asked questions) section if you have any queries.

Payment plans are available for new students, please see the 'Paying in instalments' section below for further information.

How to pay - current students

International Funds Transfer (Flywire)

Flywire is our official payment partner. Pay your tuition and/or your accommodation fees (deposit or in full) by International Funds Transfer (Flywire) direct to our bank. This is our recommended and preferred method of payment.

UWE Bristol has negotiated very competitive exchange rates through this particular Foreign Exchange company, offering you exchange rates that are unlikely to be matched by traditional banks.

Why use this service?

  • Eliminate hidden bank fees - ensure the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) receives the correct amount.
  • Save on exchange rates - in most cases, you can make a payment in your home currency. Flywire will process the currency exchange - offering you wholesale exchange rates, unmatched by traditional banks as part of their Best Rate Guarantee.
  • Peace of mind - 24-hour multilingual customer support when you need it most. Know where your payment is throughout the process.

What you need

  • To have been offered and accepted a place at UWE Bristol
  • A valid UWE Bristol applicant ID (Welcome ID)
  • A breakdown of the fees you wish to transfer.

How does it work?

  1. Go to Flywire - UWE student fees, enter the amounts in GBP that you wish to transfer and select the country you are paying from and the payment type you wish to use. This will be a competitive exchange rate as part of Flywire's Best Rate Guarantee and will, therefore, result in a lower cost to you in your local currency. Complete the rest of the registration details. Please note: not all currencies are available, so an alternative currency may be offered (Euro, US Dollars or Great British Pounds).
  2. Complete the payment transaction by entering your card details or printing the confirmation advice and taking it to your local bank. Or, complete an online bank transfer (if you have access to online banking) in your local currency to the bank details provided on the payment instructions.
  3. Payment confirmation will be emailed to you. You can also track the progress of your payment via an optional SMS service and a progress bar in your Flywire account.

To make a payment please visit Flywire - UWE student fees.

Visit Flywire's FAQ (frequently asked questions) section if you have any queries.

Please note: if you have previously registered to use our former International Funds Transfer partner, Edustep/Pay to Study, and would like to continue to use this service then please complete your payment at UWE Student Fees.

Cheque or bankers draft – drawn on a UK bank

Made payable to 'UWE, Bristol'.

Online payment

Student fees should not be settled by direct bank transfer. Please use our secure online payment facilities as detailed below:

However, if for any reason you are unable to use either of the facilities above then please call the Income Office on +44 (0)117 32 87888 or email cash.office@uwe.ac.uk.

Notification of outstanding fees

New and returning international students will be advised of outstanding fees as follows:

  • undergraduates will be able to view the outstanding tuition fee amount through the 'Registration' tab in myUWE
  • postgraduates will receive an invoice via their UWE Bristol Live Mail to advise them of the outstanding tuition fee amount.

Important fraud and third party payment information

How to avoid fraud

Please be aware that online and telephone financial fraud is on the rise. Often fraudsters will offer significant discounts, incentives, or attractive exchange rates. Please remember that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

Tuition fees for international students should always be paid directly to the University by the student or a family member, we strongly advise that you don’t pay through a third party and please note that if you do we may have to undergo additional checks which may mean delays to you receiving your CAS for up to three weeks and could result in the deposit being held or refunded to the original payee.

If you are intending to pay through a third party please contact international@uwe.ac.uk to request a third party payment form. This form must be completed, and approval from the university given, before a third party payment is made otherwise we may have to return the payment.

Making payments in any way other than the university's recommended payment methods may result in a loss of funds.

Please watch out for adverts or messages on social platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram or WeChat, and never agree to pay someone large sums of money in cash. Likewise, you should never share your bank details with or transfer money to someone you do not know.

For further guidance please see the action fraud website.

Third party payments

The university does not accept third party payments (payments from anyone other than yourself or your parent) directly to our bank account.

If you need to make a payment this should be through our official payment service (flywire) only. Making payment in any other way may result in loss of funds or result in your place of study being withdrawn. In exceptional circumstances, we may be able to accept payment directly to the university, but prior approval must be given for this by contacting international@uwe.ac.uk

Any third-party payment made outside of Flywire or without prior approval will be returned to the original payee which can result in delays, withdrawal of place of study, and in some cases may not be refunded by the third party, this is outside of the universities control.

Paying in instalments

Our preferred payment option is by direct debit over a three-month or six-month period. However, we do offer a Recurring Card Payment (RCP) option.

Setting up an instalment plan

If you wish to pay in instalments it must be done via direct debit (UK bank account only) or Recurring Card Payment (RCP). The invoice is split equally over three or six months with payment collected on the first of each month. The maximum number of instalments is six months.

You can set the direct debit up through your registration portal or by completing a direct debit.. RCP can be set-up using our secure RCP payment service.

The mandates are blank, so the value will show as zero. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email. Once your invoice has been raised (after you have completed registration) you will receive an email confirming the payment dates and amounts. The direct debit or RCP will default to the six-month plan, so if you wish to opt for the three-month plan, please let us know.

September intake

The three-month plan runs from November to January and the six-month plan runs from November  to April. All fees are due in full by 1 April.

January intake

The three-month plan runs from March to May and the six-month plan runs from March to August. All fees are due in full by 1 August.

Postgraduate finance

If you’re receiving postgraduate student finance you can set up a direct debit up either through your myUWE portal or our online payment facility. You can then send in your student finance loan approval and payment schedule by emailing creditcontrol@uwe.ac.uk so that your payment schedule can be set in accordance with your loan payments.

Direct debit, credit card or bank transfer

You can pay the remaining balance of your tuition fees (after paying your deposit) by direct debit (only available from UK bank account), Recurring Card Payment (RCP), credit/debit card or bank transfer.

Please visit our Ways to Pay page for more information.

Undergraduate students can:

  • pay via the 'Registration' tab in myUWE

Invoices and receipts

Incorrect invoice

If you believe your invoice amount is wrong or a scholarship/discount hasn’t been applied you will need to contact the Student Administration Team for your college.

If your invoice is for the full amount but you have paid a deposit there is no need to do anything. The invoice is for the full amount of the fees as this is what your course costs, however, you will only be expected to pay the remaining balance, and this will be reflected on your myUWE portal.

Paying without an invoice

In your myUWE portal, payments tab, you can select “pay on account” which will allow you to pay any amount that you require. This will then be allocated as a credit to your account and we will match it to your invoice accordingly once it has been raised. Please also send an email to our Credit Control department explaining what the payment is for and to ensure they don’t issue a refund on it. Their email is creditcontrol@uwe.ac.uk.

Issuing receipts

Unfortunately, we can only provide a tuition fee receipt once the tuition fee has been paid in full, as we do not have the capacity to provide receipts for individual payments. If the payment was made online, the person who made the payment will have received an automatic receipt via email. Direct debit payments will show on your bank account as evidence of payment.

Your accommodation deposit should have been made online, in which case you (or the person making the payment) will have received an automatic receipt via email. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to provide a receipt in any other format.

Contact the Income Office

The Income Office is currently open for appointments only Monday to Friday between 10:00–15:00. Appointments can be made via InfoHub (login required).

Income Office
University of the West of England
2D23
Frenchay Campus
Bristol  BS16 1QY

Tel: +44 (0)117 32 87888 (open during office hours)

Contact us by email

  • For queries relating to setting up direct debits online and for payment related queries, email us quoting your student number at cash.office@uwe.ac.uk.
    For security reasons please do not quote your credit/debit card number or bank details in an email.
  • For queries relating to an outstanding balance to the University, if you are unable to pay for your fees or if you are due a refund email us at creditcontrol@uwe.ac.uk.
  • If you are an applicant joining us for a September or January intake and have a query not related to your payment please contact international@uwe.ac.uk.

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