K M Enayet Hossain
12 June, 2023

5 min read


Apply to Study in the UK from Afghanistan

Both male and female students from Afghanistan are free to study their chosen courses at UK universities. UK is, in fact, a very popular higher education destination country by Afghani students.

Any eligible student from Afghanistan can study in the UK irrespective of their gender or sexual identity. In the UK, your human rights are protected and no discrimination is tolerated. You can live and lead your life in your own will while studying in the UK as long as you do not break the Law. UK provides the platform to empower yourself, use your full potential in violence free and unrestricted educational, social and political environment & warmly welcome all Afghani students.

Admissions are open at our partner universities in the UK - submit your initial application to commence your Study UK journey.

Study in the UK – Key Information

Academic level
Level 3 to Level 8

Qualification type
Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate & Doctorate

Study mode
Full-time, part-time or on-line

0.5 year to 4 years*

Throughout the year*


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Cost of Studying in the UK for Afghani Students

The cost breakdowns below are average figures of expenses that a typical Afghani student will spend on commonly studied subjects at commonly chosen universities in the UK while living a UK life like other international students. However, these costs may vary for certain courses at top universities. For living and maintenance costs, students are in control and can choose to spend more or less as per their financial ability or necessity. This is a general guideline for Afghani students to prepare for their budget to study in the UK.

Tuition Fee

Course Level Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (AFN)
Foundation courses (Full fees) 10000 to 15000 1067140 to 1600710
Undergraduate courses (per year) 11000 to 15000 1173854 to 1600710
Postgraduate courses (Full fees) 11000 to 16000 1173854 to 1707424
Doctorate courses (per year) 14000 to 16000 1493996 to 1707424

Most of the universities offer some scholarship ranging from GBP 500 to GBP 5000 which will reduce tuition fee cost.

Living cost and Maintenance costs per month

Details Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (AFN)
Accommodation 500 to 700 453357 to 74700
Utility bills 40 to 60 4269 to 6403
Travel 100 to 150 10671 to 16007
Food 200 to 300 21343 to 32014
Mobile phone 10 to 30 1067 to 3201
Entertainment 40 to 100 4269 to 10671
Other casual irregular costs 20 to 50 2134 to 5336

Students get 30% discount on travel card and different types of discount on shopping.

You can control most of the living and maintenance costs and spend as per the luxury you want. Elements of travel, entertainment and other casual costs do not occur regularly and hence may not feature in each month’s budget.

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee

Details Cost (GBP) Cost (AFN)
Student visa application (One-off) 363 38737
IHS (per year) 470 50156

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee may change per year by Home Office. Please check visa application fees calculator & IHS fees calculator to find out how much you will have to pay for your application.

For up-to-date currency rate, please check oanda.com.

Earnings from working in the UK on student visa

Students will have the right to work while continuing their studies in the UK i.e. 10 hours per week if they are studying foundation course, 20 hours per week studying a bachelor, masters or PhD course. Students will be able to work full time per week during holiday period in between your course.

Student earning in the UK per month

Details Average earning from student job (GBP) Average earning student job (AFN)
Part-time work 600 to 800 64028 to 85371
Full-time work 1600 to 2000 170742 to 213428

Popular subjects Afghani Students choose to study in the UK

The most popular subjects Turkish students choose to study at UK universities include:

  • Architecture
  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Politics
  • Humanities
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Food Science and Engineering
  • Biomedical Science
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Art and Design
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • International Trade
  • Computer Science and Technology
  • Cyber Security
  • Management
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Project management
  • Physiotherapy
  • Law
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Media Studies
  • Mass Communications
  • Teaching
  • Urban Planning

Documents required for admission application

In general, initially students are required to provide the following documents for university admission applications:

  • All final official academic certificates and transcripts
  • Two academic reference letters
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Passport
  • English Language proficiency certificate i.e. IELTS
  • Personal statement of purpose
  • Research proposal (for MPhil, PhD course)
  • Portfolio of works (for art/design/architecture/film etc. course)
  • ACCA registration confirmation for ACCA course
  • Past visa refusal documents (if applicable)

Why choose to study in the UK from Afghanistan?

17 top reasons Afghani students choose to study in the UK

  • UK universities offer world-class degrees for careers
  • You will get academic and language support from day 1
  • A great platform to practice and improve proficiency in English language
  • UK universities provide mental health and wellbeing support
  • University buddy will mentor you throughout your study
  • Internship and work opportunities during and after studies
  • UK offers amazing personal safety, social harmony & high quality living
  • UK universities have Afghani student community, groups and clubs
  • UK is a violent free society and university campuses are safe
  • The is no ban or restriction to study or work on the basis of gender
  • UK offers equal opportunities for all individual living in the country
  • Live with freedom in the leading democratic country of the world
  • Students get free access to world-class NHS health services
  • Students can learn course and earn money at the same time
  • Make money & take work experience during Graduate visa
  • Switch to skilled worker visa to build international career
  • Opportunities to apply and remain as a permanent resident in the UK


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)s

Q What are the UK undergraduate foundation course entry requirements for Afghani students?

A Applicants with the following quali?cations will be considered for entry on a an undergraduate foundation course:

  • Baccalauria / Baccalaureate Certificate at Credit Grade Standard
  • Vocational / Technical Baccalauria
Q What are the UK undergraduate course entry requirements for Afghani students?

A Applicants with the following quali?cations will be considered for entry on a year 1 undergraduate/Bachelor's degree:

  • Technical Certificate (awarded by a Technicum), which may need to be in a subject relevant to the course you are applying for
  • Bachelor degree / Licence. Applicants with this qualification may be able to apply for entry to year 2 of an undergraduate course, or to a top-up degree; this will be at the discretion of the course director
Q What are the UK postgraduate course entry requirements for Afghani students?

A Applicants with the following quali?cations will be considered for entry on a postgraduate course:

  • Master's Degree
  • A first-class Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree from Kabul University will be accepted (for some courses)
  • Taught Masters Degree minimum of two years at First Class level 60% plus
Q Do UK universities accept TOEFL to meet English entry requirements?

A All UK universities accept TOEFL iBT test for bachelor degree, master's degree or a PhD courses. The minimum score requirements are set out below:

TOEFL iBT test components Minimum score required
Reading 18
Listening 17
Writing 17
Speaking 20
Total 72

Note: If you require to undertake pre-sessional English course or foundation course, then you cannot use the TOEFL iBT test to meet the English entry requirements. In such cases, you will need to sit a UKVI approved English Language test, known as SELT.

Q Can I apply for UK undergraduate/bachelor courses without UCAS?

A Yes, you can apply for undergraduate/bachelor courses without UCAS, many UK universities accept direct applications via online application portal for undergraduate courses. You do not need to apply for postgraduate courses via UCAS.

Q Can I submit my documents for UK University admission if those are not in English?

A No, documents that are not in English will not be accepted by UK universities. If any of your document is not in English, you will need those to be translated in English by official translator confirming accurate translation of the original document, the date of the translation, the translator's full name and signature, contact details. You must submit copies of documents, original and the translated one.

Q Are there mosques available in the UK to offer prayer by Muslim students? Is halal food available in the UK?

A There are big Muslim communities living across all cities of UK and all local areas have mosques to offer prayers. Most of the UK universities have multi-faith rooms/space available for students of different religions. Many local shops and some superstore sell hall foods and there are numerous restaurants everywhere in the UK run by Muslim owners including Afghanis.

Q Does UK offer equal opportunities to all students? Is there any gender discrimination for women student?

A UK promotes equal opportunity and inclusion in all walks of its life, all international students irrespective of gender, race, religion, nationality have the same right and get equal share of learning opportunities. Women are highly respected in the UK and women students are not discriminated by any means.

Q How can I get more information and support for UK higher study?

A You can ask any relevant valid question to us via our 'Ask us a question' link - our team of experienced student consultants will be happy to answer and provide further information. For admission help contact our team today.

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