K M Enayet Hossain
22 December, 2022

7 min read


Apply to Study in the UK from Egypt

Egyptian students have found common learning ground in the UK from the intimate educational relationship established between UK and Egypt. International students from Egypt tripled in the UK in the past decade and are surging heavily in recent years.

Egyptian students are the fourth largest in the Middle East to go and study abroad and UK is one of the most popular study destinations by Egyptians for the strong academic, immigration, and commercial ties between the two countries. Over the past few years, more and more students from Egypt have shown growing interest and enrolled at higher education in the UK (Daily News Egypt) . To help and support this increasing number of international students from Egypt, our dedicated specialist team members are at service to provide pleasing and professional services throughout admission and visa application processes.

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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

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Cost of Studying in the UK for Egyptian Students Egyptian Students

The cost breakdowns below are average figures of expenses that a typical Egyptian 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 Egyptian students to prepare for their budget to study in the UK.

Tuition Fee

Course Level Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (EGP)
Foundation courses (Full fees) 10000 to 15000 301124 to 451686
Undergraduate courses (per year) 11000 to 15000 331236 to 451686
Postgraduate courses (Full fees) 11000 to 16000 331236 to 481798
Doctorate courses (per year) 14000 to 16000 421574 to 481798

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 (EGP)
Accommodation 400 to 500 12045 to 15056
Utility bills 30 to 40 903 to 1205
Travel 100 to 150 3011 to 4517
Food 140 to 180 4216 to 5420
Mobile phone 10 to 30 301 to 903
Entertainment 40 to 100 1205 to 3011
Other casual irregular costs 20 to 50 602 to 1506

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

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee

Details Cost (GBP) Cost (EGP)
Student visa application (One-off) 348 10479
IHS (per year) 470 14153

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.

Once you submit your visa application online, pay the student visa application fee and IHS fee via gov.uk website, you will then be asked to book an appointment with TLScontact by creating a TLScontact account. You can then book an appointment at UK Visa Application Centres in Egypt from the available centres, dates and times. You may wish to buy additional optional services TLScontact Visa Application Centres offer.

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 (EGP)
Part-time work 460 to 800 13852 to 24090
Full-time work 1600 to 2000 48180 to 60225

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

Popular subjects Egyptian Students choose to study in the UK

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

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Business and Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Dentistry
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion and Design
  • Hospitality, Leisure and Sports
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism and Media
  • Law
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Politics
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Statistical and Operational Research
  • Social Sciences
  • Teaching

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 Egypt?

International students choose the UK as a study destination for a variety of reasons, such as its educational prestige, diversity, and career opportunities. The UK has a major position in higher education and scientific research and its international student population proves its academic excellence year on year, it is the second country with the most international students in the world, gathering over half a million, as of 2022 statistics (erudera).

12 top reasons Egyptian students choose to study in the UK

  • gain world-class degrees from reputed universities
  • courses with clear link to in-demand jobs in the wider global economy
  • sharpen English language proficiency and communication
  • achieve personal growth and learn to live independent life
  • experience diverse culture and acquire global mind-set
  • collect takeaways from UK’s rich business, commerce & industries
  • enjoy famous art, culture, music, history and football in the UK
  • be in the centre of Europe and travel in and around the UK
  • take advantages of UK’s post study work visa benefits
  • seek opportunities to switch to skilled work visa for career development
  • get career-ready to secure elite government job positions in Egypt
  • stay back in the UK under different immigration routes for settlement


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)s

Q What are the UKVI approved English Tests for UK student visa?

A To apply for UK student visa you will need to prove your English language abilities with a Secure English Language Test (SELT). The list of approved English language tests are:

  • Pearson: ‘PTE Academic UKVI
  • PSI Services: ‘Skills for English UKVI’
  • IELTS SELT Consortium: ‘IELTS for UKVI’
  • LanguageCert: ‘LanguageCert International ESOL SELT’
Q What is a Pre-sessional English (PSE) course? When do students need Pre-sessional English course for higher study in the UK?

A Pre-sessional English course is an intensive English language course provided prior to the main course (bachelors/masters) to prepare students for the necessary level of English required by the main course. It is offered to students who have lower scores in their SELT. If you are using IELTS to prove your English language ability but have lower score than it is required for the course then you might be offered the Pre-Sessional English (PSE) course provided you sat IELTS for UKVI. Duration of the PSE course will depend on the scores you have in your IELTS for UKVI or any other SELT and the cost of PSE course will vary according to the duration.

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

A Egyptian students with the following quali?cations will be considered for entry on an undergraduate course at UK universities:

  • Diploma from Technical/Commercial/Industrial/Health Institutes
  • Secondary School Certificate and successful completion of a recognised foundation programme
  • British/International A Levels
  • IB Diploma
  • Completion of the first year of a Bachelor degree study at a of university in Egypt
  • 3 AP or SAT subject tests with high grades

Egyptian students who have completed IIX Certificate, Thanaweya A’ama/Azhar General Secondary School Certificate will be considered for entry on a stand-alone foundation course or a degree with an integrated foundation year:

Q What are the UK postgraduate course entry requirements for Egyptian students?

A Egyptian students with the following quali?cations will be considered for entry on a postgraduate course at UK universities:

  • Bachelor's degree from a public or private university
  • Bachelor's degree awarded by the American University in Cairo

For programmes that require a 2:1 UK universities usually ask for a final grade of 75-80% or a GPA of 3.0-3.3/4.0, depending on the university you have studied at and the degree programme you are applying for.

For programmes that require a 2:2 UK universities usually ask for a final grade of 70-75% or a GPA of 2.7-3.0/4.0, depending on the university you have studied at and the degree programme you are applying for.

Comparison table
Egyptian Arts degree classification Egyptian Sciences degree classification American University in Cairo CGPA out of 4.0 UK Degree equivalent
90% - 100% 85% - 100% 3.7 - 4.0 (90% - 100%) 1st
80% - 89% 75% - 84% 3.0 - 3.6 (84% - 89%) 2.1
65% - 79% 65% - 74% 2.7 - 2.9 (80% - 83%) 2:2

Some, but not all, postgraduate programmes require your undergraduate degree to have a related major. Some postgraduate programmes may require work experience in a relevant field or at a certain level.

For entry to a PhD programme at UK universities, Egyptian students typically need to have completed a Master’s Degree from a recognised university with good grades.

Q Will I need to provide a ‘personal statement’ with university application? How to write a personal statement?

A Yes, you will need to provide a personal statement at the time of your application. Without a personal statement, universities will not issue offer or issue a conditional offer with the condition of this along with other condition/s (if any).

A ‘Personal Statement’ is an essay that gives clear statement of your purpose of choosing to study a certain course at certain institution. We have provided expert tips for writing a personal statement for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in our student blog section.

Q How many academic references/reference letters I will need to provide with admission application? How can I provide academic references?

A You will need to provide details for 2 academic referees or submit 2 academic reference letters with your university applications. Find more about academic references in ‘Matters related to academic reference letters’ guide. You can also check our ‘Sample Academic Reference Letter’ in the student resources section for better understanding of the requirements.

Q Are there Muslim communities living in the UK? Do students from other Muslim countries study in the UK?

A UK is massively diverse and multicultural society. There are 3,372,966 Muslims from Arabian, African and South Asian countries (Annual Population Survey April 2017 to March 2018, ONS). Significant number of Muslim student population study in UK universities from all over the world.

Q Will I be able to offer my prayers and practice Islam freely in the UK?

A There is no religious discrimination in the UK; people of all religions live in harmony in the UK. For Muslims there mosques in every locality where there is a Muslim community. You will be able to practice Islam and offer your prayers freely.

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 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.

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