K M Enayet Hossain
02 November, 2022

7 min read


Apply to Study in the UK from Ghana

Africa rises and Ghana also gets the prizes – UK grants increased number of study visas to Ghanaian nationals year on year making it the number 3 top country from the African region. As the trend grows, Ghana is likely to have better tomorrows.

Ghana is the 3rd most popular country of origin for African students in the UK. 21.9% more Ghanaian students enrolled at UK universities in 2020/21 than in 2019/20 for a total of 2,670 (UUKI Publications: International Facts and Figures 2022). In the year end March 2022, 3,785 sponsored study visa was granted to Ghanaian nationals by UKVI, the visa approval rate was 90% (Entry clearance visa applications and outcomes – Vis_D02, Home Office). Ghana is a priority country for UK higher education to Universities UK and The Universities and Colleges Admission Services. We, Total Student Care, an international education agent commit to help and support Ghanaian students who are pursuing higher studies abroad and want to ‘Apply to Study in the UK from Ghana’.

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 Ghanaian Students

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

Tuition Fee

Course Level Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (GHS)
Foundation courses (Full fees) 10000 to 15000 160058 to 240087
Undergraduate courses (per year) 11000 to 15000 176064 to 240087
Postgraduate courses (Full fees) 11000 to 16000 176064 to 256093
Doctorate courses (per year) 14000 to 16000 224081 to 256093

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 (GHS)
Accommodation 400 to 500 6402 to 8003
Utility bills 30 to 40 480 to 640
Travel 100 to 150 1601 to 2401
Food 140 to 180 2241 to 2881
Mobile phone 10 to 30 160 to 480
Entertainment 40 to 100 640 to 1601
Other casual irregular costs 20 to 50 320 to 800

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 (GHS)
Student visa application (One-off) 348 5570
IHS (per year) 470 7523

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 Centre in Accra from the available 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 (GHS)
Part-time work 460 to 800 6402 to 12805
Full-time work 1600 to 2000 25609 to 32012

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

Popular subjects Ghanaian Students choose to study in the UK

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

  • Business and Management
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Fine and Applied Arts
  • Health Studies
  • Humanities
  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Physical and Life Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Conservation and Environmental Studies
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Development Studies
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Education & Teaching
  • Real Estate Development

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 Ghana?

9 top reasons Ghana students choose to study in the UK

  • Top quality education and world-class degree to craft career
  • Boosting institutionalised cultural capital & educational accomplishment
  • Enhancement of opportunities for highly paid employment
  • Transitioning to new knowledge and skills from ‘rote’ learning
  • Developing important networks for future opportunities
  • Availability of choices for study subjects and university places
  • Gaining transferrable & soft skills to add extra value to the degree
  • Earning money during study visa and post study work visa
  • Switching to skilled work visa to develop a career in the UK
  • A range of Immigration opportunity to stay back in the UK


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)s

Q What is the entry requirement for UK undergraduate courses from Ghana?

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

  • National Diploma (ND) with merit
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) with merit
  • British/International A Levels (from a minimum 112 UCAS tariff points depending on course)
  • IB Diploma (from a minimum 25 points depending on course)
  • Second and final year entry of a bachelor's degree may be available for those with a Higher National Diploma (HND) from the UK with a merit profile
  • A recognised foundation course

Applicants who have grades of 1–6 or A–D in 5 SSCE/WASSCE subjects (including mathematics and English language) will need to successfully complete a University-recognised foundation programme before joining an undergraduate course.

Q How the WASSCE Grading scores compare with World Education Services WES)?


WASSCE Grading Scale
Grade Descriptor Percentage WES Conversion
A1 Excellent 75-100 A
B2 Very good 70-74 A
B3 Good 65-69 B
C4 Credit 60-64 B
C5 Credit 55-59 B
C6 Credit 50-54 B
D7 Pass 45-49 C
E8 Pass 40-45 C

Source: went.wes.org

Q What is the entry requirement for UK postgraduate courses from Ghana?

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

  • Bachelor's degree with Honours: Second Class (lower division)
  • Degree equivalent to UK Honours bachelor’s degree (2.2 minimum)
  • PhD: a proposal is required in addition to a Masters quali?cation in a related subject area
QWill I need to sit IELTS to prove my English language proficiency from Ghana?

A If you have Grade C6 or above in English at WAEC, WASSCE, then most of the UK universities will not require you to sit IELTS or other English test for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. However, for foundation course you will need to sit IELTS or other UKVI approved SELTs.

Q What is academic reference? Will I need to provide academic references/letters with UK university admission application?

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 What are the financial requirements to apply for UK student visa?

A The money and evidence you will need to show for UK student visa application depends on your situation, course fees, university locations, if you are applying with dependents etc. Please check our UK student visa: Financial evidence – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) guide for details.

Q Who can be an Official Financial Sponsor for my study visa application and what is Official Financial Sponsor letter?

A Please visit our relevant website page Official Financial Sponsor Letter in the student resources section for detailed information and sample letters.

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