K M Enayet Hossain
10 November, 2021

6.7 min read


Apply to study in the UK from Pakistan

Pakistan has been identified as one of the priority countries in the UK international education strategy.

International students from Pakistan are in spotlight as Pakistan is identified as one of the priority countries in the UK international education strategy. The initiative has resulted significant changes in number of UK student visa granted from Pakistan in 2021, an increase of 53% from the previous year and this likely to increase in 2022 and coming years.

To meet the growing demand of Pakistani students planning to study in the UK, Total Student Care (TSC) have been providing end-to-end services from initial consultation to university admission and visa application.

Take your first step here by submitting your initial application in less than 2 minutes.

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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Why choose Total Student Care (TSC) to study in the UK

Total Student Care is an award winning education agent and UK university admission expert. We take your stress to make you happy and we are widely known for providing total student care.

  1. Offering 15,000+ courses at 100+ study locations
  2. Availing almost any subject and year-round intakes
  3. Helping students from any country, on-line and off-line
  4. Providing end-to-end services, almost 24/7
  5. Maintaining 99% visa success rate
  6. Equipping 15+ years accumulative admission experience

Cost of Studying in the UK for Pakistani Students

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

Tuition Fee

Course Level Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (PKR)
Foundation courses (Full fees) 10000 to 15000 2298960 to 3448440
Undergraduate courses (per year) 11000 to 15000 2528860 to 3448440
Postgraduate courses (Full fees) 11000 to 16000 2528860 to 3678340
Doctorate courses (per year) 14000 to 16000 3218540 to 3678340

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 (PKR)
Accommodation 400 to 500 91958 to 114948
Utility bills 30 to 40 6897 to 9196
Travel 100 to 150 22990 to 34484
Food 140 to 180 32185 to 41381
Mobile phone 10 to 30 2299 to 6897
Entertainment 40 to 100 9196 to 22990
Other casual irregular costs 20 to 50 4598 to 11495

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 (PKR)
Student visa application (One-off) 348 80001
IHS (per year) 470 108051

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

Pakistani 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 (PKR)
Part-time work 460 to 800 105752 to 183917
Full-time work 1600 to 2000 367834 to 459792

Popular subjects Pakistani Students choose to study in the UK

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

  • Law
  • MBA
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Studies
  • Education
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Public Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Project Management
  • International Management
  • Biological Science
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Data Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber Security
  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Digital Marketing

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)
  • Portfolio of works (for art/design/architecture/film etc. course)
  • ACCA registration confirmation for ACCA course
  • Past visa refusal documents (if applicable)
  • Past UK visa copies and documents (if applicable) Artificial Intelligence

Universities may ask for further documents and information. Certain type of courses may require additional documents. All documents must be in English.

Why choose to study in the UK from Pakistan?

Traditionally UK higher education has been a place for transforming life by many Pakistani renowned personalities who have been internationally well-known in their professions. Unlike the old days, UK higher education door is facilitated to general students and any one can garb the opportunity.

Pakistani students prefer to study in the UK over home country or other overseas countries because in the UK, they get:

  • internationally accredited and recognised high quality degree to boost career, lucrative salary and quick promotion in home and overseas

  • work on student visa and earn money to cover some costs while studying in the UK
  • apply for 2/3 years post study work visa under the ‘Graduate Scheme’ and work full time and get return on investment
  • learn ‘soft skills’, transferrable knowledge, competencies in English, great etiquette
  • study in campuses that are free from political bias, racial and other discriminations, social violence and crime
  • access to world class health service and resources under the UK National Health Service (NHS)
  • postgraduate students can ring dependents who can apply together or later as convenient
  • extend student visa from inside the UK or switch to skilled visa leading to settlement Immigration Route
  • get international exposures, make global connections and experience top level life experience
  • halal food, Pakistani amenities, mosques for prayer and freedom to practice religion

Awards and Accolades received

Best Independent Global Education Agency, SME News Greater London Enterprise Awards 2020.
Highest performing agent 2014 – BPP University, UK

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)s

How much fund I need to maintain to apply for student visa in the UK?

If you are coming to study at a University campus inside London for course of 9 months or more duration, you need to have £12006 + any outstanding tuition fees for the 1st year of your course.

If you are coming to study at a University campus outside London for course of 9 months or more duration, you need to have £9207 + any outstanding tuition fees for the 1st year of your course.

If you pay a deposit for student accommodation to the university, then up to £1334 can be offset from the living costs required funds if the campus is inside London or up to £1023 can be offset from the living costs required funds if the campus is outside London.

Any dependent who will apply for entry clearance visa with you will require maintaining £7605 per dependent for University campus inside London for course of 9 months or more duration or £6120 per month for University campus outside London for course of 9 months or more duration.

All funds must be maintained for at least 28 consecutive days at a UKVI approved bank in Pakistan.

How much is International Health Surcharge (IHS) fees and student visa application fees for UK?

Students and their dependents will have to pay Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fees of £470 per year for each applicant. If the course duration is more than a year, each applicant will need to pay IHS fees for all years. Additionally, you will need to pay half year IHS fees for the extra visa you will get on top of your course duration. IHS fees must be paid online during the visa application by an International debit/credit card.

Currently, visa application fee for student and each student dependent applying from outside the UK is £348. Pakistanii students can pay this online at the time of visa application or pay it by bank card or cash at Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore or Mirpur at the time of Biometric Fingerprint appointment.

For up to date fees, please check gov.uk as fees may change per year.

Why universities may reject place of offer?

Universities may reject you to offer you place for the following reasons:

- Not meeting the academic entry requirements i.e. lower qualification or lower grades

- Not meeting the English proficiency for entry requirements

- Submission of false, forged or plagiarised documents i.e. Personal Statement/Research Proposal etc.

- Falling in the academic credibility interview i.e. failure to prove genuine intention to study or credibility as genuine student

- Application submitted too late and the acceptance deadline is gone

How many days I will have to attend class per week?

Normally, you will have to attend at least 15 hours day time weekday class per week - it is split over 2 to 4 days a week and may vary in accordance with the course or university’s requirements. However, during COVID-19 hours, days may take different shape and patterns and tuition might be delivered in blended learning (face-to-face on campus & online off campus) system.

What are the reasons for UK Student Visa Refusals?

There are many reasons for visa refusals but here are a few of the common reasons –

- Failure to submit correct and/or required documents with the visa application

- Submission of false documents or information on the application

- Not being able to give appropriate information about course, university, study target, future career plan in the visa interview

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