K M Enayet Hossain
11 March, 2024

5 min read


Apply to study in the UK from Uganda

One of the best reasons to study in the UK is that earning a degree there will guarantee students a great career. Every year, around 300,000 students go to study from Uganda to the UK.

Once students have finished the difficult portion and been accepted into the program at a UK university, all that's left to do is say goodbye and go on an exciting journey to study in the United Kingdom.

Fortunately, UK colleges try their best to make the first few weeks of living as easy as possible for incoming overseas students, and there are steps you can take to ensure a seamless transition.

Make an appointment with TSC for a free consultation if you wish to study in the UK. For assistance with your upcoming application to study in the UK, our international staff will be pleased to help.

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*

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  1. Offering 15,000+ courses at 100+ study locations
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Uganda students in the UK

395,630 non-EU international students were studying in the UK and out of this around 20,000 students were from Uganda according to HESA (Higher Education Student Data) 2019/20. Ugandan students make up the 4th largest cohort of non-EU country international students studying in the UK.

According to the UK Home Office, the number of student visas awarded to Ugandan students increased significantly by 12% in the year ending in September 2020. In fact, among the top non-EU nations of origin for postsecondary students studying in the UK in 2019–20 was Uganda. More students are anticipated to apply for UK student visas in 2022 and beyond, as they did in 2021.

Cost of Studying in the UK for Uganda Students

The following cost breakdowns show the approximate amounts of money that a typical Ugandan student would spend on regularly studied courses at commonly selected UK institutions while living in the same country as other foreign students. These prices, however, could change for certain courses at prestigious universities. Students are in charge of their own living and maintenance expenses and can decide how much to spend based on their needs or capacity to pay. Here are some general pointers for Ugandan students planning their UK study budget.

Tuition Fee

Course Level Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (UGX)
Foundation courses (Full fees) 10000 to 15000 49,860,590 to 74,790,885
Undergraduate courses (per year) 11000 to 15000 54,860,124 to 74,790,885
Postgraduate courses (Full fees) 11000 to 16000 54,860,124 to 79,796,543
Doctorate courses (per year) 14000 to 16000 69,480,173 to 79,796,543

The majority of colleges provide scholarships worth between GBP 500 and GBP 5000, which help to lower the cost of tuition.

Living cost and Maintenance costs per month

Details Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (UGX)
Accommodation 500 to 600 2,494,839 to 2,979,158
Utility bills 40 to 50 198,610 to 248,263
Travel 150 to 200 746,625 to 996,342
Food 160 to 200 796,400 to 996,342
Mobile phone 10 to 30 49,817 to 149,579
Entertainment 40 to 100 199,438 to 498,538
Other casual irregular costs 20 to 50 99,739 to 248,263

Students receive several forms of shopping discounts in addition to a 30% discount on travel cards.

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee

Details Cost (GBP) Cost (UGX)
Student visa application (One-off) 348 1,739,004
IHS (per year) 470 2,349,007

The International Health Surcharge (IHS) price and visa application may vary annually depending on the Home Office. To determine the cost of your application, kindly use the IHS costs calculator and the visa application fees calculator.

Earnings from working in the UK on student visa

In the UK, students will be allowed to work while pursuing their degrees; this will allow them to work 10 hours per week for foundation courses and 20 hours per week for bachelor's, master's, or doctoral programs. During the break in between your courses, students will be permitted to work one full-time job each week.

Student earning in the UK per month

Details Average earning from student job (GBP) Average earning from student job (UGX)
Part-time work 460 to 800 2,295,217 to 3,994,743
Full-time work 1200 to 1600 5,992,115 to 7,992,225

Popular subjects Uganda Students choose to study in the UK

  • Business and Management
  • Marketing
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Education
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Law
  • Healthcare
  • Psychology
  • Data Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber Security
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Fashion
  • Biological Science
  • Public Health
  • Information Technology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Human Resource Management
  • Architecture, Building and Planning
  • Project Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Biomedical Science
  • Computer Science
  • Nursing

Why choose to study in the UK from Uganda?

  • Seven primary academic problems were identified by data analysis as being experienced by college students during the COVID-19 epidemic that moved more students to UK universities. These challenges included a shortage of e-learning resources, budgetary constraints, a conducive atmosphere, and teachers’ attitudes, acquiring new skills, a lack of motivation, and stress and worry.
  • International student ambassadors at every university are available to assist you in acclimating to your new surroundings. They can provide you with information about forthcoming activities, show you around the campus, and respond to inquiries about anything university-related.
  • The NHS provides free healthcare in the UK, but you must make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible. You can consult the campus physician at any university for any healthcare-related concerns.
  • Academic institutions in the UK support and foster the whole personal development of its pupils. The UK might be the ideal location for those interested in extracurricular activities.
  • Upon arrival at the closest airport, several colleges provide complimentary meet-and-greet transportation services for overseas students including Uganda. This will guarantee that you arrive at your new house with the least amount of tension possible and assist to de-stress your arrival.
  • At UK colleges, Freshers Week is a big deal that's a terrific way to meet new people and familiarise yourself with your new environment. Make the most of your free social time before studying starts with excursions to places of local interest, welcoming lectures, and evenings out.
  • It is vitally important that you follow the working hours restrictions listed on your visa if you want to be able to work while you are in the UK. The TSC team may help you obtain a National Insurance Number, which is another need.
  • Compared to other nations, the UK provides a high proportion of career options for students. The QS Graduate Employability Ranking showcases the exceptional results that UK universities have achieved.

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 to get UK student visa from Uganda?

The students who are willing to study in UK must carry these below documents-

  • Copy of passport/visa (if available)
  • Academic transcript.
  • Certificate of graduation.
  • Certificate of English proficiency – IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Test/Other.
  • Personal statement.
  • Reference letters.
  • CV (if applicable)
How long does the UK visa process take in Uganda?

For visitation and non-settlement visa applications, UK Visas & Immigration's worldwide service standard is 15 working days from the time Students' application and biometric data are submitted to the Visa Application Centre.

How much is UK visa fee in Uganda?

Visa Application Fees are listed below -

Visa Type EUR UGX
Short Term visas (up to 90 days stay) and Transit visas 80.00 336.000
Children below the age of 6 years Free Free
Children 6-12 years old 40.00 168.000
Long Term visas 180.00 756.000
Are Ugandans eligible to work in UK?

You must work for a UK sponsor with a current sponsorship license to be qualified. Present a current police clearance certificate from any nation where you have spent 12 months or more of the last ten years living before submitting your application.

Where do most Ugandans live in the UK?

Although 11,000 Ugandan Asian immigrants were estimated to still reside in Leicester at the time of the 2001 Census, the bulk of Ugandan immigrants reside in and around London.


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