FAQs about studying and living in the UK

We have prepared this list of frequently asked questions to help you find the answer you need quickly.

Can I get my certificates verified/ certified or translated at the British Council?

No. The British Council in Germany does not offer this service.  Please contact the institution requiring the certification and ask what other options they will accept for verification and/ or translation of your certificate. 

For example: the UK institution may accept a certificate (or stamped copy) sent directly from your (German or other foreign) university/ higher education institution that issued the original certificate / awarded the degree/qualification. 

You can find a list of professional translators in Germany on the website of the Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Übersetzer e.V.  

UK citizens might be able to get their documents certified at British consulates in Germany. Please find relevant information on this UK government website.  

Finding and applying for a course in the UK

Use the handy course search function on the UCAS website to search for courses of all levels by subject or institution. You can also find more information and descriptions of types of qualifications on the page: higher education courses and qualifications page. Find information on how to apply for a degree course in the UK on our Study in the UK page on that page you'll also find our tips on applying for undergraduate courses through UCAS.

Fees - what does it cost to study at a UK university?

EU students pay the same tuition fees as UK students (home rate). For an undergraduate course (Bachelor)  the current maximum fees (some institutions charge less) for home and EU students are up to £9,250 per year in England and Wales, up to £4,046 per year in Northern Ireland and in Scotland, tuition is free.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or study visit to a UK university – where you are not graduating from the UK university – will be charged, it is best if you check directly with the university what the fees will be. Students visiting for just one year or semester are not eligible for a student loan.

For postgraduate courses EU students also pay the same tuition fees as UK students (home rate). The universities are free to set the fees independently. Fees vary according to the subject studied, you can check these on the website of the university that you are applying to.

 

UK government loans

For undergraduate courses only there are student loans available. Students from the EU can apply for a loan from the UK government to cover their tuition fees. This loan is repayable once a student has completed his or her studies and is earning more than a set minimum income. For more information on student loans please see the UK government student finance overview.  

Am I eligible for home/EU fees?

Publicly funded education institutions usually have two sets of fees: home/ EU and overseas.  Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria.

You can find information on whether you qualify for home/ EU fees on the UKCISA website, criteria are listed for higher education and further education for all four countries in the UK.

Where can I find information on scholarships and financial support for studying in the UK?

Information on financing your studies in the UK can be found on our website under scholarships and financial support.   

And a database of scholarships can be found on our Study UK website scholarships page. 

How do I find a English Language school in the UK?

On the English UK website you can find information about learning English in the UK.  

You can also find an alphabetical list of British Council accredited language schools in the UK on our website.

Should you book through a German agent or tour operator, we recommend you to check that the language course is taught by a British Council accredited language school.

Can I sit UK school and other exams at the British Council in Germany (A-Levels, GCSE, Institute of Chartered Accountants etc.)?

No. The British Council in Germany does not offer the service of holding or invigilating external exams on our premises. As far as we are aware there is only one organisation in Germany offering this service. Please contact Examinations International in Cologne for a list of possibilities.

How can I prepare for A-Level or GCSE examinations as a private candidate?

As far as we are aware there are no preparation courses available in Germany. You can prepare by self-study or enrolling in a distance learning course. You can find course providers e.g. on the website of the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council - (ODLQL) . We also suggest checking with the Examination Boards if they can recommend any course providers.

Where do I find information on living and working in Germany?

First stop is the information provided by the Germany Embassy in London on their web page Working and Studying in Germany.  

You can find more information on the Make it in Germany website  

Or try the general guidance on the EURES website – the European Job Mobility Portal Germany page 

The European Employment Services (EURES) UK website also provides information, advice and guidance on living and working in other European Economic Area member countries  

Where do I find information on living and working in the UK?

The British government website provides information on living and working in the UK

And there is, of course, also a EURES – the European Job Mobility Portal webpage for the UK.