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Fees and payment

We know that money is an important part of your decision about where to study, which is why we offer flexible payment plans without any hidden administrative costs. 

Will I pay home or overseas fees?

  • When you make an application to study with us, we will assess your fee status - i.e. whether you pay Home or Overseas fees - using UK government regulations. 
  • Your fee status will usually remain the same for the duration of your course. 

How can I pay

  • There are four ways to pay:
  • Paying via Convera: this fast and reliable service allows you to pay in your local currency via bank transfer or via a wide range of local online payment options, including Alipay, UnionPay, ICICI and more, without incurring any transaction charges. Other benefits include:  
    • pay fees in your local currency
    • avoid fees and international foreign exchange charges from your bank 
    • easy to use on smartphones and other mobile devices
    • pay online or by bank transfer
    • track your payment status by text and email 
    • get price and payment options upfront with a price comparison tool.
  • Pay now via Convera
  • Paying via TransferMate: TransferMate allows you to make international payments to us for free, without paying international banking charges while receiving competitive foreign exchange rates. It allows you to pay in your local currency with a wide variety of payment options including bank transfer, credit card, UnionPay and Alipay. If you are an international student paying fees to Birkbeck, University of London you can use this secure and fast method to make your fee payments to us. Other benefits include:
    • pay in your local currency to a local bank account
    • no international banking charges from your bank
    • 24-hour online payment tracking, SMS alert and email notifications
    • 24-hour customer service support with our multi-lingual support team
    • great exchange rates.
  • How to apply
    • Register on the secure TransferMate domain and enter your payment details.
    • You'll receive the exchange rate for that day, choose wire (bank) transfer or credit card as your payment method. 
    • Once funds are received by TransferMate, these funds are immediately transferred to Birkbeck, University of London from our local bank account in the UK.  
  • Paying via Flywire: Make your payments safely and securely through Flywire's online payment portal in your home currency and local payment methods. Flywire features real-time tracking and around-the-clock multilingual support. Other benefits include:
    • secure, flexible options to pay from 240 countries and territories, in 140+ currencies
    • convenient, local payment methods including bank transfers, credit cards, eWallets and more
    • payment tracking every step of the way via email, mobile app and text alerts
    • secure and streamlined refunding process with automatic tracking notifications.
    • around-the-clock multilingual support from our Help Center via email, phone or live chat
  • For extra support on sending funds internationally, please refer to the ‘How to Pay From…’ guides (China, Korea, India, Nigeria) or follow the handy step-by-step instructions
  • Pay now via Flywire.
  • To make a payment by bank transfer, please contact the Income Office by contacting us for information on fees and payment.
  • Please be aware that payments originating from the following countries or areas cannot be made through our dedicated Convera payment page, Transfermate or Flywire:
    • Afghanistan
    • Belarus
    • Cuba
    • Crimea region (Luhansk and Donesk territories)
    • Iran
    • North Korea
    • Russia
    • Syria
    • Venezuela 

Can I study part-time?

Living costs

  • London is an expensive place to live and study, but we think you will find that it's worth it. 
  • You will need sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees, plus at least £12,000-£13,000 to cover living costs for one calendar year. This should be enough to cover accommodation, food, local travel, and a modest social life. 
  • Read more about accommodation and living costs while studying at Birkbeck

Paying by monthly instalments

  • If you open a UK bank account, which allows for direct debit payments, you will be able to pay your tuition fees in monthly instalments
  • There are no additional credit charges or administrative fees if you pay this way. 

Paying by three termly instalments