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Bournemouth University

Check whether Bournemouth University is right for you as an international student.

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Poole, UK
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Study abroad at Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University (BU) is a modern UK university near the seaside town of Bournemouth: a vibrant and historic town known for its award-winning beaches. Across both of BU’s campuses you can find coffee shops, lounges, music rooms and SportBU’s health and wellness facilities.

Four faculties provide students at BU with specialist degrees in creative, professional, technological, scientific and humanities subjects. The University aims to produce graduates who are forward-thinking and have the skills and flexibility necessary to succeed in their chosen industry. Bournemouth’s courses are designed using input from employers, and with work experience included in programs.

Research is also an important aspect of BU’s existence, with students playing a key role in developing knowledge of subject areas.

Why study Bournemouth University?

  • Great teaching

    Bournemouth University is a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver award holder

  • Green commitments

    BU hold an EcoCampus Platinum Award - the highest accolade demonstrating excellence in sustainability

Life as an international student

The BU community has 18,000 students, including 2,600 international students from over 120 countries. Every January the University runs workshops, lectures and seminars specifically to support international students when they arrive at BU.

The University’s Students' Union (SUBU) is able to offer students many clubs, sports and societies, which can help international students meet people and get involved with UK culture. SUBU also organize excursions to other parts of the UK, so you get to see more of the country.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Fitness Centre
    • Spin Studio
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Dance Studio
    • Personal Trainers
    • Treatment Rooms
    • Fitness Center Physiotherapist
  • Praying Rooms
    • Workshops
    • Chaplaincy
    • Skills classes
    • Language Center
    • Group Praying Rooms
    • Pre sessional English Academic skills courses
  • IT Support
    • Loan Laptops
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Maternity Care
    • Physiotherapy
    • Antenatal Clinic
    • Travel Vaccinations
    • Minor Surgery
    • Family Planning
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
    • Emergency Contraception
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Campus parking
    • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Bars 1
    • Restaurants 4
    • Cafe’s 8
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Badminton Courts 1
    • No. of Tennis Courts 1
    • No. of Basketball Courts 1
    • No. of Athletics Track 1
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 151
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities 3
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 1
  • Tutoring Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

Bournemouth University operates a price-freezing policy for all international fee-paying students. This means that you will pay the same annual fee (with the exception of your placement year) for the duration of your course at BU, allowing you to budget more effectively.

This applies to all undergraduate students who are classed as international for fee purposes and the amount you pay will be based on your first year’s tuition fee.


UK/EU students from £6,000 for a foundation degree to £9,250 for a Bachelor's degree. International (non-EU) from £9,500 for a foundation degree to £13,750 for an undergraduate.


Taught master's costs £11,000-£14,500 for full-time study, depending on the subject, including qualifications such as MA, MSc and LLM MBA costs £14,000 (this is a business-specific course).

If you are coming from outside of the UK, you may need some additional financial support to fund your studies. Although you aren’t eligible for the same government loans and grants as UK students, there are other funding options to support you during your degree.

BU offers a wide range of BU undergraduate scholarships and BU postgraduate scholarships for international students, and partner with certain institutions around the world to make higher education in the UK more accessible.


Bournemouth University

Fern Barrow, Poole BH12 5BB, UK

Bournemouth is one of the most stunning coastal towns in the UK, with an incredible nightlife scene, fantastic shopping and a Premier League football team.

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Visa requirements for Bournemouth University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the UK, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

UK student visa requirements