Student Support


Funding

For more information on fees and funding, please see the Fees Page or bursaries and scholarships pages

If you are not eligible for a bursary or scholarship for fees or living costs, you should make sure you have the funding in place to cover the cost for the full duration of your studies.

Courses at Al-Maktoum College are not eligible for SAAS funding or UK government loans.

Cost of living

For more information on finding accommodation, please click here.

The cost of living in Dundee is much lower than the UK average, good news if you are thinking of becoming a student at Al-Maktoum College.

Estimated living costs (not including fees) for a 7-month academic year will vary depending on lifestyle, however we estimate it will be around £4,200-£7,000 per year.

If you require a Tier 4 visa, you will need £1,015 each month of your course up to £9,135 (depending on the length of your course and separate to fees). This amount changes each year and you should make sure you have the correct amount in your bank account before applying for your visa.

https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa

Living Expenses (per month) Cost per month
Accommodation (student & private) £200 – £600*
Utilities (gas/electricity/internet/phone) £100
Food £100
Socialising £100
Other (books, clothes, travel) £100
Total** £600 – £1000

*Accommodation costs will vary depending on location, type and amenities. If you live in non-student accommodation, you will also need to factor in bills.

** Students should also be aware that not all the courses at Al-Maktoum College qualify for Council Tax exemption.  If in any doubt, students should seek clarification from [email protected]

 

Disabilities

Al-Maktoum College welcomes applications from students with disabilities or additional support needs.  Applications from such students are assessed following the standard procedures and consideration of support requirements remain separate.  If an offer to study is made, an assessment will be carried out to ensure the College can provide the required support.

For more information, contact [email protected]

Counselling

The College has links with other local education providers and we are pleased that our students can take advantage of some of their services. Al-Maktoum College students can access the University of Dundee’s Counselling Service.

For more information, contact [email protected]

Health

Any students new to the area should register with a local doctor, usually referred to as a GP (General Practitioner) and a dentist.  Whether you pay for your healthcare whilst in the UK will depend on your visa and residency status. International students should check this before arrival to the UK and purchase medical insurance if necessary.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, you are required to pay an immigration health surcharge when you apply for your visa.

https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application

Safety

By international standards, the UK is a safe country with low rates of street crime and violence.

Most of these tips are common sense, and you probably practise them in your own country, but they can make a real difference.

  • Plan your route before you leave home.
  • Only use taxis or registered minicabs.
  • When walking, keep to well-lit main roads.
  • Beware of wearing headphones – they reduce awareness of your surroundings.
  • In the UK, cars drive on the left –  ensure you cross roads safely
  • Don’t leave your bag unattended anywhere– this can lead to a security alert.
  • Keep your purse or wallet close to your body and don’t carry too much cash.
  • When using a cashpoint, check that no one is looking over your shoulder and that the ATM hasn’t been tampered with. Cover the keypad so no one else can see your PIN number.
  • Keep your mobile phone and other gadgets out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use.

Police Scotland have created this helpful guide for students: http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/student-safety

British Council safety guide for international students: https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/safety-first.pdf