By Ryan Gould
International tuition fees for the 2016-17 academic year are set to rise, marking a 30% increase in tuition fees for a non-laboratory based subject since 2012, when the cost stood at £12,600.
From next year, incoming international non-EU students who study a non-laboratory based subject will be asked to pay £16,500, while those studying a laboratory based subject will be asked to pay £20,900.
Currently, for the 2015-16 academic year, the cost of studying a non-laboratory based subject for an international student is £14,900.
The news comes following the University’s decision to raise College accommodation fees by 3.5% to over £7,000 for a standard, catered room on Friday.
Around 4,500 international students (including both EU and non-EU) study at Durham.
Update 2/12/15: In a statement released to Palatinate, the University said:
“From 2016/17, the University is committed to fix fees for each individual overseas student entering in 2016/17 and subsequent years, so that no overseas student within these cohorts will see a rise in the fee they pay during the time of their study at the University (barring exceptional cases).
“Previously, the fee level could change during a student’s time of study. The difference from 2016/17 is that fees are fixed by year of entry and remain the same for the duration of the course.
“This was the arrangement sought by the Students’ Union and it remains in place.”
In summary, the University has confirmed the fixing of fees for students entering in 2016/17, and that the fee increase “will not apply to international students currently studying with us”.
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