Degrees and courses for international students
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Ways to pay

You’re welcome to pay module fees in advance, preferably online, with a debit or credit card.

Card payment

We accept the following methods of card payment:

Card type First few digits of card
American Express 34*, 37*
Mastercard 51*, 52*, 53*, 54*, 55*
Visa Electron 4026, 417500, 4405, 4508, 4844, 4913, 4917

We do not accept:

  • Diners Card
  • Solo
  • Third party / company Diners or Solo cards
  • Maestro

You can also pay with your card by telephone by calling +44 300 303 0266.

Bank transfer

We accept payment by bank transfer directly into The Open University's bank account. Please contact us or request a call back so that we can advise you of the correct transfer process and ensure that you have the necessary details to ensure that payment is made to the correct account as well as the monthly exchange rate for whichever currency you choose to pay in (Pound sterling, Euro or US Dollars).

The bank transfer may take up to five working days for sterling payments (pounds) to show on your account, and 10–20 working days for Euros or US Dollars, so please allow plenty of time for the transfer. On the bank transfer form, you must enter your OU personal identifier in the recipient's details field.

Once we receive the money you’ll have to complete your registration over the phone. You can do so by calling +44 300 303 0266 or by requesting a call back.

Payment in instalments

It may be possible for you to pay in instalments as you study. You must be at least 18 years of age and credit is subject to your financial circumstances and status. 

Find out more about an account with Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd. This payment option is only available in: European Union countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City State.

See also employer sponsorship and financial support.