For some countries, University of Essex Online is required to charge Goods and Services Tax on your tuition fee.

In order to comply with changes to legislature related to goods and services tax on digital services, University of Essex Online has recently registered with the below countries for the collection of Goods and Services Tax. This tax applies to digital services, including online education.

This means that we are required to charge Goods and Services Tax on the tuition fees for some international students.


Which countries does the Goods and Services Tax affect?

If you are a resident of the following countries, this tax will be applied to your fees*:

  • Saudi Arabia (at the statutory rate of 15%)
  • Singapore (at the statutory rate of 8%**)
  • India (at the statutory rate of 18%)

* The rate of applicable tax are subject to change, please consult your local tax office for up to date information and guidance.

** Singapore GST will rise from 8% to 9% in January 2024.


Are all online programmes subject to Goods and Services Tax?

Yes, the Goods and Services Tax applies to all online programmes.


What happens if students move to another country where Goods and Services Tax is not applicable?

You should let us know if you are moving your country of residence.  We will respond on a case-by-case basis.


Will students who move to Goods and Services Tax affected countries be charged?

If you move to a country with Goods and Services Tax after you commence studying with us, then the Goods and Services Tax will apply.


I am not a resident of these countries but I am charged a Goods and Services Tax. What should I do?

Get in touch with us explaining your situation and provide us with your new residential address.


What if students have further questions about the Goods and Services Tax?

If you have further questions about how the Goods and Services Tax might affect your studies, please contact our Admissions team.