There are two different ways of studying abroad- these are for your entire degree or for a period during your degree. The option which has been most popular in the past for UK students is to spend a semester or academic year studying at a host university in Europe or elsewhere in the world. The other option is to apply to study for your entire degree at a university abroad and thus, be classed as an international student there.
Spending a year/semester of a UK course outside of the UK
Studying abroad at an exchange university for a semester or an academic year has always been popular with students at UK universities, with European locations along with North America and Australasia being the most sought after locations.
If you decide to spend time studying abroad as a compulsory or optional part of your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for additional financial support on top of what you normally receive. Eligibility and funding is determined by where you chose to study abroad. Students studying within Europe with an Erasmus exchange place are eligible for much more financial support than students choosing to go beyond the EU for their exchange year.
Regardless of where you chose to study you will be eligible for additional funding from Student Finance England to help with the costs associated with studying abroad.
Maximum Maintenance Loan rates for full-time students
|Non final year course||Final year course||Extra weeks|
|full||reduced||full||reduced||(long courses loan)|
|Away from parental home, in London||£7675||£3263||£6990||£2498||£106|
|Away from parental home, elsewhere in UK||£5500||£2324||£5115||£1511||£83|
|Away from parental home, outside of the UK||£6535||£2780||£5680||£2031||£115|
Are there any other sources of funding available?
The Travel Grant covers the cost of all necessary qualifying travel, less a disregard of £303.
The student must fund the first £303 of travel themselves. The grant also covers other incidental costs such as visas, vaccinations and medical insurance.
Students apply for Travel Grants on the main application for full-time student finance. Student Finance England will then send eligible students a Travel Grant application form.
Your home university may provide financial support to outgoing students. You will be informed of these arrangements during the internal application process.