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I am a current undergrad student going into second year. I would really like to do a study abroad but I really don’t know if I will be able to afford it. If I did it in Europe I would be able to, but my preference is the United States. I know for a study abroad year in the US, you have to get a J1 visa which would require you to show proof of funds of around £12,000, and that’d probably be in February at the latest. Does anyone know of any grants or anything, or how to fund a study abroad? Surely there is some way and it can’t be impossible. If it means anything, I do come from a low income family too.

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Hello,

I am a current undergrad student going into second year. I would really like to do a study abroad but I really don’t know if I will be able to afford it. If I did it in Europe I would be able to, but my preference is the United States. I know for a study abroad year in the US, you have to get a J1 visa which would require you to show proof of funds of around £12,000, and that’d probably be in February at the latest. Does anyone know of any grants or anything, or how to fund a study abroad? Surely there is some way and it can’t be impossible. If it means anything, I do come from a low income family too.

Thank you!
Hi i was looking at studying abroad in America and had to show proof of funds. When you study abroad you are eligible to receive more student loan and grants, there are schemes which also help you out with this such as the Santander travel grants (I would contact your university about this). Also you are able to claim back money on visas/flights ect that exceed a certain amount. I would recommend definitely looking into it as you can receive a lot of financial help
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Hi i was looking at studying abroad in America and had to show proof of funds. When you study abroad you are eligible to receive more student loan and grants, there are schemes which also help you out with this such as the Santander travel grants (I would contact your university about this). Also you are able to claim back money on visas/flights ect that exceed a certain amount. I would recommend definitely looking into it as you can receive a lot of financial help
Thank you for your reply! Yes I'm aware I'm able to get a larger maintenance loan, but of course I wouldn't receive this until September, so how would I go about using this as proof of funds? When do you have to show proof of funds? I'm also looking into the Turing Scheme. The only possible way I'd be able to is if I was able to get the Turing Scheme too. Do you think this is possible just using finance and grants and no savings?
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Thank you for your reply! Yes I'm aware I'm able to get a larger maintenance loan, but of course I wouldn't receive this until September, so how would I go about using this as proof of funds? When do you have to show proof of funds? I'm also looking into the Turing Scheme. The only possible way I'd be able to is if I was able to get the Turing Scheme too. Do you think this is possible just using finance and grants and no savings?
Hi so i actually ended up applying to study in spain instead of America but I do think the university are able to help you a lot financially and that the student finance and grants will be enough. With the proof of funds it may be possible to get a letter from student finance stating that you will receive sufficient funds for the study abroad year, I recommend getting some advice from your uni and emailing student finance about this.
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